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Buying Guide:  Begin by choosing the Right Type of equipment

Cushion Tire 4 Wheel Sitdown

Use: Most commonly used forklift in the U.S. Primarily used indoors in warehouse type operations, good for use on smooth surfaces only. Not well suited for outdoor use. Smaller in size when compared to pneumatic tire unit of equal capacity. These trucks are typically used indoors in applications such as manufacturing, warehousing, bottling and trucking. They ride on solid rubber tires called cushion tires. They can be powered by either Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG), gasoline, Diesel, or be dual fuel. Dual fuel means that the forklift is equipped with both LPG and Gas fuel systems and can be run on either one but not at the same time. The engine powers all the functions of the truck, drive and hydraulics. This is a Class 4 forklift.

Capacity: 2000 - 90,000 lbs

Fuel: Primarily LP Gas - Gasoline, Diesel & sometimes Compressed Natural gas

Optional units: Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down, Electric 4 Wheel Sit Down or Electric 3 Wheel Sit Down

Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sitdown

Use: Primarily used outdoors, can be used indoors if space allows. Better ground clearance than cushion tire forklift, softer ride, but larger chassis. Larger in size when compared to Cushion Tire unit of equal capacity. Sometimes called “Yard Truck”.. It utilizes larger tires which can either be air filled (pneumatic) or pneumatic shaped solid rubber tires. Like the Cushion tire truck it can be powered by LPG, Gasoline, Diesel Fuel or can be dual fuel. Although this type of truck is intended for outdoor use, it does not do well in soft materials such as sand or loose gravel. This is due to the fact that a forklift really has no suspension and it is not possible to maintain tire to ground contact in uneven environments. These are Class 5 forklifts.

Capacity: 2000 - 120,000 lbs

Fuel: LP Gas, Gasoline or Diesel

Optional units:Rough Terrain or Telehandler

Electric 4 Wheel Sitdown

Use: Primarily used indoors on smooth surfaces. Ground clearance same as cushion tire forklift. Less horsepower than gas powered units. Not well suited for outdoor use. Good in areas where fumes may be harmful such as food operations and areas with little or no ventilation. It is powered by a large industrial battery. All the functions (drive and hydraulics) are controlled electrically. It looks much like its IC powered counterpart. The drive system and hydraulic systems are driven by electric motors. They can come in 3 or 4 wheel configurations. While most electric sit down riders use cushion type tires, some are ordered with a solid pneumatic tire and wheel combination. The four-wheel versions are Class 4 forklifts. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 2000 lbs +

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric 3 Wheel Sit Down, Cushion Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down, Electric Sitdown “EE” Rated 4 Wheel or Electric Sitdown “EX” Rated 4 Wheel.

Electric 3 Wheel Sitdown

Use: Primarily used indoors on smooth surfaces where space is a premium. Ultra-compact design. Ground clearance same as cushion tire forklift or Electric 4 wheel units. Less horsepower than gas powered units. Not well suited for outdoor use. Good in areas where fumes may be harmful such as food operations and areas with little or no ventilation. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 1500 - 5500 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Cushion Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down or Electric 4 Wheel Sit Down

Rough Terrain

Use: Primarily used outdoors where terrain may be rough. Better ground clearance than Pneumatic Tire forklift. Can be used in mud, gravel or areas with severe ruts. A rough terrain forklift is designed for carrying material over terrain that a normal pneumatic tired forklift will not. The most notable feature of the rough terrain forklift is the oversized, aggressive treaded tires. This enables the machine to traverse bumpy, soft or muddy terrain without getting stuck. Many models of rough terrain forklifts are also 4-wheel drive. A rough terrain forklift is a Class 7 forklift.Units available in 2wd & 4wd.

