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How to Use Forklifts in Business: Manufacturing, Distribution and More

Last Updated Jan. 10, 2022

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A forklift in various configurations|Warehouse FinderForklifts are one of the most versatile pieces of equipment in a warehouse, distribution center, or manufacturing facility. They can be used for picking up pallets and crates to move them around the building. But forklifts also have other uses that many people don’t know about, like helping with loading trucks or moving heavy objects on flat surfaces. This blog post will talk about some types of forklifts and different ways you can use forklifts in business!

Forklift Types - Power Sources

There are three main types of forklifts: the electric, propane, and diesel. The electric forklift is the most common type and it’s powered by a battery. Propane forklifts run on propane gas cylinders, and diesel forklifts run on diesel fuel. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so you’ll need to decide which one is right for your business.

Electric (Normally Battery) Powered Forklifts

Electric forklifts can be less expensive than the other types, but they may also have a lower lift height and load capacity. They’re best suited for short distance work between different floors in a building or on-site picking up crates from suppliers without having to go outside of the facility. One of the key advantages of electric forklifts is that they do not generate an exhaust, which also makes them ideal for indoor use.

Propane Powered Forklifts

Propane forklifts tend to have a higher lift height and load capacity than electric forklifts, making them better suited for lifting heavy objects. However, they can be more expensive to operate and maintain. They also produce an exhaust, so they’re not ideal for indoor use.

Diesel Powered Forklifts

Diesel forklifts are the most powerful type of forklift and can handle higher lift heights and load capacity than electric forklifts, making them better suited for moving heavier objects. They’re also more durable and can handle rougher terrain. However, they can also be more expensive to operate and maintain than electric forklifts. They also produce an exhaust, so they’re not ideal for indoor use.

Choices, Choices

When deciding on which type of forklift is best suited to your business needs you’ll need to consider the weight and size of objects being handled in addition to whether or not it will be used indoors or outdoors. You should also think about how much money you want to spend on the equipment and associated operating costs, maintenance, etc.


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