Fork Lift Association & Thorough Examination

Which Type of Forklift Do I Need?

Forklifts are designed to move and lift equipment and materials around industrial environments including warehouses and building sites. Whether you are looking for a forktruck suitable of working in narrow aisle or capable of carrying wide pipes, many different forklift types exist which are suited to a specific scenarios. Here is a breakdown of the most common forklift types and where they are best suited:

Counterbalance Forklift Trucks

Counterbalance forklifts are the most common type of forklifts. Available in petrol, diesel and electric, counterbalance forklifts are suitable for use both indoor and outdoor use and rely on their weight to offset the weight of what they’re lifting, allowing safe lifting of heavy goods.

Reach Forklifts

Reach forklifts are commonly used in narrow aisles where manoeuvrability is important. They can work both indoors and outdoors and are especially useful for anyone who needs to navigate narrow spaces while retaining an extended lift height. They do however require level ground to work efficiently.

Rough Terrain Forktrucks

If your operation involves rough outdoor terrain, a rough terrain forklift with rugged tires is the way to go. Capable of excellent torque through mud and across challenging landscapes, rough terrain trucks are perfect for the outdoors. These trucks are cheap to run and easy to repair, so they’re a great cost effective option for any outdoor operations regardless of the terrain.

Sideloader Forklift Trucks

Sideloader forklifts are specifically designed to work with wide or long loads in narrow aisles. These trucks pick up and carry their load on their side, hence the name, and are particularly good at transporting tubing, sheet material and pipes.

Here at Beds & Bucks Forktrucks Ltd, we have been supplying new, used and rental forklifts across Herts, Beds and Bucks for over 30 years from notable manufacturers Clark, BYD and Combilift as well as many others. If you would like some more information on what we can offer, contact a member of our team today.

Forklift Types