Top considerations in choosing a forklift in the world of pallet manufacturing and recycling | KION North America

Top considerations in choosing a forklift in the world of pallet manufacturing and recycling

What might seem obvious in choosing a truck for delivery and removal of products, are often items that are overlooked for selecting the best equipment for the job.  For the handling and moving of new and used pallets, one must dig a little deeper in determining uses as well as environmental concerns.

Width, height and weight of loads

Determining the number of pallets, on average, to transfer as well as the maximum delivery height will help determine the type of truck needed.  With the average pallet weighing 33-48 lbs. each, calculations must be made to determine travel capacity.

Tire choice

Choosing between pneumatic, solid and cushion wheels, based on your operating environment, will enable the most practical use of the truck as well as extending longevity in your equipment.

Electric vs. fuel

Establishing time needed to transport pallets will dictate the economical choice of the best use of power.  Electric systems allow continued use with little downtime.  Trucks can be easily charged at any power point via wall socket versus fuel systems that may require increased maintenance.

Determining environmental space

Looking at the space the forklift will be transporting the pallets will have a big impact on your truck decision.  Will you be transporting down ailes?  Are those areas narrow or wide?  Will you be transporting across a large area?  Deciding those answers will help conclude the best truck for use.