Forklift selection – Choosing the right
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Choosing the right forklift is important for your
business. It affects everything from operation costs,
productivity, employee morale and stock management. There is a
large range of forklifts, and each one is designed to be used
for specific jobs. So how do you know what type you need for
your business? This article highlights several important factors
when choosing the right forklift.
The business environment will influence the type of forklift,
tyre selection and fuel type. The floor surface and conditions
the forklift will be working are also important considerations.
- Smooth or rough surfaces?
- Inside, outdoors or both?
- How many hours per day will the forklift be used?
Load size / capacity
It would be a big mistake to choose a forklift with a maximum
lift capacity that is below your requirements. It is important
to look at the following:
- What stock will the forklift be handling?
- What is the average load weight?
- What is the heaviest load you need to lift?
- What is the width of your loads?
The type of load also matters as there are specific forklift
attachments that can enhance a standard forklift and help you
move the load more efficiently. There are many types of
attachments available such as appliance clamps, carton clamps,
paper roll clamps, etc.
Side shift is another feature which will allow you to move
any load left and right, without having to move the truck. This
allows for more accurate load placements.
Similar to maximum load, you want to ensure a forklift which
will meet your height restrictions.
- What is your typical lift height?
- What is the highest point the forklift needs to reach?
- Are there any height restrictions to consider? (eg:
ceiling beams or low hanging lights)
must also take into consideration the collapsed height of the
mast, if you require the forklift to move underneath a fixed
height structure (eg: a garage or container door). Also check
your warehouse height and aisle width requirements, as this will
greatly assist you in finding the right unit.
Bale Clamps - Forklift attachments
improve productivity and safety
Hyster carries a complete line of specialty forklift
attachments designed to improve functionality, increase
productivity and meet all specific application needs. The
palletless handling of nearly any type of baled product such as
cotton, wool, synthetic textile bales, corrugated, newsprint,
rag, hay and metal scrap bales translates into savings in time
and storage costs.
There are three types of fuel options – electric, gas or
diesel. The electric forklifts will cost more initially, but you
will reap the rewards over time as they have a longer lifespan
and cheaper consumption. They produce no emissions, therefore
are recommended for working indoors or in cold climates.
Gas or diesel forklifts can lift much bigger loads and move
faster. Diesel forklifts are strongly recommended if the
forklift will be used for heavy lifting or outdoors. With gas
forklifts you have the choice of LPG or CNG – both are quick to
refuel and have a long lifespan.
There are various types of tyres available for forklifts. The
most common are solid or pneumatic, but there are also white
non-marking tyres and cushioned tyres – each with their own
specific use and suited to certain environments. Choosing the
right tyres will impact on the forklift’s handling and safety.
High-quality adjustable seating is important as forklift
operators are sitting in their machines for hours at a time.
Investing in quality ergonomics will lessen the likelihood of
injuries, such as back pain, which can be caused by repetitive
tasks performed in uncomfortable seating.
New or Used?
If you think your forklift will be used for more than four
hours per day – a leased or new forklift will be much more
suitable for you. In this case, the type of forklift you require
and your budget will determine which option is the best.
RMH is authorized distributor
of Hyster – UK forklift trucks in Pakistan.
For more information please visit www.rmh.com.pk