Capacity: 4000 - 10,000 lbs

Fuel: Diesel, Gasoline or LP Gas

Optional units: Telehandler, Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down or Truck Mounted Forklift

OUTDOOR FORKLIFTS

Telehandler

Use: A telehandler, is a machine widely used in agriculture and industry. It is similar in appearance and function to a forklift but is more a crane than forklift, with the increased versatility of a single telescopic boom that can extend forwards and upwards from the vehicle. On the end of the boom the operator can fit one of several attachments, such as a bucket, pallet forks, muck grab, or lift table. The most common attachment for a telehandler is pallet forks and the most common application is to move loads to and from places unreachable for a conventional forklift. For example, telehandlers have the ability to remove palletized cargo from within a trailer and to place loads on rooftops and other high places. The latter application would otherwise require a crane, which is not always practical or time-efficient. The advantage of the telehandler is also its biggest limitation: as the boom extends or raises while bearing a load, it acts as a lever and causes the vehicle to become increasingly unstable, despite counterweights in the rear. This means that the lifting capacity quickly decreases as the working radius (distance between the front of the wheels and the centre of the load) increases. A vehicle with a 5,000lb capacity with the boom retracted may be able to safely lift as little as 400lb with it fully extended at a low boom angle. The same machine with a 5,000lb lift capacity with the boom retracted may be able to support as much as 10,000lb with the boom raised to 70�. The operator is equipped with a load chart which helps him determine whether a given task is possible, taking into account weight, boom angle and height. Failing this, most telehandlers utilize a computer which uses sensors to monitor the vehicle, and will warn the operator and/or cut off further control input if the limits of the vehicle are exceeded. Some machines are also equipped with front outriggers and can be called mobile cranes, which extend the lifting capability of the equipment while stationary.

Capacity: 3000 - 15,000 lbs

Fuel: Primarily Diesel or Gasoline

Optional units: Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down, Rough Terrain or Truck Mounted Forklift

Electric Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down

Use: Primarily used indoors on smooth surfaces. Ground clearance same as cushion tire forklift. Less horsepower than gas powered units. Not well suited for outdoor use. Good in areas where fumes may be harmful such as food operations and areas with little or no ventilation. It is powered by a large industrial battery. All the functions (drive and hydraulics) are controlled electrically. It looks much like its IC powered counterpart. The drive system and hydraulic systems are driven by electric motors. They can come in 3 or 4 wheel configurations. While most electric sit down riders use cushion type tires, some are ordered with a solid pneumatic tire and wheel combination. The four-wheel versions are Class 4 forklifts. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 2000 lbs+

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down, Electric 3 Wheel Sitdown solid molded tires.

Container Handler (Loaded/Empty)

Use: For outdoor use handling full or empty shipping containers. Shipping containers can range in size from 20’-40’ . Some container handlers use 20/40 hydraulic spreaders with telescoping masts to handle containers, others may use forks to lift containers from the bottom depending on capacity. Container handlers are manufactured in a variety of configurations including overhead crane style handlers as well as reach stackers and traditional vertical mast type forklifts.

Capacity: 15,000 - 120,000 lbs

Fuel: Primarily Diesel

Optional units: Large Pneumatic Tire forklift

Truck Mounted Forklift

Use: Primarily used to handle sod or masonry, these units piggy back on flatbed trailers for portability and ease of use. Load can be counterbalanced or supported by outriggers depending on type and manufacturer. Usually has an Internal Combustion Engine. The truck mounted forklift is a very versatile forklift. It is mounted on the back of a truck and can be carried to the worksite and dismounted there to unload the product right at the site making it unnecessary for the customer to have a forklift at the construction site. One notable feature of this type of forklift is that the lift cylinder is normally a double acting cylinder. This means that the cylinder is pressurized when raising or lowering the forks. This enables the forklift to lift and lower itself using the hydraulics and the forks. It can be loaded or unloaded from a truck in a matter of minutes. This type of forklift is very popular with lumber yards, brick yards, and sod farms.

Capacity: 2000 - 6000lbs

Fuel: Diesel, Gasoline or LP Gas

Optional units: Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down, Rough Terrain or Telehandler

Internal Combustion Sideloader (Bi-Directional)

Use: Used to handle long or bulky materials in wide open outdoor applications. Sideloaders make it easy to quickly move long bulky loads such as bar stock, tubing, plywood sheets, lumber and much more. Load handling is much more stable with a Sideloader when transporting long loads as a result of the stable platform loads rest on. Your materials are supported at many points on the platform instead of just 2 points on a forklift. Sideloaders are designed to carry loads lengthwise in the direction of travel enabling transport through what would otherwise be door openings too small for conventional lift trucks.

