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Common Types of Forklifts

Knowing what type of forklift you need can be a big struggle. Here are some basic descriptions of the most common types of material handling equipment available. Counterbalance Forklift Trucks Counterbalance forklift trucks are the most common type of forklift and the type that most people generally think of when renting a forklift. On counterbalance forklifts, the forks protrude from the front ...
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How Forklifts Work

Toyota 8-Series Internal Combusion
Forklifts have several main components that are common from manufacturer to manufacturer. They contain the same general assemblies that allow the machine to move forward and backward as well as lift and lower. The frame of a forklift is the base to which all key components attach, including the mast and counterweight. Sometimes the fuel and hydraulic tanks are included in the frame assembly. Th...
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What to Know if You Want to Buy a Forklift

Want to Buy a Forklift
You've decided you want to buy a forklift. Great! You sit down at your computer and fire up your favorite search engine to begin your search. But wait! There are a few things you should know before you start looking. Here are some of the forklift basics you should know before you get started. 1) What is the maximum weight of the load that you will need to lift? Knowing the average load weig...
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Forklift Daily Inspection Checklist

Forklift Daily Inspection Checklist
OSHA requires daily operator inspections for forklifts and it is very important that every company that uses forklifts complies with this. These inspections are designed to certify that the forklift is in safe and proper operating condition at the beginning of each shift. There are a lot of different forms that can be used as daily checklists but they all typically contain the same informat...
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The Benefits of Planned Maintenance

Service & Maintenance
One of the best ways to reduce costs and maintain your material handling equipment is to have a planned maintenance program in place. Planned maintenance is an agreement to have a dealership service your forklifts on a regular basis. You may set up the frequency of maintenance based on preference and how much the equipment is used. Here are several reasons why planned maintenance will save your co...
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A Brief History of the Forklift

Clark Tructractor
A practical and popular machine for moving products over short distances is the forklift. Also known as a lift truck, the forklift is one of the most important, yet often overlooked, industrial innovations of the modern era. There are over 150,000 forklifts delivered to material handling buyers each year. Forklifts evolved from hoists, which were the primary means of lifting and moving heav...
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Should I Buy or Lease a Forklift?

Buying Vs. Leasing Forklifts
The question of whether to buy or lease a forklift comes up frequently when companies are considering adding or replacing material handling equipment, and there are several reasons why each option is beneficial. Reasons to Buy If the equipment will have light duty, buying may allow you to stretch the life cycle of the forklift far beyond the typical 7 year depreciation schedule. It is not un...
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Should I Buy an Electric or an LP Gas Forklift?

Toyota 8-Series Internal Combustion Cushion Tire Lift Truck
A very common question from potential forklift buyers is whether to purchase an electric or a liquid propane (LP) gas powered forklift. Some industries such as food or pharmaceuticals, and some environments such as underground facilities require the use of electric forklifts. Most other applications allow the user to decide which type is right for them. And while there is no one-size-fits-all answ...
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Should I Buy a New or a Used Forklift?

Responsibilities When Renting a Forklift
The decision of whether to buy a new or a used forklift can be influenced by a variety of factors such as: The cost difference between a new forklift and a used one Whether or not your company has budgeted to purchase a forklift The availability of a new forklift vs. a used one The potential work cycle of the forklift While most of us are familiar with the process of buying a car, the...
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