Telehandlers: JCB vs Manitou

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Telehandlers are an important piece of construction machinery. They can be found operating on most construction sites all over the world. Many different plant manufacturers have developed telehandlers. JCB, Manitou, and Caterpillar are just a few examples. Each company has taken a different approach to their design. As such, some manufacturers’ models are better suited to tasks that others would not be. We’ll cover two of our brands of telehandlers for sale, and help you decide which one is right for your project.


The word ‘telehandler’ is short for ‘telescopic handler’, and describes the extendable boom on the machine that tools attach to. Telehandlers are versatile lifting machines. They are capable of transporting heavy loads across a construction site. Their telescopic arm allows them to move heavy objects from the ground, to a higher location which forklifts may not be able to reach. Common materials moved in this way include:

  • Pallets
  • Concrete
  • Packaged goods
  • Timber

Most modern telehandlers are capable of using different attachments to better cater to different lifting tasks. These attachments can be swapped out with ease thanks to quick hitches. A quick hitch will allow multiple types of attachments to be used without the need for proprietary adaptors. Crane jib attachments transform the telehandler into more of a traditional top-lifting crane to transport heavy objects around a site. Bucket attachments allow loose material such as sand and dirt to be moved with ease and transferred to dumpers, silos, or wherever else they need to be. The adaptability of telehandlers is what makes them an invaluable machine for companies, but obviously there are pros and cons to each individual brand.


JCB have a reputation for providing quality products to customers all over the world, and have been in the plant business since 1945. In 1977, after plenty of success with tippers and other construction machinery, they started working on telehandlers. The JCB Loadall range is one of the most extensive in the world. They manufacture telehandlers for sale in agricultural and construction markets. They are renowned for their strength and sturdiness due to their single piece boom design. Specifically, JCB machines are able to reach high torque levels at low revs. They can produce as much as 440Nm of torque produced at speeds as low as 1300rpm. They also produce excellent cab interiors with backlit switches, an easily adjustable telescopic steering column, and single lever controls. This can reduce operator fatigue by up to 8%. We have a range of JCB telehandlers for sale. Click here to browse the range.


Manitou have been designing lifting equipment since 1957. They entered the telehandler market in 1981 with their Maniscopic range, and have been designing telehandlers ever since. Manitou have a wide selection of telehandlers for sale. They have compact handlers such as the MT 420 which can reach out to 2.5m and carry up to 2000kg, and larger telehandlers for bigger loads. Their biggest vehicle the MHT 14350 which can reach to 8.5m and carry up to 35000kg! Manitou solely design telehandlers and loading machines as opposed to other construction machinery such as backhoe loaders or dumpers. This means they can focus their energy on perfecting that design and improving the strength and versatility of their range. Customers are spoilt for choice with the variety of telehandlers that Manitou offer. There are handlers for construction and agricultural purposes, and multiple steering options including four wheel, and crab steering.


At International Plant Sales, we stock both Manitou and JCB telehandlers that were originally purchased  for our sister companies H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd and Diggerland Theme Park. We currently have a great selection of telehandlers for sale, including:



As well as telehandlers, we also carry a stock of other construction machinery such as: excavators, dumpers, and rollers. All of our machines are available for international delivery, and come with a warranty on all major parts. Visit our website to find out more about the machines we stock.


H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd is our sister company that provides plant equipment to construction contractors nationwide. If renting a telehandler is more cost effective for you than buying one, we suggest you pay them a visit. They have depots all over the country, so you’re never too far away. Every three years, the machines are replaced, and then transferred to IPS to be sold second hand. Hiring from H.E. SERVICES comes with plenty of benefits, including:

  • 24 hour service and a quick response and turnover time 
  • The latest models and technology
  • Full documentation for the machine, including service history and requirements

Visit their website to learn more, or click here to book a hire.

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Most of our used machinery comes from Diggerland Theme Park. The theme park contains 20 different rides and drives for children and parents to experience real diggers and dumpers. A couple of the rides at Diggerland also make use of telehandlers. Skyshuttle and Groundshuttle both use telehandlers with special attachments made to carry guests safely and comfortably. We have many telehandlers for sale that have come from Diggerland parks and buying a machine used by Diggerland means you can expect:

  • A machine with low hours
  • A machine that has never been used on a real construction site.
  • A machine in excellent condition

Click here to find out all about the rides and drives offered at the four Diggerland parks.

For a quote, call our team today on +44 1634 779123, or email

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All information correct as of: 17th March 2020.

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