We’re taking a look at some of the advantages you can benefit from by using electric counterbalance forklifts, as opposed to traditional fuel powered engine counterbalance trucks.
Firstly, what is a counterbalance forklift truck?
This type of forklift truck is the most widely used in the industry, especially for indoor operations, such as warehouses and stores. Counterbalance forklifts can also be used outdoors, providing the work surfaces are fairly even and stable. They don’t require any protruding legs for balance, the dual forks are located at the front of the truck and they have a small cab for the operator.
They’re weighted with a counterbalance weight, hence the name, and this helps to stop them from tipping over as they lift heavy loads. They are ideal for fundamental warehouse work, and thanks to their compact design, they can lift and move heavy items and place them easily into the exact space they need to go.
An electric counterbalance forklift has a fairly weighty battery, which allows it to operate just as effectively with a smaller counterbalance weight.
Electric counterbalance forklift advantages
- Cost saving – electric counterbalance forklift trucks only require electricity to recharge the battery and water to top them up, therefore they’ll save money by eliminating fuel costs.
- No performance reduction – There will be very little or no difference in operational performance when compared to a standard counterbalance forklift truck.
- Improved health and safety – as they do not require fuel for power, using electric counterbalance forklifts would negate the need to store fuel, reducing potential risks. Plus the battery can be removed and replaced from the side to better protect the safety of the operators.
- Reduced carbon footprint – Of course electric forklifts emit close to zero emissions, making them a much better choice for the environment.
- Lower routine maintenance – generally electric forklifts will require less maintenance than traditional fuel powered counterbalance forklifts, with fewer components and engine oil, filters, coolant and ancillaries. They would also have no waste to dispose of.
- Better manoeuvrability for smaller spaces – due to the smaller chassis compared with engine forklifts, electric models can operate more effectively in really small facilities. They often have a smaller turning radius, ideal for narrow aisles.
- Less noise – there would certainly be a noticeable reduction in noise in the workplace, as an electric counterbalance forklift is very quiet when being operated, creating an improved working environment.