Over the past few years, one type of heavy machinery has seen a rapid growth in demand and necessity within Australian businesses. Capable of transportation, heavy goods lifting and storage – forklifts have become one of the most vital components for organisations of all sizes. When it comes to choosing the best truck for a business, it’s not always as easy deciding on the cheapest model – nor is it always a good idea.
Before choosing one for your business, it’s a good idea to evaluate your needs in order to hire or purchase the model that is right for you. Here are a few of the most common factors that you will want to consider:
The weight capacity of the vehicle
Not all lifts are the same size, nor will they all feature the same hydraulics. Many businesses opt for trucks that are able to lift the most weight – but this can be a costly and unnecessary mistake to make. The first thing that you’ll want to do is to evaluate the type of stock or goods that your vehicle will be transporting. If you can calculate the average weight of the load to be transported, you’ll have a better idea of the types of forklift that may be suitable.
Think about your local environment
Not all organisations feature the same environment. Some may rely on wooden decking to securely support their stock, whilst others may prefer traditional concrete and cement. Many trucks feature single-purpose tyres and this can be detrimental if you choose a type that won’t be as effective when moving across your particular floor space. You’ll want to consider the texture of your flooring (rough, smooth, combination, slippery), as well as whether or not your vehicle will be used internally or externally.
The width and height of your vehicle
This consideration should be a top priority – especially if your warehouse, factory, or outlet has areas with restricted space. The width of your truck might fit into a specific location – but it always pays to add the width of any products or goods too, as these may add anywhere between a few inches or several feet to the overall width. The same could be said for the height. Most vehicles will feature a vertical lifting mechanism – and if your roof or ceiling is low, then you may be restricted, or risk damage.
One of the biggest draws of using these types of factory vehicles is that they are typically easy to manoeuvre. Thanks to their low centre of gravity and specially designed stabilisers, most trucks are able to spin on the spot – but there are those that don’t. When choosing a model, it’s a good idea to evaluate how much space is available – especially if your truck will need to turn around within tight confines.
The cost of your forklift might be a priority – but it’s not the most important aspect to consider. It’s best to source a vehicle that will do its job first and foremost – after all cheaper alternatives may end up being far more costly in the long run. If you’re in Sydney and are looking for a great local company to help you find the best machine for your business, we recommend the team at All Areas Forklift Hire.
As usual, we hope this article was helpful. If you have any further questions about selecting the right equipment, fell free to contact our team.