Counterbalance Forklift Hire
Counterbalance forklifts are the most common type of forklift truck; they feature a weight in the back of the vehicle to counterbalance the weight of the load. They have dual forks at the front of the truck and are straightforward to operate. There are different types available, including three-wheeled variants that provide better manoeuvrability than others.
Common areas of application include warehouses and stores, retail environments, and distribution centres. They can also be used outdoors if the surface is stable and even.
Sideloader forklifts are named as such because the forks are mounted on the side of the truck; this makes them ideal for lifting wide or long loads in narrow aisles. There are several types of sideloader forklifts; an enclosed cab sideloader most commonly used outdoors; a stand up sideloader more suited for indoor tasks; a multi-way version with wheels capable of rotating by 90°, making them extremely versatile even in narrow aisles and tight spaces.
Sideloaders are most commonly used for tubing, pipes, sheet materials, and timber.
Pallet Jacks and Reach Trucks
Also known as a pallet truck, pallet pump, or pump trucks, pallet jacks are most commonly used in warehouses and storage facilities owing to their easy transportation of pallets. Pedestrian operated trucks have forks that slide beneath pallets and use a hydraulic jack to lift the load from the ground for transportation. Pallet jacks are limited by their maximum height and so are suited for moving loads from the ground or low level.
For greater height of lift, a reach truck is necessary. These forklift trucks are able to extend their forks beyond the cab to reach into warehouse racks as high as 12m. The usually have very low ground-clearance and so are often unsuitable for outdoor work.