The most common application for a tele-handler is to move loads to and from places unreachable with a conventional forklift. Tele-handlers have the ability to remove palletised cargo from within a trailer and to place loads on rooftops and other high places. The latter application would otherwise require a crane, which is not always practical or time-efficient.
A telescopic handler, also called a tele-handler, teleporter, reach forklift or boom lift, is a machine widely used in agriculture and industry. It is somewhat like a forklift but has a boom (Telescopic cylinder), making it more a crane than a forklift. On the end of the boom the operator can fit one of several attachments, such as a bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, or winch.