TL1255C Telehandler

TL1255C Telehandler

The TL1255C is a highly versatile machine, designed to deliver maximum performance with traditional Cat reliability, durability and productivity in the toughest working conditions.

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Operator Station

The operator station provides comfort and protection with improved job site visibility and convenient, easier to use controls.

Control Layout

All day operator comfort and efficiency is ensured through our simple, easier to use control layout.

Easier Access

Cab entry and exit is both easier and more convenient due to the well placed handholds and step.

Operator Protection

The machine provides full operator security with OROPS or EROPS protection.

Enhanced Visibility

The TL C Series cab has better visibility due to the use of advanced virtual design techniques.

Ease of Operation

Ease of operation was extremely important in the design of the new TL1255C telehandler. The joystick is designed for comfort and efficiency.

Joystick Control

The joystick allows three simultaneous boom functions enabling application customization for more than a dozen configurations. The joystick also operates the auxiliary hydraulic function and allows the option of a second auxiliary service for the use of work tools that require more than one hydraulic service.

Flow Sharing

Three simultaneous hydraulic functions are achieved using a full flow sharing hydraulic valve. A load sensing variable displacement pump allows full hydraulic power even at low revs.


The TL1255C delivers high performance to meet your specific job site needs.

Lift Height

The TL1255C can pick and place bricks and materials to a maximum height of 54.3 ft. (16.6 m).


Job site obstacles present challenges demanding a machine to place loads at greater distances - the TL1255C delivers.

Steering Modes

The TL1255C offers three steering modes (two wheel, crab and 4-wheel steer) to allow an operator to more easily position the machine. Steering modes are selected by a single rocker switch. Steering position sensors are fitted as standard to all steering modes to be changed while moving.


The TL1255C provides a load capacity of 12,000 lbs (5400 kg).

Power Train

Caterpillar componentry, including a Cat® C4.4 ACERT™ Tier 4 Interim engine, gives you the quality power train that you expect.


The TL1255C features a ZF, WG98-TSC Power-shift transmission.


The TL1255C telehandler is as versatile as your toughest job demands.

Quick Coupler

A manul IT quick coupler is standard on the TL C Series machines. For optimum versatility, an optional hydraulic quick coupler is available, allowing the operator to more easily change non-hydraulic work tools without leaving the cab.

Hydraulic Services

Machines are equipped with Auxiliary Hydraulic services, allowing the use of hydraulically operated work tools. All TL C Series telehandlers are equipped with a single auxiliary hydraulic service and continuous hydraulic flow.

Work Tools

A wide range of work tools are available to meet most job site applications. Caterpillar Telehandler Work Tools extend the versatility of the machine. Built for performance and durability, these work tools deliver high productivity, long life and excellent value.

  • General Purpose Bucket (1.0 m3/1.3 yd3)
  • Light Materials Bucket (2.0 m3/2.6 yd3, 2.5 m3/3.25 yd3, 3.0 m3/3.90 yd3)
  • Material Handling Bucket (1.5 m3/1.95 yd3)
  • Multi Purpose Bucket (1.0 m3/1.3 yd3)
  • Grapple Bucket (0.85 m3/1.1 yd3)
  • Fixed Carriage
  • Rotate Carriage
  • Sideshift Carriage
  • Wide Carriage
  • Wide Rotate Carriage
  • Pallet Forks
  • Block Forks
  • Lift Hook
  • Truss Boom
  • Material Handling Arm

Contact your Cat dealer for additional work tool options.

Machine Configurations


A wide range of tire options enables the machine to be configured to achieve optimum job site performance, including optional foam-filled, rock lug and solid tires.

Cost of Ownership

Specifically designed to lower your owning and operating costs.

Ease of Access

Cost of ownership starts with ease of service. All Cat Telehandler service points are accessible and major components are at ground level due to overall machine design.

Daily Maintenance

Routine daily maintenance is now reduced to checking fluid levels and a walkaround inspection.

