Forklift Information

Your Forklift Information Guide

Choosing the right forklift truck for your needs can make a huge difference in the level of productivity at your company.  Many factors should be considered before buying or leasing a lift.

Use our forklift information guide below as a quick reference and introduction to useful forklifts information:

The 7 Different Classes of Forklifts

How Much Does a Forklift Cost?

Things To Consider Before Buying a Forklift

Different Types of Forklifts

The Difference Between Internal Combustion Lifts and Electric Lifts

Forklift Leasing and Finance Options

The 7 Different Classes of Forklifts

Class 1:  Electric Motor Rider Forklifts

These lifts are electric-motor rider trucks. Trucks in this class may have 3 or 4 wheels with cushion (solid) or pneumatic (air-filled tires. Includes both sit down and stand up types.

Class 2: Electric Narrow Aisle Forklifts

These lifts have electric-motor and are used for narrow aisle or inventory stock/order picking applications. They have solid tires. This class includes reach and deep (double) reach trucks as well as order selector trucks which are also known as “order pickers” or “cherry pickers.” Other narrow aisle trucks include stand up straddles, swing masts, sideloaders and turret trucks.

Class 3 Forklifts: Electric Hand Pallet Jacks or Walkie/RiderJack Forklifts

Electric or hand-powered pallet jacks are primarily used for loading and unloading trailers and for short horizontal material handling. Low lift electric hand pallet jacks are also known as “walkies.” They have solid tires. They use pallet forks or a platform to haul loads several inches off the ground.

Class 4: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Cushion Tire Forklifts

Traditional lifts powered by either liquid propane gas(LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) or gasoline and used primarily indoors.

Class 5: Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) Pneumatic Tire Forklifts

Traditional lifts powered by either liquid propane gas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG), gasoline or diesel fuel and used primarily outdoors.

Class 6: Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractor Forklifts

These lifts are sit-down riders or tow tractor forklifts and are supplied with electric or internal combustion engines. Solid or pneumatic tires.

Class 7: Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

These lifts have pneumatic tires and are almost exclusively powered by diesel engines and used outdoors on rough terrain. Typical applications include agriculture, logging and construction.

Different Types of Forklifts

There are many types of lifts for a mulititude of tasks. Take a look at our Types Of Forklifts page to find out more about each type of lift, and to see a photo of each.

The Difference Between Internal Combustion Lifts and Electric Lifts

Is an internal combustion forklift or electric forklift right for your needs? Review our information guide below to find out.

Internal Combustion Forklifts

  • Operate on gasoline, diesel, compressed natural gas or liquid propane gas
  • Primarily used outdoors, limited indoor use under certain circumstances
  • Able to operate in various conditions
  • No batteries to recharge
  • Some can lift over 50,000 pounds
  • Lifespan depends on application, use and how you maintain it
  • Noise emissions meet or exceed ANSI B56.1 Standards

Electric Forklifts

  • Typically less maintenance than an IC forklift
  • Little emission sounds so quieter than an IC forklift
  • No fuel-storage required
  • A charging station is necessary
  • Batteries are large and heavy to change out.
  • No tailpipe emissions
  • Lifespan depends on application, use and how you maintain it
  • Better option for smaller, confined spaces
  • Load capacity from 3,000 to 12,000 lb. capacity

Things To Consider Before Buying A Forklift

  • Do you need to stack materials?
  • Will the forklift be used indoors or outdoors and what will the environment be like?
  • What types of materials will you be moving with the forklift?
  • How much does a typical load weigh that you will be moving?
  • What is your maximum rack height?
  • What is the maximum lift height?
  • What capacity forklift do you need?
  • What is the width of the aisles the forklift has to go through?
  • How often will you be using the forklift?

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How Much Does a Forklift Cost?

Forklifts are an important investment for any business. and there are a few general rules to keep in mind when assessing the price of a forklift.  It’s important to be aware of what you’re paying for, from upfront costs, to maintenance and the overall cost of ownership. Our forklift information guide gives you some key points to keep in mind when buying a forklift.

As there is such a wide range of manufactureres and extras, it’s hard to determine the right price. But here are some key points to help guide your decision.

  • The higher the capacity and forklift height, the more expensive the forklift will be.
  • Top-of-the-line forklift brands will be more expensive than lesser-known brands, but their technology advantages usually offer greater productivity and reliability.
  • Electric forklifts are generally more expensive upfront than internal combustion forklifts with identical specifications.
  • Pneumatic tires are generally more expensive than cushion tires.

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