Rotating telescopic handlers – in short telehandlers – are very versatile machines. Our telescopic handlers can be equipped with a wide range of tools allowing them to lift, hoist, and serve as aerial work platforms. As standard, our telehandlers are equipped with a fork carriage but on request we will take one or more of the following tools:

  • Lifting: with the fixed fork carriage or the rotating fork carriage;
  • Hoisting: with the fixed hook, fixed jib or winch jib;
  • Aerial work platform: with fixed aerial work platform.

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Nederhoff rotating telescopic handler in driving position

Renting rotating telehandlers from Kraanbedrijf Nederhoff

A rotating telehandler, also known as a Manitou or telehandler, is often the Jack-of-all-trades on a project. By means of the above tools, the telehandler can serve as a forklift, crane, and aerial work platform. And often the telehandler performs even slightly better than the aforementioned machines:

  • Lifting like a forklift: the telescopic boom takes the telescopic handler farther and higher, and it can rotate both with the superstructure and the optional rotating fork carriage;
  • Hoisting like a crane: with both a fixed hook and the fixed jib or jib with lift winch, a telescopic handler is a machine that can not only lift but also perform assembly work. Similar to a knuckleboom crane or mobile telescopic crane with mounting jib;
  • As an aerial work platform: a number of telescopic handlers can be controlled from below, allowing more space in the aerial work platform. Also, on some of the telescopic handlers, the aerial work platform can be opened up so that, for example, solar panels can be laid on a sloping roof.

Besides differences in tools, telehandlers also differ in other areas, such as capacity and boom length.


Capacity is indicated in the maximum number of tons that the respective telehandler can lift at a short radius with the fixed fork carriage. Often this is a very short radius of 2.5 or 3.0 meters. In practice, however, it almost never happens that work takes place at this radius. In fact, like a mobile telescopic crane, the rotarating telehandler needs space to set up and often the load must be placed at a distance and/or height. Therefore, the stated capacity is more of a designation than an indication of actual usable capacity.

Boom length

Therefore, in practice, telehandlers often refer to boom length. Boom length refers to the length of the telescopic mast. The fact that the telehandler is quick to deploy is partly due to this boom. Within a short time, the boom can telescope to impressive lengths. Types with the same capacity may have different boom lengths. Ultimately, the boom determines the range (flight) and height the telehandler can reach. To determine the capacity at more realistic, larger radii is summarized in tables in the specifications.

Outrigger base

Before lifting operations can begin, a telehandler will need to be stable. Therefore the crane must be set up, using the outriggers. The outriggers extend and push the crane up so that eventually the crane is completely set up on the outriggers. This distance between the centers of the outriggers is therefore stated. To determine the area required to set up the crane, we must add the length of half of the outrigger plate as well as part of the outrigger bulkhead to this distance. You can find more information about this in the specifications.

Would you like some advice on which rotating telescopic handler you need for your project? Our experienced team is ready to advise you on choosing the right telescopic handler for your project, taking into account your specific requirements and needs.

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