To give you an idea of the cost, a Nissan Propane Forklift dating from the late 1990s would run you around $11,000 to $14,000. More than likely, you will be able to find a model like this with fewer than 5,000 operating hours, about 15 feet of lifting capacity and cushion tires. However, a second-hand Nissan forklift truck which has less than 5,000 hours could be found for less than $7,000. This alternative may be a little bit of an older model than some others, but bear in mind; everything revolves around the operating hours. A model like this will probably have a fairly good load capacity of roughly 5,000 lbs.
A brand new Nissan forklift, dating from the year 2005 to the current year, can be found for roughly $10,000. Normally, these models will have a standard lift capacity ranging from 4,000 to 5,000 lbs. Usually, a unit like this will run smoothly and have cushion tires. Of course, newer units generally work smoother compared to older ones.
Types of Forklifts
The lift truck is usually categorized in 2 separate manners: by the type of fuel it takes and the structure of the lift truck. Based on structure, the following kinds of lift trucks are amongst the most popular:
Standard Forklift: The standard forklift comprises the regular warehouse machinery we are all familiar with. These types of forklifts provide a lifting capacity of 3,000 to 5,000 pounds. They have a height capacity of around 20 feet.
Reach Forklift: Usually referred to as a narrow aisle lift truck, the reach lift truck is the type of machine that is found within warehouses and distribution centers where space is at a premium. Narrow construction means that it is not able to lift as much as a standard forklift unit, although, it has an extendable mast which can easily carry loads approximately 40 feet.
Telescopic Forklift: The telescopic lift truck is also referred to as a telehandler, or an extendable reach forklifts or sometimes even a telescopic handler. These machinery are more heavy duty and more rugged compared to the traditional forklift. These units offer a telescopic boom which could be extended out and raised up. Usually, these units are used on rough terrain. They are able to handle loads up to 70 feet high and can transport loads weighing over 30,000 lbs. handle loads up to 70 feet high
Straight Mast Forklift: Straight mast lift trucks are also normally used in rough terrain applications. These kinds of forklifts are only capable of moving loads vertically, unlike a telescopic unit. These units can raise loads up to 12,000 lbs, while reaching a height of 10 to 30 feet.