Aerial Equipment 101: What Is a Telehandler?
by Josh Taylor - Product Manager On Feb 13, 2020, 03:00 AM
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Telehandlers are multi-purpose machines that lift, move and place material. A telehandler — short for “telescopic handler” — is a Class 7, variable reach rough terrain forklift truck. It is a multipurpose machine that 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 are to adapt to a variety of worksite tasks, including staging initial materials at the start of job, lifting palletized and suspended loads and jobsite cleanup at the end of job.
It is important to understand telehandlers and their uses in order to make the best recommendation for customers’ worksite needs.
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.
Offering six models, Genie® telehandlers have a maximum load capacity of 5,500 to 15,000 lb (2,495 kg to 6,804 kg), a working height of up to 56 ft 10 in (17.32 m) and horizontal reach of up to 42 ft (12.8 m) (model dependent).