Fork Lift Association & Thorough Examination

Frequently Asked Questions

At Beds & Bucks Forktrucks, we are a family run business with over 30 years of experience within the material handling industry. Below we have listed some common questions we get asked regarding material handling and forklifts.

  1. What are the different types of forklifts?
  2. How often should I service my forklift?
  3. Electric or Gas forklift: which is better?
  4. How often is a LOLER examination required?
  5. Should I buy a new or used forklift?
  6. What are the different types of forklift tyres?
  7. What type of forklift is best for indoor use?

1. What are the different types of forklifts?

Depending on the specific needs of your business, there are three main types of forklifts which are most commonly used across a variety of industries.

Counterbalance Forklifts

Counterbalance forklifts are the most common type of forklift and the type most people think of when thinking about forklifts. Counterbalance are extremely flexible and can be used in a huge variety of different environments including indoors and outdoors.

Reach Forklifts

Reach forklifts are most commonly used in warehouse environments. The combination of this reach capability and the stabilising legs means reach trucks can lift to great heights while still operating in very tight working environments. Whilst reach trucks are ideal for use indoors, they are not ideally suited to work outside.

Sideloading Forklifts

Sideloading forklifts (often called Sideloaders) are excellent for handling lengthy materials such as timber, piping and sheets, which would be extremely difficult with a conventional lift. As the name suggests Sideloads lift from the side meaning they are able to manage longer loads.

2. How often should I service my forklift?

Similarly to with a car, regularly serving forklifts ensures smooth operation for your business. We would recommend that your should service your forklift every 250 hours of use to optimise performance. Our service includes a thorough forklift checks from the fuel filter to the steering and electrical system to make sure your machine is working safely and efficiently.

3. Electric or Gas forklift: which is better?

Electric and gas forklifts are the two most commonly used forklift types available. As the names suggest, one is powered by electricity and the other by liquid petroleum gas. Depending on the specific needs for your business, you may choose one or other or also utilise both. Whilst electric forklifts are more eco-friendly and offer quieter operation indoors, gas forklifts do not need charging and also perform better in a wider variety of tasks including both indoor and outdoor environments.

4. How often is a Thorough Examination required?

From the one year point onwards a Thorough Examination is required at least once every 12 months. In some instances a truck will need to have a Thorough Examination more frequently. If you are in doubt check this with your truck supplier or maintenance provider.

5. Should I buy a new or used forklift?

This entirely depends on the budget of your business and the amount of usage the forklift will get. Whilst a brand new forklift is very appealing and won't come with any issues, a professionally maintained used forklift can also work very well for your business. You can also consider renting a forklift for short and long term periods.

6. What are the different types of forklift tyres?

Generally speaking forklift tyres come in two fits: standard and press on. Standard tyres are fitted the same way as a car tyre, whilst press on tyres require much less time, they are also less durable and do not perform as well on challenging terrains.

Pneumatic Tyres

Pneumatic forklift tyres are designed similarly to those you would find on a lorry or truck, their thick and tear-resistant rubber make them ideal for use in rough and uneven terrains.

Solid Rubber Tyres

Solid rubber tyres are one of the most common tyres types on market and are made with solid rubber wrapped around a metal band as opposed to being filled with air making them more suitable for indoor use.

Polyurethane Tyres

Polyurethane tyres are excellent indoor forklift tyres, they are typically lightweight and provide excellent traction with low rolling assistance.

7. What type of forklift is best for indoor use?

Depending on the needs of your business, there are a several types of forklifts that are suitable for use indoors including counterbalance forklifts, reach forklifts, sideloading forklifts and more. Electric and Gas forklifts are ideal for use indoors as they offer quiet operation. You could choose one or both for your business.

Electric Forklifts

Electric forklifts generate no emissions as well as being cheaper to operate than fuel powered trucks. There is no need to store fuel in your warehouse, freeing up space and making your warehouse a safer place.

Gas Forklifts

Powered by liquefied petroleum gas, LPG forklifts are useful for both internal and external work across a number of different sectors including industrial, commercial and many more.