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October 31, 2012
31 Oct 2012

What to look for in an electric forklift

Electric forklift traction batteryWithout doubt the biggest innovations and improvements in the last 20 years in materials handling have been in the electric equipment industry. While LPG and diesel forklifts remain a mainstay in factories and loading facilities Australia and world-wide, electric lift equipment has increasingly become a mainstream choice. But to many people, even industry insiders with extensive experience, electric forklifts remain a mystery. We’ll try to explain here what to look for when purchasing, what sort of equipment to buy to meet your needs and the common pitfalls to avoid.

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October 25, 2012
25 Oct 2012

How to Choose a Forklift

Everyone knows how to choose a car. After all, most people drive them every day. But how do you choose a forklift?

To most people, forklifts appear to be all the same, but when they get down to details, they come with a bewildering variety of options and accessories, lift heights and classes.

How to Choose a used forkliftWhat is important to remember is that the right forklift for you is the one that does the job you need, reliably and at a minimum of expense. For 90% of buyers this will be a general purpose, LPG powered forklift with a capacity of 1.5 to 3 tonnes. These are the most common types of units available in Australia, and with good reason. Think of them like a Holden Commodore, reliable and flexible, able to be used in a wide variety of applications. But by no means are they the only type of units available.

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October 25, 2012
25 Oct 2012

Forklift Attachments – Do You Need One?

What is an attachment? Where would I use one?

In the world of forklifts, attachments are often relegated to the sidelines, assumed to only be suitable for specialist applications. But if applied correctly to your task, an attachment can easily make your work quicker and safer.

So what is an attachment?

Forklift AttachmentForklifts are (generally) driven by internal combustion or electric engines. These engines power a large hydraulic pump, which pumps oil to the lift and tilt valves which control the mechanisms of the same name on the mast of the forklift. Because of the design of the hydraulic system, the ability to add several additional valves exists. These valves can tap into the existing power of the forklift and use it’s existing power to drive other functions, usually related to modifications or additions to the tilt or raise mechanism to enable more specific applications. Examples include sideshifts, rotators, bale clamps and fork positioners.

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October 25, 2012
25 Oct 2012

Used Forklifts – What to Check Before Purchase

Or how to make sure you don’t end up with something you regret buying

Old Used Forklift in Poor ConditionWhen purchasing a used forklift, many buyers worry about getting stuck with a lemon. It’s unfamiliar territory, nearly everyone knows what to look for in a car, but what about a forklift? It’s an expensive purchase that you need to be reliable for years to come. The following is a basic checklist you should look for when shopping for a used forklift.

Please note: This article covers physical inspection of a forklift. For advice on choosing a forklift size and type, please see this article. Read more

October 25, 2012
25 Oct 2012

How to purchase your new forklift – Buy, Rent or Lease?

It’s a question that comes up a lot. Buy, rent or lease your new (or used) forklift. Each approach offers specific advantages and disadvantages. It comes down to what is right for the forklift purchaser and what is appropriate for the price and model being purchased. This is a summary of the available options that will hopefully help you to make the decision that is right for your business.

Buying a Forklift

The simplest and most popular method of purchasing a forklift. You choose your unit, give the dealer a cheque and they deliver your new unit. Appeals to many people, particularly those with no business credit rating. For many lower priced units it is the only feasible purchasing method, most lenders will not lease anything but a brand new forklift, even if purchased from a reputable dealer.

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