Capacity: 6600 - 26,000lbs

Fuel: Diesel, Gasoline or LP Gas

Optional units: Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down, Rough Terrain or Telehandler

Boom & Scissor Lifts

Boom Lifts

Use: Boom lifts enable companies to accomplish electrical or construction tasks in a wide range of circumstances. These heavy machinery lifts come in several different types, including articulated, telescope, and articulated-telescopic. A telescopic boom lift is able extend its maximum range by further extending its mast to reach a desired height.??When a boom lift has a mast that can unhinge at the hinge points to extend its reach it is called an articulating boom lift. An example of this is the JLG Articulating boom lift. An advantage to using either an articulated or telescopic boom lift is that you can navigate around obstacles. The same can not be said of the scissor lift which only has the capacity to move vertically. ??You should consider all the physical demands of a project when deciding whether a boom lift would be the best equipment for your specific project. Will your lift be stationary, or will it need to navigate difficult terrain? What is the weight of the loads your lift will need to handle? How many employees will need to use the lift? All of these questions play a part in deciding which lift system will work best for you. ??Projects that require significant reach capability will be best suited for a telescopic boom lift with either a straight or stick boom. The machine allows a full 360 degree rotation of its turntable. The boom platform will remain horizontal while it is extended, and can be lowered and raised from vertical to below horizontal. The boom operator can steer the boom lift from the work platform, as well as move the boom forward and backward. This is possible even with the boom extended.

Lifting Heights: up to 90’

Fuel: AC power, bi-energy, DC power, diesel, dual fuel, gasoline, propane, tri energy and manual power.

Scissor Lifts

Use: A scissor lift, also known as an aerial device or elevating work platform (EWP), is a mechanical device used to provide temporary access for people or equipment to inaccessible areas, usually at height. They are generally used for temporary, flexible access purposes such as maintenance and construction work or by firefighters for emergency access, which distinguishes them from permanent access equipment such as elevators. They are designed to lift limited weights � usually less than a ton, although some have a higher safe working load distinguishing them from most types of cranes. They are usually capable of being set up and operated by a single person. Regardless of the task they are used for, aerial work platforms may provide additional features beyond transport and access, including being equipped with electrical outlets or compressed air connectors for power tools. They may also be equipped with special equipment, such as carrying frames for window glass.

Lifting Heights: up to 90’

Fuel: AC power, bi-energy, DC power, diesel, dual fuel, gasoline, propane, tri energy and manual power.

Electric Pallet Jacks & Stackers

Electric Walkie Pallet Jack

Use: Primarily used indoors, Electric Walkies are highly versatile low-lift pallet and/or skid handlers. These trucks are very popular in grocery warehouses. Tires are hard and fork size is usually 27” wide x 48” long. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 3000 - 8000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Walkie Rider Pallet Jack or Electric Walkie Stand up Center Control.

Electric Walkie/Rider Pallet Jack

Use: Primarily used indoors, Electric Walkie/Riders are highly versatile low-lift pallet and/or skid handlers. These trucks are very popular in grocery warehouses or areas with long travel distances. The platform allows the user to ride, rather than walk long distances. Tires are hard and fork size is usually 27” wide x 48” long. Electric Walkies are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 3000 - 8000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Walkie Pallet Jack or Electric Walkie Stand up Center Control.

Electric Walkie Standup Center Control

Use: Used in similar operations as the Electric Walkie/Rider Pallet Jack, the Electric Walkie Standup Center Control is a highly versatile low-lift pallet skid handler. These units are also very popular in grocery warehouses or areas with extended travel distances. The center riding position allows greater comfort when traveling long distances. Center ride also means increased stability over traditional Walkie/Rider Pallet Jacks. Tires are hard and fork size is usually 27” wide x 60” long. Electric Walkies are used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 3000 - 8000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Walkie Rider Pallet Jack or Electric Walkie Pallet Jack