Service Intervals

Engine oil, filter changes and routine lubrication are now only required every 500 hours.

Reduced Componentry

With the reduction in the number of filters and extended service intervals, operating costs are the lowest in the industry.

Equipment Protection Plan

Designed to enhance your telehandler ownership experience with comprehensive coverage and peace of mind.

Serviceability and Customer Support

Caterpillar Dealer Services enables you to operate longer with lower costs, helped by significantly extended service intervals.


All Cat Telehandler service points, including the combined transmission/hydraulic oil filter, are readily accessible and major components are easy to reach at ground level due to the overall machine design. A cab mounted service point allows access to the fuel fill, hydraulic oil fill, washer bottle, fuse box and cab air filter for routine checks.


Make detailed comparisons before you buy. Your Cat Dealer can give you precise answers to your questions.


Look at the value that the TL1255C Telehandler will offer you. Consider all the flexible financing options your Cat Dealer offers as well as day-to-day operating costs.


Improving operating techniques can boost your profits. Your Cat Dealer has literature and other tools to help increase your productivity.


Repair options guarantee the cost of repairs up front. Diagnostic programs such as Scheduled Oil Sampling and Technical Analysis help you avoid unscheduled repairs.


Repair, rebuild or replace? Your Cat Dealer can help you evaluate the cost involved so you can make the right choice.

Product Support

You will find high availability of parts at our Dealer parts counter. Cat Dealers utilize a worldwide computer network to find in-stock parts to minimize machine downtime. Additionally, Caterpillar offers a line of genuine remanufactured components which can help lower repair costs.

Easy Financing

Your Cat Dealer can provide a financing package to meet your needs.

Operating Specifications

Rated Load Capacity
Maximum Lift Height
Load at Max Height - Stabilizers Down
Load at Max Height - Stabilizers Up
Maximum Forward Reach
Load at Max Reach - Stabilizers Down
Top Travel Speed
Load at Max Height
Load at Max Reach


Engine Model
Cat® C4.4 ACERT™, Tier 4 Interim
Gross Power (Basic)


Operating Weight


Length to Fork Face
Ground Clearance
Turning Radius Over Tires


17.50 x 25 - 12 PR
Optional Construction
17.50 x 25 Foam Filled, Rock Lug or 14.00 x 24 Solid

Service Refill Capacities

Fuel Tank
Hydraulic Tank
Hydraulic System

Hydraulic System

Pump Type
Load sensing piston

Boom Performance

Boom Up
Boom Down
Tele In
Tele Out
Drawbar Pull (Basic)


Parking Brake
mechanical on front axle
Service Brakes - inboard wet disc brakes on front and rear axles; Parking Brakes - mechanical on front axle



Operator Station

Vinyl suspension seat, single electronic joystick, spacious interior, ergonomic cab


Volt meter, hourmeter, engine oil pressure gauge, fuel gauge, water temperature gauge

