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What Determines the Cost of a Forklift?

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Forklifts can be a great investment for your business if you find the right trucks at the right price. The cost of a forklift can vary considerably depending on its features, age and condition, but there are options if the truck you’re after is a little outside your budget. For example, you might wish to get a used forklift or hire a forklift for a shorter period of time. There are many options to consider when investing in a forklift, but we’re here to make your choice a little bit easier. In this article, we’ll explain what factors determine the cost…

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Forklift

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Buying a forklift can be a big decision. Before you go ahead and make a purchase, you should first ask yourself some questions to determine which forklift is right for you. In this article, we’ll explain which questions you should be asking to ensure you get the most out of your purchase. What is my budget? Forklifts are no flippant purchase; they’re hefty pieces of machinery that can sometimes come with an equally hefty price tag. Before you commit to your purchase, you should make sure that the forklift, and the maintenance required for it, fit within your budget.  If you’re…

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Things to Consider When Buying a Forklift

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Acquiring a forklift for your business might be the best decision you ever make. Built to carry heavy loads across large warehouses, forklifts can drastically improve efficiency and productivity in your workplace.  But with so many forklifts on the market, it’s important to consider which make and model would be best for you. If you’re considering acquiring a forklift for your business, take a look at all the things you should take into account before making your decision. The space in your workplace Before ordering a load of forklifts, ask yourself whether you have the space to keep them. While indoor…

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FTL Driver Salary Expectations

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The average salary for a forklift driver in the UK is £20,536. The amount you get paid will vary depending on your experience, location and employer, but you should expect to net between £17,000 – £30,000. Or put another way The average hourly wage is £11.07 per hour, with the average forklift driver working between 44-46 hours per week. But that’s not all The great thing about becoming a forklift driver is that the role has various progression opportunities, and you should expect your salary to rise with your experience and responsibilities.  Newly trained forklift drivers typically earn between £17,000-£22,000 Experienced…

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The Most Common Forklift Hazards

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Forklifts are a great way to transport heavy loads across your workplace. However, as with all heavy equipment, forklifts are going to pose some level of danger if not used correctly.  Staying safe in the workplace is a number one priority, so it’s important that your workforce recognises and understands the most common forklift hazards. In this article, we’ll describe the top five most common hazards and how you can ensure your workforce remains safe. Manoeuvring and handling While rear-end steering provides a tight turn radius for the front of forklifts, the back of forklifts are known to swing wide during…

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Most Common Forklift Attachments

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One of the best things about forklifts is that they’re versatile. They can be used for almost any application — just add the required attachment. There’s various attachments to choose from, each with their own benefits. In this article, we’ll explain the five most common types of forklift attachments and their advantages. Sideshifter Sideshifters are one of the most common forklift attachments and are regularly used in multiple industries, including agriculture, construction and paper handling. They enable the forks to move side to side so that the operators can make small adjustments in racking without having to manoeuvre the entire truck….

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What Are The Different Forklift Power Types?

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There are three forklift power types: electric, petrol and diesel. Which one you should use will depend on the application, run-time requirements, number of shifts and environment of your company. Understanding the differences between the different power types, as well as their advantages and disadvantages, will help you to determine which one to use in a particular situation. In this article, you’ll discover the pros and cons of each forklift power type. Electric forklifts Electric forklifts are quick and easy to manoeuvre and are typically used indoors.  Advantages: Environmentally friendly — electric forklifts don’t emit any greenhouse gases Quieter than LP…

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Can Forklifts Drive on Grass?

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It’s possible to drive a forklift on grass, but only with the right type of truck, the right set of wheels and the right safety precautions in place. Failing to do any of these could lead to serious injury or death. We always recommend speaking to a reputable forklift company before driving your forklift on grass. In this article, discover which forklifts and wheels are most suitable for driving on grass, as well as the precautions you should take before doing so. Which forklift is most suitable for driving on grass? There are various types of forklifts, tailored to suit different…

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Is Your Forklift Winter Ready?

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Make sure your forklifts are safe this winter. Bitter temperatures, reduced daylight hours and ice-covered surfaces all pose risks to your forklift trucks, but a few simple checks and tweaks will ensure your operators remain safe. Use this checklist to get your forklifts ready for winter. Check tyres Two elements of your tyres should be inspected for winter: tread depth and air pressure. Larger tread depth provides better grip. You should check the tread depth of your tyres and consider replacing them if you think more grip is required. Winter tyres should have a tread depth of at least 4mm, and…

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5 Ways Human Error Impacts Forklift Safety

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Around 1,300 people in the UK are hospitalised each year due to forklift accidents in the workplace. These incidents include overturns, collisions, workers getting crushed and drivers falling out the forklift. Though some of these incidents are caused by equipment failure or malfunction, many result from simple human errors that could have easily been avoided. If you’re not careful, your actions could seriously injure yourself or a colleague. Stay safe — discover how human error can impact forklift safety in your workplace. Tiredness and Fatigue Overworking or not getting enough sleep can lead to impaired judgement and delayed reactions. It’s important…

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