Electric Walkie Straddle Stacker

Use: Stackers are general utility, electric-powered vehicles suitable for stacking and for short moves such as staging and order accumulating. Unlike the Counter balanced Stacker, the Straddle Stacker counters load weight with outriggers or “legs with wheels”. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 1500 - 4000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Walkie Counterbalanced Stacker or Electric Walkie/Stacker EX Rated

Electric Walkie Counterbalanced Stacker

Use: Stackers are general utility, electric-powered, counterbalanced vehicles suitable for stacking and for short moves such as staging and order accumulating. Unlike the Straddle Stacker, the Counterbalanced Stacker contains no “outriggers”. Loads are counterbalanced using the overall length of the unit plus battery weight. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 1500 - 4000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Walkie Straddle Stacker

Narrow Aisle & Order Picking

Electric Narrow Aisle Single Reach Truck

Use: Used indoors on smooth surfaces. Primarily operates in very narrow aisles storing & retrieving pallets. Used for picking from racks. Reach mechanism extends to reach into rack. Can extend 1 or 2 deep into rack. (single or double reach) Outriggers are required to counter load weight. Good in areas where fumes may be harmful such as food operations and areas with little or no ventilation. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 1500 - 5500 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Narrow Aisle Double Reach Truck, Articulated 4 Wheel Sitdown, Electric Man Down Swing Reach Turret, Electric Man Up Swing Reach Turret or Man Down 4 Wheel SwingMast

Electric Narrow Aisle Double Reach Truck

Use: Used indoors on smooth surfaces. Primarily operates in very narrow aisles storing & retrieving pallets. Used for picking from racks. Reach mechanism extends to reach into rack. Can extend 1 or 2 deep into rack. (single or double reach) Outriggers are required to counter load weight. Good in areas where fumes may be harmful such as food operations and areas with little or no ventilation. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 1500 - 5500 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Walkie Straddle Stacker Reach for lower loads

Electric Order Picker

Use: Order picker trucks place the operator on an elevating platform along with the forks. The operator hand picks items or cases from racks onto a pallet or shelf-type structure. This is an efficient way of picking less than pallet load shipments, and is popular for use in large distribution centers. Units with larger platforms are used to pick furniture from high racks. Indoor use only. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 1500 - 3500 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Scissor Lift or Electric Man Up Swing Reach Turret

Electric Stand up Docker

Use: Primarily used indoors on smooth surfaces. Better suited for stacking and short moves. Works well on docks for fast truck loading. Semi-compact design. Comes in front wheel drive or single rear wheel drive depending on manufacturer. Rider faces forward rather than side mount. Wheels are larger than that of Narrow Aisle units. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 1500 - 5500 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Articulated 4 Wheel Sitdown or Man Down 4 Wheel SwingMast or Electric 3 Wheel Sit Down

Very Narrow Aisle

Electric Man Down Swing Reach Turret

Use: A counterbalance type sit down rider electric forklift fitted with a specialized mast assembly. The Mast is capable of rotating 90 degrees, and the forks can then advance like on a reach mechanism, to pick full pallets. Because the forklift does not have to turn, the aisles can be exceptionally narrow, and if wire guidance is fitted in the floor of the building the machine can almost work on its own. Masts on this type of machine tend to be very high. The higher the racking that can be installed, the higher the density the storage can reach. This sort of storage system is popular in cities where land prices are really high, as by building the racking up to three times higher than normal and using these machines, it is possible to stock an incredible amount of material in what appears to be a small space. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 3000 - 6000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Articulated 4 Wheel Sitdown, Electric Man Down Swing Reach Turret - Electric 4 Directional Side Loader

Electric Man Up Swing Reach Turret

Use: Swing Reach Turrets are designed for storing pallets in very narrow aisles at heights of 25 ft or more. Rotating masts or forks permit the truck to stack without turning. Operator can ride up on platform to view load handling on Man Up units. Man Down units are operated at ground level and also have swinging masts for stacking without turning. Electric forklifts are primarily used indoors on flat, even surfaces. Electric forklift batteries last 6 consecutive hours or throughout an 8-hour shift with 2-3 breaks. Batteries prevent the emission of harmful fumes and are recommended for facilities in which employees are in close proximity to forklifts in operation, food-processing and healthcare sectors. Charger required as with all electric powered units. Charger required as with all electric powered units.

