Currently, forklifts are vehicles without which warehouses, logistics and distribution centers as well as large-scale stores and construction depots cannot function. We present the most popular types of forklifts.
The most popular are now counterbalance forklifts, which can have an internal combustion or electric drive. Other types of vehicles that companies find useful include reach trucks, stackers and pallet trucks. Each of these types has its own specific application and has numerous advantages.
Counterbalance internal combustion and electric forklifts – ecology is more and more important
In companies, the most frequently used types are front forklifts, i.e. combustion and electric models. However, ecological activities are becoming more and more important, which is why electric vehicles are becoming extremely popular. It is worth noting that these types of forklifts differ in the type of drive, and thus – price and application. Internal combustion forklifts are powered by fuel or gas cylinders. That is why such models are primarily suitable for working in an open space. In confined spaces, they could be dangerous to workers unless there is adequate ventilation. Internal combustion vehicles are usually cheaper to buy than electric vehicles, and they do not need breaks (except for refueling). Electric forklifts, on the other hand, do not emit exhaust fumes, are much less noisy than diesel forklifts, and are also characterized by high durability and high operational possibilities. Electric models have few components to break, making them economical to repair and service. The disadvantage of electric forklifts is the slightly higher purchase price. However, it is worth remembering that these types of vehicles allow work in confined spaces and are safe for people and the environment. Companies that focus on ecology should choose electric forklifts (new or used).
Reach forklift trucks are mainly designed to work in narrow aisles. Their biggest advantage is their compact design and good visibility for the operator (he sits sideways on the vehicle). Such models work very well in warehouses and halls. The task of the employee using them is to retrieve specific goods or products from a height of several meters. Some reach trucks have built-in webcams that allow operators to find out exactly where the goods are located. Reach trucks are very common in Polish warehouses, and not only large, but also medium and small enterprises decide to buy them. Reach forklifts have many advantages because they are ergonomic and make the best use of the warehouse space.
Horizontal and vertical order pickers
Vertical and horizontal order pickers are models that allow you to perform warehouse tasks efficiently and effectively. In this case, the operator’s task is to collect loads from different places and combine them according to the customer’s wishes. Vehicles for horizontal and vertical order picking are therefore useful primarily in warehouses and logistics and distribution centers.
Manual and electric pallet trucks are other popular models in Polish companies. Such vehicles can be found in large-format stores, warehouses and halls. Pallet jacks are very helpful when transporting various types of goods. The employees using them do not have to wear the products by hand, so they are not physically burdened. Such vehicles reduce the fatigue of subordinates, and additionally speed up the work and make it more effective. It should be noted, however, that in accordance with Polish law, manual pallet trucks can transport goods with a maximum weight of up to 450 kilograms. That is why electric pallet trucks are becoming more and more popular, which not only can have a higher load capacity, but are also safer for employees and the environment. Pallet trucks are models that do not require special qualifications – all you need is health and safety training. In large-format stores, pallet trucks are used by almost all employees, not just those who transport goods. The advantages of pallet trucks include their low failure rate, attractive price, and increasing work efficiency in the company. Electric pallet trucks are very useful, especially since they have a load capacity of 2 to 3 tons. In addition, these types of models are easy to use and effective, and the use of the vehicle is based on switching the levers and swing work with the drawbar. A good solution is to invest in electric pallet trucks that enable efficient work, have a high load capacity and are ecological.