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Whether used for agricultural applications or on a construction site, a telehandler is one of the most common industrial pieces of equipment. Despite its frequent use, however, many people confuse these vehicles with forklifts or cranes. A telescopic handler provides some of the benefits of each of these pieces of equipment, making it suitable for a variety of tasks. With this guide, you’ll learn more about telehandlers, including how they’re used, popular telehandler models, and safety tips for using them. But first, take a closer look at some of the basics of telehandlers.

What Is a Telehandler?


Telehandlers are versatile pieces of equipment that can aide in lift power on almost any site

Telescopic handlers, most commonly known as telehandlers, are a type of powered industrial truck featuring a single telescopic or articulating boom. The boom can be extended upward and forward, and various attachments can be added to the end of the boom to perform specific tasks. This piece of equipment performs a mixture of functions similar to that of a telescopic boom lift and forklift. Other names sometimes associated with telehandlers include the following:

  • Teleporter
  • Lull
  • Reach forklift
  • Shooting boom forklift
  • Telescopic Handler

In addition to traditional telehandlers, compact telehandlers can be used for certain tasks. Due to their smaller size, lower weight, and increased maneuverability, compact telehandlers are a good choice for tasks taking place in an area that conventional rough terrain vehicles can’t access.

What Are Telehandlers Used For?

Telehandlers are most commonly used in agricultural, industrial, and construction applications. They are considered versatile since the boom can be extended in a variety of positions. This extension ability gives the telehandler an advantage over a forklift, which elevates loads only in a vertical direction and makes the telehandler closer to a crane regarding its application and operation.

Telehandlers are primarily used for lift-and-place tasks. As a result, you can place some telehandler attachments on the boom to accomplish these tasks. Common telehandler attachments include the following:

  • Pallet Forks
  • Bucket
  • Lifting jibs
  • Sweepers
  • Work platforms

These types of attachments may be used for tasks such as moving pallets up or down, grabbing loads of earth to place in various locations, or elevating workers to an aerial location.

How Do Telehandlers Work?

The boom on a telehandler can typically be elevated from a horizontal position to an angle of about 70 degrees, and the telescoping feature allows it to extend out as well. Depending on the type of boom used, the reach of a telehandler can often extend 30 ft and beyond.

The operator can also use the frame tilt function to alter the lateral angle of the frame, usually by 10 to 15 degrees from the horizontal position. This adjustment can be especially effective when using a telehandler on rough terrain. Rotating telehandlers, sometimes called roto-telescopic handlers, have a cab that can swivel a full 360 degrees.

The rear steering wheel found in most telehandler cabs is useful for making tight turns when you select the “circle” steering option. The operator may also use “front” (two-wheel) steering or opt for the “crab” steering option, in which all four wheels move in the same direction, allowing for diagonal movement.

One of the most important aspects of operating a telehandler is noting the load capacity under various conditions. Unlike with a forklift, the load weight that a telehandler can transport is determined by some factors, including the boom angle, the boom extension, the type of lift attachment being used, and wind speed. The load capacity can vary by several thousand lbs based on these factors.

Current Telehandler Manufacturers

Dozens of companies, both in the United States and abroad, manufacture telehandlers. The increasing popularity of telehandlers has prompted some manufacturers to develop multiple models that include advanced features or ones designed for a specific type of application. The following are some of the companies which produce high-quality telehandlers such as the ones offered through BigRentz.


JCB was established in 1945, with the name deriving from founder Joseph Cyril Bamford’s initials. The company is one of the leading manufacturers of telehandlers and other construction equipment. In fact, JCB debuted the first telehandler, the 520 Loadall, in 1977. Today, the company’s telehandlers are sold around the world through 2,000 dealer locations in 150 countries. JCB is dedicated to research and development as well, so its construction equipment often comes equipped with advanced features. In recent years, JCB has been a pioneer in developing increasingly efficient machinery with the Eco line.

Over the years, JCB has continued to expand its selection of telescopic handlers. Today, the company produces 30 different models ranging from a compact model to a powerful telehandler designed to manage a 4.1-ton payload and a 55-ft 9-in lift height. Also, JCB offers a variety of compatible attachments for its telehandlers. Most of these machines also feature three steer modes, impressive maneuverability, and JCB’s renowned EcoMax engine for added efficiency.


