Telescopic handlers are a popular type of plant machinery used widely across various industries. In this blog, we are going to outline what jobs telescopic handlers are most frequently used for.


A telescopic handler is a multipurpose lifting machine which features a single telescopic or articulating boom that extends upwards and outwards. Telescopic handlers are often called telehandlers, teleporters or boom lifts.

Various attachments, such as a lifting jib or work platform can be fitted to the end of the boom, making this piece of machinery very versatile. Telescopic handlers function in a similar way to a forklift and a crane, but often on a smaller scale.

Telescopic handlers can be used on all terrains, making them extremely useful on construction sites or farms, where the ground is often rough. They also have extendable stabilisers, meaning they can be safely used on uneven terrain.


Telescopic handlers are used in a range of industries but are most frequently used in the construction sector, the agricultural sector and the industrial sector.

In the construction sector, telescopic handlers are used for a wide range of jobs. They are often used with the working platform to give construction workers access to a specific area. There are also used to lift construction materials such as concrete blocks.

Telescopic handlers are frequently used within the agriculture industry because they can easily be manoeuvred around large farms and can be used for a number of farming tasks, both outdoors and indoors. Telescopic handlers can manoeuvre within small spaces, meaning they can be used inside a barn and can travel up and down livestock rows with ease. They are great for moving hay bales and handling heavy bucketloads.

In the industrial sector, telescopic handlers are most frequently used to quickly and easily shift cargo and heavy goods from one place to another. The pallet fork attachment is usually used regularly within the industrial sector.


As well as the construction, industrial and agricultural sectors, telescopic handlers are also used in a range of other industries. The best thing about telescopic handlers is, they can be used as a forklift truck, aerial work platform, tractor or crane. Here are some common uses for telescopic handlers:


This may be lifting heavy materials off the transport vehicle and moving them onto site or lifting materials up onto a building. Telescopic handlers are also used in warehouses to access and move loads that cannot be reached by forklifts.


If a repair needs to be carried out on a tall building, statue, power line or even streetlight, a telescopic handler may be used. With the work platform attached, a worker will be able to comfortably access the damage. Work platforms tend to have non-slip floors and hand-rails to minimise the risk of injury.

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  • Telescopic handlers are regularly used within the waste and recycling industry. They are used to sort through the various materials and are great for moving large loads of waste materials to different locations.
  • Telehandlers are also used for earthwork operations, which means they can move large amounts of earth. This is particularly beneficial to construction companies.
  • These machines are also used for ploughing snow. In some industries, the show must go on! Even if it snows heavily. Telehandlers can be used to plough snow and make a clear path for other vehicles and workers.


Purchasing a telescopic handler is a big investment, particularly if you don’t use them very often.

Are you looking to hire a telescopic handler? Altida has a range of telescopic handlers available to hire. These include the Merlo P 40.17 with a maximum rated capacity of 4,000kg, the Merlo Roto 45.21 MCSS with a maximum rated capacity of 4,500kg and the Merlo P 120.10HM with a maximum rated capacity of 12,000kg.

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At Altida, our telescopic handlers and all of our plant machinery are maintained, inspected and tested to industry standards. We aim to lead the way in health and safety compliance. You can download the full specification or find out more about our telescopic handlers here.


Here at Altida, we are experts in everything to do with lifting and can make the process of hiring telescopic handlers simple and straightforward.

We are the UK’s leading provider of mobile cranes and other plant machinery and can offer an excellent service with fantastic operators and a world-class fleet.

No matter what the task, big or small, we have the right telescopic handler for you. Get in touch with us at or call 01246 261915. Or, you can fill in the contact form here.