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Choosing the right Forklift for Material Handling

by Amili R. SEO

Introduction

For any smooth-running industrial operation, the movement of material from one point to another is crucial. In order to maximize efficiency, it is vital that this process be done as fast as possible, but without sacrificing safety. Therefore, it becomes imperative that a factory, warehouse or storage facility invest in good quality material handling equipment.

The Forklift Truck

One of the most commonly seen pieces of equipment in this regard is the small forklift truck. It is present in almost every warehouse or industrial complex. It is a small in size and looks like a hybrid of a mini truck and crane, with a forklift in front. It is designed to be operated by one person at a time, usually after some training. These trucks are called forklifts due to the fork-like lift in the front section which is used to load and lift the equipment.

Due to the small size, there is a limit to the amount of weight these machines can lift, but a good forklift can easily lift 1.5 to 5 tons easily. This depends upon several factors, such as the fuel used to the run the forklift – diesel, LPG, CNG and even electricity-powered. Consequently, fuel efficiency is also an important part of any warehouse manager’s considerations when looking for a forklift.

It all depends upon the industry you work in and what your requirement is – someone working in the timber industry will have very different requirements from a forklift compared to someone involved in a textile mill.

Final Considerations

Regardless of your different requirements, there are certain parameters which are common to all forklifts when considering buying one. Here are the parameters you need to keep in mind when looking for the right material handling equipment:

1.      Sturdiness
2.     
Type of Fuel
3.     
Fuel Efficiency
4.     
Braking
5.     
Maintenance
6.     
Weight Limit

Conclusion

Do not rush into buying a big machine when most of your work requires a smaller machine. For instance, a rough terrain slew crane is of no use if your purpose is to shift material indoors. And if you think you need a forklift that can handle heavier loads, then by all means, look around.

If you are looking for the best material handling equipment, then check out the wide range available with Escorts Group. There slew cranes and compact forklifts have been responsible for them being one of the best material handling equipment manufacturers in India.


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