As the market for rough terrain forklifts has emerged so has the demand for straight mast forklifts. Their emergence and demand has leveled over the last ten years because of the explosion of telescopic handlers. Currently, manufacturers of lift trucks are focusing their product development on the forklift's core function.
For example, units which provide a lift capacity of less than 6000 pounds on average are up to 2.45% to a bit over $46,000. Other machinery in the category's bulk class varying from 6000 pounds to 10,000 pounds in capacity are up 3.15% to $54,177. Purchasers of machines would rapidly point out only if their real costs are up ever so slightly.
Hourly costs of diesel model machinery have risen to more than 81.6% and 84.3% respectively. Even if the prices on the dealer's tag may not seem all that different, when the equipment has left the sales yard and enters the work space of the purchaser, it needs to produce on a large scale.
Over the past ten years, the rough terrain lift truck market has decreased due to the increase in telescopic-handler purchases. The telescopic handlers are may just be the future that this specific kind of machine is evolving to. The task of a telehandler is to place a load with a long reach. The rough-terrain forklift remains the heavyweight champ when it comes to pure grunt lifting.
The company Omega produces a lot of different lines of lift machines and a complete array of rough-terrain forklifts. The Mega Series is an established line consisting of larger vertical-mast models. These units offer lifting capacities varying from 8000 pounds all the way up to 20,000 pounds. The next step was to allow lifting capacities up to 50,000 pound and the HERC Series was made to do this job. The more complex and bigger machinery needed, the more specialized that OEMs like Omega become.