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Telehandlers for Rent

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

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

Blue and black GENIE 5,000 lb. Telehandler, 16-20 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1025

5,000 lb. Telehandler, 16-20 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 5,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 16-20 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Blue Genie 6,000 lb. telehandler reach forklift
Cat Class Code
233-1155

6,000 lb. Telehandler, 15-34 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 15-34 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and transporting heavy materials over various types of terrain
Yellow JCB 6,000 lb. Telehandler, 35-39 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1160

6,000 lb. Telehandler, 35-39 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 35-39 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, loading and unloading heavy-duty materials
Orange SKYTRAK 6,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-49 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1170

6,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-49 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 6,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 40-49 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Four-wheel drive for improved traction
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy loads around the jobsite
Yellow and black JCB 7,000 lb. Telehandler, 38-44 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1250

7,000 lb. Telehandler, 38-44 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 7,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 38-44 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Improved all-around visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and moving heavy-duty materials
Orange and Black SKYTRAK 8,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-49 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1370

8,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-49 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 8,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 40-49 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy-duty materials
Yellow and Black JCB 8,000-9,000 lb. Telehandler, 45 ft., Ground Engaging, Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1375

8,000-9,000 lb. Telehandler, 45 ft., Ground Engaging, Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity 8,000-9,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height up to 45'
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Ground engaging telehandler for extra stability
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy-duty materials up and over obstacles
Yellow and Black JCB 9,000 lb. Telehandler, 30-45 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1470

9,000 lb. Telehandler, 30-45 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 9,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 30-45 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing heavy-duty materials
Orange SKYTRACK 10,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-49 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1600

10,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-49 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 10,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 40-49 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Tight turning radius, excellent maneuverability
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Yellow JCB 10,000 pound telehandler
Cat Class Code
233-1650

10,000 lb. Telehandler, 50 ft. and Up, Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 10,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 50 ft. or higher depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and moving heavy loads around a jobsite
Orange and yellow JLG 12,000 lb. Telehandler, 53-69 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1675

12,000 lb. Telehandler, 53-69 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 12,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 53-69 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Improved all-around visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for moving and lifting heavy loads in industrial settings
Yellow and black JCB 14,000 lb. Telehandler, 55 ft. and Up, Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1685

14,000 lb. Telehandler, 55 ft. and Up, Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 14,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 55' and over depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting and handling heavy-duty materials
Orange and Black and Beige JLG 15,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-55 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1690

15,000 lb. Telehandler, 40-55 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity 15,000-16,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 40-55 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Multiple steering modes available
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and loading heavy-duty materials
Red and black MAGNI 20,000 lb. Telehandler, 32-43 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1700

20,000 lb. Telehandler, 32-43 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 20,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 32-43 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Improved all-around visibility
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Orange and gray SKYJACK 20,000 lb. Telehandler, 44-50 ft., Variable
Cat Class Code
233-1732

20,000 lb. Telehandler, 44-50 ft., Variable

  • Maximum lift capacity up to 20,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 44-50 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • 4WD for tackling various terrain
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Red and black Magni 35,273 lb. variable reach forklift with fork upright
Cat Class Code
233-1850

35,000 lb. Telehandler, 31-33 ft., High Capacity, Variable

  • High capacity up to 35,000 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height up to 31-33 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Red and black MAGNI 11,200-13,200 lb. Telehandler, 112-115 ft., Rotating
Cat Class Code
233-2100

11,200-13,200 lb. Telehandler, 112-115 ft., Rotating

  • Maximum lift capacity 11,200- 13,200 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 112-115 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic variable reach lift
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials such as lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Red and black MAGNI 11,000-13,200 lb. Telehandler, 82-85 ft., Rotating
Cat Class Code
233-2110

11,000-13,200 lb. Telehandler, 82-85 ft., Rotating

  • Maximum lift capacity 11,000- 13,200 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height 82-85 ft. depending on model
  • Telescopic rotating reach lift
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Red and black MAGNI 13,200 lb. Telehandler, 96 ft., Rotating
Cat Class Code
233-2140

13,200 lb. Telehandler, 96 ft., Rotating

  • Maximum lift capacity of 13,200 lbs. depending on model
  • Maximum lift height up to 96' depending on model
  • Telescopic rotating reach lift
  • Equipped with frame-leveling capabilities
  • Uses: Ideal for lifting, moving and placing construction materials like lumber, bricks, trusses and more
Resources

More About Reach Forklifts

United Rentals' fleet of telehandler rentals includes diesel options for efficient outdoor operation. Also called shooting booms, telehandlers have mid-mounted engines and long wheelbases for greater mobility in mud and on rocks, rough terrain and hillsides. Read our Project Uptime article, 11 Tips for the Safe Use of Telehandlers in Construction.

Our telehandler forklift rentals have maximum lift heights of up to 115 feet and load capacities of up to 35,000 pounds. Our inventory of telescopic forklifts includes models from JLG, SkyTrak, 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 115 feet. Load capacities for forklifts range from a 1,000-pound warehouse forklift to a 35,000-pound telehandler.

How do you steer a reach forklift?

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 pounds unloaded, and closer to 35,000 pounds at full load. Consult the owner’s manual for exact weight and load specifications depending on your model.

How to Choose

For raising materials off the ground as high as 115 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 or material bucket. The larger telehandlers with maximum capacities of 10,000 pounds and over have outriggers to stabilize the machine for heavier and higher lifts. Telehandlers are becoming a must-have on many jobsites, but which one to choose? Discover the different types of telehandlers and other factors to consider when buying or renting one in our article on Project Uptime.

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 telehandler 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 50 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 115 feet. Smaller 15-foot telehandlers are ideal for reaching two- to three-story buildings. While the larger 115-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.

Telehandlers have 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.

Understand the pros and cons of 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.

The pros of 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 diesel telehandler forklifts

 

  • Larger carbon footprint than gas and propane 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