Which Forklift Truck is Suitable for Which Jobs?

Something we’re quite often asked is which forklift truck is suitable for which jobs? To find out for yourself, watch Locators’ video guide below and gain a better appreciation for the differences between a counterbalance forklift truck and a warehouse truck. This video runs through everything from each machine’s stability through to its power, design and tyres.

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Introduction – Which Forklift?
So something we quite often get asked is: which forklift truck is suitable for which different jobs? We’ve got a counterbalance forklift truck on my right-hand side, and on my left-hand side we’ve got – what we call – a warehouse truck.
00:14 - Differences in Stability
So this truck (indicates to counterbalance forklift) will work indoors and outdoors; it’s electric powered, so you don’t have any emissions. It’s got nice soft tyres, but it is a three-wheel electric counterbalance truck, which means it’s not really suitable for traversing slopes and things like that, and if the ground gets very rough, you’re better off moving to a four-wheel machine.
00:32 - Differences in Power
Also, if the ground gets very rough, traditional lead-acid batteries don’t like being shaken around. So, you will probably then start to look at an LPG-powered machine, or a diesel-powered machine. There are some changes coming to the regulations surrounding red diesel (https://www.locators.co.uk/reform-of-red-diesel-entitlement/) so we might see less and less diesel trucks in the UK over – over the coming months and years.
00:53 - Differences in Design
They are – these trucks, the Toyota trucks – are designed and built in Sweden, so they can withstand quite a big range in temperatures and moisture, and things like that, but the main thing is that they are – they’re fitted with a hard-top polyurethane drive and support wheels. So there’s no suspension in them and they are rigid wheels and tyres. If you take them outside on rough ground, the wheels will break up and you will start to get issues with the truck. So, these (the warehouse truck) are designed for internal use. This particular machine is pedestrian operated but even a sit on reach truck will have the same polyurethane or vulcalan wheel compound, not designed to work outdoors.
01:29 - Differences in Tyres
So, the general concept is: counterbalance trucks – soft rubber tyres – normally solid tyres now, so rather than pneumatic, they are actually filled tyres. Warehouse equipment is the solid – polyurethane – designed to work on a smooth flat floor like this and retains its – you can have a much smaller machine and it will retain its capacity and lift more – higher – because it’s not wobbling around on soft tyres.
01:54 - The Advantage of an Engine-Powered Truck

So the advantage you probably have with an engine-powered truck is they’re a little bit higher off the ground – a little bit larger, slightly longer wheel base because they don’t have the weight of the battery in them – so they will cope with rougher terrain. This type of truck – we call it a warehouse truck, because they are specifically designed to work internally and inside a warehouse, in the dry.

02:13 - Thanks for Watching
Thank you for watching. If you have any questions, please contact us at Locators.
00:00 - Introduction – Which Forklift?

So something we quite often get asked is: which forklift truck is suitable for which different jobs? We’ve got a counterbalance forklift truck on my right-hand side, and on my left-hand side we’ve got – what we call – a warehouse truck.
00:14 - Differences in Stability

So this truck (indicates to counterbalance forklift) will work indoors and outdoors; it’s electric powered, so you don’t have any emissions. It’s got nice soft tyres, but it is a three-wheel electric counterbalance truck, which means it’s not really suitable for traversing slopes and things like that, and if the ground gets very rough, you’re better off moving to a four-wheel machine.
00:32 - Differences in Power

Also, if the ground gets very rough, traditional lead-acid batteries don’t like being shaken around. So, you will probably then start to look at an LPG-powered machine, or a diesel-powered machine. There are some changes coming to the regulations surrounding red diesel (https://www.locators.co.uk/reform-of-red-diesel-entitlement/) so we might see less and less diesel trucks in the UK over – over the coming months and years.
00:53 - Differences in Design

