Telehandler lifting concrete blocks


When it comes to versatility, telehandlers are second to none. Also known as telescopic handlers, zoom booms, and variable reach forklifts, telehandlers are trusted by many applications and operations. With rough-terrain, rotating, and high-capacity configurations, no job is too demanding or complex. Whether you’re working in construction, mining, or agriculture, Leavitt Machinery can help you find the perfect new telehandler for your needs.

Telescopic forklifts can be outfitted with various attachments and options based on the task at hand. These attachments include man baskets, buckets, clamps, hooks, and more. This ensures that your equipment delivers optimal performance in any environment, maximizing productivity and reliability. For assistance determining the best telehandler for your operation, contact our team today! We’ll work with you to provide a tailored solution for your unique site requirements, project timeline, and budget.

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The Advantages of Our Telescopic Forklifts

Quality You Can Trust
With a selection of trusted brands including Manitou, JLG, Genie, and more, Leavitt Machinery offers reliable quality for any application. Whether you’re working on a fast-paced construction site or you need a versatile unit for agricultural needs, we’ve got you covered. Every zoom boom in our inventory is built to meet or exceed industry standards, ensuring reliability and exceptional performance. Each unit is also backed by a leading warranty, allowing you to operate with peace of mind.

Options for Every Application
Some operations require unique equipment for their day to day tasks. That’s why we offer a variety of new telehandler configurations, allowing you to choose the best option for your needs. Whether you’re looking for a rotating telehandler, a high capacity zoom boom, or a model with various steering modes, our team is here to help. We also offer truck-mounted telehandlers and various attachments including forks, buckets, platforms, and more.

Enhanced Performance and Safety
With models that offer up to 70,000 lbs of lifting capacity, no load is too heavy for our zoom booms. Each unit is also equipped with advanced safety systems that keep the operator and surrounding personnel safe throughout the day. Examples of this technology include operator detection systems, all-around visibility, and optional pedestrian sensing systems. This ensures that you’re getting more done while keeping the risk of safety incidents to a minimum.

Common Telehandler Questions and Concerns

To determine the best telescopic handler for your operation, there are several factors to consider. These factors include:

  • The materials you handle. Their weight, size, and shape directly influence the type of telehandler and attachments you need.
  • The surfaces you operate on. Smooth, even, and hard surfaces are ideal for most types of equipment. If you operate on softer and uneven surfaces, however, you may need to consider a rough-terrain boom forklift over a small telehandler.
  • Typical weather/environmental conditions. If you work in an area with heavy rain or cold weather, you may want to choose a telescopic forklift with an enclosed cab.
  • our operating budget. In addition to the factors above, it’s important to ensure that your telescopic forklift choice fits your budget. Over-spending and under-spending can both negatively impact your operation.

For assistance determining the ideal small telehandler, rotating telehandler, or large zoom boom for your operation, contact our team! We can perform a detailed site assessment to determine the optimal unit for your needs, budget, and project timeline.

Forklifts and telehandlers are used in many of the same applications due to their versatility and reliability. Despite several similarities, there are a few crucial differences between a forklift and a telescopic handler.

  • The first difference can be seen in the mast. Where forklifts utilize a completely vertical (up and down) mast, telehandlers use a boom that moves in and out. As a result, telehandlers can lift and “reach” while forklifts can only lift.
  • Another major difference can be seen in the steering and handling. Most forklifts can only drive forward and backward, needing multiple-point turns to make sharper turns. Depending on the model, zoom booms can use 2-wheel, 4-wheel, and crab steering configurations. This allows for exceptional handling and turning on uneven terrain or soft surfaces.
  • A final difference is the attachments that can be added to each unit. Forklifts can be equipped with a variety of forks, buckets, and poles. Telehandlers can be equipped with forks, buckets, poles, clamps, grapples, hooks, man baskets, and more. This allows them to fill the role of many machines, optimizing value without cutting down on performance.

Due to their popularity in a variety of industries around the world, telehandlers have many different names. These include:

  • Telescopic Handlers.
  • Telescopic Forklifts.
  • Boom Forklifts.
  • Zoom Booms.
  • Reach Forklifts.

Variable Reach Forklifts. Though some are drastically different, each of these names refers to the same type of machine. To learn more about our selection of small telehandlers, rotating telehandlers, and rough-terrain zoom booms, contact our equipment team. We’ll partner with you to ensure that you’re getting an optimal equipment solution for your site needs, project timeline, and budget.