Are you looking for a forklift to help with your industrial or commercial needs? If so, you may be wondering what type of forklift truck would best suit your business.
TAG Forklift Truck Services is one of the UK’s leading providers of forklifts, offering a comprehensive range of hire and sale services. From electric forklift trucks to diesel and gas, we offer a range of makes and models for your material handling needs.
In this article, we will discuss the different types of forklifts available on our platform and how they may be used in various applications. Read on to find out more!
1. Electric Forklifts
Electric forklifts are a relatively recent advancement in the industry and are becoming increasingly widespread. This forklift type is popular for both industrial and commercial use, especially in indoor environments.
There are many potential benefits of choosing an electric-powered forklift truck. For example:
- Low noise levels
- No carbon emissions, making them the most eco-friendly option
- Cheaper to run, service and maintain than gas and diesel engines
- Fewer moving parts means that electric forklifts are less likely to break down
- With no clutch pedals, they are easy to drive, reducing the probability of accidents
Electric forklifts have reasonable lift capacity and are ideal for enclosed and poorly ventilated spaces. However, they are slower than other kinds of forklifts, and must stop to recharge. This means they cannot be run for long distances, making them less suited to outdoor use.
2. Diesel Forklifts
Diesel forklifts feature an internal combustion engine which allows for higher speeds and significant lifting capacity. This forklift type is more powerful than electric models – perfect for heavy-duty applications such as construction.
Diesel powered forklifts can be used outdoors on various terrains and in all kinds of weather conditions. They are built for longer travel distances and can even be driven between job sites. This makes them a good choice for outdoor operations where electricity may not be available.
Diesel forklift trucks are designed for outdoor use only. Although they generate significantly more noise than electric models, they produce more torque which means they can lift heavier loads.
3. Gas Forklifts
Gas powered forklifts share many similarities with diesel models. However, they are powered by an alternative fuel source – usually liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
These trucks produce fewer exhaust fumes than diesel, making them better for enclosed spaces. But unlike electric forklift trucks, gas forklifts don’t need to be recharged. They can be run continuously without stopping.
Gas forklift trucks also tend to have higher lifting capacities than electric models – ideal for loading docks, open yards or construction sites. All in all, gas powered forklift trucks are good all-rounders, encompassing the best of both worlds.
4. Used Forklifts
New forklift trucks can be expensive. If you’re on a tight budget, but still in need of quality equipment, investing in a used forklift can be a great option.
At TAG Forklift Truck Services, we offer professionally refurbished used forklift models at reasonable prices. Before they’re sold, all of our pre-owned forklift types are extensively tested and inspected by our team of experts. This way, we can ensure they meet our high standards of safety and performance.
Second-hand forklift trucks come with all the great features of tried and trusted brands, but at a fraction of the cost. They’re an attractive alternative for businesses that don’t want to invest in a brand-new model right away.
5. Hired Forklifts
If you need a forklift for a one-off job, a short-term project or just for the busy season, hiring a forklift can be the most cost-effective solution. Renting a forklift is much cheaper than buying one outright, and you’ll also save on maintenance costs.
At TAG Forklift Trucks, we offer flexible hire options with no long-term commitment, helping you reduce your material handling expenses. A wide range of makes and models are available, for as long or short a time period as required. Our hire service includes delivery and pick up, as well as regular servicing and repairs throughout.
Buy or Hire a Forklift from TAG Today
If you’re looking for a reliable forklift hire or sale service in the UK, look no further than TAG Forklift Trucks. Our team of experts will happily advise you on which type of forklift is best suited to your needs.
We work with many well-known and trusted brands including Hyundai, Linde, Combilift and Aisle Master. For working at height, we also have a range of access equipment available, from aerial work platforms to cherry pickers.
Whether you’re interested in buying or hiring, contact TAG Forklift Truck Services to explore your options. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and flexibility. Fill in our online form today or call us on 0161 848 0555.