Take control of a toy telehandler

Take control of a toy telehandler

Never has a farm vehicle been so versatile than a telehandler, for use around the farmyard or on the building site.

A telescopic handler, or telehandler for short, is similar to that of a warehouse forklift, but thanks to the telehandlers design in both its power over rough terrain, it can be used for all heavy lifting on the farm and out on the muddy construction site.

If you're already an owner of a digger or a tractor with a front loader, than you may feel there's no need to upgrade, but you'll be wrong. In a toy telehandler you enjoy complete control of your heavy load with amazing reach from the telescopic arm - something that is incapable from most farm vehicles.

You are also permitted to drive your telehandler on the road (pretend road that is) providing you have a UK driver's license.

Most interesting things to know about a telescopic handler

  • A telescopic arm: This arm, or boom can reach up to 3 times its original length, so most things can be lifted up without the need of a crane
  • Four wheel steering: Maneuver those tight spots with ease thanks to front and rear steering
  • Attachments for many uses: Use a a bucket for dirt, gravel and sand, a fork for lifting hay bales, grabber for logs and round items with many more attachments available for your needs
  • JCB is king: Here in the UK JCB might be your preferred choice in heavy machinery, but keep an eye on CAT, New Holland, Manitou and JLG
  • Driver is also controller: The driver of the telehandler is very much the controller of the telescopic arm, thanks to many months of extensive training
  • Better than a tractor: Well in terms of work rate, but well it's not used for pulling trailers, a telehandler works all through the day lifting, loading and carrying

How does a telehandler work?

A telehandler is a vehicle for use over rough land like a building site or over farm fields. All models have an arm that reaches as much as three times its original length, allowing the driver - who is also the controller of the telescopic arm - to lift, stack and store heavy items.

What can it lift and carry?

Absolutely anything, but sometimes a little imagination is required on the constrollers part. Thanks to is range of interchangeable add-ons, there's sure to be one for the job in hand. But if there's something to difficult to lift, why not strap it on instead, when a certain attachment is not available.

Example items a telehandler might carry around on the farm includes hay bales, sacks, pallets and machinery. And example loads on the building site includes pallets of bricks, roof beams, scaffolding and anything needed lifting high or moved generally around the site.

Who makes telehandlers

Here in the UK the single biggest manufacturer of telehandlers is the world renowned JCB, who produce telehandlers for large scale construction and agriculture work. To smaller, compact models for those areas around the farmyard and building site with limited space.

A guide to toy telehandlers

Toy makers recognise the full learning experience from toy telescopic handlers thanks to their full range of replica telehandlers that are sure to both educate the child in farm machinery and its many uses.

For a medium scale model telehandler you'll find Siku produce a small but fine model. But in Britains you'll find a brilliant range of replica die-cast models from all major manufacturers - favouring JCB as the UK based producer.

But if you need large telehandler with features easier to reach and control, than look to Big Farm or Bruder in their large 1:16 scale.

Our top 5 favourite toy telehandlers currently available

Britains 42556 JCB TM 310S Loader in 1:32 Scale

1. Britains (42556) JCB TM 310S Loader in 1:32 Scale

This Britains (42555) JCB TM Loader is as close to what you would expect a telehandler to look like, but with accessories included, so make this your first choice when selecting a 1:32 scale model. As you would expect the boom has a long reach, with free rolling wheels and a detachable driver's cab.

Britains (43085) New Holland LM7.42 Telehandler

2. Britains (43085) New Holland LM7.42 Telehandler in 1:32 Scale

Our second favourite, but a very close replica to our first choice, you may think why bother. Well actually we still hugely favour 1:32 scale models because they have a bigger range in regard to extra vehicles and accessories. But we do love This striking blue Britains (43085) New Holland LM74S as again it really does look the part.

Bruder (02141) Caterpillar Telehandler

3. Bruder (02141) Caterpillar Telehandler in 1:16 Scale

When were not raving about Britains we're a huge fan of Bruder in a large 1:16 scale. This big replica CAT telehandler has it all, real steering, access inside the cabin, a fully functioning boom and the option to buy attachments when or if needed. You just can beat a bright stunning yellow farm machine and this Bruder (02141) Cat Telehandler is reproduced, just beautifully.

Britains (42873) Big Farm JCB 550-80 Loadall in 1:16 Scale

4. Bruder (02125) Manitou Telescopic Loader MLT 633 in 1:16 Scale

Moving onto a manufacturer you may be unfamiliar with, but in the telehandler industry Manitou are a big player in producing heavy duty machinery. This Bruder (02125) Manitou Telescopic Loader is an exact replica from the functioning telescopic arm to the detail inside the driver's cabin. You can steer the machine with both the front and rear set of wheels with additional attachments optional.

Britains (42873) Big Farm JCB 550-80 Loadall in 1:16 Scale

5. Britains (42873) Big Farm JCB 550-80 Loadall in 1:16 Scale

We do tend to favour Bruder over Big Farm but we must give Britains Big Farm their due credit on this one. The Britains Big Farm (42873) JCB Loadall in 1:16th scale is a beauty, with a replica body, working telescopic arm - as standard - rolling wheels and unlike Bruder, comes with two attachments and a pallet. It also has lights and sounds with batteries already installed, so take it out of the box and away you go.

Published by Toy Farmers on 26 August 2016

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