So, you are in the market to buy a forklift, but you are not sure what forklift will suit your requirements.
Choosing the right forklift is crucial as it affects productivity, operational costs, stock management and even employee morale.
The first thing you should consider is what type of environment will the forklift be operated in.
Is it inside, outdoors, or both?
Is the floor smooth or rough?
How many hours per day will the forklift be in use?
Knowing this will help determine the right forklift for you.
- Load Capacity
Secondly, but just as important as number 1, what do you intend on handling with the forklift?
What is the average load weight?
What is the heaviest load you may need to lift?
Once you have done step 2, you can determine if you need any forklift attachments to help you move the load more efficiently.
There are a large range of forklift attachments available such as Sideshift, fork positioner, tow ball attachments, extendable jibs, extension slippers, work platforms, lifting hooks etc.
- Lifting Height
How high do you intend on reaching when operating the forklift?
Have you got anything that could potentially restrict you from reaching your required height such as low hanging lights?
You should also consider the lowered height of the mast, if you require the forklift to move underneath fixed height structures such as container doors.
There are a few different fuel options for forklifts – LPG, Diesel or Electric.
LPG forklifts are quick to refuel and have a long lifespan.
Diesel forklifts are strongly recommended for outdoor use and heavy lifting.
Electric forklifts have a longer lifespan and cheaper consumption compared to LPG/Diesel forklifts.
They operate very quietly and produce no emissions so they are recommended for working indoors.
Whilst there are several different kinds of tyres, the most common tyres used are puncture proof (solid) and pneumatic tyres.
These two tyres have significant differences between them that should be considered when deciding on a forklift as it can impact the handling and overall safety of your forklift.
Puncture proof (solid) tyres are made of smooth solid rubber and are fitted around a metal band. They are best for smooth surface applications, primarily indoors or on loading docks.
Pneumatic tyres provide strong grip on uneven surfaces and rough terrain, making them a popular choice on mining and construction sites as well as most outdoor applications.
Ready to buy a forklift?
Allied Forklifts have been serving Western Australia since 1996. If you’re looking to buy or hire a forklift for your business, the team at Allied are ready to assist.
Specialising in the sale and hire of new and used forklifts and backed by a fully-equipped service department and the largest range of forklift spare parts. Contact us today to find out more.
789 Marshall Road Malaga WA 6090 (Sales Showroom & Head Office)
13 Truganina Road Malaga WA 6090 (Hire, Service & Spare Parts)
(08) 9248 8660