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Where To Buy A Used Or Second Hand Telehandler

Updated on June 11, 2016

Where a company intends to use a telehandler on a regular basis and for a prolonged period of time, telehandler hire can quickly become the expensive option. Investing in a brand new telehandler however, requires an upfront expenditure that many companies simply cannot afford. As such, many companies (particularly smaller firms) opt to purchase second hand or used equipment in the hope of reducing that initial investment.

There are a number of used equipment vendors and purchasing from each has its own pros and cons. Potential used machine vendors include manufacturers, specialist providers, hire companies and the current owners such as building contractors or farmers.


Manufacturers often lease or offer part exchange deals, meaning they typically have a fleet of used machines alongside their new models. The main advantage of purchasing a used telehandler is that you can rest assured each machine has been thoroughly serviced and repaired. The manufacturers are risking their own reputation by selling on used machines and are therefore intent on providing quality products.

On the downside, purchasing one that is used from its manufacturer is often the most expensive way to get your hands on a second hand machine.

Telehandler Providers

Providers do not manufacture their own, instead they act as a middleman between manufacturers and industry. In addition, these providers often lease their range for the first two years of their lives before selling them on as used. Some providers also offer part exchange deals or buy up used telehandlers to add to their fleets.

As a result, second hand and used equipment can be found at a fraction of the cost charged by the manufacturers whilst their state of general repair is still of a reasonably high standard. In addition, as these providers are not manufacturing their own brand they can offer a whole range of makes and models.

Private Sales

Finally, a company could opt to buy direct from the previous owner. Whilst this is often the cheapest way a firm can purchase a used machine, there is a certain amount of risk involved with private sales. There is very little guarantee that what you are buying will be in good working condition and, unless the seller offers some form of security or warranty, the buyer may potentially be investing in faulty equipment.

The choice your company takes obviously depends on its circumstances. Whilst those with tight budgets may well take a risk and opt for a private sale, if quality is essential and the budget can be stretched, buying from the manufacturer may be the best option. For the best choice however, at a low price that does not compromise or risk quality, telehandler providers are almost always the best alternative.

Where To Find Used Telehandlers For Sale

There are many industry and construction machinery magazines which advertise machines for sale, but this could be quite a timely way of seeking current equipment for sale. There will also be specialist auctions especially for auctioning used farm equipment. But again these tend to be far and few between so if you are in the market now you may not wish to wait until this occurs.

Probably the best place to start your search is with a search engine a search of 'used telehandlers for sale' will bring up a variety of websites where secondhand machines are available for sale. From here it is then choosing which to inquire about. Buying hire equipment makes sense if you are looking for a machine with recorded hours worked and also a service history.

Types Of Telehandlers

The Different Types Of Telehandler

As is well documented, these machines are extremely versatile machines, designed to operate in all manner of conditions and transport loads to and from high up or awkward locations. Nevertheless, there is no ‘one size fits all’ on the market and, whilst many cover a whole range of load capacities and boom extensions, the task your firm wishes to undertake will dictate which type and attachment it invests in.

Load Capacity

The first question on the lips of many is ‘how much can this telehandler lift?’ Each range and type comes with a rated load capacity, typically somewhere between 2000kg and 5000kg although higher and lower capacities do exist.

It is important to note that, whilst it may have a 5000kg rated load capacity, this does not necessarily mean it can lift and transport 5000kg of load at every angle and extension of its boom. Extending the boom out in front will decrease the load capacity as the moments about the boom’s base increase.

They will also come equipped with a load chart, detailing exactly what the machine can lift at each boom extension and angle. Bear this in mind when investigating the right one for your firm.

Boom Extension & Rotation

The boom extension is typically documented as either an absolute boom extension or as a maximum lift height. The maximum height is not the same length as the maximum boom extension at a lower angle, again due to the moments acting on the base of the boom. Whilst they may be able to reach 13m at 80° to the floor, this reach is likely to be around 8m at 0° or parallel to the floor. Some are fitted with rotational capability, this enables the machine to be able to be in a fixed position and able to rotate the lifting equipment to pick up stock and then rotate to where this stock needs to be placed, so being able to work similar to a mini crane.


The engine is also an important factor to consider when selecting your telehandler. Power and maneuverability are essential, be sure to take both into account when searching for your ideal machine.

Typically, engines range in power between around 30kw and 100kw. Know what your job demands to ensure you invest or hire a machine with enough juice.


Whilst once upon a time manufacturers were fairly rare breeds, there are now dozens each vying for your business. Each manufacturer has its own range of models with different specifications and potential attachments. To ensure you get exactly what you need from yours research manufacturers such as JCB, Dieci and Merlo alongside Bobcat and Caterpillar for starters.


Finally, one of the features that make these machines so versatile is the range of attachments that can be fitted to each. From pallet forks to shovels and buckets, each make and model will be compatible with a range, albeit it limited. To ensure you choose the right one for your company, decide exactly which attachments are necessary and select a brand and model accordingly. Note that not all are compatible with every attachment.

Buy Or Hire?

If you are unsure which brand or style you wish to buy why not try before you buy - with several companies undertaking telehandler hire this would give you a first hand experience of the type you may need for the jobs you need.


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    • jabelufiroz profile image

      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Great hub on Second Hand Telehandler. Voted up.