These are the most common of all of the forklift types using front-facing forks to pick up loads. Their design means that they can be driven right up against the racking, thus avoiding the need for any reach equipment to be used alongside them. Hence the name, the forklift is fitted with a counterweight at the rear end. This counteracts weight being lifted from the front forks to significantly reduce tipping. Counterbalance forklifts are available in various fuel types including petrol, diesel and electric powered models, with three and four-wheeled options. Three wheeled models provide more maneuverability with a smaller turning circle, whereas 4-wheeled forklifts are generally better for rougher terrain and generally have a larger load capacity.
As the name suggests a sideloader lifts loads from the side. This design makes them ideal for use within narrow aisles and spaces providing the flexibility to lift loads such as wood and piping. Due to its unique design, a sideloader gives the driver full visibility whilst operating.
Reach trucks are designed to be predominantly used within a warehouse, offering maximum lift height as well as excellent movability. The name comes from the reaching ability of the fork carriage, which can reach beyond the stabilising legs to retrieve stock from racking in excess of 10 metres whilst still operating within narrow spaces. Although reach trucks are extremely useful inside, their design makes them unsuitable for outside use. The low carriage clearance causes problems on uneven ground.
Operator powered pallet trucks provide a quick method when moving pallets across a warehouse or space. They operate by sliding the forks under a pallet. A hydraulic jack is then used when the operator pumps the handle and lifts the load off the ground. A downside of a pallet truck is that it has a limited lift capacity and can only move loads around at ground level. They are also quite heavy to use when loaded with a pallet. However you do not require a forklift license to use.
Beds & Bucks
Here at Beds & Bucks Forktrucks Ltd we have more than 30 years of industry experience. We are a specialist forklift dealer supplying new, used and rental forklifts to customers across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and the surrounding areas. Additionally we also offer breakdown cover within 40 miles of our depot and pride ourselves to respond to a breakdown within 2 hours. We also conduct full servicing and repairs in our on-site workshop.