Capacity: 3000 - 6000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Man Down Swing Reach Turret - Electric 4 Directional Side Loader

Articulated 4 Wheel Sitdown - Gas/Electric

Use: Articulated Very Narrow Aisle Counterbalanced trucks - sometimes called "Flexi or Bendi Trucks" after two of the largest manufacturers. Comes in Stand on Center Control, and Sit Down Center Control, which is the most numerous. May have an Internal Combustion Engine or an Electric Motor. Electric Motors are most common. These are, unlike most lift trucks, front wheel steer, and are a hybrid VNA (Very Narrow Aisle) truck designed to be both able to offload trailers and place the load in narrow aisle racking. Increasingly these trucks are able to compete in terms of pallet storage density, lift heights and pallet throughput with Guided Very Narrow Aisle trucks, while also being capable of loading trucks, which VNA units are incapable of doing.

Capacity: 3000 - 6000 lbs

Fuel: Electric or Gas

Optional units: Electric Man Down Swing Reach Turret - Electric 4 Directional Side Loader

Man Down 4 Wheel SwingMast Gas/Electric

Use: A counterbalance type Sit Down Rider Gas/Electric Forklift fitted with a specialized mast assembly. The Mast is capable of rotating 90 degrees, and the forks can then advance like on a reach mechanism, to pick full pallets. Because the forklift doesn't not have to turn, the aisles can be exceptionally narrow, and if wire guidance is fitted in the floor of the building the machine can almost work on its own. Masts on this type of machine tend to be very high. The higher the racking that can be installed, the higher the density the storage can reach. This sort of storage system is popular in cities where land prices are really high, as by building the racking up to three times higher than normal and using these machines, it is possible to stock an incredible amount of material in what appears to be a small space.

Capacity: 3000 - 6000 lbs

Fuel: Electric or Gas

Optional units: Electric Man Down Swing Reach Turret, Electric 4 Directional Side Loader or Articulated 4 Wheel Sitdown

Multi-Directional & Sideloading Tow Tractors

Internal Combustion Sideloader (Bi-Directional)

Use:Used to handle long or bulky materials in wide open outdoor applications. Sideloaders make it easy to quickly move long bulky loads such as bar stock, tubing, plywood sheets, lumber and much more. Load handling is much more stable with a Sideloader when transporting long loads as a result of the stable platform loads rest on. Your materials are supported at many points on the platform instead of just 2 points on a forklift. Sideloaders are designed to carry loads lengthwise in the direction of travel enabling transport through what would otherwise be door openings too small for conventional lift trucks.

Capacity: 6600 - 26,000lbs

Fuel: Diesel, Gasoline or LP Gas

Optional units: Pneumatic Tire 4 Wheel Sit Down, Rough Terrain, or Telehandler

Multi Directional IC & Electric Sideloading

Use: Multi directional internal combustion forklifts were designed to take on the role currently occupied by conventional counterbalance and side loading forklifts. They are designed to handle palletized loads and long awkward loads with ease. The benefits of replacing 2 conventional forklifts with 1 multidirectional is a major benefit as is the increased safety for operators. Multi directional forklifts are equipped with unique 4-way steering systems, allowing the machine to travel sideways with long loads. This system gives the user multi-directional capability, delivering possible space savings of up to 100%. Narrow aisles and doorways are never a problem for the multi-directional forklifts, thanks to the advanced steering system and high level of control the driver has over the vehicle. Omni-directional technology (such as mecanum wheels) allow a forklift truck to move forward, diagonally and laterally, or in any direction on a surface. Omni-directional wheel system is able to rotate the truck 360 degrees in its own footprint or strafe sideways without turning the truck cabin. One example is the Airtrax Sidewinder.

