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Locators’ ultimate guide to forklifts

Unlock the full potential of forklifts with our definitive guide to material handling.

Forklifts are the backbone of material handling

Discover why forklifts are the key to efficient and safe material handling.

If you’ve ever tried to move a heavy object by hand, you know that it can be a frustrating and even dangerous experience. Material handling is essential whether you’re working in a warehouse, factory, or construction site. It’s efficient and will help you do your job safely and effectively. And when it comes to material handling, one tool stands above the rest: the forklift. Forklifts are the backbone of material handling and offer the muscle and precision to move heavy objects with ease. Just like the backbone in your body supports your movement and keeps you upright, forklifts support the movement of heavy objects. These tools are imperative to help keep your operations running smoothly.

However, forklifts are more than just a powerful tool. They’re also a critical part of ensuring workplace safety. Workers may be tempted to use unsafe lifting techniques when objects are too heavy to move by hand. Or they might be inclined to rely on makeshift solutions that put them at risk of injury. Forklifts provide a safe and efficient alternative. They allow workers to move heavy objects without putting their safety on the line. The impact of forklifts goes beyond just safety, however. By enabling efficient material handling, forklifts significantly impact productivity and efficiency. When you can move heavy objects quickly and easily, you can get more done in less time, allowing you to meet deadlines and stay ahead of the competition.

By reducing the need for manual labour, forklifts can also help reduce the risk of worker fatigue and injury. By avoiding such risk, your business can avoid increased absenteeism and lost productivity. In short, forklifts are the key to efficient and safe material handling. They are the backbone that your operations need to thrive. Whether moving pallets, stacking materials, or lifting heavy equipment, forklifts are essential. They are imperative to helping you achieve your operations with ease and confidence. So the next time you’re faced with a heavy load, remember: forklifts are the backbone of material handling. They’re here to support you and raise your business to the next level.

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A comprehensive guide to the inner workings of forklifts

All you need to know about forklifts and how they can revolutionise your material handling operations.

Forklifts are standard in warehouses, factories, and construction sites worldwide. They’re a critical tool for material handling, allowing workers to move heavy objects quickly and efficiently. But have you ever stopped to wonder how forklifts actually work? In this section, we’ll look closer at the inner workings of forklifts and explore the different types of forklifts and how they’re powered. We’ll explore everything you need to know about forklifts, from their history to their mechanics and safety features.

Forklifts have a long and fascinating history that dates back to the early 20th century. The first forklifts were powered by steam or gasoline engines and were used primarily in warehouses and factories. Over time, forklifts evolved and became more efficient, safer, and easier to operate. Today, forklifts are used in various industries and are available in different types and configurations.

Types of forklifts

Many types of forklifts are available in the market today, each designed for specific applications. Some of the most common types of forklifts include . . .

  1. Counterbalance Forklifts
    These are the most common type of forklifts and are used in warehouses and factories. They are available in different configurations, including three-wheel and four-wheel models.
  2. Reach Trucks
    These forklifts are designed for narrow aisles and are used to lift and move loads to high racks. They are ideal for warehouses with high storage density.
  3. Order Pickers
    These forklifts are used to pick up orders from shelves or racks. They have a platform allowing the operator to stand on the forklift while picking orders.
  4. Hand Pallet Trucks
    These forklifts are designed to move pallets from one place to another. They are simple to operate and are ideal for small warehouses.
  5. Rough Terrain Forklifts
    These forklifts are used in construction sites and outdoor settings. They are designed to operate on rough terrain and can handle heavy loads.
Forklift Mechanics

Forklifts are complex machines that use different systems to operate. Some of the most critical components of a forklift include . . .


  1. Mast
    This is the vertical assembly that raises and lowers the forks. The mast is powered by a hydraulic system and can be tilted forward or backwards.
  2. Chassis
    This is the frame of the forklift that houses the engine, transmission, and other components. The chassis determines the stability and manoeuvrability of the forklift.
  3. Power Source
    Forklifts can be powered by different sources, including gasoline, diesel, propane, or electricity. The choice of power source depends on the application and the environment.
Safety Guidelines

Forklift safety is crucial for preventing accidents and injuries in the workplace. Forklifts have different safety features that ensure the operator’s and other workers’ safety. Some essential safety features include . . .


  1. Overhead Guard
    This is a protective structure that covers the operator’s head and shoulders. It protects the operator from falling objects and debris.
  2. Seatbelt
    Forklifts have a seatbelt that keeps the operator securely in the seat. The seatbelt prevents the operator from falling off the forklift in case of an accident.
  3. Horn
    Forklifts come with a horn that the operator can use to alert other workers or pedestrians of their presence.
  4. Load Capacity Indicator
    This device shows the operator the weight of the load.
  5. Regular Maintenance
    Proper maintenance can help prevent breakdowns, which can be costly in time and money. Regular inspections, tune-ups, and repairs keep forklifts in optimal condition and prevent accidents.

In conclusion, forklifts are an essential tool in material handling. They help businesses move goods quickly and safely, improving efficiency and productivity. However, they also require proper training, use, and maintenance to prevent accidents and injuries. Companies can reap the benefits by following best practices and taking the necessary precautions. All while keeping their employees safe.

