What comes to mind when you hear the words heavy-duty forklift? You might think of something resembling the Hulk rather than a large machine. These machines aren’t built for use in an average warehouse; that would be an insult to their lifting power.

 

A forklift by any other name

A heavy-duty forklift is just one name. There’s all-terrain, four-wheel drive, and heavy-duty lift truck to name a few.

 

Why are these used in the first place?

Because some jobs on the work site need more muscle than others. Regular forklifts are good for carrying loads of up to a couple of thousand kilograms. A Hyster H16 can lift 16 tonnes by comparison! Heavy-duty machines like the Hyster are the middle ground between a regular forklift and a large container handler.

Who needs a heavy-duty forklift?

Wherever heavy materials need to get shifted, these forklifts are called into action. Typical locations include docks, material warehouses, and delivery bays. A heavy-duty forklift can carry an empty shipping container or several piles of timber at once.

The directors and managers of commercial projects also need these machines. Large scale development needs a bit of extra muscle, something these forklifts offer. “Container architecture” (when a structure is made of shipping containers) is an excellent example. The forklift can carry empty containers with ease and can stack two or three on top of each other (depending on the model).

Heavy-duty forklifts are used in combat zones because they can take more punishment than smaller models. They’ll navigate hills and wet ground with ease and have better counterbalance. Manitex is a specialist in machines built for military use. A military forklift from them can include water-wading ability (about 1.5 meters), and the cabins are all  engineered for the comfort of the driver. This includes air-conditioning and insulating measures against sound.