It’s a common mistake for anyone inexperienced in warehousing or related industries to say that you can use any kind of forklift to do any job
This assumption couldn’t be more wrong. There is, in fact, a wide range of forklifts that should be used according to several different, and relevant factors associated with each lifting task.
When it comes to choosing the right forklift for your operation, there are a number of things to remember. First, consider which kind of job will you use it for? Depending on your business, you need to tailor fit the specifications of the lift truck according to the work you intend it to do.
The right lift for the right job
The most basic application a forklift has is to use it to carry heavy material such as pallets, crates and boxes, so you would need a machine that can carry the required amount of weight safely and at all heights required with no issues. Plus, a safety margin.
You also need to consider how many items the lift can carry at one time, you’ll need to look at the type of material that will be moved around. Ask yourself how much time is required to move the items, and how easy the forklift is to operate and find out about productivity levels and load capacity.
Let the forklift do its job
Overlooking any of these factors and you could create a limit to what you can do with the forklift, limiting what your supposedly multi-use vehicle can do.
You need to analyse the layout of the work environment, where you plan to use the lift and check if there are things that could hinder the operation. This includes forklift mobility, the layout of the pallet or load racking, and allowing for pedestrian access in a shared environment.
Also, consider mobility vs load capacity. If you have a location that does not have a wide enough movement area for bigger forklifts, look at which fuel type will save you money. You may think that an electric forklift will be automatically cheaper to run, but this isn’t always the case.
On-site advice from Hawthorne FTS
If you are in any doubt as to your requirements, we will be more than happy to come and have a look at your site. We have been helping companies and businesses in and around the north west with all their forklift needs for over 35 years.
We have the experience and expertise to detect possible problems that you might not even have thought of, and we can offer advice and make suggestions for different, more efficient types of lift machines than the one you might have in mind.
Let us know how we can help
Remember, all workplaces are different, so make sure you get the right machine for the job. One really good option is to rent a forklift for a trial period to see how it operates in real time, and in the real work environment before you commit yourself to a purchase.
Our friendly staff can help you find out more about which is the best new, used or hire forklift solution for your situation. We supply a wide range of gas, diesel and electric forklifts for a wide variety of applications and we back up our trucks with service, maintenance and spare parts.