Rough Terrain Forklifts

The forklifts in most warehouses and manufacturing facilities are perfectly sized to accomplish the tasks at hand – but some jobs require a little more muscle.  For those bigger tasks, we give you the rough terrain forklift.

Class 7 forklifts are specifically made for rough terrain and are mostly used outdoors at construction sites and facilities with challenging terrain and heavy loads.

Even though these trucks are specifically built for rough terrain, that doesn’t mean every type of heavy duty forklift is made for every type of situation.  Rough terrain forklifts come in three types: telehandlers, straight mast, and rotating telehandlers.

In spite of the design elements specifically built for certain situations, a tremendous amount of care is necessary to ensure these lifts operate safely in uneven and treacherous situations. Raising and lowering a load must be executed on a level, stable surface. These trucks are big, but they can still tip if the driver is vigilant about the safety procedures.

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Pneumatic vs Cushion Tires

The type of tire you’re going to want to choose for your forklift fleet depends very much on the type of terrain where your trucks will be operating.

The fact is most environments require specific tires, and some due diligence may be required before you make a purchase. The safety and performance of your fleet depends on this decision, so do not take it lightly.

Here’s what you need to consider before making the final decision on your forklift tires:

In what type of environment will your forklifts be operating?

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5 Tips to Improve Forklift Performance

Atlantic Forklift Services’ technicians are among the best in the business.  We asked them for a list of five things you can do right now to improve your fleet’s performance.

  1. Tires

Check them.  You’d be surprised, our experts say, to learn how many forklift fleets are operating on worn tires. Just something as simple as checking the tire pressure (in pneumatic tires) can help avoid accidents and improve performance.  In addition, check to make sure your forklifts have the tires you need specific to your facility.

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Awareness in the Warehouse

It’s a difficult question to ask a forklift operator after an accident. Was the incident a result of the driver not knowing the proper procedure or being willfully ignorant of the safety regulations?  It is, however, an important distinction.

Making sure your operators, and anyone who works around a forklift, is aware of the correct safety procedures is a fulltime job.

The good news is, most forklift operators are experienced professionals who are well aware of the correct safety procedures and regulations.  Knowing these safety steps is a requirement to get an operator’s license. There are those, however, who either willfully disregard safety procedures or are just unaware of the proper steps.

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