3 Different Types of Forklifts

If you’re trying to figure out what type of forklift might work best for your facility, here are three things that can help you make your decision.

There are three types of forklift trucks and the one that is best for you depends on what you are using it for and the conditions in which you will be using the lift.

Gas: Powered by liquid petroleum gas these lifts are competitively-priced and popular. They can generally be used indoors or outdoors and are workhorses that can handle long shifts and arduous conditions.

While they do give off noxious emissions, they are generally cleaner than diesel lifts (more on those later) and they tend to run quieter than their diesel counterparts.

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All About Pallet Trucks

Stopping just shy of a driver-operated forklift, pallet trucks date back to the late 1800’s, when a basic pallet rack was invented to lift loads just a few inches off the floor, but not to move loads from one location to another.

The pallet jack that most closely resembles the type we see today was manufactured in the 1920’s and they quickly became a versatile tool for moving smaller materials in small spaces.
Pallet trucks, sometimes referred to as “jacks,” are frequently seen in micro-breweries, manufacturing plants, warehouses and factories and can move loads of various sizes in small spaces, and on and off smaller trucks and vans.
Pallet trucks come in two categories: Manual, and powered.

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New Year Checklist

With the dawning of a new year, and plenty of people vowing to make 2018 count, there’s no better time to re-dedicate yourself to ensuring your forklift fleet is in tip-top shape.

Hopefully, your operators start every shift with a complete inspection already (since it’s required by OSHA), but let’s take this one a little deeper to give you a good look at just what condition your fleet is in.

Start with your forks.  Look hard for cracks and bent tines. Little cracks and faults can become big costly problems very quickly if left unchecked.

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Robotic Forklifts

As time marches forward, technology eventually catches up with every business- and the materials handling industry is no different. The latest trend is an underlying debate over so-called” robotic” forklifts.

More popular at the moment in Europe, these robotic forklifts do offer some advantages, but at this point- as we’ll see here- the potential pitfalls are outweighing the positives.

Mostly used in horizontal applications like order-picking and transportation of materials, the robotic lifts navigate using a complex system of lasers, reflectors, magnets and wires embedded in the facility to dictate their routes.

Some facilities with multiple units have seen some traffic issues as their robotic forklifts attempt to pass each other in tight aisles. This would mean many warehouses would have to redesign their facilities to create wider passage.

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