Established in 1957, Manitou’s first creation was a rough-terrain forklift. This new machine called the MC5 was based on the idea of Marcel Braud and jumpstarted the innovative spirit behind the Manitou brand. Over the years, Manitou has developed a reputation as a leading producer of powered industrial lifting devices, including telehandlers. Its four-wheel drive telehandler debuted in 1980, followed by a line of telehandlers designed specifically for agriculture in the late 1980s. By 2003, Manitou had manufactured and sold more than 200,000 trucks worldwide.

Manitou offers a lineup of traditional and rotating telehandlers. Included in this selection is the powerful MHT 10230, which has a lifting capacity of more than 50,700 lbs. The Privilege Plus line of rotating telehandlers is noted for its stability and lifting heights, with some models surpassing 90 or 100 ft.


Bud Bushnell founded Genie in 1966. The name stemmed from the company’s first material lift, which operated on compressed air and impressed customers with its smooth, simple operation. The company expanded its manufacturing capabilities well beyond simple lifts over the years. Today, Genie is a leading producer of telehandlers along with articulated booms, light towers, manlifts, stick booms, and more.

Genie produces both compact telehandlers and traditional telehandlers. Its larger telehandlers are noted for high-reach capabilities, with the largest model reaching a lifting height of 56 ft 10 in and a forward reach of 42 ft. These machines are capable of working in rugged conditions and lifting heavy loads; the GTH 1544 has a lift capacity of 15,000 lbs.

In addition to telehandlers, Genie also produces a full line of Genie OEM attachments that are compatible with these machines. Options include standard carriages, rotating carriages, pallet forks, truss booms, and multipurpose buckets.


Edward Gideon “E.G.” Melroe founded Melroe Manufacturing Company in 1947. The company specialized in loaders but grew quickly over the years. By 1962, the company’s designs included the “Melroe Bobcat,” a design that gained attention for Bobcat. The Bobcat line continued to expand over the years until, eventually, the manufacturer began doing business as the Bobcat Company.

With a history that spans more than 70 years, Bobcat has been able to deliver innovative offerings, including its selection of telehandlers. Its VersaHANDLER has become a popular option and can be used with a variety of standard and hydraulic-powered attachments. Bobcat telehandlers are commonly used for farming applications, construction projects, landscaping projects, and snow removal.


Haulotte is a relatively new name in the powered lift industry, but its merger with Pinguely in 1995 ensured that this company has benefited from years of innovative development. Pinguely had been in business for more than 120 years, making it one of the leaders in the industry. The company began doing business solely under the Haulotte name in 2005, and its vast lineup of products has continued to be an impressive force in the industry.

One of the benefits of choosing a telehandler from Haulotte is that the company designs its machinery based on specific needs and applications. Haulotte categorizes telehandlers as compact, heavy-load capacity, or high-lift models, each of which can be equipped with a variety of attachments.

Caterpillar (CAT)

Caterpillar (CAT) is one of the most recognizable names in construction and industrial machinery. Benjamin Holt took the name Caterpillar from the perceived appearance of a newly invented steam tractor with planks wrapped around the wheels to create a “continuous track,” an invention which eliminated the need to use a temporary plank road to move it. The first patent for this improved traction engine was obtained on Dec. 7, 1907. Caterpillar was officially formed in 1925, after which it rapidly expanded its product line and sold in new markets.

Although the company has become expansive due to acquisitions and products covering various markets, the Cat brand continues to be the core of the business. This core includes Cat telehandlers, which feature rugged construction suited for all types of terrain. Telehandler models such as the TL1255D display impressive maximum lift height (54.6 ft) and load capacity (12,000 lbs).


Founded by John L. Grove in 1969, JLG quickly became a visionary manufacturer in the field of powered lifts. The company’s aerial work platform was well-received as soon as it debuted in 1970, and the JLG products released in the years to come were equally popular. New technologies, such as oscillating axles, helped to improve performance in its lineup of machinery.

Today, the company produces two brands of telehandlers: JLG and SkyTrak. Both feature excellent performance, durability, and maneuverability. JLG telehandlers are known for having ultra-strong booms that lift farther and higher, while SkyTrak telehandlers feature Tier 4 Final engines for greater fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.

