What is a telehandler, and what is it used for?

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A telehandler is short for a telescopic handler. It’s a bit like a cross between a crane and a forklift, so it offers the combined benefits of both types of equipment. It has the load-lifting capacity of a forklift with the height range of a crane. 

They’re often used for construction, farming, or agricultural projects where heavy materials need to be moved to areas that conventional forklifts can’t reach. If you’re considering using a telehandler for your next project, here’s everything you need to know.


What are the features of a telehandler?

The crane-like feature of a telehandler is called a boom. The best part about it is that you can fix different attachments such as forks, winches, buckets, or platforms to the end of the boom. The boom can be raised at a 70-degree angle, and some models can extend out to 10 metres or more.

A telehandler can also have a lifting capacity between 2500 to 4000kg. While being able to lift different materials like a forklift, telehandlers have greater manoeuvrability as they can move diagonally. Factors that will affect the weight capacity include boom extension, angle, wind speed, and attachment type.


What are the benefits of a telehandler?

While most industrial machines have one purpose, telehandlers are multi-functional. They’re useful in many ways for a number of projects. Below are some of the benefits of using a telehandler.


Lifting heavy loads

Telehandlers can be used for heavy loads, palletised and non-palletised. They also have a full range of motion, so they can move more smoothly accessing tight spots with ease. Stabilisers add extra safety while lifting heavy materials. 


Different attachment options

With its telescopic boom and various attachments, the telehandler is highly versatile. Its quick hitch mechanism allows for easy switching between components. You can use the platform to lift people to work at higher heights, the fork for pallets, or attach the bucket to move soil.


Off-road capabilities

Telehandlers can be used both on and off road. They feature 4WD capabilities, which means they can be used in rough terrain while carrying heavy loads. Registering your telehandler will also allow you to drive them on bitumen roads.



When all operators have full training and qualifications to use your telehandler, complicated moving work becomes a lot safer. The hydraulic lifting and manoeuvrability of telehandlers will improve the safety of your site. Just make sure to pay attention to the weight limits of the machine. 


What is a telehandler used for?

Telehandlers are used for lifting and placing different materials, and the range of attachments available means that they are a useful addition to many different worksites and environments. 

Agriculture is one area where telehandlers are applicable, and they are particularly helpful for shifting hay and hay bales. They can also be used on construction and manufacturing sites to unpack heavy loads from vehicles, clean up, and move dirt and sand. 

Because they can be used off-road, telehandlers can also be used in the oil and gas and mining industries.


How do I know which telehandler to choose?

Here at All Star Access Hire, we have a range of five different telehandlers. So, how do you know which one will meet your needs? That’s where our on-site assessments come in. We visit your worksite, look around, ask a few questions to find out your priorities, and give advice based on your requirements, with recommendations for the right model for you. 

Contact us to arrange an on-site assessment today or view our telehandlers online.