+What type of fuel do I need for a Dual Fuel Forklift?
Most Gas Forklifts in Australia run on Dual Fuel which is either LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) or Petrol (Gasoline). The forklift will have a switch to flick between the 2 fuel types. Forklifts that run on LPG Gas must be fitted with a compliance plate which will identify the type of gas the forklift should be using. Forklift LPG Gas cylinders come in a 15kg size and are removable from the forklift.
+What type of forklifts are diesel powered?
Diesel counterbalanced forklifts start from 1.8t capacity up to 15t and can be fitted with a diesel engine. All Terrain Telehandlers and Off Road 4WD forklifts and buggies will be fitted with a diesel engine. Generally forklifts of 5t capacity and over will be powered by diesel as they have more torque and power to move the heavy load.
+How long will a 15KG LPG Gas Cylinder last on my forklift?
Many factors have to be considered when estimating the rate of fuel usage. This includes the size and weight of the forklift, the engine size and how hard the forklift is being driven. As a guide a standard 2500kg forklift will last between 4 to 6 hours from a standard 15kg forklift gas cylinder.
+How often should my forklift be serviced?
Different forklift types have different service schedules as recommended by the manufacturer. A lot will depend on the application and environment the forklift is being used in. As a general guide, most common forklifts are serviced every 250 hours or 6 months – whatever comes first. Regular servicing is a good form of preventive maintenance to save both time and money by reducing downtime and fixing problems before they become an issue and more importantly a safety concern.
+What type of forklift do I need to unload a shipping container?
There are a variety of container entry forklifts available. These forklifts are generally fitted with a 3 stage mast with a low collapsed height of under 2.2m that allows the forklift to fit through the doors of a standard container which is 2.29m high. The Container Mast Forklift will come with what is known as “Free Lift”. This means the forks can be lifted to the top of the first stage of the mast without the mast raising. This feature is ideal to use on sites with limited overhead clearances such as basement car parks, driving under mezzanines and of course, emptying a shipping container.
+Do I need a Container Ramp to drive my forklift into a container?
In most instances YES. A container ramp is secured on the front edge of the container door entrance and the ground so that the forklift can drive up the ramp straight into the container. You can get away without using a container ramp if your prepared to use an electric or hand pallet jack to move each pallet load from within the container to the front edge of the container doors and then use a standard Counterbalance Forklift or a Walkie Reach Forklift to reach out and pick up the pallet from the outside.
+Do I need a Forklift Licence to operate a forklift?
If the forklift type is one that you sit in or ride on and lifts above 200mm then YES. If the forklift is a Walk Behind Pedestrian Type Forklift – i.e a Walkie Reach or a Walkie Stacker Forklift then NO. Order pickers, All Terrain Telehandlers and boom types require a different license. These licenses can be obtained by undertaking a registered training program and being assessed by an approved assessor. For an operator to use a pedestrian unit you must be instructed by a competent person and be assessed as competent. All forklifts Aussie Forklift Hire supply come equipped with an Operator Manual, Risk Assessment, Log Book, and full Service History which we recommend you read prior to operating any forklift.
+Do I have to wear a seatbelt when operating a forklift?
Yes, if the forklift has a seat belt fitted you must wear it. The law states that a seatbelt must be worn at all times when operating a forklift unless you are using an Electric Reach Truck which does not require a seat belt.
+How will the forklift be transported to my work site?
We use our own tilt tray trucks to deliver to your warehouse or factory and building site.
+Can a forklift be used in the rain?
Yes, fuel powered forklifts in most cases, can be used in wet conditions but should be avoided if possible and extra precautions should be taken due to the hazardous conditions that wet weather presents. Electric forklifts in most cases are not suitable for wet conditions as they have on board computers that will short out in the rain.
+Can I fit attachments on to my forklift?
Yes, attachments can be fitted to your forklift. The attachment has to be suitable to the forklift and the forklift capacity rating plate will have to be updated by the manufacturer to correctly display the new capacity of that particular forklift with the attachment fitted.
+Can I put slipper extensions on a 360° rotator attachment?
Yes, as long as the machine is rated to use slippers on that Rotator Attachment.
+What forklifts can be used in a confined space?
Electric forklifts are recommended as they do not emit any fumes or toxic gases. LPG forklifts are safe to use indoors for short periods of time if there is adequate ventilation.
+Do all forklifts have solid tyres?
Forklifts can be fitted with either solid or pneumatic tyres. The tyre type will be dependent on the application and surface it is working on. Warehouse electric forklifts such as a Reach Truck or a Pedestrian Walk Behind Walkie Forklift will be fitted with Nylon or Poly solid wheels.
+Can I put holes in my forklifts fork tines for towing?
No, forklift tines cannot be modified from the manufacturers specifications as this may weaken the integrity of the tines. Workcover will fine any operator who does not comply with this requirement.
+Can I use the forklift to push or pull another object?
No, forklifts are designed to lift and move objects. Pushing and pulling objects will cause damage to the product and the forklift.
Electric Forklifts FAQs
+What benefits do Electric Forklifts have over Gas Forklifts?
Electric forklifts have many benefits. These include being very quiet, emit no fumes or gases, less maintenance, can be custom programmed for site specific requirements, cheaper to run – recharge a forklift battery compared to paying for fuel and LPG Gas Cylinder rental.
+Can I use a car battery in an electric forklift?
No, a car battery is not suitable for use in forklifts. It may be the wrong voltage and weight. In most electric forklifts, the battery makes up part of the counterbalance of the entire forklift. Forklift batteries are also deep cycle, this allows the batteries to be discharged and recharged many times throughout its life and last a lot longer between charges.
