How to Interpret Your Telehandler's Load Chart

How to Interpret Your Telehandler’s Load Chart


Like many aerial devices, telehandlers are rated for their load capacity, height and outreach. A peek at a telehandler’s load chart will tell an operator a lot about how much the machine can do, such as how much it can lift, how high it can lift the load and at what angle.

It’s important when checking out a telehandler’s load chart to not only look at how much weight the machine can lift, but also to look at where the telehandler can lift that much weight. And, don’t forget that the attachment on the telehandler will also impact the telehandler’s load capacity, load height and load angle. Be sure to look at the telehandler’s load chart that corresponds with the attachment before starting work.


Tips to Applying the Telehandler’s Load Chart

Accurately calculating a telehandler’s capacity is essential for safe and productive operation. Here are some tips to help you apply what’s outlined in your unit’s load charts.

  • Always center the load on the forks and position the load so that it is completely against the back of the fork frame.
    • Fork length should always be at least two-thirds the load length.
  • All Genie® telehandler fork carriage load charts are based on a horizontal load center that is 24 in from the front vertical surface of the fork arm. For loads with a load center exceeding this value, operators need to determine the reduced load capacity for a specific load zone.
    • Note that this does not account for a load center that is not centered between the forks or a vertical load center exceeding 24 in from the top face of the fork tine. Keep the load centered on the fork carriage.
  • To calculate the reduced load capacity at a load center greater than the standard 24 in load center, multiply the zone capacity from the load chart by the appropriate reduction factor listed in the table below:

  • Once the multiplier has been determined, complete the reduced load capacity calculations using this formula:

  • Once the calculations are done, chart the information on the telehandler’s load chart to understand the unit’s load capacity, lift height and outreach available for each project.

These tips will give you a good start to understanding your telehandler’s lift capacity, lift height and outreach. More information about your specific model can be found in the  owner’s manual.

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