Standard Equipment

  • Telescopic Boom
    • Boom angle indicator
    • Cat IT Coupler
  • Electrical
    • Alternator, 60 amp, 12 volt
    • Battery, 12 volt, 1000 CCA
    • Horn
    • Alarm, backup
  • Operator Station
    • Canopy, ROPS/FOPS
    • Joystick, single electronic
    • Adjustable joystick wristrest
    • Low step, grab bars for easy entry
    • Seat - vinyl, suspension with Cat logo
    • Steering wheel spinner knob
    • Floor mat - heavy duty
    • Left side rear view mirror
    • Service door, cab air intake filter, fuel fill, hydraulic fill, level indicator, fuse panel and washer fill
    • Instruments - volt meter, hourmeter, engine oil pressure gauge, water temperature gauge. All gauges protected by clear acrylic cover.
    • Park Brake with indicator light
    • Steering Wheel with Cat logo
    • Cat keys and locks
    • Brakes - wet disc service
    • Belt, seat - 3" wide
  • Power Train
    • Engine, Cat® C4.4 ACERT, Tier 4 Interim - 142.1 hp
    • Thermal starting aid
    • Transmission, ZF, WG98-TSC Power-shift, 4-speed forward, 3-speed reverse
    • Cat filters, hoses and couplings
    • Axles - Dana
      • Trunnion mounted planetary 45 degree steer axles; integral steer cylinder; and high bias limited slip differential on front axle.
    • Steering - 4 wheel
    • Drive - 4 wheel
    • Air cleaner, 11 in.
  • Structure
    • Chassis, frame level up to 10 degrees when operating in rough, uneven terrain
    • Stabilizers/Outriggers
  • Anti-freeze
    • Coolant - Anti-freeze, 50/50 Mix
  • Tires
    • Tires - 14.00 x 24 - 12 PR
  • Other Equipment
    • Integrated lift and tie down points
    • Standard Cat color paint
    • Auxillary hydraulics for auxillary attachments (one function)

Optional Equipment

  • Telescopic Boom
    • Hydraulic IT Coupler (includes Auxiliary Electrics)
  • Electrical
    • Work Light Group: 3 Cab Mounted Lights -- 2 forward, 1 rearward; 1 Reversing Light; 2 Boom Mounted Lights; 1 Rotating Beacon
    • Engine heater block
    • Heater - open cab
    • Road Light Group -- Headlights, Brake Lights, Turn Signals
  • Operator Station
    • Air conditioning
    • Single Joystick - with Rocker Switch
    • EROPS - Cab Enclosure (Door, Safety Glass Windows, Front Windshield Wiper, Heater & Defroster Fan)
    • Skylight Wiper
    • Brick Guard - Front and top
  • Tires
    • Tires - 17.50 x 25 Foam filled
    • Tires - 17.50 x 25 Rock Lug
    • Spare - 17.50 x 25 Tire and Wheel
    • Spare Rock Lug - 17.50 x 25 Tire and Wheel
    • Tires - 14.00 x 24 Solid
  • Other Equipment
    • Fenders
    • Tow Hook - Pintle Type
    • Instant Hook - 4000 lb capacity, boom head mounted winch
    • Artic package - Package includes: 2400 AMP starter, 1000 watt hydraulic reservoir heater, 500 watt engine oil-pan heater, Dual maintenance free, 1375 CCA gel cell batteries, 160 watt battery heating blanket, 1000 watt engine block heater
  • Work Tools
    • Work Platform - 8 ft x 4 ft; 1000 lb maximum capacity (available from factory)
    • Carriage - side shift, 48 in., 12,000 lb. capacity (available from factory)
    • Lifting Hook - fork mounted (available from factory)
    • Truss Broom
    • Carriage - standard tilt, 50 in., 12,000 lb. capacity (available from factory)
    • Carriage - wide tilt, 72 in., 12,000 lb. capacity (available from factory)
    • Carriage - standard rotate, 50 in., 10,000 lb. capacity (available from factory)
    • Carriage - wide rotate, 72 in., 10,000 lb. capacity (available from factory)
    • Carriage - swing, 72 in., 100 degrees, 10,000 lb. capacity, 5,000 lb. swung (available from factory)
    • Pallet Forks - two 60 in, 2 in x 6 in, 12,000 lb. capacity per pair (available from factory)
    • Pallet Forks - two 48 in, 2.36 in x 4 in, 12,000 lb. capacity per pair (available from factory)
    • Cubing Forks - two 48 in, 2 in x 2 in, 3,800 lb. capacity per pair (available from factory)
    • Bucket - General Purpose 1.3 Cu. Yd.
    • Bucket - Material Handling 1.95 Cu. Yd.
    • Bucket - Multi-Purpose, 1.3 Cu. Yd.
    • Carriage - swing, 72 in., 180 degrees, 10,000 lb. capacity, 5,000 lb. swung (available from factory)