Telehandlers are powerful hybrid machines that can be found on farms and worksites across the country. A cross between a forklift and a crane, these versatile workhorses can perform a variety of useful tasks. Here we answer some of the most common questions about telehandlers.
What is a telehandler?
Telescopic handlers are commonly known as telehandlers, teleporters or boom lifts. Widely used in agriculture and industry, they are similar in some ways to a forklift but are also equipped with a boom, making them like a crane too. The telescopic or articulating boom can extend forwards and upwards from the vehicle, and can be fitted with a variety of attachments.
What are some common applications?
Telehandlers can be used to move pallet loads of material from high or unreachable places that cannot be accessed by conventional forklifts. They can remove palletised cargo from within a trailer and place those loads on rooftops or other high places, avoiding the need for a crane to be used. In agriculture they are commonly used to move loads from wheel loaders or backhoe loaders, and can reach directly into high-sided trailers or hoppers.
What types of attachments do they use?
In industry the most common attachments used are pallet forks. When it comes to the agricultural sector, the most common attachments are buckets or bucket grabs. The telehandler can also work with a crane jib for lifting loads, making it compatible with attachments like dirt buckets, grain buckets, rotators and power booms. The ability to work with a variety of useful attachments is what makes the telehandler such a supreme multitasker.
What are the pros of telehandlers?
Combining the best traits of a crane and a forklift makes the telehandler a versatile and hardworking hybrid, and the wide range of compatible attachments gives it the ability to perform a vast number of useful tasks. Another benefit is the ability to take advantage of angle and physics. If operators correctly position the arm’s angle and reach they can double or triple how much the machine can safely hold without tipping.
What are the cons of telehandlers?
Telehandlers can be dangerous in the hands of inexperienced or untrained operators. The ability to utilise angles can become a safety hazard if done incorrectly – if lifted at a low angle, this can drastically decrease how much the telehandler is capable of holding. This is a hazard which may cause the machine to tip and be destroyed, along with the potential to cause injury or death. Thankfully, most telehandlers have shutoff functions to override operator error.
We’ve touched upon a number of common questions about telehandlers and their usage. Telehandlers are employed in a variety of civil, industrial and agricultural applications, and their power and versatility is what makes them universally popular.