Most Popular Telehandler Models

At BigRentz, you’ll find a lineup of available telehandlers. Although availability will vary depending on your location, the following are some examples of the types of telehandler models you may find for rent.

JCB 505-20

JCB 505-20

JCB 505-20 Reach Forklift

The selection of telehandlers at BigRentz includes some compact models, such as the 505-20 tool carrier telehandler from JCB. With an overall height of 74 in and a narrow width of 6 ft, it’s a great compact model for getting work done in a tighter space, plus it’s easier to get to and from your worksite.

The 505-20 also has a compact wheelbase and large steering lock angles to allow for tighter turning circles and superior maneuverability. It features excellent traction in difficult conditions and has a maximum load capacity of 5,500 lbs. Despite the smaller size, this compact model still has a maximum lift height of 22 ft.

Manitou MHT 1490

Manitou MHT 1490

Manitou MHT 1490 Telescopic Forklift

On the other end of the spectrum, you’ll find the Manitou MHT 1490. This model is an example of what one of the largest available telehandlers from BigRentz may be like. It has a lifting capacity of more than 19,000 lbs and includes a three-section boom with a maximum lift height of 45 ft 11 in and a maximum reach of 31 ft 4 in.

This powerful machine includes a frame leveling system for optimal stability during tire-based maneuvers. The hydrostatic transmission delivers smooth, stable movements during even the toughest tasks.

Genie GTH-1256

When a high reach is your top priority, consider a telehandler such as the Genie GTH-1256. This powerful machine features a large lifting capacity of 12,000 lbs, but this lifting capacity doesn’t stop there. The maximum lift height of 56 ft is great for jobs where aerial work is key. The ergonomic cab design offers excellent visibility over the boom for added safety, and the multifunction proportional joystick control allows for quick and precise load positioning.

Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723

Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723

Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723<

If you need a compact to mid-size telehandler that is big enough to handle a heavy load but not so big as to be difficult to maneuver, consider a model such as the Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723. This machine is one of the latest releases from Bobcat. It features a maximum load capacity of 7,700 lbs and a maximum lift height of 22 ft 10 in. The Power Quick-Tach attachment system allows the operator to change out nonhydraulic attachments without leaving the cab quickly.

Haulotte HTL9055 Tier III

Another mid-size option is the Haulotte HTL9055 Tier III. This powerful telehandler allows for simultaneous and proportional control of all four movements of the boom with flow sharing. It’s maximum lift capacity of 8,820 lbs and maximum lift reach of 54 ft makes it a versatile option for many types of environments. The hydrostatic transmission delivers smooth performance on all types of terrain.

Caterpillar TL1055D

The Caterpillar TL1055D includes several impressive features. It bears the powerful Cat C4.4 ACERT engine that delivers performance in tough conditions. The load capacity of 10,000 lbs and maximum lift height of 54 ft 9 in making it capable of almost any task. It can also be used with a variety of attachments, including carriages and pallet forks.

JLG 1644

JLG 1644

JLG 1644 Telehandler

Operators appreciate the many ways the JLG 1644 makes their job easier. The spacious cab features enhanced visibility and a reverse sensing system to increase confidence and improve safety on the job. Also, the SmartLoad technology automatically recognizes attachments and provides real-time load monitoring for enhanced productivity. This model has a maximum load capacity of 15,650 lbs, a maximum lift height of 43 ft 7 in, and a maximum reach of 31 ft 1 in.

Telehandler Reviews

The models above can be understood in more detail by exploring reviews for the equipment. You’ll find all types of written and video reviews from renters, owners, and industry experts for various telehandler models when you search online. Below are reviews of some of the popular telehandler models mentioned above.

JLG 1644

Users find that the JLG 1644 is one of the top choices for large jobs that require a telehandler. With an impressive load capacity exceeding 15,000 lbs or 6,800 kgs, it’s capable of handling the heaviest materials with ease. This large machine requires a wide open space to operate; don’t expect the easiest maneuverability for moving the cab. Operators report that the boom, however, is easy to maneuver with precision, especially since the larger cab allows for easily viewing the load as it’s moved.

