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Reach Forklifts for Rent

Also known as telehandlers, United Rentals offers a wide range of reach forklift rentals that provide ample strength, lift height and performance features for various applications.

Featured Reach Forklifts

See our most popular, widely available reach forklifts for rent. Set your location to see real-time pricing and availability.

For our full list of reach forklifts, view the items below. For more information about reach forklifts, visit our resource section.

Blue Genie 15-20 ft., 4,500 lbs. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1000

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 15 ft.-20 ft., 4,500 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Synchro shuttle transmission
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity of up to 4,500 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing heavy-duty materials on any terrain
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Blue Genie 6,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1155

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 15 ft.-34 ft., 6,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height of up to 34'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 6,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and transporting heavy materials over various types of terrain
  • Add this 6k forklift to your cart now
Blue Genie 5,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift with fork lifted
Cat Class Code
233-1025

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 16 ft.-20 ft., 5,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height of up to 20'
  • Tight turning radius, excellent maneuverability
  • Carrying capacity up to 5,000 lbs.
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this 5k forklift to your cart now
Blue Genie 5,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1050

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 21 ft.-35 ft., Diesel Powered

  • Easy-to-operate controls
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Tight-turning radius
  • Excellent maneuverability
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and transporting materials, pallets and more around a warehouse or other industrial site
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Yellow and black JCB 6,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1160

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 30 ft.-39 ft., 6,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 36'4"
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 6,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, loading and unloading heavy-duty materials
  • Add this 6k forklift to your cart now
Red and black Magni 22,046 lb. variable reach forklift with fork upright
Cat Class Code
233-1700

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 31 ft., 22,046 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • 30,645 lb. operating weight
  • 31' maximum lift height
  • 16' maximum forward reach
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this variable reach forklift to your cart now
Red and black Magni 35,273 lb. variable reach forklift with fork upright
Cat Class Code
233-1850

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 31 ft., 35,273 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • 45,195 lb. operating weight
  • 31' maximum lift height
  • 16' maximum forward reach
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this variable reach forklift to your cart now
Blue Genie 6,000 lb. traverse telehandler reach forklift with fork lifted
Cat Class Code
233-1175

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 40 ft.-45 ft., 6,000 lbs., Traverse, Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height of up to 45’
  • Dual-gear hydraulic pump
  • Maximum carrying capacity of up to 6,000 lbs.
  • Up to 99.2 horsepower
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting heavy materials to elevated heights in construction and industrial spaces
  • Add this 6k forklift to your cart now
Orange JLG telehandler reach forklift carrying a loaded pallet with a worker in the cab
Cat Class Code
233-1470

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 40 ft.-45 ft., 9,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 43'
  • Joystick boom control
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 9,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing heavy-duty materials
  • Add this 9k forklift to your cart now
Variable Reach Forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1600

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 40 ft.-49 ft., 10,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height of up to 49'
  • Single joystick control handles all boom functions
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 10,000 lbs.
  • Tight turning radius, excellent maneuverability
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this 10k forklift to your cart now
Reach Forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1610

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 40 ft.-49 ft., 10,000 lbs., Traverse, Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 49’
  • 4-section boom for variable reach
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 10,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting heavy materials to elevated heights in construction and industrial spaces
  • Add this 10k forklift to your cart now
Orange and gray 6,000 lbs. Skyjack Telehandler Reach with forklift lowered
Cat Class Code
233-1170

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 40 ft.-49 ft., 6,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 42'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 6,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy loads around the jobsite
  • Add this 6k forklift to your cart now
Blue Genie 8,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1370

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 40 ft.-49 ft., 8,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 43'10"
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 8,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy-duty materials
  • Add this 8k forklift to your cart now
Yellow and black JCB 42 ft. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1250

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 42 ft., 7,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 42'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 7,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and moving heavy-duty materials
  • Add this 7k forklift to your cart today
Reach Forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1475

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 42 ft., 9,000 lbs., Traverse, Diesel Powered

