Forklift Facts and Useful Tips

Any height restriction ?

When you hire a forklift, it is vital you mention the heights of the doors in your buildings and any other height restrictions. Forklifts come with different types of mast and varying closed height.


Delivering your Hired Forklift

It is very important that there is somewhere to park the lorry (ie particularly in London) where access can be a problem, red routes etc. We can get round it by providing a second driver, ie one to take the lorry away while the forklift driver does the job.


Diesel Forklifts

Diesel you will have to obtain at your local filling station or have your own fuel tank in the yard


Electric Forklifts

Electric forklifts are quiet, exhaust free, slower and are mainly used inside warehouses. The forklift comes with its own battery charger which you have to connect to a 60 amp high power electricity supply similar to a cooker or water heater to charge overnight. *We can supply smaller chargers to work from a standard 13 amp socket but they do take a long time to charge the battery and are only for light use, say 1-2 hours a day.


Forklift - What's in a name?

Forklifts are mainly called forklifts in the UK but some call them fork trucks as they do in the USA and abroad. Why is it relevant? Because search engines look for the word you type in the search box and you may get different results depending which word you search for


Forklifts Costs and Fuel

Forklifts in standard form cost between 10,000 and 40,000 or more. The standard pallet in the UK carries 2 tonnes or more so the standard forklift has a carrying capacity of 2.5 tonnes and can be powered by diesel, petrol (in the form of LPG gas bottle) or electric battery. The bigger the forklift the more likely it is to be diesel.


LPG Forklifts

LPG forklifts are supplied with two extra gas bottles which we can exchange when you need more fuel. *This is the easiest type of forklift to run, as the fuel is at your site. Diesel you will have to obtain at your local filling station or have your own tax free in yard tank.


Types of Mast

Most common types are duplex and triplex. Cheapest are duplex but if you have height restrictions you'll probably need a triplex with full free lift, which means the forks can go up to the top of the mast before the mast extends

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Useful forklift facts and useful tips

Delivering your Hired Forklift

It is very important that there is somewhere to park the lorry (ie particularly in London) where access can be a problem, red routes etc. We can get round it by providing a second driver, ie one to take the lorry away while the forklift driver does the job.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE

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Which is safer ?

Is a four wheel forklift more stable and safer than a three wheel forklift? They are both the same as they both behave in terms of stability based on the Stability triangle.