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A Buyer's Guide to Genie Telehandlers

Telehandlers, also known as rough terrain forklifts, are versatile machines that allow for materials loading and unloading in worksites where uneven terrain or high reach construction makes a traditional forklift unsafe or impractical. Genie brand telehandlers are manufactured by Terex, a well established company known for high-quality machines and superior design. If you're considering purchasing a Genie telehandler, learn more about the benefits of the brand.

Geni Engines

Genie engines are turbo-charged diesel engines with horse power ranging from 99-164hp. The power offered by these machines is matched with exceptional handling, making them the leader in telehandler performance. Geni telehandler engines can be switched from 2WD to 4WD during use, allowing them to adjust to any terrain, even under extreme conditions. All Geni engines conform to EPS Tier IV emissions regulations. The design and superior performance of Geni engines is part of what makes them so durable in a fleet and provides a high return on investment (ROI).

Compact Telehandlers

Genie only manufactures one model of compact telehandler: GTH-5519. Its compact size makes it easy to maneuver in narrow spaces or around sharp turns. It can be easily transported between worksites to maximize productivity of your fleet.

Compact telehandlers can be fitted with a number of interchangeable attachments, increasing their versatility. The quick-change design keeps downtime during attachment changes low allowing a single truck to perform multiple tasks on each shift if needed. Daily inspections are also possible without any tools, further reducing lost work time.

Due to the multiple driving modes, including front wheel, crab steer and coordinated, compact telehandlers can adjust to almost any type of uneven or rugged terrain and are useful in a variety of industries from construction to farming.

High Reach Telehandlers

Genie manufactures three models of high reach telehandlers: GTH-944, GTH-1056 and GTH-1544. These larger machines take up more space than compact models, but offer longer reach and heavier load capacities. Multi-story building construction, landscaping, and agricultural projects may all require high reach telehandlers.


Genie manufactures a range of telehandler products including a compact model and three high-reach options. Price and capacity limits may vary with specific machine configurations, attachments, and by region. Use this comparison to choose the model specifications that meet your company's needs.

Compact Telehandler GTH-5519

Max Forward Reach: 11 feet

Max Lift: 19 feet

Lift Capacity: 5,500 lbs.

Operating Weight: 10,360 lbs.

Price: $60,000

High Reach Telehandler GTH-944

Max Forward Reach: 27 feet

Max Lift: 44 feet

Lift Capacity: 8,000 lbs

Operating Weight: 22,500 lbs

Price: $80,000

High Reach Telehandler GTH-1056

Max Forward Reach: 42 feet

Max Lift: 56 feet 10 inches

Lift Capacity: 10,000 lbs

Operating Weight: 30,000 lbs

Price: $150,000

High Reach Telehandler GTH-1544

Max Forward Reach: 27 feet

Max Lift: 44 feet

Lift Capacity: 15,000 lbs

Operating Weight: 33,686 lbs

Price: $190,000