3 Tips for Choosing the Right Forklift for the Right Task

Are you trying to find ways to optimize your forklift fleet? Are you tasked with unique and often cumbersome initiatives that make it difficult to find the right forklift for that job? Generally many proclaim that any forklift should be able to get any job done. However, there is a method to the madness. To select the right forklift for the right task, there are an abundance of considerations that need to be made. Determining how and when to use a certain variety of material handling appliances or forklift truck is essential in achieving a holistic, efficient and productive approach toward distribution, logistics, and supply chain management. With this being said there are certain variables you can focus on to make the most of any forklift and assure you have the right vehicle for the right task. Here are a few things to look for when considering the right forklift for the next big project at work:

1) Optimize Equipment Inventory – Many forklift trucks are enhanced by their components and diverse range of fixtures and attachments. To truly reap the benefits of this equipment inventory, it is suggested that operators have an abundance of these items to assure optimal use of their forklift truck. Older machines normally have outdated parts and components. However, newer models typically boast a more versatile range of equipment to fit the most succinct yet unique of needs. Examples of noteworthy attachments include the mounted hook and extending crane.

2) Determine Fuel Costs – Much of this can be ascertained from the type of fuel as much as fuel economy itself. With respect to this, a gas, hybrid, or electric forklift each offer their own set of benefits both from an ergonomic and economic perspective. For example, electric forklifts are known to slash fuel costs substantially but often lack the power of a traditional gas-fed or combustion lift. On the contrary, gas forklifts are the ideal selection for heavy-lifting operations or when the terrain can play an influence in the execution of the project. Understanding and itemizing fuel expenditures before the job begins will best determine how and when you should use the appropriate vehicle to maximize savings.

3) Understand The Material Handling Scenario – According to Forklift Accessories, it is all about knowing how the forklift will be used in the specific task or project. While many forklifts offer fantastic upside and tremendous appeal in many capacities, some are better suited for certain scenarios than others. Ascertaining the environment and setting where the vehicle will be used is essential in understanding the appropriate use. First and foremost, is the vehicle to be used inside or outside? Next if it is to be used indoors, are there high mezzanines or narrow tiers involved? These are just some of the variables that are worth taking into account. Nevertheless, despite these varying environments and capacities, there is a forklift truck designed and implemented to handle each of these scenarios. Thus thorough evaluation and assessment is essential and prudential in deriving the best vehicle for the job.

About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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