Frequently Asked Questions

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We generally recommend you buy the right forklift for the job. Investing in a purchase is a better ROI over time. However, we will work with you to determine if a forklift lease suits your business better.

Electric forklifts have incredible lasting power. You can get two or even three shifts on one battery charge. Newer electric models even use green components in their batteries.

 

Diesel forklifts work best for huge loads, such as shipping containers. They have a high up-front cost and must receive regular maintenance.

 

Propane or LPG forklifts are good for all-around warehouse & outdoor work. They do require regular maintenance, and can fail suddenly if not maintained well.

This will depend on how you use your forklift.  Please reach out to one of our sales reps to help you make an informed decision.

There is no difference between a “lift truck” and a “forklift”.

 

Lift trucks can go by several other names including a high/low, trailer loader, tow-motor, side-loader, or a fork hoist. They are all IC powered and electric industrial trucks designed to lift and transport materials.

 

You can now get forklifts powered by 80-volt electricity. These new electric forklifts are environmentally friendly, quieter, and can be less expensive to operate.

By law, employers must ensure that their industrial truck operators receive both hands-on and formal (classroom) training by a qualified instructor. In order to remain compliant, all forklift operators must receive training. Compliance with these regulations is the employer’s responsibility. All forklift/lift truck operators must be retrained EVERY 3 YEARS. Requirements include:
  • Classroom training with specific requirements;
  • Work site hazard training;
  • Orientation to specific lift truck models being used;
  • Skill assessment of individual operators

Yes, you must retrain every 3 years.

 

In addition, OSHA 29 CFR 1910.178 regulations for Forklift Operator Training includes a requirement for Refresher Training when:

  • Personnel have observed operators operating in an unsafe manner.
  • There has been an accident or a near miss.
  • Operators receive reassignment to a new type of truck, or a different work environment.

 

Forklifts are an essential part of many industrial operations, but they are also involved in 10 percent of all serious industrial accidents every year.

 

Forklift-related accidents result in nearly 100 deaths and 20,000 serious injuries each year.

One percent of factory accidents involve forklift trucks, but the forklift accidents produce ten percent of the physical injuries.