Forklifts to use indoors & outdoors

The Electric vs. Gas forklift debate involves a little more than which use may be best for your indoor facility. There are very real differences if you will be using your lift outdoors, as well.

We’ve covered the cost difference, so let’s just talk about functionality, starting with a gas-powered lift.

Gas-powered lifts can just flat-out lift heavier loads than an electric lift. This, alone, may be the deciding factor in your purchase.

The performance of the gas-powered life remains constant even as the unit’s fuel supply is running low. That’s not necessarily the case in a battery-powered lift.

Using a gas-powered lift means generally you don’t have to be concerned with managing the exhaust of the unit.

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The Common Sense of Safety – Part 2

Last time we discussed how to operate your forklift safely, before you start the ignition.

This time, we get to manage a load and move it from one place to another, with safety in mind.

We’ve walked around the lift, we’ve dressed appropriately, climbed on board safely and checked the controls.

Ok, turn that key- we’ve got work to do- but before you move, consider your surroundings. Any people around? Obstacles that need to be moved, or ones that can’t be moved and need to be avoided?

Anything along the way that’s too low for your mast?

Are you operating on a loading dock? Be aware of the edge. Observe warning signs and only drive the lift on your facility’s designated roadways- and of course, only operate the forklift at a safe speed, being constantly aware of what’s around you.

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The Common Sense of Safety – Part 1

Whether you’re talking about safety at home or at the workplace, or just about any place in-between, safety and common sense have a lot in common. The same is true when it comes to operating your forklift safely.  Taking the time to think about what you are doing can not only help you work smarter, it can help you work safer.

On a forklift, safety starts before you even climb aboard.

We’ve discussed this before, but it starts with every forklift operator getting training and a license to operate the lift. You can get the training you need at a variety of place, check with your Atlantic Forklift Services rep to guide you to the best training available.

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Interview: Don Haas explains forklift masts

With several different mast styles to choose from, you need to know how each could make your operations more efficient.  We talked to Don Haas to shed some light on what these differences are and how one style might not be the best fit for your warehouse.

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