Forklift Truck, Lift truck, Reach Trucks & Accessories

A Forklift is a powered industrial truck used to lift and transport materials within manufacturing, warehousing and distribution environments. They are driver operated and there are many different specialist lift trucks available depending on the application. These range from the most common counterbalanced forklift trucks to more specialty trucks such as 3 Wheel Counterbalance Forklift Trucks, Reach Trucks, Hand Pallet Trucks, Powered Pallet Trucks, Sideloaders and Teletrucks. These lift trucks can be powered either by an internal combustion engine or an electric motor. 

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Keeping up with rising cold storage requirements

1 Keeping up with rising cold storage requirements

In the cold and frozen food sector, tremendous growth combined with a serious shortage of capacity is severely constraining companies today. “The frozen food market is currently experiencing remarkable growth, with its global value soaring to $265 billion..."

Toyota's turnkey solution maximises pallet capacity at new 3PL store

2 Toyota's turnkey solution maximises pallet capacity at new 3PL store

Hemisphere Freight Services Ltd - one of the UK’s largest, independently owned supply chain solutions specialists - has maximised the storage space at its new warehouse in Suffolk thanks to a turnkey solution designed and delivered by Toyota Material Handling UK.

Startup simplifies management of hundreds of lift truck operator training records

3 Startup simplifies management of hundreds of lift truck operator training records

Companies can now manage large lift truck operator communities and their training records more effectively thanks to a new online portal from UK startup Syndesi Systems.

Travis Perkins plc fits e-forklifts with unique safety alert

4 Travis Perkins plc fits e-forklifts with unique safety alert

Travis Perkins plc is fitting its latest batch of electric forklift trucks with a unique, industry-first ‘best in test’ sound alert, SIVAS, to improve safety for colleagues and customers in branch.

The UKMHA announces theme for National Forklift Safety Day 2024

5 The UKMHA announces theme for National Forklift Safety Day 2024

Beginning on June 11th, this year’s online campaign is supported by the theme ‘Prevent - Manage – Learn’. This succinct tagline reflects the UK Material Handling Association’s (UKMHA) ambition to educate people about what to do in the event of an incident.

Hyster-Yale Group appoints ICON Equipment as Official Hyster Dealer

6 Hyster-Yale Group appoints ICON Equipment as Official Hyster Dealer

Hyster-Yale Group (HYG), the integrated full-line lift truck manufacturer, has appointed ICON Equipment Solutions Philippines Inc. (ICON) as its official dealer for the company’s Hyster material handling solutions in the Philippines.

Centrad believes camera systems are key to driving down accident statistics

7 Centrad believes camera systems are key to driving down accident statistics

While a common and essential fixture on industrial and warehousing sites, forklift trucks unfortunately are also a common cause of workplace accidents year on year. 

Toyota Material Handling Europe and Gideon enter strategic cooperation agreement for new automated logistics solutions

8 Toyota Material Handling Europe and Gideon enter strategic cooperation agreement for new automated logistics solutions

Today there is an increasing market demand for simple autonomous solutions with self-navigating vehicles and an easy user-interface.

10 easy tips to increase warehouse safety

9 10 easy tips to increase warehouse safety

Insufficient safety measures in warehouse and distribution centres can have severe repercussions, including injuries, operational downtime, product losses, property damages and potential legal actions.

RAVAS nominated for prestigious IFOY Award with innovative Weigh in Motion technology

10 RAVAS nominated for prestigious IFOY Award with innovative Weigh in Motion technology

RAVAS, a provider of mobile weighing technology, has been nominated for the International Forklift Truck of the Year (IFOY) Award.

Forklift Truck, Lift trucks, Reach Trucks.

A forklift truck is an industrial piece of equipment powered by electric, LPG, propane or diesel with a metal fork platform attached to its front. The truck is used to lift heavy loads by inserting the fork platform under cargo, pallets or containers, to move them around a manufacturing plant, industrial operation or warehouse environment for storage. The truck frame of a forklift truck forms the base for its lifting and includes wheels, counterweights, a carriage, and a mast.

Main functions of a forklift truck:

  • Lifting and moving heavy loads
  • Stacking and unstacking pallets
  • Loading and unloading trucks
  • Sorting and rearranging materials
  • Picking and placing items
  • Maintaining warehouse inventory

Forklift Truck Types

There are three main types of forklifts:

  • Electric forklifts: These are powered by electric motors and are typically used in indoor environments. They are quiet and produce no emissions, making them a good choice for warehouses and other enclosed spaces.
  • Internal combustion forklifts: These are powered by gasoline, diesel, or propane engines and are typically used in outdoor environments. They have a longer range than electric forklifts, but they are also louder and produce more emissions.
  • Pedestrian-operated forklifts: These are small, lightweight forklifts that are operated by a pedestrian. They are typically used for light-duty lifting and moving tasks.

Articulated Forklift
Articulated forklift trucks are ideal for small spaces. The traditional articulated forklift is a sit-down configuration and provides the user with a narrow aisle forklift and a traditional counterbalance machine in the same unit. They provide a more cost-effective solution when it comes to maximising storage space and ergonomic operations.

Counterbalance Forklift
These are the most common forms of forklifts and come in 3 and 4 wheel models. The counterbalance forklift features two forks at the front and has the ability to drive up close to a load to pick it up and move it. They have a counterweight in the rear of the vehicle to compensate for the heavy load being lifted at the front. Counterbalance forklift trucks drive best on flat, smooth surfaces and should be used in more open spaces due to their large turning circle.

Side Loader Forklift
There are a variety of different sideloaders or forktrucks which can be powered by diesel, LPG and even propane. This is a piece of materials handling equipment designed for long loads and is ideally suited to the timber and steel industries. The operator’s cab is positioned up front on the left-hand side. The area to the right of the cab is called the bed or platform. This contains a central section within it, called the well, and the forks are built to travel perpendicular to the truck as it moves.

Reach Forklift
Reach Trucks are forklifts used in narrow aisle applications, such as warehouses, and have two outer legs to distribute the load with a set of wheels in the back located below the operator. This allows operators to navigate smaller spaces, and still be able to reach higher racking

Turret Trucks
These trucks have an articulating base that rotates the forks 180 degrees. They are fairly high cost, requiring a guidance system and are much slower than both the reach truck or articulated machines.

Swing Mast
Swing mast machines have a unique design enabling drivers to rotate the mast assembly 90° and shift left and right to pick or place loads in racks. This can be done without turning the forklift and are therefore ideal for very narrow aisles.

Rough Terrain Forklifts
Designed to be driven over uneven, rocky, and pot hold surfaces while carrying heavy loads

  • Telehandler or Telescopic
  • Rotating or Roto Telehandler
  • Straight Mast

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