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How High Can a Forklift Lift?

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1906 saw the creation of the very first forklift, a contraption not too dissimilar to the forklifts of today. A little over a century later, forklifts are ubiquitous, helping businesses throughout the manufacturing industry lift and transport heavy goods with minimal effort. Unlike the solitary forklift variety back in 1906, forklifts today have branched into a number of different subsets, each engineered to cater to specific tasks and environments. Here at East Midlands Forklifts, we sell many types of forklifts, including reach, counterbalance, warehouse, pedestrian stacker, multi-directional, telescopic and side loader. The various forklifts are tailored for performing particular jobs, and,…

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5 Ways To Prevent Forklift Accidents

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Workplace accidents can result in pain and loss of livelihood for an employee, and legal problems for an employer. Forklift accidents are no exception, and therefore prevention is paramount to meet your duty of care.   Vehicles and machinery handling will always have an element of danger. By becoming aware of the possible pitfalls and endeavouring to stop accidents in their tracks, you will ensure a safer, happier working environment for all.   How to prevent forklift accidents Forklift accidents can be prevented by training staff correctly, investing in safety products, enforcing good workplace practices, and regularly servicing the right equipment…

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Finding The Best Forklift for Your Needs

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Pulling off an expert job that achieves the result you’re looking for means that selecting the best equipment for your needs is a vital step. Finding the best forklift for your needs requires you to take into account several key elements such as cost, functionality, productivity, and safety. In this guide, we’ll be outlining a few tips and resources that are invaluable when choosing a forklift that’s right for you.   Why Is It Important to Choose the Right Forklift? A few factors to consider before making you choice: Environment: Where your site is located will affect the type of terrain…

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Forklift Truck Buying Guide

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  The humble forklift truck offers a vast helping hand to businesses across the world. If your business is expanding and you have never bought or rented a forklift before, this guide could save you from being caught out with the wrong truck. If you are a veteran forklift owner with an out-of-date fleet, it should offer a good checklist to ensure your new investment is the best it can be. New trucks With a new truck, you are spared the challenge of sourcing a well-maintained second-life machine. It comes with a guarantee, a service package and a certified dealer who…

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Electric, Diesel Or LPG/Gas? What Power Should I Use For My Forklift?

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There are a number of different ways in which you can power your forklifts. Here, we run through the three main sources of power for forklifts, listing their relative benefits and disadvantages to help you decide which is best for your forklift and your requirements. Electric Pros This type of power is the most environmentally friendly, producing no fumes during operation Easier to drive than engine-powered machines, in general, as no clutch or inching pedal Lower maintenance and servicing costs than other types of power Clean and quiet to operate Cons Higher initial cost due to the requirement for a battery and…

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Electric Forklift or Internal Combustion Forklift?

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A question that is being asked more often today is whether an operation should use an electric forklift or an internal combustion engine forklift (IC forklifts).  Many forklift manufacturers are emphasizing the benefits of electric forklifts; but is an electric forklift right for you? Electric lift trucks have been around for a long time.  Some of the earliest lifting machines were battery powered lift tables that helped load rail cars in the early 1900s.  The variation and configuration of electric lift trucks has changed considerably over the years but the main idea of using a powerful, yet small, electric motor is…

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What Are The Different Types Of Forklift?

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One of the most crucial bits of machinery in the majority of warehouse and factory environments, the forklift has proved its value time and time again over the years. So much so, that a variety of different models have evolved out of the fundamental design of the equipment, suited to a range of different applications. Among the common type of trucks for use in an indoor warehouse location is the industrial counterbalance forklift. These machines work on the general principle of utilising a counterweight at the back of the vehicle to balance the load being lifted on the forks, providing stability…

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