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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NGK to begin a logistics demonstration using Its lithium-ion rechargeable batteries EnerCera at Nagoya Central Wholesale Market Main Office

1 NGK to begin a logistics demonstration using Its lithium-ion rechargeable batteries EnerCera at Nagoya Central Wholesale Market Main Office

NGK Insulators Ltd (‘NGK’) has begun a logistics demonstration using its lithium-ion rechargeable batteries EnerCera at Nagoya Central Wholesale Market Main Office. The demonstration is being conducted with the goal of creating a new, highly efficient in-market logistics model.

New safe working area charter secures industry support

2 New safe working area charter secures industry support

A commitment by the UK Material Handling Association (UKMHA), the trade body representing all aspects of the UK’s material handling industry, to improve workplace safety has attracted widespread support.

New Hyster double stacker to optimise productivity in logistics operations

3 New Hyster double stacker to optimise productivity in logistics operations

Hyster has added the new S2.0SD platform double stacker to its range of dependable warehouse equipment to help operations increase productivity, while managing costs.

Linde Material Handling: Alternative diesel fuel facilitates substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

4 Linde Material Handling: Alternative diesel fuel facilitates substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

Fleet operators utilising diesel forklifts from Linde Material Handling (MH) can now reportedly reduce their CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent through the use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO).

IAA Transportation World Premieres: QUANTRON unveils longest-range hydrogen and electric trucks based on newly developed platforms

5 IAA Transportation World Premieres: QUANTRON unveils longest-range hydrogen and electric trucks based on newly developed platforms

Under the motto ‘People and Goods on the move’, this year's IAA Transportation from 20th to 25th September 2022 in Hanover focuses on the sustainable switch to alternative drives for logistics and transport.

Hayward Transport goes for reliability with refurbished forklift from Rushlift

6 Hayward Transport goes for reliability with refurbished forklift from Rushlift

J Hayward & Sons of Walsall Ltd (Hayward Transport), is an established name in transport and road haulage, cited as such by many of its blue chip clients. Incorporated in 1952, the business has grown steadily over the years and now operates a fleet of 82 Euro 6 compliant 44-tonne vehicles, with sites in Walsall, Leeds and Liverpool.

Linde electric forklift contending for the German Sustainability Award Design

7 Linde electric forklift contending for the German Sustainability Award Design

The Linde X20 to X35 electric forklifts provide ‘green’ power in goods handling: They can now for the first time be used in applications that were previously the exclusive domain of industrial trucks with internal combustion engines.

Don’t neglect the essential hand pallet truck

8 Don’t neglect the essential hand pallet truck

Regular hand pallet truck maintenance not only helps to extend the performance and life of your trucks, but also protects the wellbeing of your team and, ultimately, the HSE regulations of your company, says Tony Sharpe, Head of Service Development and Hand Pallet Truck After Sales at Toyota Material Handling

A common sense approach to warehouse safety

9 A common sense approach to warehouse safety

The latest workplace fatalities statistics reinforce the need for warehouses to adopt a common sense approach to impact protection systems to keep people safe and protected, says Paul Roehricht, UK strategic account manager, Brandsafe.

Discover the latest labour saving technology at IMHX

10 Discover the latest labour saving technology at IMHX

With the high cost of human labour prompting more and more logistics companies to seek ways of working that rely less on people, interest in automation is greater than ever at this year’s IMHX, says Event Director, Rob Fisher.

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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