Choosing the Right Forklift for your Project

Choosing the right forklift can be difficult. Before you decide which forklift to buy or rent for your company in 2022, you must first recognize your working conditions and what you plan to lift. The most important considerations when picking out a forklift are engine type, tire type, lifting capacity, and mast.

Choosing your Engine Type

Forklifts can be used for many different tasks in a variety of environments. Although all engine types could be used in all environments, some are better than others for indoor vs outdoor use.

Engine Type
Outdoor Use
Indoor use
Diesel
 
 
Electric
 
 
LP gas
 
 

Liquid Petroleum Gas vs Diesel vs Electric forklifts

  • LP gas forklifts use liquid petroleum to power the engine. LP is a clean-burning fuel with low carbon monoxide output, which allows for indoor use.
  • Electric forklifts don’t produce any fumes, making them eco-friendly. They do require significant charging time, which is something to consider if your factory is up and running 24 hours a day.
  • Diesel forklifts must be used outside due to the carbon monoxide exhaust. They are very powerful, have the capacity to lift very heavy loads, and allow for use in rugged terrain.

Choosing your Tires

Pneumatic tires come in air pneumatic and solid pneumatic options. Pneumatic tires are great for outdoor and rugged terrain.

  • Solid pneumatic tires are made of solid rubber and are extremely durable.
  • Air pneumatic tires are durable, although they don’t last as long as solid tires.

Cushion tires are solid rubber bonded to a metal band or ring. They function great in factories and smooth outdoor applications. Cushion tire forklifts are the industry standard for factory, warehouse inventory, and loading docks.

Tire Type
Indoor Use
Outdoor Use
Cushion tires
 
 
Pneumatic tires
 
 

Choosing the Right Weight Capacity

Getting the right forklift for your application requires a good understanding of weight capacity. If you do a lot of heavy lifting, you’ll need a higher weight capacity. If you move mostly small and light products, you could benefit from a lighter-weight capacity forklift.

It’s recommended to choose a forklift with a slightly larger weight capacity than you expect you’ll need to prevent injuries or damages to the lift.

Choosing the Right Mast

Forklift mast stages refer to the number of lifting sections on the forklift. 3-stage forklifts are the most common. 4-stage lifts can reach high heights. The larger the mast number of a forklift, the higher you’ll be able to lift.

For inventory management or warehouse jobs, it's recommended you have a forklift with a 3-stage mast or higher.

Pick a Forklift From Our Inventory

Browse our inventory of high-quality, used forklifts for you next project. When you visit our forklifts page you can sort lifts by fuel type, capacity, price, mast, and tire type.

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$18,900 All new cushion tires orange 2006 toyota forklift for sale MORE DETAILS 2006 TOYOTA 7FGCU25 5,000LB CUSHION TIRE FORKLIFT
Fuel:LP Gas Capacity: 5,000 lbs Mast: 2 Stage Hours: 16,729
$19,900 Orange toyota forklift with 187" lift height MORE DETAILS *TOYOTA 5FGU25 5,000LB CUSHION TIRE FORKLIFT
Fuel:LP GAS Capacity: 5,000 lbs Mast: 3 Stage Hours: 12,814
$18,900 Cushion all new traction tires 2007 hyster forklift for sale MORE DETAILS 2008 HYSTER *S50FT 5,000LB LOW HOUR CUSHION FORKLIFT
Fuel:LP GAS Capacity: 5,000 lbs Mast: 3 Stage Hours: 1,206