They are – these trucks, the Toyota trucks – are designed and built in Sweden, so they can withstand quite a big range in temperatures and moisture, and things like that, but the main thing is that they are – they’re fitted with a hard-top polyurethane drive and support wheels. So there’s no suspension in them and they are rigid wheels and tyres. If you take them outside on rough ground, the wheels will break up and you will start to get issues with the truck. So, these (the warehouse truck) are designed for internal use. This particular machine is pedestrian operated but even a sit on reach truck will have the same polyurethane or vulcalan wheel compound, not designed to work outdoors.
01:29 - Differences in Tyres

So, the general concept is: counterbalance trucks – soft rubber tyres – normally solid tyres now, so rather than pneumatic, they are actually filled tyres. Warehouse equipment is the solid – polyurethane – designed to work on a smooth flat floor like this and retains its – you can have a much smaller machine and it will retain its capacity and lift more – higher – because it’s not wobbling around on soft tyres.
01:54 - The Advantage of an Engine-Powered Truck


So the advantage you probably have with an engine-powered truck is they’re a little bit higher off the ground – a little bit larger, slightly longer wheel base because they don’t have the weight of the battery in them – so they will cope with rougher terrain. This type of truck – we call it a warehouse truck, because they are specifically designed to work internally and inside a warehouse, in the dry.

04:19 - Thanks for Watching

What our clients say

We are very pleased with the change from an engine to an electric fleet. The trucks have been well received by our operators as they are comfortable and quiet to drive and give excellent protection from the elements. We even have the option and flexibility to use spare batteries and a simple battery change system if we ever want to work back to back shifts in the future. Locators also design, supply and install all types of racking and storage systems. They reconfigured the CooperVision warehouse for narrow aisle operation which increases the storage density and pallet locations. Locators supplied Aisle-Master articulated forklifts to work in this area.

Coopervision, Hamble

We have worked with Locators for nearly 20 years. We are confident they can always make the best use of the space we have available and provide us with forklifts that are well suited for the long loads and other stock we have to move.

Colin Macgregor
Director, Y Goldberg

Every time we look at an application, Locators approach it like a blank canvas and always recommend the best equipment for our business. Locators have proved themselves as a very reliable and proactive service provider by keeping our trucks working and our fleet costs as low as possible.

Adam Conrad
Group Transport Manager for Covers

Being able to work with one supplier for storage and materials handling has been a benefit to us. Locators managed the complete installation and ensured the correct materials handling equipment was specified for their design. They also service and maintain all of the equipment they have supplied and offer a rack inspection service to make sure our warehouse remains a safe working environment. We are very happy with our new facility and we believe we have made the best use of the available space.

Marc Congdon
Engineering Manager, Costa

We purchased our first Toyota forklift from Locators 14 years ago for our farm. This truck has been very reliable and is still in service so we had no hesitation in deciding to purchase another Toyota machine. Locators recommended an electric forklift for our machinery depot as it is very quiet, has low running costs and does not create any pollution, making it ideal for working both inside and outside. Our operators are very pleased with our new Toyota truck and our business is very happy to be operating a forklift that has such a low impact on the environment.

Ed Smales
Director, NFFM

Locators installed the new racking system within a tight timeframe while our business was fully operational. They have provided us with a facility that has a similar storage capacity and reduced the size of our forklift fleet allowing us to lease one building instead of two. We are very happy with the outcome.

Paul Bickell
Nippon Express

Locators gave us the benefit of working with just one supplier for all of the storage and materials handling requirements of this project. By mixing 3 and 4 wheel trucks from the same model range, we have gained extra pallet locations and have the option to battery change between them and work multi-shift in the future. I was initially sceptical that electric trucks could replace LPG, but I am very pleased with the successful outcome of this project.

Mark Davis
Logistics Supervisor for Hall & Woodhouse brewery

It is a great benefit to us that we have a single source supplier who understands the needs of our business. This saves us time, improves efficiency and ultimately reduces cost.

Richard Horrocks
Smurfitt Kappa