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

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Product description

United Rentals' telehandlers for rent combine a crane and forklift in one machine. These variable reach forklift rentals can carry up to 20,000 lbs. of materials and has a maximum reach of 32' to 43' for heavy-duty jobs depending the model. The cab design eliminates a dashboard for greater operator visibility. United Rentals carries top brands like Magni and Xtreme.
  • 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

Product information

Choose the Right Reach Forklift

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
Safety & Training
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Forklift Safety 101

Forklift accidents are almost always avoidable with forklift safety best practices. What are the main causes of injuries when using forklifts? The following article detail some of the most common types of forklift accident and helpful tips for preventing each one.


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You can get your rental in a few different ways. When making your choice, please take into account the below considerations. Transportation not provided by United Rentals is at your own risk. For any questions, call us at 833-465-9056.

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