Image Credit: STILL GmbH   Forklifts (fork lifts) are used to engage, lift and transfer palletized loads in material handling, warehousing, manufacturing, and construction applications.   Types of Forklifts   There are three basic types: manual drive, motorized drive, and fork truck.   Fork trucks - Also motorized, but include features such as cabs and backup alarms. Manual-drive forklifts - The load movement or travel is manually powered...
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Q & A on Forklifts

We asked our users for their input on Forklifts. Here are the results of 163 users familiar with Forklifts.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

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Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing forklift design?
23 answers
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Ergonomically correct operator stations- digital control System of Active Stability (SAS) emission regulation
~Ana S, Research & Development, Belgtade, Serbia-Montenegro
Safety systems Turning circle Multipurpose design Lifting, pushing, easy steering
~Rad Storer, Senior Project Manager for the RailCorp, 75 Bella Vista drive Bellavista; NSW 2153, Australia
Comfortable driving seats Battery operated Hydraulic fork adjustment Steering lock
~Deepak Pathak, Tata Motors, Pune, India
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Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative forklifts?
27 answers
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In China many domestic companies build the forklift. Importing from other countries is not necessary.
~Hao Zhang, Marketing/Sales, Guangzhou, P.R.China
Komatsu, Caterpiller, Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, TCM, Hyester and other renowned manufacturers.
~A.K.M. Shamsuddin Ahmed, Deputy General Manager, Dhaka, Bangladesh
All brands have special equipment, there are Japanese companies and American companies
~Marketing/Sales, Los Angeles, CA
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Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used forklifts for?
33 answers
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Other than the obvious moving of pallets etc., the fork lift has been used for AC compressor removal and installation. Change out of electric forklift battery, adjustment of loading dock risers, moving of recycle and trash dumpsters, and adjustment of fence gates.
~Hang S, Facilities Manager, Gainesville, FL
1) Unloading of Capital equipments for erection. 2) Placing heavy fixtures to the location on welding lines. 3) Attending Spring Balancer maintenance at 3 meter height 4)Loading CKD consignments inside container.
~Deepak Pathak, Tata Motors, Pune, India
Loading and offloading empty containers,and also offloading bales from cargo container using a bale clamp attachment on the forklift.
~Maintenance/Facilities Management, Dar es salaam, Tanzania
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Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that forklifts have been used for.
13 answers
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Air compressor and fork lift battery removal and installation, moving of Chinese Antiquity furniture. Assist with pallet rack removal and installation.
~Hang S, Facilities Manager, Gainesville, FL
Maintenance of equipment at height Lifting/ Hanging load using fork with chain tied to fork
~Deepak Pathak, Tata Motors, Pune, India
Used for material lifting at site to facilitate alignment and bolting prior to lifting.
~General Management, Chennai, India
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Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of forklifts?
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If you are going down from Ramp which is parallel to shop, and if forklift is put off for some reason, because steering is hydraulic assisted; the fork lift stalls and can lead to an accident.
~Deepak Pathak, Tata Motors, Pune, India
In China forklifts are controlled by the government. The driver needs to get the license before working. They are well trained, and full of skills.
~Hao Zhang, Marketing/Sales, Guangzhou, P.R.China
My friend in England narrowly escaped losing his life but lost his leg while lifting a heavy pallet.
~Rad Storer, Senior Project Manager for the RailCorp, 75 Bella Vista drive Bellavista; NSW 2153, Australia
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FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
21 answers
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Collapsible 1 man light duty access cage included as standard - or a similar solution that lets 1 person go up safely - at the moment the range available is narrow and they are expensive considering you use them once in a blue moon.
~Anna C, Project Manager, London, UK
Lithium batteries which means high functionality/whole day 12 hour shift without charging.
~Ivan Loncarevic, Project Manager, Copenhagen, Denmark
Increase counter balance as weight goes higher, regeneration.
~Chris Ancilleri, Marketing/Sales, Mriehel, Malta
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Buying AdviceTop

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Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using forklifts?
19 answers
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1. Assess your needs then consult with several dealers to get information on what "they" think is best for you. Then you decide what is best. Do not be afraid to ask questions. 2 Be trained by certified forklift trainers! 3 Continue to train and learn.
~Hang S, Facilities Manager, Gainesville, FL
Always know what the lifting capacity they need , to what height , and whether the truck works inside or out or both so as to get the right fuel type>
~DEREK D, DIRECTOR, LANCASTER, UNITED KINGDOM
When choosing a forklift one should consider the following: 1. Capacity 2. Safety Features 3. Durability 4 Type of application 5. Mast height
~Juan Alan Gular, Sales and service engineer, Mandaue, Philippines
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Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of forklifts?
13 answers
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Be sure that you have checked the following parameters: 1. What is the maximum load you will be lifting? 2. What is the maximum lifting height you will need ( for warehousing operation) 3. What is the height of the warehouse entrance for your forklift 4. What is the aile interval of your racking system. 5. What kind of forklift will you use ( Electric or LPG for indoor application and Diesel and gasoline for outdoor operation 6. Choose the most durable brand. 7. Safety and environment concern to also be checked
~Juan Alan Gular, Sales and service engineer, Mandaue, Philippines
Know what your needs are or what you anticipate the needs are. Get another set of eyes to assist when working in an elevated position.
~Hang S, Facilities Manager, Gainesville, FL
Long forks are frequently required (at least longer shoes / jibs to be ordered) Using Shoes / jibs need entering fixture.
~Deepak Pathak, Tata Motors, Pune, India
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