For companies which raise and move heavy supplies and goods on a regular basis, there is probably no more valuable or effective machinery as the lift truck. Forklifts are a common site in lumber yards, distribution depots, manufacturing plants, dockyards, agriculture, warehouses, shipping and receiving and other work places that need to handle loads ranging from 3000 to 30,000 plus pounds.
Fork trucks are commonly utilized to keep these operations running smoothly and efficiently. Though lift trucks are a big investment, the amount of man hours they can save and the injuries they reduce from heavy lifting could make the purchase pay for itself in little time.
There are numerous different units and manufacturers of forklifts on the market. Different units are designed to accomplish different tasks. So as to make certain that you don't purchase the wrong kind of equipment or buy more than you need, it is very vital to evaluate your company's needs and compare to the different models on the market. Speaking with a licensed forklift distributor is a very great idea and so is doing your own research on the internet.
When looking at lift trucks by fuel type, the following kinds are available:
Electric: Electric lift trucks use heavy, large, rechargeable batteries which are lead-acid based. These batteries are able to run for about 5 or 6 hours straight. Electric units are best suited for indoor applications because of their lack of emissions. They are a common option for retail spaces and warehouses because they provide a relatively low cost per hour of operation and put zero emissions into the air where individuals are working.
Internal Combustion: The internal combustion engine works on a range of different fuels like compressed natural gas or CNG, others take diesel, LP or liquid propane or gasoline. In comparison to electric forklifts, the IC or internal combustion models accelerate faster, are easier to refuel and can carry heavier loads. These units are usually more pricey to operate compared to their electric counterparts.
Fuel Cell: The latest in forklift technology is the Hydrogen fuel cell. These models provide the fast refueling capability of an internal combustion unit but provide the zero emissions and quietness of electric lift trucks.
Nissan's outdoor models will provide synchronized steering. This specific feature automatically returns the wheel knob to the original position after the completion of a turn. Equipped with solid pneumatic tires to offer a comfortable ride both outdoors and indoors, these tires are more resistant to both wear and damage.