For companies that lift and transport heavy supplies and goods on a regular basis, there is probably no more valuable or effective machinery as the lift truck. Lift trucks are a common site in manufacturing plants, dockyards, distribution depots, lumber yards, warehouses and shipping and receiving, agriculture and other work places that require to handle loads ranging from 3000 to 30,000 plus pounds.
Fork trucks are commonly utilized to keep these operations running efficiently and smoothly. Though forklifts are a huge investment, the amount of man hours they could save and the injuries they reduce from heavy lifting could make the purchase pay for itself in little time.
On the market these days are a lot of different units from a lot of different manufacturers. These various models are designed specially to deal with some particular tasks. So as to make sure that you don't buy the wrong type of machinery or purchase more than you require, it is essential to assess your company's requirements and compare to the different models available on the market. Speaking with a licensed forklift distributor is a good idea and so is doing your own research online.
When looking at forklifts by fuel type, the following types are available:
Electric: The electric forklift is powered by lead-acid based rechargeable batteries. These heavy and large batteries could run a machine for more than 5 or 6 straight hours. Electric units are ideal for indoor use because of their lack of emissions. They are a popular option for warehouses and retail spaces because they provide a relatively low cost per hour of operation and put zero emissions into the air where people are working.
Internal Combustion: The internal combustion engine operates on a range of different fuels such as compressed natural gas or CNG, others take diesel, LP or liquid propane or gasoline. When compared to electric forklifts, the internal combustion or IC models could carry heavier loads, accelerate faster and are easier to refuel. These units are normally more expensive to use than their electric counterparts.
Fuel Cell: Hydrogen fuel cell lift trucks are the newest in forklift technology. These models provide the quietness and zero emissions of electric forklifts but provide the fast refueling capability of an internal combustion unit.
Nissan's outdoor models will provide synchronized steering. This specific feature automatically returns the wheel knob to the original position after completing a turn. Outfitted with solid pneumatic tires to provide a comfortable ride both outdoors and indoors, these tires are more resistant to wear and damage.