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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What you need to know about forklifts and loads

There is a little more to owning and operating a forklift than rolling it out onto the warehouse floor and moving stuff around. You must be very aware of your forklift and the loads you are expecting it to handle.

What you are moving should always be considered before you select a forklift. Variables like weight, size, and height need to be evaluated in addition to how high or low you are storing the materials.

Remember, the higher you are lifting your load in the air, the farther the capacity of your forklift will fall.

In selecting the mast for your forklift, keep all those same factors in mind, in addition to the width of your aisles. Rest assured that there is a forklift for your unique situation and that we can help you find it; whether it’s a reach truck, a three-wheel electric or a five-stage mast.

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Must-have accessories for your forklift

By itself, your forklift is a pretty simple machine. A motor, a seat, wheels and the part that does the heavy lifting. With a few bells and whistles, some must-have accessories for your forklift can turn it into a super-valuable tool in your workplace.

Maybe the number one accessory is the sideshift. This allows the load your lift is carrying to move left and right once it is off the ground. Most useful in tight spaces and for positioning loads on shelves and racks without having to re-position the truck itself.

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The Propane-Powered Forklift

Propane can not only grill up a tasty burger on a long Summer afternoon, it can also power your forklift. No wonder Hank Hill loved propane so much. Now, there are some differences between the propane in your grill, and your propane-powered forklift.

A propane-powered forklift uses Liquid Propane (LP.) It’s actually a mix of propane and butane and is used mainly to power vehicles.

If you choose a LP powered forklift, there are some things you will need to know up front.

LP is a cleaner fuel, causing less wear and tear on your engine and less carbon monoxide exhaust in your workplace. It’s also (you’re going to like this) cheaper to maintain than a regular gas forklift.

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