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The evolution of the telehandler – a piece of equipment for all occasions

Traditionally telehandlers (also known as telescopic handlers) were the go-to piece of machinery for lifting heavy equipment to high up areas. They were often found in warehouses and on construction sites. However, the role of telehandlers has changed. Telehandlers have grown up and now offer the user wider functionality opportunities than in the past.

With the introduction of a ‘quick hitch’ telehandler operators can switch attachments quickly, easily and safely.

In the past, projects may have required two or three different types of equipment making the process more time consuming and costly, however, the versatility offered by the attachments that many telehandlers now come with make a dramatic difference, often to the point that a project can be completed with just the hire of one telehander and several attachments.

At Mr Plant Hire, we have Manitou telehandlers available for hire and these come with a variety of attachment options to increase the usefulness of the already extremely useful telehandler.

What type of attachments can be used with telehandlers and what can they be used for?

Rehandling Bucket

These enable crowding and dumping of material, giving the telehandler a further use in construction projects.

4 in 1 bucket

A 4-in-1 bucket allows you to dig, push, load and unload with just one attachment, optimizing time and storage space.

Construction bucket

Specifically for digging, soil and rubble handling, the construction bucket is the perfect solution for construction projects. Some of these even have interchangeable teeth to help collect different materials

Hook jib

These offer two forward reaches for greater versatility.


For standard pallet handling.

Concrete Skip

These can be particularly compact to enable filling beneath a concrete mixer and access through window frames.

Sweepers and cleaners

You can even get sweeper and cleaner attachments that include pressure cleaners and side-pushing sweepers and sweeper-collectors.

The availability of these attachments doesn’t just mean that costs can be saved by using one piece of equipment in place of two or three. They also save substantial time, reducing the time for site workers as equipment is swapped over for each different task. Instead, the attachments can be swapped over in a matter of moments, before the operative continues with their task.

If you are interested to know more about our telehandlers, call us today on 0208 278 7593. Alternatively, if you want to polish up your telehandler operative skills, we run a Telehandler Course from our London site designed to help you get up-to-speed in best practice and the safe use of a telehandler, whatever you’re using it for.

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