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How to choose the perfect forklifts for your business needs

Master the art of material handling with the right forklift.

Forklifts are a critical tool in material handling, allowing for the efficient and safe movement of goods in various settings. However, with so many different types of forklifts available, choosing the right one for your specific needs can be overwhelming. This section will explore the key factors to help you select suitable forklifts for your business.


  1. Load Capacity
    You need to choose a forklift that can safely handle the weight of your heaviest loads. Forklifts come in a range of load capacities. Small electric models can lift a few hundred kilograms, whereas large diesel models can lift over 50 tonnes. Make sure you know the weight of your heaviest loads and select a forklift that can handle it with ease.
  2. Lifting Height
    You need to choose a forklift that can reach the height you need to lift your loads safely. Forklifts come with different mast heights; the higher the mast, the higher the lift. However, higher lifting heights usually come with a trade-off in load capacity. Make sure you balance both factors when selecting your forklift.
  3. Manoeuvrability
    You need to choose a forklift that can move around your workspace easily and safely. Forklifts come in different sizes and turning radiuses. So make sure you choose a model that can manoeuvre around your warehouse or worksite without causing damage to goods or property.
  4. Type of Forklift
    Many different types of forklifts are available, each with unique features and ideal use cases. Counterbalance forklifts are the most common type and are suitable for most material handling tasks. Reach forklifts are made for narrow aisles and high lifting heights, while pallet trucks are ideal for short distances.
  5. Consider Your Workspace
    The type of forklift you choose will depend on the space in which it will be operated. Consider factors like the width of aisles, ceiling height, and flooring type. It’s also important to consider the type of flooring in your workspace. For example, a forklift with cushioned tires is ideal for indoor use on smooth surfaces like concrete. However, forklifts with pneumatic tires are better suited for outdoor use on uneven terrain.
  6. Look at Your Budget
    Cost is always a consideration when choosing any piece of equipment. While investing in a high-quality forklift is essential, you also want to ensure it’s within your budget. Consider not only the upfront cost of the forklift but also ongoing maintenance and repair costs. Some types of forklifts may require more maintenance than others, so factor this into your decision-making.
  7. Think About Your Future Needs
    If you anticipate growth in your business or changes to your workspace, you may need a different type of forklift in the future. Choosing a forklift that can adapt to your changing needs can save you time and money in the long run. Look for a forklift that can be easily modified or upgraded to meet your evolving needs.
  8. Maintenance & Upkeep
    Forklifts require regular maintenance and servicing to operate safely and efficiently. Ensure you have a plan for routine inspections, tune-ups, and repairs. Doing so will ensure your business keeps its forklift running smoothly and prevents breakdowns.

By considering these factors and researching, you can find the ideal forklift for your material handling needs. Get in touch whether you’re looking for a heavy-duty forklift for a large warehouse operation or a compact forklift for a small business. At Locators, our forklifts are your solutions.

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Our Fleet

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Aisle Masters & Equipment

Efficient | Innovative | Space-saving

Are you looking for efficient and cost-effective solutions to optimise your warehouse space? Look no further than aisle masters and warehouse equipment. With Aisle Masters’ innovative and patented design, you can increase your storage capacity by up to 50%. All while improving the efficiency of your warehouse operations. These narrow-aisle forklifts are perfect for handling heavy loads in confined spaces to save space and labour costs.

Here are five brief benefits of using Aisle Masters & Equipment . . .

🟩 | Increased storage capacity by up to 50%
🟩 | Improved warehouse efficiency
🟩 | Reduced labour costs
🟩 | Safe and reliable equipment
🟩 | Customisable solutions to meet your specific needs

Electric, LPG or Diesel Forklifts

Comfortable | Ergonomic | Interactive

Whether you’re looking for a forklift for indoor or outdoor use, we’ve got you covered with our range of electric, LPG, or diesel forklifts. Our forklifts are built to last. Each is made with durable components and advanced features to help you maximise your productivity. With various sizes and lifting capacities, we can help you find the perfect forklift for your needs.

Here are five brief benefits of using our electric, LPG, or diesel forklifts . . .

🟧 | Increased productivity and efficiency
🟧 | Reduced maintenance costs
🟧 | Environmentally friendly options with electric forklifts
🟧 | Customisable options to meet your specific needs
🟧 | Ergonomic design for improved operator comfort and safety

Telehandlers & Access Equipment

Dynamic | Maneuverable | Precision

At Locators, we offer a range of telehandlers and access equipment to help you work safely and efficiently at height. Our equipment is designed with safety and versatility in mind. This makes it perfect for various applications, from construction to maintenance. With multiple sizes and lifting capacities, we can help you find the ideal equipment for your needs.

Here are five brief benefits of using our telehandlers and access equipment . . .

🟥 | Safe and efficient working at height
🟥 | Versatile equipment for a range of applications
🟥 | Reduced labour costs with increased efficiency
🟥 | Customisable options to meet your specific needs
🟥 | Easy to operate and maintain

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