A heavy duty forklift, also known as a high-capacity forklift, is a jumbo-sized piece of equipment designed to lift especially heavy loads — up to 100,000 pounds...Show More
A heavy duty forklift, also known as a high-capacity forklift, is a jumbo-sized piece of equipment designed to lift especially heavy loads — up to 100,000 pounds. Heavy duty forklifts use hydraulic levers to supply the power they need to lift substantial weights high into the air.
Like other forklifts, they’re used for material handling tasks like loading and unloading materials from trucks, placing pallets in warehouses, and moving them from place to place. They can operate indoors or outdoors, using pneumatic (air-filled) tires that enable them to work in places like lumberyards and construction sites with rough terrain. But because of their size, they’re not the best choice to use in cramped areas. Check out the FAQs below to learn more.
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Since heavy duty forklifts are larger than standard lift trucks, they’re usually harder to source and have limited availability nationwide. If specific pricing is not available, request a quote online or call to speak to a representative. Prices may vary depending on availability, jobsite location, and other factors.
Heavy duty forklifts can carry much heavier loads than standard forklifts. Their lift capacities typically range from 30,000 to 100,000 pounds, although they can go even higher if they have enough counterweight to balance their loads. For instance, an extendable counterweight forklift model is available to handle loads as heavy as 140,000 pounds.
Note that the load capacity is the maximum load a forklift can carry at the given load center. If the load is not centered or at an angle, it will not be able to carry the same weight. Attachments will also change load capacity.
There are two types of forklift tires: pneumatic and cushion. What you’ll need will depend on where you’re operating your forklift.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) specifies that all forklift drivers need to be professionally trained and certified before they can operate a powered industrial truck such as a forklift at a worksite.
OSHA offers 90-minute forklift safety classes for $79, and employers must evaluate workers’ performance at least every three years. OSHA standards can differ from state to state, so it’s important to be familiar with your state’s specific requirements.