As you may know, a forklift truck is a material handling machine used for lifting and carrying heavy loads. The forklift truck can provide many benefits for your business, since it can speed up your daily tasks and boost your efficiency.
The forklift trucks come in different sizes and shapes. They are designed for indoor and outdoor applications, like warehouses and construction sites. In order to get the most out of a forklift truck, you need to select a model that will best suit your needs. There are several things that need to be closely considered in order to choose the right forklift truck for your business. Pay attention to the following things:
Consider the environment where the forklift truck is going to be used. Also, determine how many hours the forklift truck will be used on a daily basis. All these factors will influence the selection of tires and engine type.
Consider the load size. This is important because choosing a forklift truck with a lifting capacity that is under your requirements can be a big and expensive mistake. Therefore, before choosing a forklift truck, have in mind the type of load that needs to be handled, the average load weight and the width of the loads.
Determine which forklift attachments can be used with the forklift truck you are planning to buy. Depending on the model, you can use different forklift attachments, such as appliance clamps, paper roll clamps, carton clamps, etc.
Fuel type. Generally, the forklift trucks are available in three fuel options:electric, petrol, and diesel. Although expensive, the electric forklift truck provides great ROI for your business. It has longer life span, and doesn’t pollute the environment. The petrol and diesel powered forklift trucks are capable to lift bigger loads and can move faster than the electrical forklift truck. If your business requires heavy lifting outdoor operations, the diesel forklifts are strongly recommended.
Tyre selection. The forklift trucks come with various tires, depending on the working environment. The most common tires are solid or pneumatic. Other types include: white non-marking tires and cushioned tires. These tires are designed for specific environments.