With 48 new telehandlers registered in February, registrations were down 9% on the same month last year, according to the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA). This brings the total telehandler registrations for the first two months of 2021 to 115 units, down 29% on the corresponding figure of 161 units in 2020. This follows a challenging year in 2020, which saw an 18% reduction in registrations in comparison to 2019.

Meanwhile, 19 new wheel loaders were registered in February, up seven machines on the same month in 2020. This follows a significant year-on-year decrease in January. The year-on-year picture is down about 5% on the same point in 2020 with a total of 35 units registered, compared to the 37 units after the first two months of 2020.

Backhoe loader registrations witnessed a difficult year in 2020 with an annual decrease of over 50%. January of this year saw an improvement with nine machines registered, up from six a year earlier.

This positive move continued into February with another nine machines registered in comparison to four units in February 2020. The total of 18 new units in the first two months is up considerably on the 10 units for the same period last year.