Since determining the maximum load capacity based on the position of the boom is important regarding safety when operating a telehandler, many users found that the SmartLoad load management information system (LMIS) made the JLG 1644 easier to use compared to other high payload telehandlers. This system uses a graphic indicator on the load chart to prevent the operator from going over the advised capacity for the boom’s location. This feature helped to make the JLG 1644 a top option when a large telehandler is required for the job at hand.

Genie GTH-1256

Operators are continually impressed by the high reach of the Genie GTH-1256. With a boom that extends to a maximum lifting height of 56 ft and a horizontal reach of 42 ft, the Genie GTH-1256 can accomplish tasks that many other telehandlers simply aren’t able to do because they can’t access these high and far locations. The lift capacity is 12,000 lbs, which also contributes to the heavy-duty capabilities of this machine.

Other features that users tend to like about the Genie GTH-1256 include the full-time four-wheel drive and three steering modes (including crab steer). Despite the relatively large size of this telehandler, these features allow for maneuverability. The Genie GTH-1256 is also rugged; those who have used it for long periods of time have noted that the military-grade chassis design holds up well, even for rugged tasks.

Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723

The Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723 is often noted in reviews for its impressive lifting capabilities despite having a more compact design. Although certainly not the smallest telehandler available, the Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723 is capable of maneuvering well in tighter spaces. This model features a maximum lift capacity of 7,700 lbs and a maximum lift height of 22 ft 10 in. While it may not be able to handle some of the more heavy-duty tasks, it’s powerful for its size.

Another large benefit that operators notice with the Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723 is the 360-degree visibility from inside the cab. It also features heat and air conditioning, a hydraulic cushioning system for smoother operation, and an easy-to-use, ergonomic joystick control. Overall, operator comfort and convenience were prioritized with this telehandler.

When to Use a Telehandler

Telehandlers are useful in a variety of environments, but they are mainly used for construction, agricultural, and industrial purposes. Due to their size, most are used outdoors. However, compact and mid-sized telehandlers are sometimes used inside large warehouses, especially if they are capable of maneuvering in tighter spaces.

The specific applications for telehandlers are often dependent on the type of attachment being used with the boom. For example, a telehandler fitted with a fork attachment can be used to lift large items such as drywall, shingles, or equipment to a high surface, such as a roof on a construction site. You can pair various specialty fork designs with a telehandler, such as a pallet fork for moving cargo. This application is often used in industrial settings to move palletized cargo to a storage location or into a vehicle for transportation. While a traditional forklift may work in these settings, having a telehandler allows for more versatility due to the maneuverability of the boom.

A bucket may be the most popular telehandler attachment since it’s versatile. From moving earth to transporting bales, it’s commonly employed in a variety of settings, especially agricultural environments. For example, in agricultural applications, a telehandler fitted with a bucket may be used to rake and load loose silage, hay, animal feed, and other products. It’s especially useful in situations where you need to move a load to an area that’s not reachable for wheeled loaders or backhoe loaders. Telehandler buckets can be found in various shapes and sizes to accommodate these and other tasks.

Utility workers may attach a work platform to the boom to use a telehandler to reach high places. A work platform or basket can be used for any elevated task, such as completing repairs or accessing materials from an aerial location. However, strict safety guidelines for using telehandlers exist for this purpose. Use caution when lifting workers via the boom. In many cases, using another type of lift is preferable for moving workers unless a telehandler is the only type of machinery which will work in that situation.

Besides the versatility of the various attachments, telehandlers are preferred in certain situations for their distinct benefits compared to forklifts and cranes. Generally, telehandlers can reach higher areas that forklifts can’t access, offer more versatility than a crane, and require less training to operate. In some cases, telehandlers are also a more budget-friendly rental option compared to forklifts or cranes.

Potential Hazards

As with any heavy machinery, be aware of potential hazards when operating telehandlers. These machines are powerful and versatile, but they are also prone to many dangerous situations when operated improperly. The main hazards which may occur while using a telehandler are described below.

