Roughly sixty percent of the lift truck market is made up from electric units. These models derive their power from really heavy lead-acid batteries. Due to their immense weight, these batteries naturally supply much of the counterweight.
The counterbalanced version of forklifts have been classed as Class 1 forklifts by the ITA. Class 1 usually refers to electric forklifts made for general applications and stand-up counterbalanced forklifts. Even though the initial expense of an electric lift truck is more than internal combustion lift trucks, electric models are cheaper to use in the long run. This is because of their lower fuel and maintenance expenses.
Most electric forklift models which have been made and designed within North America, are utilized mainly in indoor settings. Electric lift trucks have usually been limited to indoor applications with surfaces that are smooth and clean. With the introduction of some new Class 1 items, it is becoming more and more possible to utilize electric rider units in some outdoor applications.
When compared to Internal Combustion lift trucks, the electric trucks are typically chosen for indoor use because of the fact they provide no harmful emissions, could normally complete a full 8 hour shift on one battery charge and are very quiet to run. The batteries for electric units weigh approximately 3,000 pounds. The job of reloading, recharging and removing the batteries can be time consuming and burdensome. This situation often happens at a battery charging post or an area which is particularly used for handling batteries. There are developing fast charging technologies becoming available on the market and these new systems are changing the battery charging process.
The Right Fit
Using the right size of lift truck to complete the particular application is key to any business operation. The application itself should always dictate what product is chosen.
Clients are always looking for methods to reduce their operating expenses and find more effective work practices that help lower these expenses, while also improving their production. Using the wrong size of forklift can greatly slow things down and have a big effect on the bottom line and productivity of a company, while negatively affecting the production on the jobsite.
If you are uncertain about what specific kind of forklift you require, a respectable dealer would be able to ask you the correct questions which would allow you to make a proper selection. A lot of dealerships offer rentals of their equipment too and this is a good way to try before you commit to such a large purchase. It is also a good way to try different models out to see which ones you and your drivers are the most comfortable with and which ones bring you the best productivity.