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Counterbalance Forklifts

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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Diesel Counterbalance Forklifts
Diesel Counterbalance Forklifts
Electric Counterbalance Forklifts
Electric Counterbalance Forklifts
LPG Counterbalance Forklifts
LPG Counterbalance Forklifts
Warehouse Trucks

Warehouse Trucks

Bendi/Flexi/Articulated

One way to maximise the potential of a warehouse is to create narrow aisles and explore the best racking available. That policy can only be adopted if there is equipment suitable for operating efficiently within the space remaining. Articulated forklifts can operate in aisles no wider than 1.7m. Conventional counterbalance forklift cannot operate in such tight conditions; the articulated forklift is the answer.

It is a paper exercise to calculate the extra storage space you can create and the potential increase in profitability as a result.

 

 

 

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Rough Terrain

Rough Terrain

Rough Terrain

Conventional forklifts sit low and need a flat and firm surface on which to operate. Rough terrain forklifts offer the function of lifting and transporting which is not confined to spirit-level flat surfaces. There are numerous examples of situations where the ground is uneven and soft yet the activity requires forklifts that are stable and able to operate to that maximum efficiency.

Various activities

Agriculture and construction provide a different challenge to the forklift and this is where you need to look at specialised rough terrain forklifts that can operate on uneven ground . On the farm, the forklift may be required to lift bales, containers full of slurry or general repair materials such as posts and wiring.

In the construction industry, the Rough terrain forklift may be needed to move bricks, scaffolding or cement around a building site. The loads will vary every time and so will the weight involved.

Stability

Rough terrain forklifts have large flotation tyres developed specifically for outdoor use. The stability of a forklift is not something to take for granted anyway and much is dependent upon the centre of gravity which varies with the load and the height that it is being held.

If the centre of gravity changes outside the stability triangle it will tip. So what is the stability triangle? Well, imagine a three point suspension system and draw a line between the three points. The centre of gravity is a variable at any one time. The combined centre of gravity of vehicle and load must be understood at all times to avoid an accident, hence the importance of proper training for operators.

The load capacity maximum is on a plate on the vehicle but that reduces when the load is uncentred. That is often the case in industries such as recycling or the lifting of a load where the load’s centre of gravity can never be guaranteed to be within the optimum distance from the mast.  There is a tendency for the total centre of gravity, forklift and load to move forward, the more so if the load is at a height. If it moves outside that triangle, a tip is a real possibility.

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Rough Terrain Forklifts
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Side Loaders

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Cleaning Machines

Cleaning Machines

Human activity creates dirt and grime; there is no avoiding it. We all have responsibility to ourselves, our families, society and the environment to keep things as clean as possible. That does provide a challenge in industry that generates dirt throughout the day.

It is a challenge that is met by equipment that can both scrub surfaces clean and sweep away dust and grime.  The equipment needs to go beyond the superficial, especially where hygiene is even more important, in hospitals and clinics for example. 

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