Buyer’s Guide

Forklift Usage

Before you start looking for a machine one of the main criteria is usage. There is no point in buying the lowest cost used machine if you are using the machine a lot or buying a new machine if you are hardly using the machine at all. Before we supply you with any product you will have to go through a questionnaire or site survey to make sure the truck is suitable. Here is our guide as to how you should choose a forklift based upon the hours you are using the machine for ;

1-2 hours – Used machine

2-5 hours – New Budget Spec Samuk machine

5 hours plus – New Premium Yale machine

ELECTRIC FORKLIFTS 90% INSIDE 10% OUTSIDE

Plus points:

  • No emissions
  • Quiet
  • Low fuel costs
  • Replaceable, rechargeable batteries
  • No storage required for gas or diesel fuel
  • Low cost of operation
  • Lithium Ion Options Available

Negative points :

  • Minimal outdoor use
  • Needs a smooth, flat surface
  • More expensive to buy than gas or diesel
  • Battery charging area required
  • Batteries need 8 – 12 hours to charge
  • Batteries expensive to replace

Gas forklifts - 50% inside 50% outside

Plus points:

  • Can be used outside and inside
  • Low cost of purchase
  • Quick to refuel
  • High load capacity
  • Powerful

Negative points :

  • Emissions
  • High cost of gas
  • Storage of gas bottles
  • Higher operating cost
  • Not for continuous indoor use

Counterbalance diesel forklifts 90% outside 10% inside

Plus points :

  • Outdoor use
  • Less expensive to purchase
  • Quick to refuel
  • High load capacity
  • Rugged and powerful

Negative points :

  • Emissions
  • High fuel cost
  • Storage for fuel
  • Higher operating cost
  • Not for use indoor
  • Noisy
  • Stage V Emissions Regulations in 2021

Pallet trucks - 100% inside

Plus Points:

  • Inexpensive to acquire
  • No emissions
  • Very easy to operate
  • Compact

Negative Points :

  • Low lift height – just enough to pick a pallet off the floor
  • Specific to certain pallet types

Reach trucks 90% inside 10% outside

Plus points:

  • Low running costs
  • No emissions
  • Good in narrow aisles
  • High lift height
  • Good capacity at height

Negative Points :

  • Expensive to acquire
  • Mainly Indoor use only
  • Requires an 8-hour charging time
  • Need a flat concrete or tarmac surface