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Locators’ ultimate guide to telehandlers

Take your material handling to the next level with Locators’ comprehensive telehandlers guide.

Telehandlers are the Swiss Army Knife of material handling

Discover the versatile advantages of telehandlers for your business.

Material handling can be daunting, especially in industries that frequently load and unload heavy items. Imagine moving a mountain of boxes with nothing but a spoon — it’d be time-consuming, inefficient, and simply impossible. Thankfully, the solution is right at your fingertips — telehandlers. Telehandlers are the Swiss Army Knife of material handling equipment (MHE). Just like the pocket knife’s versatility, telehandlers can perform multiple functions in one. These machines have a unique design, including a telescopic boom that can extend and retract. It also has a hydraulic lifting system, allowing operators to lift and move heavy items with ease.

Telehandlers are the perfect combination of a forklift and a crane. Their ability to lift and reach high heights allows them to easily move materials to inaccessible areas. Unlike forklifts, telehandlers have a more flexible and versatile design. This will enable them to manoeuvre through tight spaces, rough terrain, and uneven surfaces. This makes telehandlers a more efficient and cost-effective alternative to other MHEs. The unique capabilities of telehandlers make them ideal for a wide range of industries. These include construction, agriculture, mining, and warehousing. Telehandlers can lift and move heavy loads, such as construction materials, hay bales, and large machinery. They can also easily handle delicate items, such as fragile equipment or containers filled with liquids.

Telehandlers also offer safety benefits for operators and employees. The telescopic boom design of telehandlers provides excellent visibility for operators. Thanks to this, it reduces the risk of accidents and injuries. The hydraulic lifting system ensures items are securely lifted and transported. This reduces the risk of damage or spillage. In conclusion, telehandlers are the ultimate solution for efficient material handling operations. They are versatile, efficient, and safe, making them valuable assets for any business. Whether you need to lift and transport heavy loads or delicate equipment, telehandlers can easily handle the task. Take your material handling to new heights with this Swiss Army Knife of material handling.

Understanding the mechanics of telehandlers

Discover the ins and outs of telehandlers and their remarkable capabilities.

Telehandlers, also known as telescopic handlers, are versatile machines. They are renowned for lifting, moving, and transporting heavy loads across different terrains. They are widely used in the construction, agriculture, and warehousing industries. In these industries, their unique design and functionality make them invaluable tools. Below, we’ll explore the mechanics of telehandlers and how they work.


The backbone of telehandlers.

At the heart of every telehandler is a hydraulic system that enables it to lift, lower and tilt loads with precision and control. The hydraulic system consists of a pump, cylinder, and fluid reservoir, which transfer force and power. The pump draws the fluid from the reservoir when the operator activates the hydraulic controls. The pump then pushes it through the cylinder, applying force to the piston. This force causes the boom or fork to move up or down, depending on the direction of the controls.

Boom & Forks

The arms of telehandlers.

The boom is the long arm of the telehandler that extends and retracts, allowing it to reach different heights and distances. The boom is usually high-strength steel, extending up to 30 feet or more. The operator controls the boom using a joystick or lever, which activates the hydraulic system to move the boom up, down, or to the side. The forks are attached to the end of the boom, which are used to lift and carry loads. The forks can be adjusted to fit different-sized loads, and their position can be tilted or rotated using hydraulic controls. Other attachments can also be added to the forks, such as buckets, grapples, or hooks, to handle different materials.

Safety Guidelines

Operating telehandlers with care.

Operating a telehandler requires skill, knowledge, and caution. To ensure the safety of the operator and others on the job site, it is essential to follow some basic guidelines. The operator should be properly trained and licensed to operate a telehandler. They should always wear appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), such as a hard hat, safety glasses, and gloves. The telehandler should be inspected before each use, and any defects or malfunctions should be reported and repaired. The operator should also be aware of the weight capacity of the telehandler and never exceed it, as this can lead to tip-overs or structural damage.

In conclusion, telehandlers rely on hydraulic systems and mechanical parts to lift and move heavy loads. Understanding the mechanics of telehandlers is crucial to operating them safely and efficiently. By following proper guidelines and procedures, operators can maximise the potential of telehandlers. With these power machines by their side, they can complete tasks with ease and confidence.

How to choose the perfect telehandlers for your job

Learn the ins and outs of telehandlers to select the right machine for your specific needs.

Telehandlers are powerful machines that can make light work of heavy lifting and moving tasks. However, choosing the right telehandler ensures safety, efficiency, and productivity. In this section, we will explore the factors to consider when selecting a telehandler, including . . .

