What Equipment Is Right For My Business?
At Forklifts Direct, we offer a wide range of material handling equipment to help our customers find the right solution for their business. While this wide range provides a large variety of options to our customers, it can also make it tricky to understand what piece of equipment is best suited to their specific application. From pallet movers to forklifts, we break down how each of these pieces of machinery can aid in supporting your business.
Each of the forklifts in this list are recommended for use when needing to lift stock items over 1000kg. What differs them in their application from here, however, is their fuel source and build as it influences where they should be used.
Lithium Electric Forklifts
These forklifts are suited for warehouse and outdoor use. Lithium Electric Forklifts are ideally suited to be operated in warehouses and around food products as they do not produce any emissions, making the warehouse and food free of any pollution. Typically, warehouses have needed to be well ventilated to allow for the use of LPG forklifts but with lithium electric forklifts, this is no longer an issue. These forklifts are available in capacities ranging from 1.3t up to 10t and come in three-wheel options as well. The only instance where these forklifts would not be recommended to a customer would be if their work site was sloped, as the lithium electric forklifts can sometimes lack the power to operate on a gradient.
LPG Forklifts are suitable for both warehouse and outdoor use as well, but require ventilation to be used inside of a warehouse. Gas bottles are easily sourced for metropolitan customers so refueling is no issue with these forklifts. Their capacities also range from 1.8t up to 10t and can provide more power than a lithium electric forklift would. The drawback of the LPG forklifts, however, is that they still require ventilation which can be a problem for customers if their warehouses are not set up to accommodate this.
With a larger output of emissions, diesel forklifts are more powerful than the previous forklifts but are also mainly only suitable for outdoor applications. As a result of the larger output of emissions, it is recommended that these forklifts are operated outside of warehouses as they produce too many emissions to be operated inside. Once again offering capacities of 1.8t up to 10t, these forklifts are perfect for farmers and rural customers who have a steady supply of diesel but are not suited for customers who would be using their forklift mostly inside of a warehouse.
Rough Terrain Forklifts
These forklifts are built for tough terrains such as dirt, mud, gravel and sand. Their chassis is raised, and they come built with pneumatic tyres to provide some give on the tough terrains. These rough terrain forklifts are perfect for any customer who would need to use one on any of the aforementioned terrains. Due to their size, however, these forklifts are not suitable for most warehouses as they are both diesel fueled and stand taller than your traditional forklift.
Articulated forklifts are perfectly suited for warehouses with minimal aisle space, as they can fit within aisles as small as 1.9m. These forklifts can rotate up to 220 degrees and can lift up to 10m. With capacities ranging from 1.5t to 3t, these forklifts are designed for inside warehouses where space is minimal.
Side Loader Forklifts
The Side Loader forklift is perfect for warehousing environments that require heavy loads to be lifted. These forklifts can move sidewards, allowing for easier access in between shelving. Traditional forklifts would need to enter an aisle, swivel to face the stock and then pick the stock up. From there, they would need to swivel back around to face the aisle’s exit and proceed out. These forklifts are much simpler as they can enter in sidewards, pick up stock and then exit sidewards. The side loader forklift also offers capacities ranging up from 1.5t-4t with lift heights ranging from 1m to 8m. These forklifts are suited for companies that deal with long materials such as logs, sheets of steel or other similar items.
Reach truck are the first step down from forklifts as they are still able to lift and lower stock but are smaller in size. Reach trucks are also designed for customers in a warehouse who need to work with lighter materials as their capacities range from 1.4t to 2t. Options are available for stand on and ride on options which provides the customer with a choice depending on how often they will be using the reach truck during the day.
These pieces of machinery are ideally suited for customers who operate within a distribution/fulfillment center. As their name suggests, order pickers are designed for a singular person to be lifted up, reach a product from height and return it to the ground. They do not allow for heavy items to be stored on them as most order pickers are only able to handle up to 220kg on their load tray.
Pallet stackers come in two varieties: reach and straddle. Walkie reach pallet stackers come built with a reach function that allows the tynes on the end of the machine to extend to reach stock that may be further placed in shelving. Straddle stackers have a wider positioned body so as to allow for increased balance when moving stock. These stackers range from 1.2t to 2t and are best suited for customers who need to unload trucks, move smaller stock items around the warehouse or need to access low level deep shelving.
*This article is designed as a guide only to give a brief overview of how these pieces of machinery can be used. It is always recommended to speak with a salesman first to ensure that you are getting the right piece of equipment for your business’ applications.