Telehandlers are one of the most popular and often-used items of plant across many industries. But when is a telehandler needed and how to get one?
What is a telehandler?
A telescopic handler or ‘telehandler’ is sometimes called a boom lift or teleporter, and is essentially a forklift with a telescopic boom that can extend forwards and upwards.
Telehandlers for moving materials
Telehandlers are especially common in industry, warehouses, construction and agriculture, as they can easily move large, bulky or heavy items around rather than manual handling.
Telehandlers for high level access
Telehandlers can also be used for high level access – either moving materials to different floors or high level, or even (when fitted with a cage and safety accessories) as means of elevated height access for personnel.
When a telehandler is needed, it’s easy to get one
As they are so popular across many industries, it’s relatively easy to get a telehandler.
Here’s a few tips about how to find the best telehandler for your needs.
Look for a telehandler hire and rental company with the widest range
Although many telehandler rental companies offer telehandler hire and rental, often they only have one or two sizes to rent. It’s worth taking time to consider your requirements and speaking with an expert company such as UK Forks who stock a large range of telehandlers, as they are available in many different sizes :-
- 4 or 6m
- Heavy Lift
Note also that reach is only one consideration, and a higher size of telehandler will have different handling abilities (e.g. greater load).
Accessories may be helpful
Another reason to use a specialist telehandler rental company is that you may need accessories such as skips, buckets, crane hooks etc. to make the work easier and faster. General plant hire companies often do not stock specialist telehandler accessories, so you’re left to struggle with the standard forks.
Delivery and Depot location is important
Often, companies offer telehandlers for hire, then cannot deliver in time as they’ve only depot, or the telehandler you need is already hired elsewhere.
By using a specialist telehandler hire and rental company, you can be assured with their large fleet sizes and strategic network of deports, there will be a telehandler close to you when you need it.
This will not only save you time, but money – no big delivery charges transporting a telehandler from one end of the country to the other – and also is more reassurance for any maintenance needs you may have.
Conclusion: a telehandler is often needed, and it’s easy to get one
Telehandlers are a massive help and save a fortune in time in most industries, and more and more companies are turning to hire them.
By choosing the right telehandler hire and rental company, you too can take advantage of telehandlers in your business – starting today!