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What You Need to Know About JLG® and SkyTrak® Telehandlers

Articles - May 21

What You Need to Know About JLG® and SkyTrak® Telehandlers

Logan Cunningham
Product Training Specialist
JLG Industries

A telehandler, sometimes called a telescopic material handler (TMH) is a machine widely used in construction and agricultural applications. It is similar in appearance and function to a warehouse forklift, but it has a single telescopic boom that can extend forward and upward from the vehicle.

On the end of the boom, an operator can fit one of several attachments, such as a bucket, pallet forks, an auger or a truss boom. The OSHA classification for this type of machine is a 1910.178 Class 7 rough-terrain forklift. Telehandlers are most commonly used for moving loads to and from places unreachable with a conventional forklift and would usually require a crane. Thanks to their telescopic reach, telehandlers provide the means of picking up and placing loads from the ground to elevated positions on the job site.
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Telehandlers have several advantages, including:

  • Three steering modes — 4-wheel crab, 4-wheel circle and 2-wheel front — which allow for better machine maneuverability and positioning of the load
  • Single boom joystick control for boom lift and telescope
  • Durable foam filled or solid tires that resist wear without sacrificing performance
  • Quick and easy installation of attachments to have the right attachment for the job

JLG offers telehandlers in two brands — JLG® and SkyTrak® — as well as several series options, including Compact and High Capacity. All telehandlers offered by JLG contain many of the same major components. 

Below is a quick reference guide for the different components, cylinder locations and need-to-know terminology of JLG and SkyTrak telehandlers.

 Telehandler Diagram


To learn more about telehandlers available from JLG, visit here.

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