+Can I use my electric forklift in wet conditions?
No, most electric forklifts are not designed for use in wet weather conditions.
+Can an electric forklift be used to enter a shipping container?
Yes, most ride on models fitted with a Container Entry mast can be used to drive inside a shipping container. A Pedestrian Electric Walkie Forklift is not recommended for driving in a container as they are not stable on uneven surfaces such as a container ramp and may also get stuck on the incline.
+What type of power supply do I need to charge an electric forklift?
The charger required will depend on the size of the battery and this will determine the power supply that is needed. Most Walk Behind Pedestrian Walkie Stackers and Walkie Reach Forklifts will require a standard 240 volt 10 amp single phase outlet (same as what you plug the toaster or hair dryer into at home). Some larger batteries will require a larger charger that runs a 240 volt 15 amp single phase outlet (plug has larger earth pin). Most Ride On Electric forklifts are fitted with large capacity batteries which require 3 phase 20 amp power supply to charge.
+Can I get finance for a forklift?
Yes, Aussie Forklift Hire has different finance options available on forklift sales and hire/purchase options.
+How fast does an electric forklift drive?
The performance of an electric forklift is very similar to that of an engine powered forklift. The latest electric forklifts that Aussie Forklift Hire supply are smart and have auto slow down cornering speed as standard to prevent tip over of the forklift when turning at speed.
+How do I charge an electric forklift?
Electric forklifts are powered by deep cycle batteries and can be recharged with a compatible battery charger that is powered from mains power. You can watch a video demo here on how to correctly charge a forklift battery.
+How high can a forklift reach?
Considering the weight of the load being lifted, the heavier the load means the lower the lift. Various forklifts can lift between 3m & 10m depending on your application. Most High Reach forklifts are of the Reach Truck type and used in tall warehouses for heights between 6m to 10m.
Pedestrian Forklifts FAQs
+Do I need a license to operate a pedestrian walk behind walkie forklift?
No, however the operator must be competent in the operation of the pedestrian forklift.
+What speed does a pedestrian walk behind walkie forklift operate at?
As fast as you can walk behind it – up to 3km/h. Some Pedestrian forklifts come with an option of a Turtle and Rabbit speed to either slow down or increase the speed.
+How is a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift powered?
Pedestrian Walkie Forklifts are battery powered and come equipped with either a built-in or separate charger that plugs in to mains power supply.
+How can I get a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift transported to my premises?
Our tilt tray truck will transport a pedestrian forklift to your warehouse or factory site.
+How much can I lift with a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift?
The standard lift capacity is 1.5t. There are some models that will lift up to 2t.
+How old do I have to be to operate a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift?
There is no minimum age to operate a pedestrian forklift. The person must be deemed competent and have completed sufficient training on the forklift.
+Can I operate a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift in the back of a truck?
Yes, you can operate a pedestrian forklift or pallet jack in the back of a truck as long as the truck has the capacity to support the unit plus the load. The trucks floor surface must be able to support the load and be level. Caution must be exercised ensuring that suitable guards or restraints are in place to stop the unit from falling off the truck. The truck handbrake must be applied, and wheels chocked.
+Can a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift drive up a hill?
No – pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklifts are made for flat level concrete surfaces. They will be able to go up a small incline of up to 10° but this should be checked on the individual load data plate on each forklift before using.
+How high will a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift lift to?
Pedestrian forklifts can lift to heights of up to 5.5m. The lift capacity will always de-rate the higher you lift. Check the manufacturer’s load data plate and specifications on the forklift before lifting.
+Can I drive a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift on grass?
No, pedestrian units are designed to be used on concrete surfaces only.
+Can I drive a pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklift onto the road over the gutter?
No, Pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklifts have solid poly and or nylon wheels that have no give in them compared to rubber wheels. The forklift will get stuck on the gutter and you will need another forklift or tilt tray truck to pull you off the gutter.
+How easy are pedestrian walk-behind walkie forklifts to use?
So easy! All of Aussie Forklift Hire’s late model electric Walk Behind Forklifts come standard with Electric Power Steering (turn the steer handle with 1 finger), variable fingertip controls, Sideshift (shift loads left to right), regenerative braking (auto brakes when let go of accelerator), auto park brake, auto cornering slow down speed control and can be fully custom programmed for each function to suite the customers specific application. So easy!
Rough/All Terrain Forklifts FAQs
+How is a Rough/All Terrain Forklift powered?
A majority of Rough/All Terrain Forklifts are diesel powered.
+Can I operate a Rough/All Terrain Forklift in sand?
Yes, Rough/All Terrain Forklifts can be operated in sand. Caution must be exercised as capacity and lift heights may change due to the surface. Consult the operations manual for capacity instructions in these conditions.
+Can I operate a Rough/All Terrain Forklift in mud?
Yes, Rough/All Terrain Forklifts can be operated in mud as they run a 4WD system and have large off road tyres.
+Are all Rough/All Terrain Forklifts 4WD?
No, some models are available in 2WD.
+What is the most common reliable brand of Rough/All Terrain Forklifts?
Manitou has been a market leader in this space for over 50 years.
+What paperwork do I require to get onto a Tier 1 Construction Site in Sydney for a Rough/All Terrain Forklift?
You will require a Manufacturers Risk Assessment, Log Book, Operator Manual, Latest Service Sheet, Qualifications of the mechanic who completed the last service, an updated Service Sticker on the forklift also. Aussie Forklift Hire supply this paperwork on all forklifts in its hire fleet.