The next step is to understand the various factors that determine whether a forklift will suit your needs or not. These factors include:
How heavy are the loads that you’ll need your new forklift to carry? Different forklifts have different load capacities and it’s very important that you choose a forklift that can carry prospective loads.
Types of Loads
In addition to the weight of your loads you should also consider what type of loads your forklift will potentially be moving. Different forklifts are made to handle loads of different shapes and sizes.
Electric or Diesel
Forklifts are typically divided into two main types, namely electric forklifts and diesel forklifts.
Electric forklifts are typically used indoors and have many benefits such as lower maintenance needs, less noise, and lower emissions.
Diesel forklifts have a fuel tank so are usually larger than electric forklifts. Diesel forklifts are typically used outdoors and have a larger carrying capacity.
Indoor or Outdoor Operation
There are very few forklifts that are ideal for both indoor and outdoor operation. Tyres and types of motors play a huge role in determining whether a forklift is better suited to indoor or outdoor use.
What sort of heights will your forklift need to clear? Are there any low overhangs or door frames that your forklift will need to get through. Consider this when looking at the height dimensions of your potential forklift.
Types of Tyres
Tyres can always be changed, but it is well worth considering the type of tyres on your forklift. Non-marking tyres are ideal for indoor use while rough terrain tyres are perfect for outdoor use.
Looking for a forklift for sale in Durban? Please feel free to get in touch with us today and find out more about the various forklifts that we have in stock! Our forklift experts will be able to provide you with professional advice regarding which forklift will work best for your specific needs.