What is the correct lift truck for me?


It’s important you fully understand your business needs before purchasing a forklift. Purchasing the correct forklift instead of the cheapest, can save your company money in the long run. You should also consider maintenance needs while making your decision.  The initial price of the lift truck pales when you consider the cost of the operator, fuel, and maintenance to keep your lift truck moving.  At IPW Lift Techs we encourage all of our customers to examine more than the sale price.  A comfortable operator will increase productivity.  A more fuel efficient lift truck may save more than the monthly payment of the lift truck.  All of these items need to be examined before the purchase or lease of new equipment.

The best place to start is “WHERE ARE YOU OPERATING THE LIFT TRUCK”. 
Indoors only? 
Outdoors only? 
Narrow aisle racking? 

For indoor applications, most customers use Electric or LP gas lift trucks.  Some diesel lifts are available for indoor use with proper equipment.  Most outdoor applications prefer LP gas or diesel lift trucks.  With the Linde 80V Electric pneumatic trucks, customers are replacing outdoor LP or diesel units and seeing large savings in fuel cost.  Below are the classifications for all lift trucks. 

The Industrial Truck Association has organized lift trucks into five classes:

Once you determine the type of lift truck, the next consideration is the capacity required.  WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF WEIGHT THAT YOU WILL BE MOVING?   Knowing an accurate weight of the material being handled is crucial to the safe operation of your lift truck.  Overloading causes premature wear and fatigue to the lift truck.  The correct capacity will narrow your forklift search to a couple of models.  For example a Linde H25T or Hyundai 25-7A, would be a 5000 lb capacity pneumatic tire lift.  There is no need to purchase or lease a 5000 lb capacity if you only need to move 2500 lbs.  A 3000 lb capacity lift will cost less to operate due to less fuel burned during production. 

Now that you know the lift truck type and model that will best suit your application, we can figure out the details.  Such as, fork length and maximum lift height, to ensure the proper fit for your operation.  Other items to consider are hours of usage.  This may determine whether you want a new or used lift truck.  There are so many things to consider when adding or replacing your material handling equipment.  We hope this helps as a starting point.  Please give us a call to discuss all of your lift truck needs.