If you need to move heavy loads in a warehouse, on a construction site or in a storage facility, a forklift truck is likely to be the most useful piece of equipment you need it.
Industrial counterbalance forklifts are the most common trucks used in indoor warehouses and stores, although they can be used outdoors, on stable, even surfaces.
They offer straightforward operation and have dual forks at the front of the truck that lift and transport the loads. There are different types available, including three-wheel models that provide better maneuverability, making them perfect for narrow aisles.
For outdoor construction and with difficult terrain, a rough terrain forklift is ideal. It has inflatable tires with thicker threads, allowing stability on uneven ground, as well as a more powerful engine so it can reach higher speeds, and better maneuverability, making them must more robust and durable.
This means that they are perfect for transporting heavy loads across rugged terrain, with some models handling up to 3 tons per load. The carefully calibrated counterbalance at the back of the truck prevents overbalancing, with it being easily operated in mud, ice or even snow.
Telescopic handler forklifts are ideal for use in agriculture and all kinds of industry that require high lifting. They offer a whole range of features that make them much more useful in a range of situations, so much so that they are often thought of as small cranes, rather than forklift trucks.
Telescopic handlers have the additional advantage of a single telescopic boom that allows the truck to become a much more powerful and flexible piece of machinery. There are a number of practical attachments available, including a lift table, bucket, pallet fork and muck grabber.
These attachments, and the ability to extend the lifting capabilities with front outriggers, enable the tele-handler to complete work at heights that normal forklifts can’t reach. Telescopic handlers are also used very heavily on construction sites as well as in agriculture and have largely superseded masted rough terrain forklifts in both industries due to their greater flexibility.