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The extendable counterweight forklift has an adjustable wheelbase frame that extends to achieve a higher load capacity and includes a removable hydraulic boom. Because it is commonly used for projects requiring high capacity loads, it is sometimes referred to as a “high capacity industrial forklift”. However, it should not be confused with standard industrial forklifts whose forks move up and down, as opposed to countering the weight on one side of the equipment. Material-handling and machinery movers are the most common types of companies that use these lifts, given their needs for lifting and moving heavy loads.
Extendable counterweight forklifts are often referred to as “hoist forklifts”, as well as “Versa-Lifts”, after the manufacturer, Versa-Lift. The company offers several types of Versa-Lift units, including the 25/35, 40/60, 60/80, and 100/140. The original Versa-Lift, the 40/60 was designed to be less bulky and provide a smoother start and stop. The 60/80 and the 100/140 were designed to lift heavier loads, while the 25/35 is more compact with a lower capacity. All were made with machinery movers in mind, but they can be used for other industries, including die handling and paper roll handling. They also replace the need for setting up gantries, which can save companies a lot of time.