How to choose between forklift types

How to choose between forklift types

Investing in a forklift is a complex decision for any company. And, every company has its own unique needs to meet. With so many forklift types out there, choosing the best possible option can get tricky. Lucky for you, we have put together the following list to help you decide on the right one for your application demands.

  • Internal Combustion Forklifts

    Of all of the forklift types, internal combustion forklifts are perhaps the most durable. Internal combustion forklifts have the ability to be used indoors as well as outdoors at places like loading docks, construction sites, and shipyards. If you are looking for a forklift to withstand inclement weather, the internal combustion model is the one for you.

  • Electric Forklifts

    On the other side, there are electric forklifts. Requiring no gas or diesel, these forklifts cost a lot less to operate but still pack a lot of power. No need to store fuel onsite, these trucks only need a charging station. These vehicles also tend to be easier to navigate, feature automatic breaking which increases safety, and are quitter than conventional models.

  • Narrow Aisle Forklifts

    One of the most popular models for warehouse use is the narrow isle forklift. Like the name suggest, a narrow isle forklift is designed for you to fit down tight passageways. Without sacrificing power, these forklifts navigate through turns and spaces, and are generally a lot easier to operate than conventional models.

  • High Capacity Forklifts

    For your toughest jobs, high capacity forklifts are what you need. Most models can lift 19,000 pounds, though some can handle twice that size. While this could be overkill for some companies, high capacity forklifts are crucial if you regularly handle hefty loads such as shipping containers or concrete molds.

  • Forklift Tires

    There are two types of forklift tires- pneumatic and cushion. Cushion tires are best for performing indoors. Because of their entirely rubber making, they need flat, smooth surfaces which makes them incompatible for outdoor use. On the other hand, pneumatic tires are critical for working outside. Designed with bigger grips, these tires keep forklifts farther from the ground so that they are more effective on rough terrain. Some pneumatic tires are filled with air while others are completely rubber to prevent punctures.


If you need help making a forklift decision, please contact the branch nearest you today for a consultation.