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Supplying forklifts since 1976

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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

A Quick Look At The Evolution of Forklifts

Forklifts have been around for some time now, since being invented in 1906. Ever since then they have continued to evolve over the years to meet ever-changing requirements and suite more diverse uses. Also, changing technology continues to create more potential in the forklift industry, and the forklifts we are seeing today are becoming far more superior to traditional models.

We wanted to take a quick look at the the evolution of forklift trucks, in terms of the changes they’ve gone through.

Incorporating smart technology

Forklift accidents are always a risk and can often lead to a severe or potentially fatal injury. Thanks to ever-changing smart technology, forklifts can now be connected to intelligent systems including ERP systems RFIDs and Zone Control. Movements of a truck can be tracked thanks to state-of-the-art sensors, which can be attached to them. These sensors are also able to detect any impacts and accidents that may happen.

Greater customisation

These days forklift trucks can be customised to a much greater extent, in order to meet the changing demands of manufacturing firms, and the equipment they require. Their basic functions can be customised to suit the exact requirements of a particular workplace or task.

Alternative current motors

Many forklifts now make use of AC motors, which come with their fair share of great benefits. From lower maintenance costs and higher performance power, to enhanced energy efficiency as a result of the longer available time between charges.

With the continued rise in fuel costs, there’s an ever-increasing demand for more environmentally friendly forklift technology. Electric forklifts in particular have increased in popularity in recent years, becoming one of the more favoured type of models on the market.

Ergonomically designed trucks

Forklifts have seen many advancement in terms of comfort for the operators using them. This has in turn worked wonders for productivity levels. Thanks to advancements in ergonomic design, many forklifts now come with a range of optional features and add-ons which can help make drivers more productive, more efficient, and help keep them safer on the job.

Narrow aisle forklifts

These days narrow aisle trucks are the ideal solution for working in a busy, crowded warehouse environment. If space is limited then these types of forklifts can still operate efficiently, offering

50% more pallet space in the same area. They also boast lower storage costs than other forklift models.

If you’re looking to purchase a new Forklift or used forklift then H&F Lift Trucks is here for you. Give us a call today on 0800 298 8790 for more information.

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Testimonials

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director
Emerys

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