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    Choosing the right equipment for your needs can be confusing especially if you’re not familiar with the different types of forklifts out there. We want to help you make the best choice for your business. Below you’ll find information about common forklift specifications to keep in mind when looking for a lift.

    Types of Forklifts

    There are many types of forklifts, and each serves a specific need. Choosing the right lift for the job can make a big difference in how efficient and productive your company operates. There are many types of lifts for a multitude of tasks. Here at Patriot Forklifts, we carry 8 different types of lifts. Take a look at our Models page to find out more about each type of lift, and to see a photo of each. If you still aren’t sure what is right for your needs, one of our material handling experts is happy to assist you!

    Tire Variations

    The majority of lifts are specifically designed for a particular type of tire, and the right tire impacts the handling and safety of your forklift. When choosing the right tire, the most common options are pneumatic tires and cushion tires. These 2 types of tires have big differences that should be considered when deciding which tire works best for your needs.


    Made of smooth, solid rubber that is attached to a round metal band. Sit down rider (sits low to the ground) allows for small turning radiuses and can maneuver in tight aisle spaces. Electric forklifts only come in cushion tires.

    Pneumatic solid

    Made of treaded rubber and filled with compressed air.  Solids are made completely of rubber and designed to prevent leakage and puncture wounds when driving on surface that may have sharp objects. 

    Pneumatic air

    Airs are made with less rubber material and typically foam filled with liquid polyurethane material to provide more durability when driving over rough terrain. Made of treaded rubber and filled with compressed air.

    Lift Fuel Types

    LPG (Liquid Propane Gas)

    Gas forklifts are the most common type of forklift.
    Pros: They can carry heavy loads, easy to refuel, low maintenance and have a longer life span.
    Cons: Limited power and require a propane tank to provide fuel.


    Electric forklifts are ideal for smaller warehouses and facilities.
    Pros: Smaller in size, can be used in a non-ventilated closed environments and are quiet when operating.
    Cons: Downtime when you need to recharge the machine and intermittent use can be detrimental to battery life.


    Diesel forklifts are very powerful, reliable, and cost-efficient. 
    Pros: Low upkeep, cost advantages over gasoline or LPG, easy to fuel and reliable with a wide range of unit loads
    Cons: Creates exhaust fumes and emissions and are noisy.

    Weight Minimum to Lift

    How can the size and height of the load affect a forklift's center of gravity? How does one avoid workplace injuries and accidents? All these concerns factor into what forklift will be the best fit for your needs.

    Size of Load & Weight Capacity

    A forklift’s capacity is affected by the size of the load so knowing how high you need to lift the material and the dimensions of the load are important to the stability of the forklift. These factors determines the capacity of a forklift needed. 

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    Load Height & Center of Gravity

    Forklifts are designed to carry a load at at a load center, commonly 24 in. This means that the forklift’s capacity was determined as if the center of gravity is  in the center of the cube, which rests on a standard pallet having dimensions of 48 inches by 48 inches.

    Weight Distribution & Tipping

    For example, a larger load size will move the lift´s exact center of gravity which reduces the lifting capacity and stability. Improperly distributed loads may tip the forklift if the operator exceeds the stated weight capacity of the forklift.

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    We have a long history of sourcing lifts from our founders down to every member of our staff, we are passionate about the quality and value of our products, and are dedicated to outfitting your operation for success with a large variety of lifts.