A Guide to Rough Terrain Forklifts

All terrain forklift

If you are in the manufacturing or construction business then you are probably familiar with rough terrain forklifts. While the standard forklift is often used indoors in factories and warehouses, a rough terrain forklift is equipped with features that enable it to withstand the outdoor environment.

The rough terrain forklift first appeared during the 1940’s. This forklift immediately became indispensable in lumber yards, construction sites, oil rigs, and farms among other places. The rough terrain forklift is also used by the military for transporting goods and supplies to base camps.

Features of Rough Terrain Forklifts

  • They have pneumatic tires that are usually embedded with deep treads. These treads allow the forklift to avoid slipping or sliding when travelling through rough surfaces. Rough terrain forklift tires are also reinforced so they are better protected against cuts, punctures and other damages. Since the tires are larger than regular forklift tires, they are also better able to handle obstacles and unstable surfaces.
  • For power, the rough terrain forklift relies on an internal combustion engine that also features a battery. These engines usually run on propane fuel, gasoline or diesel.
  • Rough terrain forklifts are also constructed in such a way as to make them extra durable. In order to prevent rusting, corrosion and other damage, rough terrain forklifts are often built from galvanized steel or other composite material. These materials are able to endure moisture much better than regular steel.
  • Rough terrain forklifts also feature sturdier frames since they are used to hoist heavier loads over greater heights.

The load capacity of rough terrain forklifts has seen much improvement over the years. Whereas the first units were able to carry a weight of approximately a thousand pounds, some of today’s rough terrain forklifts can handle loads of up to four thousand pounds.

Whether you are looking to buy a new or used forklift or rent a unit for your business operation, Rough Terrain Forklifts is a dealer that can answer your needs. Proudly based in Australia, Rough  Terrain Forklifts has been in the forklift industry for over 10 years. Call 1800 957 456 for a free quote today.