New Caterpillar TH255 Super Compact Telehandler Delivers Big Performance in Small and Maneuverable Package

The TH255 super compact telehandler is a wholly new model in the Caterpillar line and offers compact dimensions and exceptional maneuverability for efficient work in tight areas.  Despite its size, the TH255 has a rated load capacity of 5,500 pounds (2500 kilograms), lift height of 18 feet 4 inches (5.6 meters) and capacity at maximum reach of 1,850 pounds (839 kilograms). Equipped with a universal skid steer coupler, the TH255 can handle a variety of work tools including forks, hooks, buckets, augers and brooms.


The TH255 also is designed with a spacious cab, allowing for easier ingress and egress, and the machine design offers exceptional sight lines from the comfortable suspension seat”despite the low profile provided by a cab height of less than 6 feet 4 inches (1.9 meters). Ergonomic control placement and single joystick control of hydraulics ease the burden on the operator. For maintenance the side-mounted engine allows easy access by lifting the clamshell hood and swinging a side panel that opens the way to the engine and service points.  


The TH255 weighs in at 10,800 pounds (4898 kilograms) and is powered by a Cat C4.4 diesel engine producing gross power of 84 horsepower (63 kilowatts). The engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 3 emissions requirements.


The low cab height and machine width of only 71.5 inches (1.82 meters) make the TH255 ideal for working in tight spaces. The turning radius is 126 inches (3.2 meters).

Three steering modes (circle, two-wheel and crab) further improve maneuverability. The hydrostatic drive system allows automotive style driving with no shifting required.


The TH255 is sized to work productively and cost effectively in a variety of construction, materials supply, landscaping, nursery and agricultural applications.


For more information about the TH255 super compact telehandler, customers should contact their local Caterpillar dealer or visit the Cat website at


Basic Specifications for TH255


Cat C4.4

Gross power

84 hp (63 kW)

Rated load capacity

5,500 lb (2500 kg)

Operating weight

10,800 lb (4898 kg)

Maximum lift height

18 ft 4 in. (5.6 m).

Maximum forward reach

10 ft 10 in. (3.25 m)

Outside turning radius

10 ft 6 in. (3.2 m)

Top travel speed

16 mph (26 km/h)


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