Capacity: Up to 50,000 lbs

Fuel: Electric or Gas

Optional units: Electric Man Down Swing Reach Turret, Electric 4 Directional Side Loader, Articulated 4 Wheel Sitdown or Internal Combustion Sideloader (Bi-Directional)

Tow Tractors (Industrial)

Use: Are straightforward, operator-aboard, self-powered tractors for towing wagons or carts over long distances. Some can operate out of doors. Larger units use pneumatic tires and are used in airports and can run on diesel fuel. Smaller units use hard rubber tires, are electric powered and may only be used indoors. They can have either electric motor or internal combustion engines. Class VI lift trucks are sit-down tractors that can pull loads over 1,000 pounds, in addition to being able to lift loads. OSHA requirements do not apply to these trucks if they are used on a farm. same specs, located in North America.

Capacity: 2000 lbs + Typically rated by draw bar pull

Fuel: Electric, LP Gas or Diesel for larger airport units

Optional units: None

Tow Tractors (Spotting)

Use: Tow tractors used to move semi-trailers are typically referred to as spotting tractor, terminal tractor, yard truck, yard dog, yard jockey or yard mules. They are intended to move semi trailers within a cargo yard, warehouse facility, or intermodal facility, much like a switcher locomotive. It is rare for these vehicles to be on public roads. The spotting tractor seems to be distinctly North American. There are only two manufacturers, who use generally the same specs, located in North America. Spotting tractors usually have offset cabs to the left of the engine as well as short wheelbases. Another characteristic of spotting tractors is a fifth wheel with an integrated lifting mechanism, which allows semi-trailers legs to remain in the down position during movement.

Fuel: Gasoline or Diesel

Optional units: None

Spark/Explosion Proof

Electric 4 Wheel Sitdown EE Rated

Use: An electrically powered 4 wheel sit down unit (see Electric 4 Wheel Sitdown) that, in addition to meeting all the requirements for Type E and ES units, has its electrical motors and all other electrical equipment completely enclosed." NFPA 505(2002) 3.3.2.8 In Type EE construction, motors and switches should be enclosed to prevent sparks from escaping, and flexible leads should be in non-metallic looming or tubing. Type EE equipment is authorized for use in some Division 2 designated hazardous areas.Type EE equipment rating does not protect against explosive mixtures of gases or dusts in the atmosphere. The EE rating does not protect against: static discharges in atmosphere, auto ignition temperatures generated during normal forklift operation or electrical system failures. Type EE equipment cannot be used in any Division 1 designated hazardous area.

Capacity: 2500 lbs +

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: None

Electric 4 Wheel Sitdown EX Rated

Use: An electrically powered 4 wheel sit down unit (see Electric 4 Wheel Sitdown) in which the electrical fittings and equipment are so designed, constructed and assembled that the unit can be used in atmospheres containing specifically named flammable vapors, dusts, and under certain conditions, fibers." NFPA 505(2002) 3.3.2.10 Type EX equipment must meet the fire and shock hazard requirements of UL 583. In addition, EX equipment must have Explosion Proof enclosures (for Class I, Division 1) and dust-ignition proof enclosures (for Class II, Division 1), in accordance with UL 1203. EX equipment (for Classes I and II, Division 2 and Class III) must meet UL 1604 requirements in which the circuits and components are incapable of causing ignition of the flamable gases or vapors in the environment. Articles 500-504 of the National Electric Code define and set forth the rigid requirements for EX equipment labeled for use in Class I, Divisions I, II, Groups C, D and Class II, Divisions I, II, Group G.

Capacity: 2500 lbs +

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric Walkie Pallet Jack EX Rated or Electric Walkie/Stacker EX Rated

Electric Walkie Pallet Jack EX Rated

Use: An electrically powered walkie pallet jack (see Electric Walkie Pallet Jack) in which the electrical fittings and equipment are so designed, constructed and assembled that the unit can be used in atmospheres containing specifically named flammable vapors, dusts, and under certain conditions, fibers." NFPA 505(2002) 3.3.2.10 Type EX equipment must meet the fire and shock hazard requirements of UL 583. In addition, EX equipment must have Explosion Proof enclosures (for Class I, Division 1) and dust-ignition proof enclosures (for Class II, Division 1), in accordance with UL 1203. EX equipment (for Classes I and II, Division 2 and Class III) must meet UL 1604 requirements in which the circuits and components are incapable of causing ignition of the flamable gases or vapors in the environment. Articles 500-504 of the National Electric Code define and set forth the rigid requirements for EX equipment labeled for use in Class I, Divisions I, II, Groups C, D and Class II, Divisions I, II, Group G.

