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Electric Forklift Motor

A motor is a device that converts electro-chemical energy, provided by an industrial battery, into mechanical energy. An electric forklift motor must provide motion for the unit – forward, reverse, up and down – as well as power other items such as hydraulic pumps and electrical components. Rule of Magnetism The basic principle behind electric […]

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Forklift History and Classification

The first seated counterbalance forklift was produced by Clark Material Handling Company in 1918. The forklift was gasoline powered and started by manually cranking the engine. The Tructrator, as it came to be known, was the first vehicle to integrate an engine, frame, transmission, brakes, wheels and a steering system to address material handling jobs. […]

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Electric Forklifts versus IC Forklifts

The great debate – electric forklifts versus internal combustion (IC) forklifts. This decision is not only for new companies. Established companies may also weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each fuel, especially if there is a shift of priorities to “go green.” Electric Forklift Advantages The forklift industry has experienced a shift in sales, with […]

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Reach Truck versus Stand-Up Rider Forklift

Currently, our warehouse utilizes reach trucks for their ease of use in narrow aisles. In the next 6 months, our application will require our forklift operators to load and unload trailers. Can we continue using our reach trucks? For narrow aisle applications, reach trucks offer a clear advantage. Operators can perform work in aisles as […]

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Switching from an Internal Combustion Forklift to an Electric Forklift

Historically, internal combustion (IC) forklifts have dominated the manufacturing industry. Although electric forklifts provided cleaner emissions and low level noise, companies faced decreased production and struggled to justify the higher costs of batteries and charging stations. Today the electric forklift rivals the production of an IC forklift, matching or exceeding the alternative’s performance. Its reduction […]

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When To Pick a Hand Pallet Jack, Walkie Pallet Jack or Rider Pallet Jack

Many companies use one of the various forms of pallet jacks (manual, powered walk-behind or powered ride-on) to move product horizontally throughout their facility. Some of the factors that influence their decision include workers comp claims, operator fatigue, productivity and product damage. Knowing the distance traveled by the operator and restrictions of the application will […]

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4 Reasons to Purchase an Electric Pallet Jack

The material handling industry categorizes forklifts into various classes. The Class III product includes a variety of electric motor forklifts that are either walk-behind or standing-rider operated, such as the electric pallet jack. Regardless of the manufacturer, this category of forklifts carries a smaller price tag. While oftentimes the savings is enough, many companies find […]

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Training Your Operators on Forklift Plugging

A forklift feature designed to decrease wear and tear on forklift brakes, forklift plugging gives operators the ability to change direction of a forklift with an accelerator pedal and directional selector. Forklift plugging is also referred to as regenerative braking, regen or switch-back. Plugging on an Electric Forklift versus Engine Powered Forklift Engine powered forklifts […]

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Is Your Forklift Designed for Forklift Plugging?

If your forklift is battery powered, it is very likely that plugging is a good practice, but engine powered forklifts should not be plugged. Forklift plugging, also known as regenerative braking, regen or switch-back, allows operators to change direction of the forklift using only the directional controller and accelerator pedal. By eliminating the use of […]

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Electric Forklift Maintenance

Ease of maintenance is an advantage often mentioned about electric forklifts. However, like internal combustion forklifts, regular intervals for electric forklift maintenance help decrease breakdowns. What are the most important items to inspect during electric forklift maintenance? Motor Cables Every modern forklift has at least 2 electric motors that have a minimum of 3 cables […]

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Forklift Plugging

Forklift plugging is common practice that should be encouraged for its benefit of reducing brake wear. What is forklift plugging? Plugging, also called regenerative braking, regen or switch-back, occurs when an operator traveling in one direction uses the directional selector to switch to the opposite direction. The motor control circuit, motor and forklift battery combine […]

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Forklift Battery Charging Station Safety

When an electric forklift’s battery is approximately 80% discharged, it is an ideal time for the forklift operator to return the battery to the charging station. Because charging the forklift battery poses safety risks involving sulfuric acid, battery charging installations shall be located in areas designated for that purpose only and forklift battery charging station […]