In this article, we would like to introduce you to the world of forklifts and why they are worth the cost. We will provide some basic information on why you should buy a forklift, the different types of forklifts and how much forklift will costs.
What is a forklift? a little introduction
A basic forklift is a machine, on four wheels, with a fork shaped handle at the front. This fork shaped handle is used for lifting heavy materials. These heavy materials or product are usually on a pallet, especially designed to fit the fork. These pallets have space between the top and bottom of the wooden plates, so the machine (forklift) can easily fit between the spaces and lift the pallet to its destination or Storage Solutions.
This alone makes a forklift essential, for any factory, lumber,metal or agricultural business, with produce or products which needs to be lifted from one side of a factory, to another side of the factory.
What are the different types of forklifts and what are they used for?
The basic type of forklifts, that we know and love, do the same this. Lift pallets. What varies with the traditional forklift is that some forklifts have either open tires or protected tires. Protected tires are essential for businesses involved in dusty areas or areas with sharp edges, that could damage the wheels. Also a difference in the traditional forklift, can be found in the length of the fork, which has a fixed length or could have an extendable arm. For the eco-friendly users, there is also a electric version. These machines can lift up to an amount of 5,000lb.
Is there a light weight version?
There is also a light weight forklift available too, where you can walk and push from the back of the forklift. These little machines can lift up up to 5,000lb and are generally 48″ long. Perfect for factories with employees that have to walk all over the place to lift pallets from one side of the room, to the other side of the room.
What about off road machines and heavy lifting?
Forklifts come in all shapes and sizes. For agriculture, wood and metal industry, there are telescopic- or telehandler forklifts. These machines use powerful motors to lift anything up to 12,000lb and are specifically designed to move pallets from places, that are hard to reach. For areas with rough terrain, there is a rough terrain forklift for outdoor use. These massive machines are widely used on uneven terrain and are used on lumberyards, construction projects and landscaping.
How much do these forklifts cost?
The starting price of a traditional forklift, with cushion or pneumatic tires starts around $10,000. For the same price, you can also purchase am electric machine. Industrial machines for outdoor and agricultural uses start at around $36,000 and run up to a price of $60,000 for a standard machine.
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