Operating Cost of Telehandler Forklift V. Skidsteer Loader

What is a telehandler forklift?

A telehandler forklift at first glance would give you the impression that it is a forklift with an extendable boom. However, because of its boom, operators use it more often as a flexible and movable crane since it can easily go places due to its smaller size, plus it requires less effort when transporting various materials. Due to its functionality, its boom can be fitted with buckets, muck grabs, lift tables, and pallet forks, thus meeting different purposes by changing attachments.

What is a skidsteer loader?

As a smaller but more flexible piece of equipment, especially when working within tight spaces to move objects around an area, a skidsteer loader operates with lift arms that require less load capacity, depending on the kind of attachment it is working along with. Because its wheels have no steering capability, it turns around by applying different speeds on left and right tires, thus skidding in place. Because of this limitation, the frame is built lighter and wheel bearings are strengthened to meet its daily functions.

Operating costs between the two machines

Because of the size difference between the two heavy machines, tire size, fuel capacity, load limit, unit cost, and durability are the major factors considered by construction services when computing the operating costs against each other. Even though telehandlers are more expensive to acquire, you can save money when it comes to tire replacements and carrying heavy loads faster to more places, and it lasts longer due to its tough frame made from durable materials. Skidsteers are cheaper to purchase and it can operate well in tight spaces. However, tire replacements are more frequent due to its skidding movement, it is slower and much limited in its function, and it may not last that long because of its lighter and more fragile frame.

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