Backhoes are often referred to as the swiss army knife of a construction site. If that’s true, then the telehandler is the chameleon. With the power to lift, scoop, remove and push, the versatility and power of a telehandler give it more capabilities than any other piece of equipment. The added bonus of telehandlers: I can complete a job in any season or weather.
A Compact and Maneuverable Machine
One of the biggest reasons why telehandlers are so versatile is because they are easy to maneuver and have a low cab. Even the engine position in the machine helped to streamline the equipment.
According to an article from For Construction Pros, telehandlers were first designed with the engine inline, like in a car. The engine acted as a natural counterweight so there was no need to fit the machine with extra steel to balance it out. Having the engine at the rear of the cab makes it easy to work on and maintain.
Telehandlers are fitted with rubber wheels that are fit for all types of terrain, both inside and outside. Unlike excavators which may need rubber track covers to operate on finished ground, telehandlers can easily transition from a finishing tool to a ground-breaking tool. Attachments like sweeper actually make them a great machine for cleaning up a project site and adding those finishing touches near the end of a project.
Reach Materials to New Heights
There is no shortage of ways to lift and move materials with a telehandler. With attachments such as dual forks, buckets, platforms and pallet forks, it’s possible to lift and move materials and people with a telehandler.
What makes material moving so easy with a telehandler is that they are powerful machines that are fairly easy to use. There’s a reason another name for them is “material handlers”. Their design provides the mobility of a skid steer with the reach of a boom lift. It’s no surprise that the telehandler is a powerful lifting machine.
Scooping and Moving Debris, Dirt and Snow
With bucket attachments in a variety of sizes and the easy maneuverability of the machine, the telehandler can rival skid steers and front loaders alike. The low-lying cab allows it to work in covered garages and tight spaces which give it the upper hand on other machines.
In fact, the snow removing capabilities of the telehandler make it an all-season machine. Here at DOZR, we believe that the telehandler is the next secret weapon in efficient snow removal.
The Difference between a Forklift and a Telehandler
One of the biggest appeals of a telehandler is that it can do the job of other machines, but with an extra lift. The difference between a telehandler and a forklift, for example, is that a telehandler had the ability to also act like a crane. With an extendable boom arm, it can use forks to lift material up and out. A normal forklift is capped at a much lower height than a telehandler. Because the machine is much larger as well, its weight restrictions are much higher than a forklift, too.
Other Names for a Telehandler
Telehandlers are also known by a variety of other names. These include material handler and lull. A lull is actually a specific kind of machine and it is a term often used in the USA.
No matter your job or project, the right sized telehandler with the proper attachment can help keep you on time and in budget. There are a variety of weight classes and sizes of telehandlers that are possible to rent. From 5,000 lbs with 15 – 19 feet of reach all the way up to 15,000 lbs with 44-56 feet of reach, there’s a telehandler for every job.