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Telehandlers FAQ

What is a telehandler?

The term “telehandler” is an abbreviated version of “telescopic handler.” A telehandler is a lifting machine equipped with a telescopic boom fitted with a lifting attachment. The telehandler operator can raise or extend the boom when bearing a load, enabling the boom to function much like a lever. A telehandler includes counterweights installed in the rear of the machine to provide stability during lifting.

What is a telescopic forklift?

The term “telescopic forklift” is sometimes used to describe a telehandler. Most telehandlers can accommodate a variety of attachments to increase their functionality and versatility. One of the most common telehandler attachments in industrial applications is a pallet fork, which enables the machine to lift and transport loads in warehouses and at job sites. Thus, telehandlers are sometimes used to move materials or load and unload trucks.

What is a telehandler used for?

Telehandlers are frequently used in agricultural and industrial operations. Farm workers often equip the machine with a bucket or bucket grab to transport crops to and from areas that are inaccessible to wheel loaders and backhoe loaders. In addition to loading and unloading vehicles, the industrial sector uses telehandlers to move loads to and from rooftops that are beyond the reach of “height-challenged” lifting equipment.

What is the difference between a telehandler and forklift?

While a properly equipped telehandler can perform many of the same functions as a forklift, it can also act as a crane. A primary difference between the two is the telehandler’s telescoping capabilities that enable it to operate at greater heights than a forklift. However, the telehandler’s lifting capacity decreases as the boom is extended higher due to the reduction in the machine’s stability.

How much does a telehandler cost?

The price of a new telehandler will vary based on the machine’s lifting capacity. In 2017, the average price for a capacity of up to 6,999 lbs. is approximately $70,000-$80,000. A “mid-range” machine with a capacity of up to 11,000 lbs. may cost around $120,000-$130,000. A max-capacity telehandler that can lift up to 21,000 lbs. will cost about $125,000-$135,000. The price range for a used telehandler is $15,000-$60,000.

What is a telehandler ticket?

The term “ticket” refers to the operator card or license that is required in some countries to operate a telehandler. In the United Kingdom, for instance, prospective operators will receive their ticket upon completion of training and the subsequent passing of a technical exam. In the United States, telehandler operators must meet training and certification requirements in accordance with OSHA 1910.178(l)(3) provisions. Operators must also undergo performance evaluation every three years.