What Is a Telehandler?

by Josh Taylor - Product Manager On Feb 13, 2020, 03:00 AM

Aerial Equipment 101: What Is a Telehandler?

Telehandlers are multi-purpose machines that lift, move and place material. A telehandler — short for “telescopic handler” — accepts different attachments to lift, move and place materials ranging from bricks and gravel to lumber. These jobsite workhorses are often the first machines on the job and the last to leave because they can be used for many different applications.

Telehandlers are purpose-built for material handling and movement, and by attaching different accessories, these versatile machines can adapt to a variety of worksite tasks, including staging initial materials at the start of a job, lifting palletized and suspended loads and jobsite cleanup at the end of a job.

It is important to understand telehandlers and their uses in order to make the best recommendation for customers’ worksite needs.Aerial Equipment 101: What Is a Telehandler?

Why choose one?

  • You want a cost-effective solution.
    One telehandler can perform a wide variety of material handling tasks with simple changes of attachments.
  • You need to “pick and carry” materials.
    Telehandlers offer an efficient way to move materials around the jobsite quickly.
  • You need access over obstacles.
    Telehandlers combine excellent lift capacity with height and forward reach to place material where it’s needed.
  • You’re working in outdoor, rough-terrain conditions.
    These machines climb hills and power through rough terrain with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.

Did you know?

Genie® telehandlers for the EMEAR market (Europe, Middle East, Africa, Russia) are manufactured in Italy. Offering two compact models, Genie telehandlers have a maximum load capacity of 2,500 to 3,000 kg (5,511 lbs to 6,614 lbs), a maximum lifting height of up to 6.89 m (22 ft 7 in) and a horizontal reach of up to 3.99 m (13 ft) (model dependent).

background tile image

What Is a Scissor Lift?

Scissor lifts are a classification of manlift often found in construction and facility maintenance applications designed to elevate workers and their tools to working heights ranging from 5.9 m (19 ft) to 17.9 (59 ft).

Continue Reading

background tile image

Common Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Terms

It pays to be an expert in the equipment industry.

Continue Reading

background tile image

A Glossary of Common Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Terms

Safety is always job one on aerial worksites.

Continue Reading


Aerial Pros