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Rough Terrain Forklift These forklifts are wonderful in their abilities!  They can reach out and over objects and obstacles to retrieve materials that are needed, and deliver them to other areas of the constructions site, and raise them to heights and distances that their Industrial Forklift counterparts could only imagine.  One thing to always bear in mind, is keep your machine and your materials as level as possible to help you stay safe!


A rough terrain forklift is also called a telescopic handler, or a telehandler, named so because of the tubular “boom” that is used to place the loads that it carries. Some rough terrain forklifts have vertical masts, just like an industrial forklift, but have increased ground clearance and different tires to adjust to the uneven terrain that is typical of a construction project.  This machine widely used in agriculture and in the construction industry.  

The most common attachment for a tele-handler is pallet forks and the most common application is to move loads to and from places unreachable for a conventional forklift. For example, telehandlers have the ability to remove palletised cargo from within a trailer and to place loads on rooftops and other high places. The latter application would otherwise require a crane, which is not always practical or time-efficient.