Tiger Plant has telehandlers in sizes to suit every job, whether you need a smaller 4M telehandler for garden jobs or projects, or a 17M for moving some of the biggest construction obstacles. We can also offer qualified telehandler driver hire for all of our plant hire machinery.
Choosing the right size telehandler is essential for getting the job done well - if you’re unsure about which size is best for your needs, get in touch and we’ll be happy to help out.
What's the Difference Between a Telehandler and a Forklift?
Sometimes the terms “telehandlers” and “forklifts” are used interchangeably, but despite some similarities, they have differences in one important area: While forklifts are perfect for lifting and lowering items vertically, telehandlers let you move items horizontally as well.
This makes them ideal for moving more challenging loads over wide areas, while forklifts are better suited to smaller load sizes and confined spaces, such as warehouses. We go into much more detail in our blog: The Difference Between Forklifts & Telehandlers, but if you’re still unsure which one is best for your needs, get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise.
Telehandler Hire for More Demanding Jobs
Telehandlers are more common on many sites these days due to their versatility. This is often referred to as a 'Teleporter' or, more commonly, a telehandler. These machines have been designed to lift not only vertically but also forward and away from the position of the machine. This enables a load to be raised over areas with limited access where a counterbalance truck would be unsuitable.
The telehandler has become very popular in construction. Its versatility and the availability of attachments enable the telehandler's boom to carry out other tasks (such as loading with a bucket or sweeping with a hydraulic brush). Once again, knowing your site and load will be instrumental when choosing the right machine. Read our Ultimate Guide to Telehandler Hire for more information.
Which Telehandler is Right for Me?
A small 4 or 6 meter telehandler will be more nimble in smaller spaces. For lifting to great heights, Tiger Plant offers up to 17 meter telehandlers - and several sizes in between the two extremes. If you are unsure about which size to go for, ask our friendly team for some help in deciding which forklift is best for you. You can also find out more about safely operating a telehandler on our blog.
Fuelling Your Telehandler
It may also be important to consider what type of fuel you want to work with. Telehandlers are currently only powered by diesel, but counterbalance telehandlers can be driven by electric power, gas or diesel as well.
With electric telehandlers, you will need a charging unit on-site, so they are very rare for short-term hires. It will be much easier to find a gas or diesel truck. Gas may be the preferred choice if you are in an enclosed area so you are not breathing in diesel fumes.
How Much will Telehandler Hire Cost?
The cost will be relative to the type of telehandler you want and the length of time you want it for. You can hire a forklift for a single day or for many months, and Tiger Plant Hire has a variety of options that can flex to your needs. As a rough guide, a counterbalance telehandler will start at £110 per week for a long-term hire or up to £350 per week for a short-term hire or for a truck with a heavier lifting capacity.
Telehandlers will typically be more expensive to hire, as they are more costly assets to purchase. They can cost between £250 - £600 per week, again depending on the size of the machine and length of the hire period. You can also opt to hire an operator if you don't have an experienced driver on hand.
Contact Tiger Plant for Plant Hire in Swindon
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call Tiger Plant on 01793 886444. We will help you with your material handling and lifting enquiry, guiding you towards the right product and giving you a competitive quote for your needs. With our experience and extensive fleet of equipment, we run many telehandlers and we will more than likely have something that will suit the job you need to do.