Types of Forklifts

When it comes to materials handling equipment, the forklift is the heavy lifter. They are used in warehouses, manufacturing operations and department store settings to handle material and equipment that would otherwise be nearly immovable. Forklifts provide the materials handling industry with an incredibly sturdy backbone without which much of commercial economy would be rendered inefficient and cumbersome. Because of the numerous places in which they are used, forklifts designers have responded to the needs of industry by designing specific forklift types for the variety applications in which they have proven useful. Keep reading to learn more about the types of forklifts that are found in the warehouse and materials handling industries.

Types of Forklifts: The Standard forklift

The standard forklift, the kind seen in stores like the home depot, are designed for a comprehensive set of tasks.

Primarily used for manipulating merchandise laid out on pallets, the offer warehouse or other operation the ability to stack, move, shift and store product with ease. They are powered by either a gas, diesel, or electric motor depending on the power requirements for the job and the environment in which thy work. Electric forklifts are great for indoor uses such as warehouses where the exhaust from a diesel or gas model might cause a dangerous buildup of toxic air.

Types of Forklift: Narrow Aisle Forklift

As versatile as the standard forklift is, it still has some limitations. One of the key aspects of good warehouse management is to design the storage area in the most efficient manner possible, using all the space to its maximum potential. This often requires that warehouse industrial shelving units be placed really close to each other, creating very narrow aisles in which workers and other materials equipment must negotiate. In response to the need to maneuver in these narrow corridors, the forklift industry designed a great solution. Called a narrow aisle forklift, this design allows entry into those tight warehouse spaces that are prohibited to other, standard forklifts.

The slim design of the narrow aisle forklift allows the operator to access the aisles of the warehouse and retrieve or store material with ease. Solving two problems in one, the narrow aisle forklift features a pivoting fork which allows the operator to position the fork perpendicular to the orientation of the forklift and raise or lower the object to the desired height without having to reposition the entire forklift.

Types of Forklifts: Swing Mast Forklift

Building on the lessons learned from the narrow aisle design, the swing mast forklift is a standard or narrow aisle design that feature a forklift mast that can be manipulated to position the load in alignment with the shelving unit or other hard to reach place. They are great for applications in which space is limited but the power of a standard forklift is required.

Forklifts with Reno Forklift

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Pallet jacks are a widely implemented type of materials handling equipment. They are used to haul large loads in and around warehouses, factories, and department stores. They are usually used in combination with loads stored on wooden pallets. The pallet jack features a two pronged fork that can easily slide into place under a pallet. The fork is attached to a mast that operates a hydraulic lifting mechanism. The lifting mechanism allows the fork to be raised so that the pallet clears the fork wheels. Once the pallet is in the raised position, the pallet jack operator can maneuver the pallet and the load around the warehouse, factory, store or other facility to storage or loading dock for transport.

The manually operated pallet jack has been around since the early twentieth century. It use has allowed workers to more efficiently manipulate and store large loads of merchandise and other inventory. With the advent of the commercially available electric motor, electric pallet jacks have given workers and warehouses even greater efficiency when moving and storing objects.

Uses of Electric Pallet Jacks

Like the manual pallet jacks, the electric pallet jack provides a mechanical advantage to the operator. The electric pallet jack, also known as a walkie, pallet trucks, or a power jack has a hydraulic pump powered by either an electric motor or manual pump. Instead of the operator being required to pull or push the load, the electric pallet jack is powered by the electric motor. The power palled jack is able to handle very heavy pallet loads. The electric power keeps the worker from having to strain to move a heavy load and can prevent a runaway situation, where a heavy load builds up too much speed on a manual pallet jack, causing its operator to lose control. Because of this, the electric pallet jack is safer for the worker and prevents any damage to material while being maneuvered.

On some models, the operator stands on a small platform and uses a throttle to control the speed. In this design, the electric pallet jack is an intermediary model between a small, manually operated pallet jack and a full scale forklift.

To determine whether you need an electric pallet jack or a manually powered one, consider the type of loads you or your employees will be manipulating, the space in which they will be working, and the maintenance costs of the equipment.

Generally, electric pallet jacks are suited for heavy loads in a large warehouse. Due to the electirical motor and other

mechanical parts, the electric pallet jack is more expensive to buy and maintain. These costs, however, are often counterbalanced by the savings in manpower derived from the efficiency of the electric pallet jack.

Electric Pallet Jacks at Reno Forklift

Whether you need the low cost and flexibility of a standard manual pallet jack, or the power and durability of an electric pallet jack, Reno Forklift is your one stop shop. Reno Forklift features a large variety of quality manual and electric pallet jacks and our professional, experienced staff is here to help you find the best pallet jack for your needs. We serve both California and Nevada. Come check out our online catalog and contact us today!

Choosing the proper forklift for your business can make the difference between an inefficient and cumbersome work environment and a smooth running operation. The right forklift for the job will ensure that your business moves the goods and products that make up your revenue safely and efficiently.

There are many things to consider when shopping for a fork lift. The type of environment it will work in, the power requirements and lift capacities are just some of the elements to keep in mind. Below is a list of things to consider when choosing the best fork lift for your business.
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