When selecting a forklift one of the very first questions that should come to mind is “What am I using this forklift for and where am I using it?” .The type of application you have determines certain specifications on your forklift such as the type of tires, fuel, and any attachments you might need.
Forklifts have numerous tire options such as Cushion, air pneumatic, solid pneumatic, etc. If you are working primarily indoors, then a smooth cushion tire will do. If you are working outside on rough surfaces, mud, or grass you will need a pneumatic tire. The tires on your unit can greatly influence the comfort of your operators.
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You also have multiple fuel options to consider when selecting a forklift: electric powered, gasoline, LP gas, diesel, and dual fuel gasoline/LP gas. If you are working inside in a closed facility it is unlikely that you would want an internal combustion unit because of the exhaust fumes, so an electric-powered forklift would be ideal.
If you need heavy-duty forklift chances are it will be diesel. Dual fuel forklifts offer flexibility, if you run out of gasoline you can simply switch the unit over to LP gas to finish the job.
There are multiple attachment options available for your forklift like side shifters, battery retrievals, fork positioners, etc. Special attachments may also increase the residual value of your unit. Talk to your dealer to decide what attachment options are best for you.
By choosing the best suitable thing for your forklift, you can save time, money, and frustration in the long run.