Types of Telehandlers

Matching the Machine to the Job

Telehandlers come in different shapes and sizes, each with unique capabilities and limitations. The most common types of telehandlers include . . .

Fixed Frame Telehandlers (FFT)
These machines have a rigid frame and are ideal for flat surfaces. They are commonly used in construction, warehousing, and agriculture.

Rotating Telehandlers (RT)
These machines have a rotating frame designed for working in tight spaces or uneven terrain. They are commonly used in construction, landscaping, and maintenance.

Heavy Lift Telehandlers (HLT)
These machines are designed to lift heavy loads and are ideal for heavy construction, demolition, and mining.

When selecting a telehandler, matching the machine to the job requirements, load capacity, and the terrain is essential. A fixed-frame telehandler is likely suitable for a warehouse. However, a rotating telehandler may be better suited for a landscaping project.

Capacity & Limitations

Understanding the load capacity of telehandlers.

One of the most important factors to consider when selecting a telehandler is its load capacity. The load capacity of a telehandler is determined by its lift capacity, which is the maximum weight it can lift at a given height and reach. Exceeding the lift capacity of a telehandler can lead to tip-overs or structural damage, posing a risk to the operator and others on the job site. It is also essential to consider the reach capacity of a telehandler. This is the maximum distance it can reach while maintaining its lift capacity.

Choosing a telehandler with the right lift and reach capacity can improve productivity and reduce the risk of accidents.

Maintenance & Service

Ensuring optimal performance and longevity.

Proper maintenance and service are crucial to a telehandler’s optimal performance and longevity. Regular inspections, lubrication, and replacement of worn parts can prevent breakdowns. It can also extend the life of the machine. Operators should also follow proper storage procedures and keep the telehandler clean and dry. This way, you can prevent rust and corrosion. Having a qualified technician perform routine maintenance and service is also essential. This includes oil changes, filter replacements, and hydraulic system checks. Regularly maintaining and servicing a telehandler can improve its safety, efficiency, and reliability.

In turn, this can reduce the risk of accidents and downtime.

In conclusion, choosing the right telehandler for a job requires careful consideration. By matching the machine to the job requirements, load capacity, and terrain, operators can improve . . .

🟪 | Productivity
🟪 | Safety
🟪 | Efficiency

Regularly maintaining and servicing ensures the optimal performance and longevity of the telehandler. Such regularity can maximise the vehicle’s potential and help your return on investment.

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Aisle Masters & Equipment

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Are you looking for efficient and cost-effective solutions to optimise your warehouse space? Look no further than aisle masters and warehouse equipment. With Aisle Masters’ innovative and patented design, you can increase your storage capacity by up to 50%. All while improving the efficiency of your warehouse operations. These narrow-aisle forklifts are perfect for handling heavy loads in confined spaces to save space and labour costs.

Here are five brief benefits of using Aisle Masters & Equipment . . .

🟩 | Increased storage capacity by up to 50%
🟩 | Improved warehouse efficiency
🟩 | Reduced labour costs
🟩 | Safe and reliable equipment
🟩 | Customisable solutions to meet your specific needs

Electric, LPG or Diesel Forklifts

Comfortable | Ergonomic | Interactive

Whether you’re looking for a forklift for indoor or outdoor use, we’ve got you covered with our range of electric, LPG, or diesel forklifts. Our forklifts are built to last. Each is made with durable components and advanced features to help you maximise your productivity. With various sizes and lifting capacities, we can help you find the perfect forklift for your needs.

Here are five brief benefits of using our electric, LPG, or diesel forklifts . . .

🟧 | Increased productivity and efficiency
🟧 | Reduced maintenance costs
🟧 | Environmentally friendly options with electric forklifts
🟧 | Customisable options to meet your specific needs
🟧 | Ergonomic design for improved operator comfort and safety

Telehandlers & Access Equipment

Dynamic | Maneuverable | Precision

At Locators, we offer a range of telehandlers and access equipment to help you work safely and efficiently at height. Our equipment is designed with safety and versatility in mind. This makes it perfect for various applications, from construction to maintenance. With multiple sizes and lifting capacities, we can help you find the ideal equipment for your needs.

Here are five brief benefits of using our telehandlers and access equipment . . .

🟥 | Safe and efficient working at height
🟥 | Versatile equipment for a range of applications
🟥 | Reduced labour costs with increased efficiency
🟥 | Customisable options to meet your specific needs
🟥 | Easy to operate and maintain

Get in touch and benefit from our telehandlers

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