Exceeding Load Capacity

Given the weight distribution capabilities of a telehandler, it can accommodate large loads. Some of the most powerful models can carry 20,000 lbs or more of materials. However, the maximum load capacity of a telehandler varies greatly depending on the position and extension of the boom. When the proper load capacity is exceeded, the boom may be damaged, or the telehandler may tip, putting both workers nearby the equipment and the operator at risk.

Unsecured Loads

Telehandlers use all types of attachments to move materials. Depending on the type of movement you’ll be making with the boom, you may need to secure the load. This point is especially important with bales, pieces of metal, and other loose objects being transported via a telehandler. Compared to a bucket full of earth, for example, these situations present a greater potential hazard. This same principle should be applied when moving people with a work platform attachment on the boom.

Make sure the platform has sturdy rails and that workers use secure restraints at all times when on the platform.

Challenging Terrain

Many telehandlers are made to operate on rough terrain. However, sharp slopes and inclines can pose hazards when using this type of machinery. Operators must be aware of the capabilities of their telehandler regarding stability. As mentioned above, tipping is a potential issue when carrying heavy loads with a telehandler. Any instability in the base can prove dangerous. Make sure you’re operating the telehandler on flat ground or that your telehandler is capable of stabilizing on an uneven surface before using this type of machinery on challenging terrain.

Aerial Obstructions

Any number of aerial obstructions could pose a danger when operating a telehandler. The boom could become tangled in the wiring or collide with an existing structure. Operators must use caution and survey the area well before operating their telehandler, especially when extending the boom upward. The visibility from the cab is important, so make sure that the operator has a clear line of sight anytime someone is transporting a load.

Maintenance and Aging Systems

Telehandlers require maintenance over time. If that task is neglected, it can lead to potential hazards on any worksite. Regular inspections are necessary to make sure that all parts are in working order and that repairs are made promptly. Maintenance will also help to monitor aging systems. As a telehandler gets used more and more over time, it may reach a point where it is best to retire the machine and upgrade to a newer model.

Telehandlers vs. Forklifts

Since forklifts are more commonly used in certain settings, those who are operating a telehandler for the first time need to understand the differences between these two types of machinery. Even those who consider themselves experts at operating forklifts may be surprised at how telehandlers and forklifts operate differently.

Unlike a forklift, the operator of a telehandler must constantly take into consideration the height and extension of the load being transported. The telehandler can quickly become unbalanced with improper weight distribution. Additionally, the boom must move slowly and carefully in all situations. Movements are often slower than with a forklift since the extended boom can move both laterally and vertically rather than up and down on a more stable base.

Safety Protocols

Telehandler Saftey Protocols

Telehandlers are large material lifts that require extra care when following safety instructions

Operators must follow many safety protocols when using a telehandler. These steps will minimize the potential hazards listed above and ensure that work can be completed in a timely, efficient, and, most importantly, safe manner. Use the following protocols when you operate a telehandler.

Understand Load Charts

The load chart is perhaps the most important safety protocol associated with telehandlers. Operators must understand the load chart to determine the proper load capacity for various boom positions.

Fortunately, today’s newest telehandler models often come with a digitized load chart that makes calculating the proper load limit based on the type of attachment being used and how high and far the boom has been extended. However, even when working with a telehandler with the most up-to-date technology in this area, load capacity is something that must constantly be supervised while on the job. Do not wait for a weight sensor to indicate that you are close to exceeding the load capacity. Instead, operators must be aware at all times of the load capacity details for the telehandler they are operating.

Secure Loads

Anytime you are moving materials using a telehandler, make sure that the load is secure. In many cases, items must be tied down or restricted in some way to prevent them from falling off the boom attachment. A falling load can have serious repercussions, such as damaging materials, creating damage at the worksite, or injuring a worker. Make sure to apply the same precautions when you move workers on a work platform attachment. Guardrails should be tested for stability, and harnesses should be clipped to all workers to prevent an accidental fall. Also, make sure workers stay on the platform at all times while the boom is in use.

Operate on Safe Terrain Only

The stability of the telehandler is important at any time, but especially while the boom is in use. The movement of the boom can quickly create unstable points in the base if it is not firmly on a stable terrain. Some models include indicators inside the cab which will help determine whether the terrain is flat enough for operating the boom. You should carefully check the location where you’ll be using a telehandler to see if you discover any challenging areas to avoid, such as slopes, inclines, bumps, or holes.