  • Maximum reach of up to 42’
  • Powershift transmission
  • Torque up to 306 ft.-lbs.
  • Several forward and reverse gears
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting heavy materials to elevated heights in construction and industrial spaces
  • Add this 9k forklift to your cart now
8000 pound variable reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1375

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 43 ft., 8,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 43'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy-duty materials up and over obstacles
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Orange Skyjack 44 ft. Variable Reach Forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1732

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 44 ft., Diesel Powered

  • Single joystick control handles all boom functions
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Tight turning radius, excellent maneuverability
  • Capable of tackling various terrain
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this variable reach forklift to your cart now
Orange JLG 15,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1690

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 45 ft.-55 ft., 15,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 55'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 15,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and loading heavy-duty materials
  • Add this 15k forklift to your cart now
Yellow and black JCB 10,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1650

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 50 ft.-56 ft., 10,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 56'10"
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 10K lbs.
  • Multiple steering modes available including all-wheel
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and moving heavy loads around a jobsite
  • Add this 10k forklift to your cart now
Orange JLG telehandler reach forklift, boom up and outriggers deployed
Cat Class Code
233-1675

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 50 ft.-56 ft., 12,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 56'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 12,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy loads in industrial settings
  • Add this 12k forklift to your cart today
Yellow and black JCB 14,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1685

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 50 ft.-56 ft., 14,000 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • Maximum lift height up to 56'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Maximum carrying capacity up to 14,000 lbs.
  • Reduced-overhang chassis for improved visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and handling heavy-duty materials
  • Add this forklift to your cart now
Red and black Magni 11,000-13,200 lb. variable reach forklift with fork upright
Cat Class Code
233-2110

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 82 ft., 11,000-13,200 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • 36,595-39,680 lb. operating weight
  • 82' maximum lift height
  • 62-69 ft. maximum forward reach
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this variable reach forklift to your cart now
Red and black Magni 13,200 lb. variable reach forklift with fork upright
Cat Class Code
233-2140

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 97 ft., 13,200 lbs., Diesel Powered

  • 48,060 lb. operating weight
  • 97' maximum lift height
  • 85' maximum forward reach
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this variable reach forklift to your cart now
Red and black Magni 13,200 lb. 114 ft. variable reach forklift with rotating boom
Cat Class Code
233-2100

Telehandler Reach Forklift, 114 ft., 13,200 lbs., Rotating Boom, Diesel Powered

  • Maximum capacity of 13,200 lbs.
  • Lift capacity of 6,600 lbs. at full height
  • Maximum lift height of 114'
  • Comes standard with automatic attachment recognition
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials such as lumber, bricks, trusses and more
  • Add this telehandler reach forklift to your cart now
Resources

More About Reach Forklifts

United Rentals' fleet of telehandler rental options includes traverse reach forklifts and variable reach forklifts that come in electric, gas, or diesel-powered configurations. Many telehandlers have mid-mounted engines and long wheelbases for greater mobility in mud and on rocks, rough terrain and hillsides. Our telehandler forklift rentals have maximum lift heights up to 56 feet and load capacities up to 15,000 pounds. Our inventory of telescopic forklifts includes models from manufacturers like JLG, Sky Trak, Case and other trusted brands. With our selection of telehandler rentals, you can count on United Rentals to equip you for success. For more information on our telehandlers for rent, please visit our FAQ section below.

FAQs
How high can a forklift reach?

The height a forklift can reach depends on its size, model and load. United Rentals offers extended reach forklifts with maximum lift heights up to 56 feet. Load capacities for these forklifts range from 6,600 pounds to 16,000 pounds. based on a 24-inch load center lifting on level ground.

How do you steer a reach forklift?

In order to operate a boom forklift, you must have a forklift certification. Many technical and online schools offer forklift training and certification at an affordable cost. Steering a forklift is different than steering a car. When operating a forklift, the steering wheel usually controls the rear wheels of the forklift because the front wheels are bearing the weight of the load. Because the rear wheels steer the forklift, you should be careful not to take turns too quickly, which could cause the vehicle to tip over or spill the load.

