When it comes time to pick the right forklift for your facility you will need to consider what it is you are lifting and how high you want to lift. Buying just the right amount of lifting capacity will invest wisely. You may also need to meet special requirements such as reaching high racks or explosion proofing the forklift (reducing the likelihood of sparking in gaseous environments).
To buy just the right amount of lifting capacity you will need to know the maximum weight and dimensions of the loads you will be handling. In addition, you will need to know the maximum fork height needed to the lift your loads to stack or unload on your racks or shelving.
The lift capacity of a truck is affected by your load size and how high you have to lift the load. Not the average load, but the heaviest load and the highest load. The larger the load the more the center of gravity moves on your forks potentially reducing your lift capacity. If you lift higher than expected that can change your safe lifting capacity as well.
Adding attachments also affect the capacity of a truck as they change the ratio of weight in front of the mast compared to the counterbalance on the rear of the forklift or in the battery compartment. Every lift truck has a capacity rating plate when it is shipped from the factory. Adding attachments later requires replacing the plate to reflect the new lift capacity rating.
Equipment Depot can help you pick the right lift capacity for the forklifts in your operation. Our forklift specialist can conduct a free on-site application survey to help you assess what solution will work best for your requirements.
As you can see from this chart we offer more choices of forklifts that have capacities ranging from 1,500 lbs to 300,000 lbs.