How to Choose the Best Forklift
1. What is the capacity and why should I know it? The rated size for a forklift is the weight that it is capable of lifting. The capacity of the forklift is seen in the data plate of the unit along with other vital information. Take into account that the higher you are carrying a load, the lower the capacity will be. And if you plan on adding an attachment, then this will have an effect on the units capacity. And almost all capacities have a 24 load center. Be certain that you are already aware of the sizes and weights of the loads that you are about to lift before you even make a decision on which forklift to rent or buy. Keep in mind that the commonly used capacities have a range from 3000 to 6000 pounds units, on the other hand, forklift have a range of 2000 to 65000 pounds and even more. And the more unit you are intending to lift, then the price of the forklift will also increase. It is vital to know the capacity unit you require not only to ensure that you get the task right, but then again, you need to do it safely. Utilizing a forklift that has a very small capacity can cause damages to the goods that you are lifting and forklift and can even put the lives of the people near it at risk.
2. Collapsed height and lift height. Along with the capacity, it is also important that you are aware of the height that you plan to lift the materials and if you have any height restrictions. And if you will be lifting materials more than the usual 188 to 189 inches of a triple stage upright, then the lift height can be the best choice for you. And since the quad units have 4th mast, then you will be able to lift materials to a height of 240 inches or even more. And in measuring the collapsed height of the forklift, make sure to start from its longest part when the forklift are its lowest point. This measurement is crucial if you have low ceilings or doors in the building that you are working in or in the trucks you are loading or unloading.
3. How will my application help me in choosing my forklift? When choosing a forklift, one of the very first questions that you must ask to yourself is why am I utilizing this forklift and to where will I be utilizing it? The application is the key to this question. Know this in so as not to put your money to waste. There are a lot of choices.