Thursday, October 4, 2012

Understanding telescopic handler and its importance

There are many types of equipments and vehicles that are used in the agricultural sector and large manufacturing and industrial units. One of the most frequently used ones is the telescopic handler. Also called a Telehandler by a few, these machines though are similar crane, look like a fork lift and even function like one. The telehandlers are provided with a single boom that can be used to extend upwards as well as forward. The end of the boom can be fitted with a wide assortment of attachments ranging from pallet forks, lift tables, buckets and many more based on the task that needs to be performed. Though these vehicles were used in forestry during the early days of invention, today they have a strong presence in every sector.

There are certain activities that cannot be performed by a fork lift. Such activities can be performed using the telescopic handler. Though the pallet fork attachment can be attached to the fork lift as well as the telehandlers to move loads from one point to the other, the Telehandler has the ability to reach out to places that are not within the reach of the forklift. The fact that the boom of this machine can also be extended upwards gives it an upper edge over the forklift.

While the boom of the telescopic handler gives it an upper hand over the most of the machines, it is also a limiting factor at times. When the boom extends upwards carrying a heavy load, the vehicle tends to become unstable. Therefore, you should be careful and ensure that the weight that is loaded onto the attachments is not greater than the weight of the vehicle. The operators of this vehicle must always look back at their weight chart if they are unsure about the ability of the vehicle to carry a certain amount of weight.

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