Capacity: 2000 - 8000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric 4 Wheel Sit Down EX Rated or Electric Walkie/Stacker EX Rated

Electric Walkie/Stacker EX Rated

Use: An electrically powered walkie stacker (see Electric Walkie Stacker) in which the electrical fittings and equipment are so designed, constructed and assembled that the unit can be used in atmospheres containing specifically named flammable vapors, dusts, and under certain conditions, fibers." NFPA 505(2002) 3.3.2.10 Type EX equipment must meet the fire and shock hazard requirements of UL 583. In addition, EX equipment must have Explosion Proof enclosures (for Class I, Division 1) and dust-ignition proof enclosures (for Class II, Division 1), in accordance with UL 1203. EX equipment (for Classes I and II, Division 2 and Class III) must meet UL 1604 requirements in which the circuits and components are incapable of causing ignition of the flamable gases or vapors in the environment. Articles 500-504 of the National Electric Code define and set forth the rigid requirements for EX equipment labeled for use in Class I, Divisions I, II, Groups C, D and Class II, Divisions I, II, Group G.

Capacity: 2000 - 4000 lbs

Fuel: Electric

Optional units: Electric 4 Wheel Sit Down EX Rated or Electric Walkie Pallet Jack EX Rated

Sweepers & Scrubbers

Walk Behind Scrubbers

Manual walk behind sweepers and scrubbers are designed similarly to push mowers. Most manual walk behind sweepers and scrubbers even look somewhat similar to a lawnmower in form. With a manual walk behind sweeper or scrubber, the machine does not in anyway propel itself forward. The operator is totally in control of moving from one location to another, making curves, and stopping when necessary. The operator pushes the machine along the floor in a steady path. The sweep path ranges from approximately 2 to 3 feet, similar to that of a handheld push-broom but faster. These sweepers require little maintenance; however, they are also not the most efficient option for very dirty floors.

Rider Scrubbers

Like floor sweepers, floor scrubbers come in walk-behind and rider models. Scrubbers apply water or cleaning solution to the floor and then brush or rub the floor. The brush may be cylindrical or disc-shaped. The dirty liquid is then drawn back up into the machine leaving a moist floor surface that does not take long to dry. Scrubbing machines can pick up sticky messes and wet, compacted messes that cannot be cleaned with a sweeper. For business with very dirty floors with a variety of debris, a combination sweeper and scrubber may be the best bet. Purchasing a sweeper and scrubber separately costs far more than the one machine; two machines also means double the maintenance, double the storage space, and double the training. Try to assess floor care needs carefully before making the purchase.

Rider Sweeper/Scrubber

Ride-on sweepers provide the ultimate, most effective option for cleaning most large surfaces. The operator operates the sweeper from a seated position, just like a tractor or large lawnmower. Though large, industrial sweepers of this type are great for large, empty areas, like warehouses, they tend to not work as well in stores or locations that will still have foot traffic during the cleaning cycle.

Walk Behind Sweepers

Manual walk behind sweepers and scrubbers are designed similarly to push mowers. Most manual walk behind sweepers and scrubbers even look somewhat similar to a lawnmower in form. With a manual walk behind sweeper or scrubber, the machine does not in anyway propel itself forward. The operator is totally in control of moving from one location to another, making curves, and stopping when necessary.

Rider Sweepers

Like a riding lawn mower, a rider sweeper is a small vehicle. As with any type of vehicle, rider sweepers can run on different types of power: gasoline, diesel fuel, propane, or even electricity. The vehicle must also be maintained, including refueling (or recharging) and changing engine oil. Rider sweepers are among the most costly floor care machines, so used rider sweepers are a great cost-saving alternative. If a machine has been well cared-for, it should be just as efficient as a new one. Rider sweepers can pick up even the finest dust from a floor. The average sweep path is about 4 feet, so the sweeper covers more square footage in less time. The rider sweeper is ideal for the largest floor spaces.

