Caterpillar Empty Container Handlers
Kinds of forklifts:
Choosing amongst internal combustion, electric or hybrid is a major factor when buying a forklift. Each technology has its advantages and disadvantages. It is very essential to be able to differentiate one kind of forklift from another and to choose the best kind for the application. The following info could help you to select the type of forklift that best fits all your needs.
A key advantage of electric is long-term cost savings. The initial expense to purchase extra batteries can seem costly, but you really save some money by not having to purchase fuel and transport it to the work location. If you utilize some type of alternative source of energy, like for instance windmills or solar panels, you could save even more money.
The drawback of electric is that downtime for charging the lift and changing out the batteries has to be factored in. This technology continues to improve as new methods of using electric technology advances.
Variations on Forklifts:
Stand-up rider forklifts - These electric-powered forklifts have counterbalance weights constructed into the body and are designed so that the operator rides in the body of the truck.
Stand-up, narrow aisle rider - Ideal for areas with tight spaces. Instead of having counterweight inside its body, this electric forklift is made with straddle legs on each and every side to provide stability.
Sit-down rider - At the rear of the sit-down-rider, you can locate the counterbalance.
Motorized hand-pallet jacks - This low-lift truck has forks and is designed for the operator to stand on the rear. Other versions are made to be walked.
Reach forklift - Used for long reach, this kind of forklift has a boom. The forklift is designed to be stable on surfaces which are uneven by having the outriggers at the front.
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