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Specialized Forklifts Create Quite a Buzz - Jul 29, 2013
A hobby for some and big business for others, beekeeping is an activity reserved for a select few willing to take on the responsibility and risk of caring for such delicate (and potentially dangerous) creatures. Most modern beekeepers today rely on a method of beekeeping that utilizes movable frame hives. After the bees build honeycombs into the frames, beekeepers can easily remove them to inspect and manage both the bees and honeycombs.
Scissor Lift Mechanisms - Jun 28, 2013
Scissor lifts area designed to vertically raise 2-3 operators up to 60 feet (18 meters). When extended into the air, the arm of the scissor lift creates an “X” pattern. The term “scissor lift” is derived from this pattern and the scissor-lift action of raising and lowering the platform. This “X” pattern is technically called a pantograph, and achieves its scissor-like motion in one of three ways: hydraulics, pneumatics, or mechanical mechanisms. The method of raising and lowering depends on the sophistication of the machine and its intended purposes and amount of use in the workplace.
Automated forklifts: Helpful or Harmful to Today’s Economy? - Jun 17, 2013
It should come as no surprise that automation improves efficiency and reduces operation costs in factories and distribution centers. However, the question at the heart of the discussion is whether the machines are helpful or harmful to the economy. Many companies have already implemented automated guided vehicles (AGVs) to move pallets and cases—these machines are not new—however, now there is a rise in the use of automated (sometimes called “driverless”) models of forklifts and pallet trucks.
123Forklift has Thousands of used forklifts in stock in over 75 locations across North America making it the largest network of forklift dealers in the U.S and Canada. We carry new and used forklifts in every major make and model. Our dealers carry all major brands of forklifts to include Yale, Hyster, Crown, TCM, Raymond, Daewoo, CAT, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Clark, Toyota, Linde and Barrett. We specialize in new and used warehouse forklifts to include narrow aisle reach trucks, pneumatic tire and cushion tire forklifts, order pickers and electric and manual pallet jacks. Some of our forklift dealers carry rough terrain forklifts, telehandlers and scissor lifts.
123Forklift makes it easy to compare forklift prices, service plans and warranties on all used forklifts. You can scroll over the forklifts image to learn more about each type. Then, select the type of forklift you need, narrow your search to the location closest to you and instantly view the forklift inventory at that location. If you prefer to speak with a sales representative call (877) 327-7260 Monday – Saturday from 9AM to 5PM.
Shopping for forklift trucks can be time consuming. 123Forklift makes it easy to find the right used forklifts. Let our sales representatives know exactly what the application is and we will help you determine what type of forklifts are best. If you are a dealer, simply search by type and call to get dealer pricing.Forklift Types
Each forklift type serves a very specific purpose and has unique characteristics that users require. If you are new to buying a forklift, carefully consider what type of forklift you need. What will the forklifts be used for? How much weight will you be lifting at one time? How high does the forklift need to reach? Will the forklift be driven indoors, outdoors or both? Is fuel type important to you? Forklifts run on diesel, liquid propane and electric. Electric forklifts run on a battery and or more expensive than their IC counterparts upfront, but are much less expensive long-term (no fuel costs). Click on the links below to learn more about the different forklift types, or scroll over the forklifts image above.
- Pneumatic Tire Forklift
- Cushion Tire Forklift
- Electric Sit Down Forklift
- Narrow Aisle Reach Truck
- Electric Walkie Stacker
- Electric Order Picker
- Pallet Jacks
- Rough Terrain Forklifts
- Scissor Lifts
The two main types of forklift engine types are electric forklifts, powered by a battery, and internal combustion (IC) forklifts, which have a traditional engine that runs on liquid propane, gas or diesel. From a pricing standpoint, electric forklifts are more expensive than their IC counterparts upfront, but pay themselves back over time. Electric forklifts are suited for indoor use and have several advantages. They are eco-friendly in that they emit no harmful pollutants into the atmosphere. Since electric forklifts use a battery, there are no fuel costs; they operate a great deal more quietly than internal combustion engines and last longer than internal combustion engines because they have less moving parts. It is important to note; however, that electric forklifts have a limited run cycle, usually 4 – 6 hours and are less capable of lifting loads greater than 15,000 pounds. In addition, you will need to purchase a battery charger and keep it in a well-ventilated room. It is recommended that you purchase and extra battery so that the forklift can be used continually without having to cool it and re-charge every six hours.
Internal combustion (IC) forklifts can handle heavy loads and better apt to work on uneven pavement like gravel outdoors and are capable of lifting heavy objects greater than 15,000 pounds. The cost for a typical IC forklift is also much less than its electric counterpart upfront, but costs more over time due to fuel costs. IC engines run on gasoline, diesel fuel, or liquid propane gas (LPG). Since burning these fuels produces emissions, the environment is impacted to a certain degree. These types of forklifts are faster and much more powerful than electric forklifts, but are also much louder.Forklift Tire Types
The type of tires you choose for your forklift greatly depends on the type of forklift you purchase and the driving environment. Cushion tires made of solid rubber and are generally used indoors on level surfaces. It is common for indoor electric forklifts to use cushion tires. These tires appear to have a flat surface with no ridges and work best for internal applications. Pneumatic tires are inflated rubber and are more expensive than cushion tires. IC forklifts will generally use pneumatic tires for heavy lifting and lifting on uneven surfaces. Solid pneumatic tires are not filled with air, but do have the ridged texture of the typical pneumatic tire making them a perfect solution for rough terrain applications.