Imagine how much shorter warehouses would be without forklifts. Think of how high warehouses can be now because of forklifts. Forklifts are now capable of stacking heavy pallets 18 meters off the ground, that's more than four stories!
Forklifts have completely revolutionised warehousing, significantly reducing the amount of space needed to store large quantities of goods and making it easier to move bulk goods from rack to truck. However, it’s not just warehouses and factories benefiting from forklifts; ports, farms, construction sites and recycling operations use them extensively.
Forklifts are as diverse as the roles they fill. At the power-packed, heavy duty end of the scale are large petrol, diesel forklifts and LPG forklifts. While reach trucks offer reach and agility in small spaces. Electric forklifts emit no harmful fumes, offer good maneuverability and generally lower maintenance costs due to having fewer moving parts.
The most you should pay for an electric forklift is $18,000, but around $12,000 will buy a very good one while around $8,000 will buy a limited, but decent one.
Even with the most regimented maintenance schedule, forklifts can develop faults. Here are some common electric forklift issues and what normally causes them.
Forklifts are basically cars that can lift really heavy stuff. Maintaining them is therefore the domain of trained forklift mechanics. Here are some things operators can do on a regular basis to maintain an electric forklift between scheduled maintenance visits.