Telehandlers have gained enormous popularity in recent years and are now a familiar sight on construction jobs and farms worldwide. There are two type of telehandler - those constructed with a rigid chassis and telehandlers manufactured with an articulated chassis.

The most common telehandler found is the rigid chassis telehandler which utilises a side mounted mast. This telehandler platform is great for pallet work, but very inefficient for loading work long term, as the stress on the front CV joints and chassis is immense, when the bucket is filled. The rigid bodied loaders are designed for pallet work aren't generally recommended for bucket loading tasks as maintenance costs are high long term.

Articulated telehandlers and loaders are rapidly gaining popularity as users are beginning to identify the longevity benefits when they invest in a quality, heavy duty, articulated telehandler, particularly for bucket work. Articulated loaders are built on a heavy duty articulated loader chassis - one that is designed for earthmoving and heavy duty pushing work. There is no doubt worldwide that articulated loaders dominated heavy earthmoving and this same design has been incorporated into the telehandler vehicle. This allows users to benefit from the strength of an articulated loader combined with the lift of a telehandler.

Please note, it is important to decide initially if a telehandler is actually the best choice for the job. An articulated front end loader is often a better choice for most tasks as it is stronger and requires less investment than an articulated telehandler. For heavy duty work it is best to invest in a heavy duty machine, and for small jobs a mini loader is often the best loader for the job. If you are comparing mini loaders and mini telescopic's, (i.e. telehandlers under 4 tonne in operating weight) pay careful attention to the tipping height of the telescopic, as the Safe Working Load (SWL) decreases dramatically when the telescopic boom is extended and can easily place the operator in a dangerous position. Generally the less a telehandlers weighs, the easier it is to get in this unsafe position.

Contact Aerial and Handling Services Ltd for all your telehandler service and repair needs.

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