Questions Frequently Asked About Forklifts

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Lift capacity is the weight a forklift can lift, but does not consider the specific mast attached nor the hydraulic attachments fitted.

Rated capacity is the weight a forklift can lift with the specific mast attached and any hydraulic attachments as these attachments de-rate its capacity of lift. It also considers what the machine can lift with the mast forward tilted to ensure safe operation.

A side shift attachment for your forklift will allow you to move your load from side to side.

A fork positioner attachment will allow you to adjust the width between the forks without having to disembark your forklift. It is a hydraulic attachment, operated by a lever in the operator cabin, just like the side shift function.

‘4th valve reeved to carriage’ means the forklift has the ability to add an extra hydraulic attachment. Typically the forklift may be used in an agricultural setting where they have specific hydraulic attachment requirements that use the hydraulic functions instead of side shift or fork positioner hydraulic attachments/function.

Extra hydraulic attachments are available through Eagle Forklifts by request. There are many options available, please discuss with our friendly staff.

LPG forklifts are the most commonly used warehouse operation forklift. Most warehouse operations utilise the container entry mast and puncture proof tyres. The container entry mast forklift ensures it fits under a standard door height and maximises the forklifts potential of use. The puncture proof tyres ensure the forklift has minimal downtime from tyre punctures, if the operation has sharp debris on occasion or frequently.

In 2023, Lithium-ion electric forklifts have become more common and are on the rise to be the most common warehouse forklift. However they consist of different usage constraints subject to the specific operation. It is always best to talk to our friendly staff about a site inspection or options before making a final decision, as Lithium-ion electric machines consist of a wide range of more specialised machinery that could reduce your overall costs and warehouse space required to operate.

When choosing a forklift, the main criteria to consider are the carrying capacity, lifting height, fuel type, tyre type and operator ergonomics. It is always suggested to drive a forklift before you decide and request a different specification if you don’t feel it’s the right fit, as all components mentioned can be interchanged on a forklift to suit.

Forklift “age” is measured in hours. For a single-shift operation with an 8-hour work day, the average forklift runs 2,000 hours/ year. The average lifespan of a forklift is 10,000 hours, but this depends on the manufacturer, application it is working in and its regular maintenance. Above-average machines, such as Hangcha forklifts, commonly last up to 20,000 hours when regular maintenance is carried out as per the manufacturers recommendations.

All persons using a forklift are required to be licensed by law, refer to your state and territory government websites for details.

Standard hire usage is 0-520 hours p.a. Excessive usage will attract additional hire charges: 520-1040 hours p.a. An extra $22/week Including GST applies Over 1040 hours p.a. An extra $55/week Including GST applies *Usage is backdated at the end of each year and charged on a separate invoice.

Yes, the Forklift Hire to buy option is offered by Eagle Forklifts. Advantages, it’s fully maintained by Eagle Forklifts and you are buying equity in the forklift hired. It’s a fantastic opportunity to buy an asset that you know the history of, without the major capital outlay.