Telehandlers have the ability to replace a full shed of equipment, as they are designed to tackle almost any job with the ease of switching an attachment. Choosing the right telehandler attachment for the task at hand can make the job so much easier.
- Use an attachment specifically created for the material or job at hand.
- Match your attachment to the machine’s load chart
- Check with your manufacturer as they can perform calculations to determine the exact size and type of attachment you’ll need.
Common attachments and their use
Telehandlers are ideal for lifting pallets, cotton bales, concrete blocks, masonry or timber with a fork. The fork is the most common type of attachment and they generally come in a variety of sizes to match the materials you’re working with.
Top Tip: Consider the width and height of the materials when choosing between fork types.
- Pallet fork: Designed to pick up and move palletised materials with different weights.
- Adjustable carriage: Allows adjustment of the fork width, enabling materials with irregular widths such as timber or sheet metal to be handled.
- Tilting carriages: Delivering materials onto an uneven surface such as a roof or hill is made much safer, as they tilt the load from side to side.
- Side-shift carriage: The operator can shift the carriage from left to right without having to move the entire machine. This allows for easy pickup or placement in tight quarters.
There are many purpose-designed buckets if you’re moving loose material around.
Top tip: Be sure to check the machine’s load cart as it is important to match the bucket size and design to the materials being moved.
- Larger buckets are generally used for lighter materials.
- General purpose buckets are usually standard on telehandlers and are good for dry soil digging.
- Grapples: Some buckets are equipped with grapples for secure movement of material wider than the unit width.
- Multipurpose: A multipurpose bucket can save time if you often switch between materials or environments.
There are different types of shovel attachments for your telehandler to assist with loading, lifting and moving various aggregates and other materials.
- 6-in-1 shovel: Allows the machine operator to undertake bulldozing, grabbing, loading, digging grading and back filling.
- General purpose shovel: Used for the re-handling of materials including sand, soil, and building waste.
- Heavy duty shovel: Designed for hard digging applications.
A telehandler auger attachment can get the job done quickly when drilling all types of holes.
Top tip: Be sure to consider the right combination of drive unit, swing control coupling and drill head to best suit your application.
When choosing a drill head consider:
- Size: Auger drill size should match the machine’s hydraulic pressure- too large will reduce power, too small will cause slower digging.
- Teeth: Your auger drill’s tooth configuration must be well suited to the ground type. For soft ground use a lightweight, smaller bit with teeth set in a straight line. For hard or abrasive ground, the bit should be tungsten reinforced with an offset tooth pattern.
By switching to a blade attachment, your telehandler can be used as a dozer.
Top tip: It is important to match the blade attachment to the application and material to maximise efficiency as one blade doesn’t fit all.
- Dozer blade: A dozer blade will have an angled tilt on the lip for maximum grading.
- Box scraper: Used for moving loose material and has a sturdy backblade with the sides built up to prevent the material from spilling over.
Telehandlers have limited possibilities to get the job done, usually with an attachment created specifically for it. New attachments are being developed frequently to match specific industry needs.
If you have any questions on choosing the best attachment for your telehandler, contact your local dealer.