Prioritize Visibility

A telehandler operator should be able to see the entirety of the boom at all times while in use. This level of visibility is critical for avoiding any aerial obstructions, such as power lines, trees, or other structures. Do not operate a telehandler before checking to see if anything is within range of the cab or the boom. Use slow movements and be on the lookout for potential hazards which may obstruct to minimize the risk of a collision.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Whether you own or rent, regular maintenance is an important factor in telehandler safety. Owners should make sure to regularly inspect their machinery and complete repairs as soon as any issues are noted. Renters should inquire with the rental company to make sure that the equipment is being properly maintained in between uses. Also, renters should do their inspection before operating the telehandler on a worksite.

Telehandler Training

Before operating a telehandler, you must be certified. Fortunately, training is relatively easy and can be completed in some ways. Make sure you find the proper type of certification. Some types of forklift training, which is more common, may not cover the use of telehandlers. Basic training covers operational functions and safety protocols. Additional training is needed to complete repairs, perform maintenance, or act as a worksite supervisor when telehandlers are in use.

If you’re not sure where to begin with your training, you can visit the OSHA website at This primary resource offers not only training requirements but also safety guidelines. OSHA requires telehandler training along with a written exam and a practical telehandler evaluation.

You can also complete these general requirements by completing the Genie Lift Pro training through BigRentz. You’ll be able to complete the course on your own time by going online. Video, graphics, and narration are included to allow you to easily follow along. Then you’ll complete a short hands-on training at a Genie dealer. Upon successful completion, you’ll receive your Genie Lift Pro aerial access card verifying completion of the training required to become a qualified telehandler operator.

Even with proof of your training and certification, you may need to complete on-the-job training. Some employers require new hires to demonstrate their competence with a supervised evaluation or train for a period of time with the specific telehandler model they’ll be using on the job.

History of the Telehandler

The first telehandler which was once called a telescopic forklift debuted in 1977. Created by JCB, the 520 Loadall telehandler model immediately made a large impression on the industry. In fact, some users in the industry continue to use “Loadall” as another term for a telehandler. This first model was a two-wheel drive machine that combined some of the elements from rough-terrain forklifts, cranes, and backhoe loaders into one convenient and versatile industrial truck.

In the years since the JCB 520 was released, many other manufacturers developed their telehandler models. Over time, more powerful telehandlers were created, including those that can reach more than 65 ft and carry 20,000 lbs or more. New features have also been developed, such as rotating carriages and crab steering. To accommodate various worksite tasks, some attachments have also been created specifically for use with telehandler booms.

Telehandlers have become increasingly popular in recent years, with more manufacturers creating new models with innovative features. Today, telehandlers are ubiquitous in most major construction, industrial, and agricultural worksites.

Patents Related to Telehandlers

The telehandler is a fairly recent invention of modern construction and industrial equipment. While items such as the forklift began to be developed in the 1940s, it wasn’t until 1977 that the first telehandler debuted. This late introduction is due in part to the fact that the first telehandlers combined the functions of several other types of pre-existing machinery. However, the design was continually improved upon in the years to come through some patents. The following are a few examples of important advancements in telehandler design.

US 20030168421 A1

US 20030168421 A1

Patent Drawing of US 20030168421 A1

This patent from 2003 comes from Daniel Davis, who developed a specific type of telehandler crane apparatus that is especially powerful and versatile. The crane includes a telescoping boom that can rotate 360 degrees and features an option for remote operation. It is designed to move heavy-duty materials that other types of machinery or less powerful telehandlers cannot accommodate.

Special design allows the cab to remain stable even when working with heavier loads. The remote control feature is especially useful since the position of the telehandler arm can be controlled from a man basket, making it easier to achieve precise positioning.

US 6988363 B2

US 6988363 B2

Patent Drawing of US 6988363 B2

Developed in 2006, this patent by Marcus Bitter details a hydraulic active boom suspension for a telehandler. This new technology improved upon the existing suspension and shock-absorbing systems that were used in most telehandlers at the time. This new hydraulic boom uses “active” vibration dampers that deliver a steadier performance as the load shifts or changes.

