Tips for Buying Construction Machinery

Telescopic Handlers for Sale at Fenton Plant Machinery

So, what is a Telescopic Handler?

We have a range of used telescopic handlers for sale at Fenton Plant Machinery. So what is one and what are its uses. A telescopic handler is a multipurpose lifting machine which features a single telescopic or articulating boom that extends upwards and outwards. Telescopic handlers are often called telehandlers, teleporters or boom lifts. Various attachments, such as a lifting jib or work platform can be fitted to the end of the boom, making this piece of machinery very versatile. Telescopic handlers function in a similar way to a forklift and a crane, but often on a smaller scale. JCB  is widely regarded as the most popular manufacturer of telehandlers and Fenton Plant Machinery generally stock this brand.

What industries are they used in?

Telescopic handlers can be used on all terrains, making them extremely useful on construction sites or farms, where the ground is often rough. They also have extendable stabilisers, meaning they can be safely used on uneven terrain. They are used in a range of industries but are most frequently used in the construction sector, the agricultural sector and the industrial sector.

Benefits of Telehandlers

In the construction sector, telescopic handlers are used for a wide range of jobs. They are often used with the working platform to give construction workers access to a specific area. There are also used to lift construction materials such as concrete blocks.

Telescopic handlers are frequently used within the agriculture industry because they can easily be manoeuvred around large farms and can be used for a number of farming tasks, both outdoors and indoors. Telescopic handlers can manoeuvre within small spaces, meaning they can be used inside a barn and can travel up and down livestock rows with ease. They are great for moving hay bales and handling heavy bucketloads.

In the industrial sector, telescopic handlers are most frequently used to quickly and easily shift cargo and heavy goods from one place to another.

If you require more information on our available JCB Telescopic handlers for sale, please give us a call today on 07506 842 052 or email us

Buying Used Construction Machinery

What to Look for When Buying Used Construction Machinery

With the construction industry getting back on its feet, here are some tips for buying construction machinery.

Fenton Plant Machinery specialise in selling quality used plant machinery. Years of experience in providing this service have given us an insight on what to look out for when buying used construction machinery.

[1] It’s important to check the history of your machine

Conduct background checks on the ownership history of the machine and how well it was maintained. Maintenance checks include checking the fluids such as the hydraulic fluid, engine fluid, and transmission oil to evaluate their performance. Ask for proof of ownership to avoid buying stolen items.

[2] Have a look at the operating hours

The number of active hours in the history of the machine will determine whether buying used machinery is viable compared to buying a new one. A good machine should have the capacity to hold its value even after many hours of operation. Equipment may have a short working period but increased visits to the engineer for repair. It’s essential to avoid such a purchase; however cheap it may come. The maintenance costs accumulated within the first year of acquisition should not match the cost of buying a new machine if summed to the initial deposit amount.

[3] Always use a reputable dealer

Reputable dealers should have well-established premises that can act as a point of reference. Proper contact information should be displayed on their website. Customer service and the condition of the machines is very important.

To evaluate professionalism in customer service simply dial one of the contact numbers provided and observe whether they respond promptly and answer all your questions diligently. Proper dealers should provide appropriate certification and documents to prove ownership or right to sell machines on display.

Buying Used Construction Machinery

[4] Check out the machine specifications

Check the model type, year of manufacture, size, fuel consumption, replacement parts among others. Tutor these specs to your personal preferences and requirements and it will be a comfortable and well-informed buy.

[5] Take it for a test drive

It is advisable to conduct test drives to assess the performance of the machine. Pay close attention to any abnormal sounds from the engine and emissions. Check the seat condition, controls, dashboard, pedals, and other features. Additionally, check that the transmission is efficient whether the machine will require additional costs in service.

If you require more information on  buying construction machinery  please give us a call today on 07506 842 052 or email us