Are you planning to purchase or rent a forklift for your business? Whether you’re expanding your business or have extra short-term work that has created your need. There many things to consider why choosing forklifts.

Did you know that 11% of forklifts in the US are involved in accidents every year? If the choices seem overwhelming or you just not sure what to look for, we can help.

Continue reading below to learn more about what to look for when choosing your next forklift.

Choosing the Right Forklift

It would be best if you asked your team a few questions when weighing the options on choosing forklifts. For example, what type of work will it be doing, will it be used primarily outside or inside, what is the maximum height needed for the work it will do, and then the safety specifications required.

What Are the Types of Forklifts?

Most people don’t know that there are about ten different types of popular forklifts, and each one is specific to its use. Here are a few to get you started:

Electric Motor Rider Trucks

These are sometimes called the Class 1 of forklifts. Businesses use this class of forklift where the stability of sit down operation or a counterbalance is needed.

Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks

The advantage of this type of forklift is its ease of use due to its wheelbase and size. Besides, these forklifts are excellent for use in spaces with little driving areas or warehouses with limited floor space for moving cargo.

Electric Motor Hand Trucks

Forklifts in this category are beneficial for use in small spaces. They are also excellent for moving freight brought down by larger forklifts. Besides, they are ideal for retail areas; prime concerns include limited space and safety.

Different Forklift Dealers

After you are done choosing forklifts based on your requirements, you’ll find there are hundreds of manufacturers that make them. An excellent place to start your search and get the best price is Fleet Up Marketplace.

While you can go through lists of the better brands, experts know that every manufacturer makes forklifts for specific uses. What are the top brands? Here’s a shortlist of a few that are leaders according to AP News’s list:


This manufacturer has been around since the 1800s. It began as a lock company and produced its first forklift in 1920. Today, companies from around the world buy their forklifts from Yale.


Hyster is another manufacture that has been making forklifts since 1929. Some say it one of the most popular brands; most people in the industry know the name well.


Bendi forklifts come recommended for businesses that load and unload cargo on a dock or those with narrow-aisle warehouses. This company offers a wide variety of electric forklifts that are excellent for narrow areas.

Ready to Start Choosing Forklifts?

Now that we’ve helped get you started with critical bits of information, you should be ready to begin choosing forklifts. You’re business processes depend on having the right resources. We hope this article has helped.

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Rich Seigel - Author

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