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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.

What are the different types of forklifts, and what are they most suited to?

Forklifts are necessary in helping to carry out lifting and transportation tasks, where objects are too heavy to rely on just human strength alone. Whether you want to purchase a forklift for use in a warehouse facility, or temporarily hire one for a project or construction site, it is important to know the differences between the types of trucks available. Having this knowledge will enable you to invest in a forklift best suited for your needs and requirements. Below are just some of the best possible options to explore:

Industrial counterbalance forklifts 

Widely considered the most common and well recognised type of forklift, the counterbalance or warehouse truck, are often suited to indoor or smooth surface use only. As the name implies the forklifts are weighted at the back in order to provide a strong and stable lift to move materials around. The three wheel models have strong mobility, allowing for circular transport, along with being narrow enough for access down smaller aisles or areas. The counterbalance model is often a strong choice for your general forklift needs. 

Industrial reach forklifts

Industrial reach forklifts are again most suited to indoor projects, they are required in areas of work where the counterbalance forklifts cannot reach to lift so are ideal for high reach, narrow areas with lots of storage that regularly needs loading and unloading. Warehouses with high stacked shelving often benefit from such a vehicle. 

Industrial side loader forklifts

With a similar slim structure to the reach forklifts, side loaders are great for loading and unloading in narrow aisle spaces. They allow for access to areas where your regular counterbalance could not fit, this is due to the forks location on the side of the vehicle rather than on the front. They are available in both outdoor and indoor models, and are often sourced for the use of monevering longer materials such as timber or tubing. 

Telescopic/telehandler forklifts

The key features of the telehandler forklift are the extendable outreaching arm and it’s boom. Acting not dissimilarly to a small-scale crane, the arm allows for a high reach making it suitable for elevating objects much higher than other forklifts. It’s often used in agriculture and excels at lifting up into tight fitting or unusual areas.

Rough terrain forklifts 

Best utilised for outdoor projects and work over rough and uneven surfaces. This forklift is more stable than others due to its oversized and well gripped tires, this stability is important for ensuring transport of materials over rough terrain is done safely, making it perfect for all types of weather conditions. 

Pedestrian pallet operated trucks

Pallet trucks are significantly smaller machines than the former lift trucks, because of this they are much more moveable, fitting into smaller or more niche unusual spaces. They also have the advantage of often being less costly. However the downside to these trucks is that as a result of their smaller nature they are less suited to moving heavier loads of objects. They instead can be great if you are looking to move lighter loads. 

We offer at H&F lift trucks an extensive range of vehicles to suit your specific requirements. Get in touch today, or call our team on 0800 298 8790 to inquire into hiring or purchasing a used or new forklift. 

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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

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

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