Luisa Mcneil Forklifts February 15th, 2018 - 12:27:26
Industrial fork lift trucks are divided into two categories: electric and internal combustion (IC). Forklift engine types determine how the forklift operates where it can be used (indoor or outdoor) weight capacity and overall performance. Powered by lead-acid batteries several types of forklifts are electric: cushion tire forklifts scissor lifts order pickers stackers reach trucks and pallet jacks. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat even surfaces. The initial cost of an electric forklift tends to be higher than most IC fork lifts but its annual fuel and maintenance cost is less expensive over time. Electric lift truck batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. The charge of the battery determines the strength of the lift: a fully charged forklift operates at its fullest capacity while a low charge slows its performance.
The price of a new forklift is twice the cost of a used model. Used forklifts are refurbished by the dealership then resold at retail value. While the dealership may drive a hard bargain upfront their prices are always negotiable. To get a good deal from the dealership compare models and prices of forklifts from 2 or 3 other dealerships. Outlining the product and services these dealerships provide will provide leverage when negotiating. Forklift dealerships offer product warranties and financing options on both new and used forklifts. Warranties typically last 1-2 years with the purchase and often include service contracts for minor repairs. Contingent on the forklift type brand year number of hours and overall condition forklift dealership prices range from $6-30000. Perks from higher prices include the warranties service contracts customer service and expert advice. There are countless pros and cons of purchasing a forklift from a private seller and or forklift dealer. To determine which avenue is best for your warehouse compare multiple models and prices from at least 4 sellers. The Internet is host to hundreds of websites showcasing forklifts for sale so consider all of your options and consult with your staff in the decision-making process.
Warehouses and distribution centers that use an electric for more than 7 consecutive hours keep an extra charged battery on hand. While electrics are easier to maintain than ICs they are not recommended for continuous use of transporting loads greater than 15000 lbs. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in food-processing and healthcare sectors. Internal combustion forklifts are powered by fossil fuels such as gas propane and diesel. There are several types of IC fork lifts: pneumatic tire forklifts rough terrains scissor lifts telehandlers and boom lifts. IC forklifts are primarily used for outdoor applications. An internal combustion forklifts fuel powers the lift longer than an electric (one LP tank = 8 consecutive hours) and can be refueled in less than 10 minutes. IC forklifts are more powerful than electric forklifts but their emission of harmful fumes (e.g. carbon monoxide) is not ideal for indoor applications. However LP forklifts can be used indoors with proper ventilation and large aisle dimensions.
In an effort to reduce the potential for serious forklift accidents employers should take the following steps: only allow properly trained operators to use forklifts always adequately maintain forklifts and always keep the areas where forklifts operate free of excess items people and obstructions. Fellow workers can further contribute to safety by: performing routine checks of the forklift not operating the forklift unless authorized by the company making sure loads are not too heavy and properly stacked never using the forklift to transport people not using the forklift in place of a ladder or other type of scaffolding being aware of the stability of the vehicle and being aware of their personal surroundings such as other people uneven floors floor surfaces power lines corners loading dock locations doorway heights etc. Furthermore OSHA requires all operators to be at least eighteen years old.