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Counterbalance Forklifts

Counterbalance Forklifts 

The dictionary definition of indispensable is absolutely necessary or essential. Some people who have thought they were indispensable in an organisation have sometimes got a rude awakening.

A counterbalance forklift actually is indispensable in a warehouse or manufacturing operation if it involves genuine weight. It is the ideal way for moving heavy goods, whether goods in and out of a warehouse or simply transferring stock from one point to another.

The principal behind a counterbalance forklift is the weight at the rear of the body which allows it to lift or extract heavy goods on its forks for transfer to another location. The weight is to prevent the possibility of tipping; of course a forklift’s capabilities are defined by the manufacturer and should be followed at all times. Each forklift will have those details on a plate on the body and exceeding those limits is uninsurable without the specific approval of the manufacturer. The standard models go up to a lifting capacity of 5 tonnes though much bigger ones are manufactured for specialist use.

The mast of the forklift generally has two forks which can be moved up and down as required, either lifting from an elevated position or removing something from a height for transfer elsewhere. The mast is fixed in such a way that it cannot collapse back towards the operator.

The forklift can move anything that is placed on a pallet; lighter items can be moved by staff with a hand pallet truck but there is no substitute for the forklift when it comes to weight and efficiency. Its rear wheel steering makes it very manoeuvrable in tight areas that are often the case in the industrial and commercial environment.

Forklifts may be powered by an internal combustion engine using diesel or LPG but there are also electrical versions where the large lead-acid battery actually forms part of the counterweight that guarantees the stability.

Those guarantees depend upon common sense. The centre of gravity varies with every load, and of course is different again when not carrying a load. The forklift should not be driven carelessly or, at speed when cornering with an elevated load, for example.

Safety is of paramount concern. A forklift is an extremely heavy vehicle even when not carrying a load and a good health and safety procedure is essential when a forklift is in use. It is important that drivers are properly trained and there are regulations in place to ensure that this happens. The penalties for non observance can be severe. There is an independently retained database of all trained drivers and their approval must be renewed every three years. A company’s insurance policy is likely to have a section on counterbalance forklift use.

A forklift will save any commercial transport and storage operation hours of time. In fact it is something without which the business needing to move real weight cannot really operate; it is indispensable.

If you want to find out more about counterbalance forklifts then we will be only too happy to help. Give us a call on 01788 540000 or complete the enquiry form on www.acehandling.com and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

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