How much do telehandlers weigh?

Most telehandlers weigh between 25,000 and 30,000 lbs. unloaded, and closer to 35,000 lbs. when at full load. Consult the owners manual for exact weight and load specifications depending on your model.

How to Choose

For raising materials off the ground as high as 55 feet, you’ll need a telescopic handler (telehandler forklift) or reach forklift. Unlike a traditional forklift, a telehandler has a telescopic boom for lifting materials and can be used to extend loads up and over obstacles. The boom can be fitted with various attachments, such as a crane hook attachment or material bucket. The larger 10,000-pound telehandlers and 12,000-pound telehandlers have outriggers to stabilize the machine for heaver and higher lifts.

 

Choose the correct forklift capacity

Choose a forklift with sufficient maximum capacity and make sure it can fit where you need it to go.

Think through what materials you plan to lift. Will you be moving pallets? Storage containers? Lumber? And then consider the heaviest loads you’ll need to lift. It’s common for people to underestimate the capacity of the forklift they need, so when in doubt, go for a large telehandler rental. In the case of forklifts with telescopic booms, consult the load chart to figure out the forklift’s load capacity.

United Rentals offers warehouse forklift rentals with a wide range of maximum capacities, including:

  • Small telehandler forklifts: A 5,000-pound telehandler can handle light-duty to medium-duty jobs around a worksite or other industrial site.
  • Medium telehandler forklifts: These have capacities ranging from 10,000 pounds to 20,000 pounds and are suitable for medium-duty to heavy-duty jobs. This 10,000-pound telehandler can lift 55 feet up.
  • Large telehandler forklifts: With load capacities of 20,000 pounds and up, large telehandler forklifts can handle heavy-duty applications. These large telehandlers include variable reach forklifts which have more flexibility in the length of the boom arm.

In addition to capacity, you’ll also need to consider the forklift’s operating weight and width, and if those specifications are suitable for the type of terrain on site.

Know the lift height you need

The height to which you need to lift materials will determine not only what type of forklift you need to rent but also the maximum lift height. Our telehandler rentals can reach between 15 to 56 feet. Smaller 15-foot telehandlers are ideal for reaching two- to three-story buildings. While the larger 55-56 feet forklifts are ideal for reaching twice or three times that height, depending on maximum load capacity at height. Check the specifications on all forklift models for operating capacity.

Choose a telehandler with the right tires for outdoor use

Telehandler forklifts typically are fitted with pneumatic tires. Pneumatic tires are filled with compressed air and can handle rough terrain and uneven surfaces, including those found on construction sites and in lumberyards. Forklifts with pneumatic tires are typically intended for outdoor work, though they can also be useful in large warehouses. Cushion tires, made from solid rubber, provide less traction and lower ground clearance and are intended for indoor floors and smooth, level outdoor surfaces. If you are looking for a forklift for indoor applications, a warehouse forklift may be the right choice for you.

Understand the pros and cons of gas/diesel telehandler forklifts

Because telehandlers are designed for outdoor use, most often they are gas or diesel-powered. Diesel-powered forklifts are bigger, more powerful forklifts than the smaller models working in warehouses. Diesel-powered telehandlers are the go-to outdoor forklifts for heavy-duty applications, such as heavy manufacturing, lumberyards and construction. Gas-powered telehandlers are less common than diesel-powered forklifts but share many of the pros and cons.

The pros of gas and diesel telehandler forklifts
  • More power and torque than electric or propane forklifts
  • Can lift more weight and easily power hydraulic attachments
  • Faster acceleration and lifting
  • Require less maintenance than propane-fueled engines
  • Run time is limited only by fuel accessibility
The cons of gas/diesel telehandler forklifts
  • Limited to outdoor use due to exhaust fumes
  • Noisy operation and vibrations cause operator fatigue
  • Can’t make short turns or work in tight places due to their size
  • Require more highly trained operators