What is telehandler?

A telehandler is type of vertically mounted telescopic boom, on a rough terrain chassis, that can be fitted with a variety of different equipment, including a lifting attachment. It is a cross between a forklift and a crane, but with the addition of a boom.

The most common application is to move loads to and from places unreachable for a conventional forklift and they are widely used in construction and agriculture.

They are also known as telescopic handlers, boom lifts or teleporters.

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Benefits of telehandlers

As they can be used with multiple different attachments, telehandlers are very versatile and can be used in a wide number or situations.

Unlike traditional forklifts, telehandlers can transport materials up to hard to reach areas.

The machines are often mounted on a four wheel drive chassis, which means they can provide increased lift heights.

They are well equipped to handle challenging terrain.

Telehandlers have high levels of manoeuvrability and are able to move both easily and quickly.


Types of attachment that can be used with a telehandler

  • Pallet fork tines

  • Earth bucket or bucket grab

  • Work platform/man baskets

  • Lifting jib

  • Winches

  • Spear attachment for bales

  • Glass vacuum attachment


What applications are telehandlers good for?

For applications where you require your machine to be able to complete a number of tasks, as the attachment options offer lots of flexibility.

For the construction industry, the multiple attachments can be used for a variety or applications, including the transportation of materials and also the lifting of materials or tools to hard to reach areas.


What training do I need to use a telehandler?

AFI deliver industry leading training and are recognised as one of the leading IPAF training providers in the UK. We offer training through our AFI Training brand.


Which telehandler do I need?

When thinking about which type of attachment or telehandler you need, it is best to think about the application you need the machine for. Consider the area you need to access and what the terrain is like in the surrounding area and what it is you want to achieve.

If you are still unsure which type of cherry picker or telehandler you need for your application, then get in touch and our experienced team will be able to talk you through your options.


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