A Guide to the Telescope Handler

21 Aug 2014, by Anthony in Forklift Training News

Have you heard of a telescopic handler or a telehandler before? Although you might think these names reference something to do with telescopes to look at stars, or possibly astronomers, you would be wrong. The telescope handler is actually a large industrial and agricultural machine. Here, we will talk about just what this piece of equipment is. We will also give you more insight into common jobs it is often used for. Lastly, we will help you to evaluate if this piece of equipment is right for you.

What is a Telescope Handler?

A telescope handler is used for either industrial or agricultural work. Basically, it is just a large piece of equipment. Many may actually mistake it for a forklift because the two seem so similar. When pallet forks are on the telescope handler, this is very true. But really the telehandler is more closely related to a crane because of its single arm which can move not only up and down, but also back and forth. This makes this large piece of equipment very handy for lifting things up and down, or moving them to various areas.

What is It Used For? 

The telescope handler can be used for a wide variety of things, depending upon the attachment that is being used at the front of the arm, as well as the setting it is in. Often, you will see it employed in factories and on docks for things like moving heavy items from one place to another when a forklift cannot reach the areas in question. This is the same basic function that this machine serves on the farm, as well: to move things from one place to another. However, farmers are much more likely to put the bucket attachment on the end as opposed to pallet forks.

Is it Right for Your Job? 

To decide whether a particular telescope handler might be able to help you lift loads on the job, you will need to do some math. Each of these pieces of equipment comes with a chart that allows drivers to tell how much and at what angle they can lift loads. If your load is simply too heavy, you might want to use a crane. Or, if it is light enough that it does not require a telescope handler (or if it does not have to go into an unreachable area) try a forklift.


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