Forklift Capacity Calculator

Materials handling and logistics are the unsung heroes of modern business. Through the process of transporting products from raw materials to finished goods, businesses succeed or fail because of their internal logistics. And, a key part of the materials handling equation is the forklift.

Forklifts have been around for more than half a century, and have enabled businesses to move massive amounts of products and materials across a warehouse or parking lot to a loading area or shelf. Without forklifts, the task of moving so many products would be extremely cumbersome - and in many cases unprofitable.

When searching for a lift, there are many types to choose from, and several forklift manufacturers to choose, as well. Modern Materials Handling recently provided a listing of the top 20 lift truck suppliers, which can give you a head start on finding the right forklift manufacturers for your business.

Forklifts fall into several categories:

Class 1 Lift Code 1 - this is a stand-up lift that is counterbalanced.

Class 2 Lift Code 2 - this order picker is a light-duty stand-up lift.

Class 2 Lift Code 3 - a reach-type outrigger for order picking

Class 1 Lift Code 4 - these are sit-down, three wheel, electric forklifts

Class 1 Lift Code 5 - a higher end sit-down lift with cushioned tires

Class 1 Lift Code 6 - this is a sit-down lift, with pneumatic or other types of tires

When searching for a forklift, be sure to review the latest list for options and comparison information.

Overall, forklift manufacturers have fared better this year, compared to prior years. Previously the forklift sales market had been dwindling, but in 2010 and into 2011 that appears to have changed. Modern Materials Handling reports that forklift manufacturer sales have gone up as much as 40%. This huge jump is great for the forklift manufacturers, but also for the overall economy. The reason this is such a plus for the economy is that forklift sales are a very good indicator of what businesses predict will happen in their markets. If the business feels it will be moving more products, it will need to add or replace its forklifts. By this indicator alone, it can be argued that the world economy could be on the upswing once again, and we can expect a rebound over the coming two to three years. Forklift manufacturers have kept up with demands, and most lifts are electric today, where previously many lifts were gas operated.

When determining the right forklift for your company, it is important to look at all of the specifications, including attachments, to determine an accurate capacity rating. can help you determine the right truck configuration for your business needs.