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Whether you run a rigid-frame telehandler, pivot-steer, skid-steer or loading shovel, we have all the information you need to make a more informed choice on your next purchase. You can find the latest test and reviews, user opinions and yearly price guide, as well as tips for buying second-hand and how to keep machines in good order.

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Kramer adds two telehandlers to growing range

Kramer has continued the expansion of its telehandler range in the UK with two new machines. Since exiting from a manufacturing agreement with Claas, the German company has reached an…

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Bobcat launches flagship loader

North American firm Bobcat has launched a top-of-the-range loader offering a maximum lift of 4,300kg, reaching to nearly 8m. The TL 43.80 HF uses a Z-bar linkage offering a tilt…

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JCB's tracked Teleskid skid-steer hits UK market

A tracked version of JCB’s novel Teleskid skid-steer with telescopic boom is now available in the UK. Like its wheeled sibling, power is provided by a 4.4-litre JCB Ecomax engine…

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Range-topping MF telehandler reaches new heights

Agco-owned Massey Ferguson has launched a new range-topping telehandler, the TH80.43, that can lift to a heady 7.5m. The main change from the smaller Bobcat-derived loader range is a new…

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The ultimate guide to buying a telehandler in 2018

The Farmers Weekly ultimate guide to telescopic farm handling and loading machines has been published online for 2018, with many changes from last year’s edition. The guide provides a quick-reference summary…

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Giant beefs up small loader range

Small loader specialist Giant has updated its range of skid-steer loaders to offer some heftier hydraulics and a wider range of attachments, while still having a compact length of just…

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First Drive: JCB Loadall 541-70

JCB's latest Loadall promises impressive performance and frugal fuel use. James Andrews tried it out. Intro Engine Transmission Cab/controls Verdict Specs Pivot-steer Late last year JCB gave its telehandlers greener…

First Drive: Caterpillar TH336C handler

Power Farming Verdict The TH336C seems to be a good machine. Its power is impressive - even with the standard 124hp motor - and the transmission manages to put it…

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Driver’s view: Volvo L45G loading shovel

Apart from enormous silage operations and vast grain storage units, pivoting, fixed-reach loading shovels have never made huge waves in the agricultural sector and the telehandler remains the machine of…

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Telehandler test: Merlo TF 42.7 CS 140

The TF42.7 is one of the most popular models in Merlo’s extensive Turbofarmer range, which goes up to the TF45.11 with 10.5m reach and 4.5t lift. Previous versions came with…

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Video: On test – JCB 541-70 v Dieci 40.7 telehandlers

Earlier this year, JCB launched a new hybrid transmission that promised to bridge the gap between the structured steps of a torque convertor gearbox and the seamless ratios offered by…

On test: Merlo's new heavy-duty 50.8 telehandler

Merlo has added another model to its line-up of heavy-lifting farm-spec telehandlers in a bid to satisfy the insatiable demands for more capacity from Europe’s biggest arable farmers and biogas…

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Video: Pint-sized telehandler from New Holland

The LM5020 is a neat machine with impressive lift and reach, but low transport speeds mean it's best suited to yard-based duties. For those wanting to travel further or tow,…

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Video: On test – Kramer's KT357 telehandler

Since Claas introduced its Kramer-built telehandlers in 2005, the Scorpion range has established itself as a genuine contender to the might of JCB and Manitou. However, back in 2015 both…

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Driven: JCB v Claas compact telehandlers

While the JCB beats the Claas on engine power, it suffers on hydraulic output and performance, lifts 400kg less and has a reach that extends 400mm less high. Watch the…

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Driver’s view: JD 3200 telehandler still going strong

John Deere’s brief foray into the telehandler market lasted just six years and left a lot of customers scratching their heads, wondering why it pulled the plug on such a…

Driver's view: Manitou MLT 731 telehandler

Considering buying a used sub-£30,000 telehandler? James Andrews visits a seasoned punter to see if Manitou should make your shortlist. If you are shopping around for a used, mid-sized telehandler…

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Telehandler test: Dieci Agri Plus 40.7 VS Evo2

Dieci offers a massive range of agricultural telehandlers covering almost every combination of lift capacity and reach you can think of. At the bottom end there’s the diminutive Agrovector 25.5,…

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Cereals 2009: New kit preview

The Cereals Event always provides a launching pad for new arable equipment to tackle cultivations, drilling, harvesting and post-harvest management and offers a chance for many growers to see in…

Contractors have a tough time on the road

Moving tractors, trailers and implements around the countryside can be fraught with difficulties. Andy Collings visited a Kent contractor who has the unenviable task of keeping five combines on the…

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Video: On test – JCB 541-70 v Dieci 40.7 telehandlers

Earlier this year, JCB launched a new hybrid transmission that promised to bridge the gap between the structured steps of a torque convertor gearbox and the seamless ratios offered by…

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Buyer’s guide to telehandlers and loading shovels

Take a look through the latest Farmers Weekly telescopic handlers specification and price guide and it is clear that whatever size and shape of machine you fancy, someone will be…

Compare prices and specs of tractors, combines and telehandlers

Thinking about buying a new tractor, combine or telehandler and wondering what's on the market? You can now find prices and main spec details on every model that's sold in…

What to look for when buying a used telehandler

Whether a livestock farm, an arable unit or a contracting business, a materials handler of some kind is the core of many farming fleets, and for most the telescopic handler…

New products at Grassland and Muck 2008

There's nothing like a tour of the Grassland & Muck 2008 stands and working areas to get up to date with the latest in forage and waste machinery. Here Peter…

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Telehandler test: Dieci Agri Plus 40.7 VS Evo2

Dieci offers a massive range of agricultural telehandlers covering almost every combination of lift capacity and reach you can think of. At the bottom end there’s the diminutive Agrovector 25.5,…

Test drive telehandlers at the Farm Handling Experience

Looking to try out a new telehandler, front loader, pickup or ATV? A new hands-on driving event from Farmers Weekly will allow you to try different makes at the same…

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Telehandler test: JCB 541-70 AgriPro

JCB unveiled the new-look hybrid transmission back in spring 2016 to sit alongside its cheaper powershifting versions. There is a growing list of models equipped with the fancy gearbox and…

Maids of all work

For sheer versatility the farm tele-handler is hard to beat. Interest in acquiring these day-to-day workhorses that can multi-task has steadily increased and the market is awash with options to…

Telehandler and pivot-steer price guide 2016

We have been busy gathering together specs and prices for telehandlers and pivot-steer loaders that will be on sale next year. Our guide covers everything from the smallest Avant cabless…

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Video: Farmers in the driving seat at the Farm Handling event

Last week's Farm Handling Experience was the place to be for anyone looking to try out the latest telehandlers, tractors and loading shovels from some of Europe's biggest farm machinery…

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Telehandler test: JCB

Hydraulics Engine Joystick Cab Maintenance Gallery Video JCB fits the 572-58 with a Walterscheid pump sporting a maximum 122litres/min of oil throughput. Its 2.7t lift at our special measuring point…

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Video: Loader test: Schaeffer v Weidemann

Power Farming Verdict Two well-built and closely matched rivals. If shed space is a tad tight then the Weidemann is the obvious choice. If you value your cab space then…

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Video: Pint-sized telehandler from New Holland

The LM5020 is a neat machine with impressive lift and reach, but low transport speeds mean it's best suited to yard-based duties. For those wanting to travel further or tow,…