Your business is growing, and as your warehouse expands, your materials handling needs are starting to exceed the capacity of your current system. Your teams are no longer able to keep up with the work by hand, and your current reliance on wheeled carts and pallet lifters just isn’t sustainable. You need a fork- lift, and you need one that’s reliable, durable, and cost-effective. You’re looking for a device that can pay for itself in the time and money that it saves, and you’re looking for something that will support and help your employees and protect them from on-the-job injuries. Here are a few purchasing considerations to keep in mind.

Capacity

You don’t just need a forklift that can handle your current capacity requirements without going a pound over. If your business is growing, look for a range that extends to cover your needs for the present and the near future. Measure the life span of the forklift against the growth of your requirements. An average load may top out at 5,000 lbs now, but how about three, five, and ten years from now? At the same time, don’t over-invest in a lift truck that can accommodate ten times the heaviest load your warehouse will ever see.

Size

Your aisles and your facility layout are unlikely to change just because you invest in a forklift that’s a little too wide. The truck needs to accommodate the space, not vice versa. Consider narrow aisle and reach trucks to gain reliable access to tight spaces.

Fueling options

Do you have the resources to handle propane-fueled lift trucks, including the employee training necessary to change, refill, and maintain your tanks properly? An electric lift truck may be a more cost-effective option for your workplace. Liftow can offer trucks with widely varied capacities in both categories.

Features

You need a truck that can provide the safety features, restraints, and ergonomic design that will keep your employees comfortable for the duration of their shifts. If your trucks will be used outdoors, you’ll also need to take weather and temperature factors into account. In any case, you’ll want to keep your operators fatigue-free and safe in order to get the most out of their time and your investment.

Maintenance needs

The latest lines of Toyota lift trucks offer low-key maintenance features like easy access panels that expose multiple components for troubleshooting and repair. If you need a truck that requires minimal care and streamlined systems that limit potential problems, Liftow can help you find what you’re looking for.

Turn to our experts and let us help you find a lift truck that meets your needs, fits your budget, and can adapt seamlessly to the specifications of your workplace. Contact Liftow today.