Other Equipment

Attachments

Paper Roll Clamp: A mechanical or hydraulic attachment used to squeeze the item to be moved. It is used for handling barrels, kegs, or paper rolls. This type of attachment may also have a rotate function. The rotate function would help an operator to insert a vertically stored paper into the horizontal intake of a printing press for example.

Push Pulls: is a hydraulic attachment that reaches forward, clamps onto a slip sheet and draws the slip sheet onto wide and thin metal forks for transport. The attachment will push the slip sheet and load off the forks for placement.

Carton Clamp: are hydraulic attachments that allow the operator to open and close around a load, squeezing it to pick it up. Products like cartons, boxes and bales can be moved with this type attachment. With these attachments in use, the forklift truck is sometimes referred to as a clamp truck

Rotator: To aid the handling of skids that may have become excessively tilted and other specialty material handling needs some forklifts are fitted with an attachment that allows the tines to be rotated. This type of attachment may also be used for dumping containers for quick unloading.

Sideshifter: is a hydraulic attachment that allows the operator to move the tines (forks) and backrest laterally. This allows easier placement of a load without having to reposition the truck.

Bale Clamp: are hydraulic attachments that allow the operator to open and close around a load, squeezing it to pick it up. Products like cartons, boxes and bales can be moved with this type attachment. With these attachments in use, the forklift truck is sometimes referred to as a clamp truck.

Multi Pallet Handler: are forks that in the closed position allow movement of a single pallet or platform but when separated, turn into a set of double forks that allow carrying two pallets side by side. The fork control may have to replace the side-shifter on some lift trucks.

Batteries & Chargers

Batteries: Batteries come in all shapes and sizes and there could be as many types as there are species of dog. Rather than giving batteries unique names, we distinguish batteries by chemistry, voltage, size, specific energy (capacity), specific power, (delivery of power) and more. A battery can operate as a single cell to power a cellular phone, or be connected in series to deliver several hundred volts to serve a UPS (uninterruptible power supply system) and the electric powertrain of a vehicle. Some batteries have high capacity but cannot deliver much power, while a starter battery has a relatively low capacity but can crank the engine with 300A.

Chargers: The performance and longevity of rechargeable batteries are to a large extent governed by the quality of the charger. In a price-competitive world, battery chargers are often given low priority, especially as consumer products. Choosing a quality charger is important considering the cost of battery replacement and the frustration poorly performing batteries create. The charger should serve as a quintessential master and guardian angel to protect the environment and save money by extending battery life. There are two varieties of chargers: the personal chargers and the fleet chargers. For cell phones, laptops, tablets or digital cameras, manufacturers include personal chargers. These are made for one battery type, are economically priced and perform well when used for the application intended. The fleet charger serves employees in a team environment and often has multiple bays. The original equipment manufacturer (OEM) sells the chargers and third parties also provide them. While the OEMs meet the basic requirements, third-party manufacturers often include special features, such as a discharge function for battery conditioning and calibration. There are two common charge methods, which are voltage limiting (VL) and current limiting (CL). Lead- and lithium-based chargers cap the voltage at a fixed threshold. When reaching the cut-off voltage, the battery begins to saturate and the current drops while receiving the remaining charge on its own timetable. Full charge detection occurs when the current drops to a designated level. Read more about Charging Lead Acid. Nickel-based batteries, on the other hand, charge with a controlled current and the voltage is allowed to fluctuate freely. This can be compared to lifting a weight with an elastic band. The slight voltage drop after a steady rise indicates a fully charged battery. The voltage drop method works well in terminating the fast charge, however, the charger should include other safeguards to respond to anomalies such as shorted or mismatched cells. Most batteries and chargers also include temperature sensors to end the charge if the temperature exceeds a safe level.

Die Handlers

Use: The Die Handler is a hydraulic device that with the capability of loading and unloading large stamping, bending or forming dies for industrial presses. Die handlers come in a variety of configurations and can be customized to handle specific dies. A die handler can be a walk behind model, riding model, manual push type models and many more.

Capacity: Up to 400,000 lbs

Fuel: Electric, Gasoline & Propane

Optional units: None