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How to Choose an Electric Forklift?

Dec 10, 2022

Forklifts are a very important piece of equipment in the manufacturing and warehousing industry, which can greatly help businesses improve work efficiency; however, it is important to understand the specific needs before purchasing. Unless you have good ventilation or are working outside,4 wheel electric counterbalance forklifts are your best bet. Here's what you need to consider before buying an electric forklift.

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1. Before choosing to buy a forklift, you need to know clearly: how much weight you need to carry, where you will use the forklift, and how often you will use the forklift.

2. The weight that needs to be carried can determine which type of forklift to buy. Generally a 5,000 lb capacity is sufficient. If your cargo weighs more, it may be necessary to use equipment with a higher capacity. In addition to weight, determine the height of the load and make sure the forklift can safely load it.

3. It is necessary to measure the working channel of the forklift. For a standard forklift, at least 11 feet of clearance is required. If the aisle is less than 11 feet, you will need to purchase a three-wheel forklift or reach truck. Both of these models are also usually electric, but they are only available for lighter weights.

4. Frequency of use is important. If you need to use the forklift every day, you need to buy a forklift with a larger battery capacity, it is best to buy an additional spare battery, which can save charging time and ensure the uninterrupted operation of the forklift. The battery can also choose lead-acid battery or lithium battery according to its own needs.

5. When operating the forklift, strictly follow the instructions for use. Operators must pass a training course, obtain a license, which is renewed every three years, and be at least 18 years old to drive a forklift.

Electric forklifts can be operated outdoors, although most of the information is geared toward indoor use. Before using a forklift outdoors, tire type and weather conditions need to be considered. For outdoor lifting, use pneumatic tires, solid pneumatic tires, or tractor-style tires to ensure the tires do not blow out. In addition, never use an electric forklift in rain or snow.

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