Gail Cooper Forklifts February 26th, 2018 - 12:35:12
3. Towing Finally you can use a forklift on a farm to not only lift and move items but also tow (pull or drag) them. Towing would be used for objects or loads that are too big or too heavy to be lifted by the forklift safely. Forklifts can be used to tow trailers tractors other vehicles machinery large and/or very heavy pieces of equipment and very large loads. Keep in mind that proper procedures and safety precautions need to be followed in order to prevent damage to the forklift to prevent damage to the large items being towed and to prevent accident and injury. For example proper tow ropes must be used but they should never be attached to the mast to pull or drag loads. In addition appropriate attachments must be fitted and used in order for the forklift to be used for towing or pushing safely.
IC forklifts have a better performance rate than electric forklifts for high capacity loads over 20000 lbs. While the initial cost of internal combustion forklifts is lower than electric these forklifts require more routine maintenance and higher fuel prices. With skyrocketing gas prices and the "Go Green" movement forklift brands like Toyota Mitsubishi Linde and Yale are developing fuel alternatives in an effort to manufacture an "eco-friendly forklift" reduce the carbon footprint of the industrial sector. The development of natural gas and hydrogen fuel cells has been their main focus for the last three years. In 2010 BMW Manufacturing Company first announced it was working with forklift brand manufacturer Linde to develop of hydrogen forklifts and hydrogen refueling stations to operate their forklift fleet.
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.
Even with all of these guidelines in place and plenty of training programs available employers are not required to take part. That being said employers who do not follow OSHAs guidelines run the risk of opening themselves up to liability claims and lawsuits should an employee become injured from a forklift accident. Some states even allow injured employees to seek damages beyond those provided by workers compensation benefits. This means that the employer who failed to verify a safe workplace could be held accountable as well as the forklift manufacturer and any subcontractors or owner of the jobsite property. If you or someone you know has been injured from a forklift accident it is important that you seek the advice of a personal injury attorney who specializes in the area of construction accidents. You may be entitled to receive monetary damages for your injuries and a skilled attorney will help you to assess the validity of your case.