A control unit and sensor help to manage the hydraulic cylinders powering the boom. Having this increased level of control over the boom and steadier management of loads being carried creates a safer environment on the worksite.

US 20090183927 A1

US 20090183927 A1

Patent of Drawing of US 20090183927 A1

This 2009 patent contributed to the increased safety of telehandler operators and those on the worksite where a telehandler is used. As mentioned previously, one of the primary safety factors for operating a telehandler is determining the load capacity of the machine. This patent from Tilo Huber proposes a useful calculation for determining a telehandler’s useful load by using the change in the axle load on the front axle or the rear axle compared with the telehandler’s unloaded condition.

John Deere Telehandler Patents

In addition to the select patents above, the manufacturer John Deere has also patented several features for telehandlers. These patents covered various technology related to boom suspension systems, anti-tipping safeguards, actively stabilized suspension, and floating position booms, among other areas. A list of these patents is included below:

  • US 6530742: Telescopic boom routing assembly for transmission lines (2001)
  • US 6533528: Support frame for front-attached implements of an operating machine and associated locating pins (2001)
  • US 6988363: Hydraulic active boom suspension for a telehandler (2004)
  • US 7104181: Hydraulic control circuit for a hydraulic lifting cylinder (2004)
  • US 7140178: Hydraulic arrangement (2005)
  • US 7223061: Boom (2004)
  • US 7337610: Hydraulic arrangement (2006)
  • US 7370723: Loading machine (2005)
  • US 7398847: Radiator arrangement (2006)
  • US 7430953: Loading implement and process for loading implement (2006)
  • US 7430955: Hydraulic arrangement (2006)
  • US 7448309: Hydraulic arrangement (2005)
  • US 7516614: Hydraulic arrangement (2006)
  • US 7530434: Hydraulic system (2005)
  • US 7717664: Loader (2007)
  • US 7726665: Suspension system (2007)
  • US 7753385: Suspension system (2007)
  • US 7845896: Loader (2007)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I rent a telehandler?

BigRentz has a variety of telehandlers available to rent. The specific models will vary according to your location, so enter your city or ZIP code to get an accurate listing of the telehandlers currently available. You'll be able to choose from a range of models with various sizes and load capacities to suit your needs. Once you’ve selected the right fit for your project, click “Book Online” and enter your details to reserve your telehandler.

How long can I rent a telehandler?

When you get your telehandler from BigRentz, you’ll enjoy flexibility in the time frame for your rental. We provide clear, upfront pricing based on daily, weekly, or monthly rentals so that you can choose based on the project at hand as well as your budget.

How much does it cost to rent a telehandler?

Rates for telehandler rentals vary based on two factors: the model you select and the time frame for your rental. Larger models cost more to rent per day, but don’t assume that this time frame isn’t the most cost-efficient way to get the job done. Since larger models have a higher load capacity, you may be able to spend less by getting a project done faster with a larger telehandler.

Regarding the time frame for your rental, daily rentals are best for occasions when you’ll complete a project in a few days or less. Otherwise, you’ll get a lower per-day rate with a weekly or monthly rental, allowing you to complete more projects and get a budget-friendly price for your telehandler rental.

What are the benefits of renting vs. purchasing a telehandler?

In many cases, renting a telehandler is preferable to owning one, both in practical terms and considerations for your budget. A rental allows you to pay only for the days when you’ll be using a telehandler. You won’t be responsible for the ongoing maintenance, and your investment won’t decrease in value as time goes on as it would if you owned the telehandler.

Further, purchasing a telehandler requires a large upfront cost and locks you into choosing only one telehandler model. When you rent, you can choose the model that’s right for your project, whether you need a telehandler with a 20,000-lbs load capacity or a space-saving compact telehandler. This variety allows for projects to be completed more efficiently, and you won’t have to handle storing the telehandler between projects.


Telehandlers are one of the most versatile types of powered lift machinery you can rent. With its applications across a variety of industries and the many advanced features included in newer models, a telehandler makes an attractive option you should consider for your next project.

At BigRentz, you’ll find the best selection of telehandler models for rent at the best rates. Our flexible rental periods allow you to complete the job on time, every time. To learn more about our telehandler rentals, visit

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