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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The Safest Truck in the World Just Got Safer

1 The Safest Truck in the World Just Got Safer

Toyota Material Handling has made the safest truck range in the world even safer with the launch of the Tonero engine powered forklift.

All change for Eurostar

2 All change for Eurostar

On the 14th of November, Eurostar moved from London Waterloo to its new home at St Pancras International.

New forklifts offer intensive care for hauliers

3 New forklifts offer intensive care for hauliers

Jungheinrich UK Ltd will demonstrate models from its new VFG 425-435s range of IC engine-powered counterbalanced lift trucks at the Commercial Vehicle (CV) Show.

Jungheinrich make environmental commitment

4 Jungheinrich make environmental commitment

Forklift truck manufacturer Jungheinrich UK Ltd has announced that during 2007 consumption of electricity gas and service vehicle emissions across its UK business was cut by 5 per cent.

Narrow Aisle wins safety award

5 Narrow Aisle wins safety award

The Flexi Generation 4 truck is a winner of the prestigious British Materials Handling Federation (BMHF) Safety Award.

New heavyweight diesels from Mitsubishi

6 New heavyweight diesels from Mitsubishi

A new 8 to 16 tonne diesel counterbalance series, described by its maker as a tough truck with a gentle touch, has been launched by Mitsubishi Forklift Trucks.

The load simply rolls onto the fork

7 The load simply rolls onto the fork

Unloading cargo from a container mostly demands a lot of manual labour. For the discharging of heavy equipment DSV in Moerdijk has discovered RollerForks.

Kalmar Industries partners with Sdra

8 Kalmar Industries partners with Sdra

In tough competition with several other manufacturers, Kalmar Industries has won an order from Sdra, an economic association representing forest owners in Sweden, for the delivery of 32 lift trucks for wood and pulp handling.

Stationary Supplier Chooses Flexi

9 Stationary Supplier Chooses Flexi

One of Irelands leading providers of stationery products has recently equipped its warehouse with a number of award-winning Flexi G4 articulated forklifts from Narrow Aisle.

World innovation!

10 World innovation!

The Hamburg company Jungheinrich is the first supplier in the world to launch a battery-powered forklift truck with a rotating driver's cab onto the market.

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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