Purchasing a forklift is an important decision. There are many different types of forklifts that serve different purposes which can create some confusion when trying to find the right fit for the company. There are many factors that should be considered such as:

  • Upfront Cost
  • Maintenance Requirements
  • Fuel Needs
  • Work Environment

The tabs on this page are a simple guide of the types of forklifts out there. For more information on what forklift would be the best fit for you; please read our article: What's the Right Forklift for Me

Electric Forklifts

There are many benefits to electric forklifts. Many of them having to do with less.

  • There is a reduction in cost due to fewer mechanical parts and less heat so less repairs necessary and of course no cost associated with the purchase of fuel.
  • There is less emisions meaning a more environmentally friendly forklist. Some electric forklifts can be programmed to charge during the night when some power companies lower rates.
  • Finally, there are less vibrations and heat than with traditional forklifts ensuring a comfortable ride.
Electric forklifts now represent 60% of the forklift market.


Propane is a great ic option for forklifts. Refuel time is quick meaning less time refilling more time getting things done. Propane is clean burning producing none of toxic carbon monoxide fumes like other fuel-based options. Because of the clean burning nature of propane it is a valid option even for indoor work and a lower up front cost makes it easier on the wallet.


Diesel forklifts are all about power offering more torque at a lower RPM than other forklifts. Well maintained diesel engines can stand the test of time. Visibility is increased without a tank in the back. Diesel is reliable, starting up despite tough environmental conditions.


Hydrostatic transmissions offer a precision and efficiency not found on its contemporaries. Maintenance costs drop when there is no complex clutch, brakes, or gear system. Hydrostatic systems allow operators to focus more on the task at hand.

Narrow Aisle

Unused space usually means profits lost. Narrow aisle forklifts can work in a smaller environment allowing space to be used optimally. Narrow Aisle forklifts are perfect for crowded warehouses or refrigerated areas.