A telescopic handler, or telehandler, is a machine widely used in agriculture and industry.
It is similar in appearance and function to a forklift but is more a crane than forklift, with the increased versatility of a single telescopic boom that can extend forwards and upwards from the vehicle.
On the end of the boom the operator can fit one of several attachments, such as a bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, or winch.
In industry the most common attachment for a telehandler is pallet forks and the most common application is to move loads to and from places unreachable for a conventional forklift.
For example, telehandlers have the ability to remove palletised cargo from within a trailer and to place loads on rooftops and other high places. The latter application would otherwise require a crane, which is not always practical or time-