Telehandlers are the ultimate small, multi-use construction vehicle. If you need to use a vehicle in small surroundings or need a vehicle that doesn’t have a massive price tag, this is an ideal fit. One of the reasons the telehandler is so versatile is the variety of available attachments for them.
Buckets are one of the most purchased attachments for this type of vehicle. They come in various shapes and sizes, and can generally be used for transporting items, but not digging.
Two of the most common bucket attachments for these vehicles are the grapple and material types. Grapple buckets get used for picking up irregular objects and keeping them in the bucket. Material buckets are straightforward lift-and-move type attachments.
The main difference between the two bucket types is that the grapple has a hooked flap used to wedge items into the bucket.
The market offers an array of different carriage attachments as well. Not only can you find carriages that move in a variety of ways, but you can find various sizes as well.
The options in this department include side-shift, side-tilt, standard, and swing. Each of them is capable of varying movements and degrees of tilt.
Side-shift carriages can shift to either the left or right within certain parameters. The operator can typically adjust the spacing between the forks from the cab.
Side-tilt attachments can tilt the carriage to either the left or right to allow for the perfect positioning.
Standard devices have floating forks that can be adjusted from side to side as required. These are ideal for everyday warehousing and moving operations.
The moving forks and tilt capability of a swing carriage offer staggering precision when moving things in tight corners.
Forks are some of the tools most regularly associated with telehandlers. You can choose from many different types, which include cubing, pallet, and lumber forks.
As with pitchforks and other hand forks, fork attachments get used for moving items from one place to another.
Cubing forks have many prongs and have applications in moving blocks of stone, hay bales, and even wool bales.
Pallet forks are well suited to warehousing situations where they can serve to move stock on pallets.
Lumber forks are essential tools in forestry and lumber operations. The tines have larger spacing to allow optimum balance when transporting long materials.
Potential Problems with Telehandler Attachments
Since the carriages and other attachments generally face high-pressure uses, many things could go wrong.
The tines on forks may bend and wear down over time or no longer move as they should. The tilt and movement of carriages might stop working.
With grappling buckets, the hook may snap off, or some of the teeth might break. The material buckets can crack or begin to disintegrate.
In some cases, you’ll have to replace the entire attachment. However, since many telehandler attachments have many small parts, you can often repair only the affected part.