Forklift Crash Course

Part 2

By Western Material Handling - April 29, 2019

    Part two of this series talks more about less common forklifts. These lifts are extremely useful when you have a nonconforming warehouse or situation. 

Here are some more information on some of those lifts: 

     Very Narrow Aisle Articulating
forklift can work in aisles as narrow as 6'6" and are 4,000 lb capacity and lift heights up to 374".  We are the dealer for Flexi electric that has a 3 year warranty on the articulating gear assembly.  This type of forklift will go into a trailer and work outside in parking lots.  Other manufacturers offer a LP gas version and capacities up to 10,000 lb.

Class 2 Very Narrow Articulating Walkie Stackers come in capacities up to 4,000 lb. and mast heights of over 200".  These lifts will work in a 8 to 9' aisle and are very popular with start up businesses or small operations.  Because of the outriggers on the straddle version they can get hung up if operated in rough parking lots and room has to be provided for the outriggers.  Some versions come with a reach mechanism so that you do not have to straddle the load.  We handle the Blue Giant line. 3 Electric Walkie Straddle Stacker

Walkie Stackers are almost as expensive as a new forklift and used ones bring a high price because of their popularity.

Class 3 Electric Walkie Stacker Reach
Counter balanced Walkie Stackers can move right up to the load so that you don't have to contend with outriggers.  Because there are no outriggers they require a counterweight and are longer so they require a wide aisle to operate in.

Class 3 Electric Walkie Counterbalanced Stacker Walkie pallet jacks will move a pallet with ease and come in capacities of 3,000 to 8,000 lbs. with special units up to 12,000 lbs.  They lift the load around 7-8" and move from a crawl up to a fast walk speed.  Some versions have a rider platform or a center compartment for the operator.  Only the type pictured will turn around inside of a truck which is what many customers desire.  We are the Blue Giant dealer.

Class 3 Electric Walkie Pallet Jack

Rough Terrain Forklift are used on rough terrain or soft surfaces.  These are known their wide floatation or tractor type tires.  These units come in 2 or 4 wheel drive.  They work best in soft lots but require quite a bit of room to turn around and are too large to use in the warehouse.  The cost is high compared to a regular pneumatic tire forklift.  Capacities from 5,000 to 30,000 lb. We are the Mastercraft dealer.
Class 7 Rough Terrain
A Telehandler
is used if the customer needs a lot of lift and forward reach.  These units are typically 4-wheel drive, have three way steering which allows them to maneuver in an area tighter than their size would indicate.  These units weight from 10,000 to 30,000 lbs. and are normally in 5,000 to 12,000 lb capacities but they can be built up to 30,000 lbs. or more.  Lift heights of 19' to 55' are common. Telehandlers are very versatile as you can install dirt buckets and other attachments on the quick change carriage.

Class 7 Telehandler

Truck Mounted forklifts allow a company to take a forklift along on the back of the truck when making a delivery.  Capacities up to 6,000 lbs. and lift heights of up to 15'.  Many models have a reach function that allow removing both pallets from one side of the truck.  2 and 3 wheel drive, diesel engine, and hydrostatic operation are the norm.  We are the Navigator dealer.  The lightest weight unit is the Donkey.

Class 7 Truck-Mounted Forklifts (sod loaders) and 4-way forklifts help move a long load through a narrow door.  LP gas, diesel, and electric power.  Capacities up to 30,000 lbs.  A reach mechanism allows the forks to extend to the load and then retract it to rest on the platform for travel.  Some electric versions can travel all 4-directions for versatility.

Class 2 Internal Combustion Sideloader

Class 2 Electric 4 Directional Sideloader lifts are very popular, especially used, and come in "slab grade" for interior use and 2 and 4-wheel drive "rough terrain" versions.  Most electric slab grades will fit through a 3' x 7' door and will lift from 12' to 26'.  Rough terrain models are electric, diesel, gasoline, LP gas, or dual fuel gas and LP.  350 lbs. to 1,000 lb. capacities.  We are the dealer for Genie, Skyjack, and Condor.
Scissor Lift or Boom lifts come in heights from 30' to 185' and are electric, diesel, gasoline, LP gas, or dual fuel gas and LP.  Capacities are usually around 500 lbs. in the basket.  We are the dealer for Genie, Skyjack, and Condor.

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