Also known as rough terrain forklifts, telescopic handlers are machines used for agricultural, industrial or construction purposes. These vehicles come with an integrated boom that is able to lift heavy loads from the ground, as well as special wheels, capable of marching on extreme fields and weather conditions. Although a lot of people are still confounding telehandlers with traditional forklifts, the two are actually different in spite of looking similarly. The main difference between them is that unlike the latter, the first machine is dedicated mostly to outdoor surfaces and spaces. Telescopic handlers come in a wide variety of forms, shapes and capacities, which is why they also have the great advantage of being extremely versatile. The vehicle is very mobile, which makes it suitable to a number of activities. If you are thinking about telehandlers for hire, then you should have a clear image about you are going to invest in. For this reason, it is quite important to inform yourself before choosing the machine you are going to work with. There are several type of telescopic handlers, and even if they are generically called the same, they are different. According to your personal needs, you have to select the one that suits you best.

  1. Telehandlers

Traditional telescopic handlers are the ones that are simply more powerful than forklifts. Similar in terms of design to other machines from the same category, these ones can lift weights ranging between 5,500 lbs and 12,000 lbs from 18 feet to 56 feet in the air. The main systems they are operating on is shift transmission and all wheel steering, plus additional steering characteristics which enable the operator to get fast and easy access to loads. Recently, manufacturers have designed models that also incorporate ergonomic features, comfortable cabs and more rough terrain proof tires. These protect the operator offering the vehicle more stability and efficiency.


  1.   Rotating telescopic handlers

Looking as same as traditional telehandlers, the rotary telescopic handers are more efficient as they have the capacity of lifting heavier loads to greater heights. Their design gives the operator access to more flexibility and power, which makes them easier to manoeuvre. Among their main features you should definitely know about their ability to swivel 360 degrees, which means maximum area coverage without having to move the position. In order to provide better control on the rotation, this machine comes with integrated joystick controls. Certain products belonging to leading manufacturers also have power assisted steering, stabilizers and a rear axle for better boost and passenger security.


  1. Straight mast forklifts

Different from normal forklifts, these are the perfect combination between that and an RTV. Generally, these are transported on the back of a trailer and are used for inbound and outbound operation on construction sites and industrial plants with rough surfaces, such as demolition sites. They have standard lifting capacities, but they are special due to the manoeuvrability, which varies depending on what they are used for.