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How to Choose the Right Forklift Company to Buy From

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Forklifts can enhance safety, expand capabilities and increase productivity for your business. Acquiring them for your company is a no-brainer, but you need to make sure to purchase or hire them from a reputable dealer. The best forklift companies will offer high quality service and flexible terms, plus a range of additional extras. There are a few ways to identify a reputable forklift dealer. In this article, we list some of the most common. Reviews Check the reviews of the dealer before you commit to a purchase. The company should have a large amount of positive reviews and an overall positive…

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5 Reasons to Invest in an Electric Forklift

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Forklift technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and there’s now more choice than ever. Businesses have the option to acquire gas forklifts, diesel forklifts or electric forklifts. While there are pros and cons to each of these forklift options, electric forklifts are often seen as the greatest investment of the three. Not only an investment in money, but also in a safe and satisfied workforce. In this article, we are going to explore the top 5 benefits of electric forklifts.  Easier and safer to drive Electric forklifts are easier to manoeuvre due to their compact design….

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Do Forklift Licences Expire?

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Technically, your forklift licence does not expire. However, you will be required to undergo refresher training at least every three years to remain on the National Operator Registration Scheme (NORS) database. This database informs employers of whether an individual has had up-to-date training, helping them employ people suitable skills and experience for the job. To summarise, while your licence does not technically expire, you will still need additional refresher training at least every three years in order to be deemed competent to drive a forklift. In this article, we explain a little about the refresher courses and the legality of driving…

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Most Common Forklift Hazards

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Forklifts are powerful pieces of machinery that must be handled with care. Though they’re excellent at lifting and transporting goods across a warehouse, they can also be a serious danger if not used safely. There are many hazards that forklift drivers need to think about when operating the truck. It’s important you know what to look out for, so that you can keep yourself and others safe. In this article, we take a look at some of the most significant hazards for forklift drivers. Speed and handling Forklifts can travel at surprisingly high speeds and will need to manoeuvre carefully around…

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How Long Do Forklifts Last?

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The average forklift will last between 10,000-12,000 hours of use, which equates to 5-6 years of 8-hour operation. Some brands and models will last even longer, with some making it to 20,000 hours or 10 years. No matter the make or model of your forklift, there are always ways to increase its lifespan. If you want to get the most out of your forklift, just follow the tips in this article. What will increase the lifespan of a forklift? Regular servicing Servicing and maintenance includes everything from daily routine checks to annual and bi-annual thorough examinations. By conforming to all the…

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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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