Choosing the Right Forklift
It can be a minefield when making a decision about the type of forklift to invest in and it’s important to consider the benefits of each type before making a final choice.
Pre-forklift days, many factories and warehouses would use cables, ropes and pulleys to move boxes, crates and other heavy objects. Since the invention of forklifts, carrying out such tasks have become easier and more efficient, requiring less manpower and reducing the time required to move goods.
There are three main types of forklift truck, each generally used for a different purpose. These are powered either by gas, diesel, compressed gas or propane.
Gas forklifts have become popular due to the number of workplaces requiring them. Buying a second-hand forklift may be an option of the budget is tight, as purchasing a brand-new forklift can be expensive.
A diesel forklift is a great addition to any warehouse. This type of forklift tends to stay in good condition when used with diesel. They’re easy to operate and are a smooth drive, they’re also fuel efficient too!
Electric forklifts run off a battery that has to be charged, usually overnight. When fully charged, this type of forklift can run for approximately 6 consecutive hours and so if a warehouse is in operation for 8 hours, keeping the battery fully charged should enable a forklift operator to carry out a whole work shift on one battery charge. Electric forklifts are a notably greener option with regards to the environment too!
Whichever forklift you choose, they’re the perfect drivable, small vehicle for carrying out heavy lifting and moving tasks. They are compact enough to fit into relatively small areas and are easily manoeuvrable.
Once you have your forklift then you’ll need to ensure that you’re up to speed with your training, this is where Forklift Agency can help. We offer training for both the novice and experienced forklift operator, we also offer the training at a time and place to suit you. We don’t charge travelling fees and all the training is health and safety approved. If you think we can help you or your staff, get in touch. Give us a call on 0330 330 9495 or complete the form below and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can.
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