Forklift Type Spotlight: Rough Terrain Forklift

Forklifts are a common sight in warehouses, but many jobs that could benefit from the lifting and loading powers of this equipment can’t be carried out within the indoor confines of such as space. That’s where a rough terrain forklift comes in. Unlike its counterpart—the industrial forklift, often used for warehouse work—the rough terrain forklift is designed to navigate uneven surfaces, such as outdoor construction sites.


Built For Unstable Surfaces

Depending on the project, construction sites may include a variety of terrains, including rocky surfaces and steep hills, which is where the rough terrain forklift excels. Such equipment is designed with pneumatic tires that are large enough to ensure the lift stays upright, even on uneven and unpaved terrain. Run by gasoline, diesel or propane, rough terrain forklifts are either made to lift loads vertically or horizontally through a telescoping boom.


Powerful Pieces of Equipment

The rough terrain forklift has evolved significantly since it first came into use in the 1940s, at a time when it could only lift up to 1,000 pounds. Today, rough terrain forklifts with telescopic booms can typically carry up to 10,000 pounds, while the lifts with the vertical tower may reach heights of 40 feet, enabling drivers to maneuver everything from concrete blocks to lengthy beams. Because no two construction projects are alike, it’s important to have the right lift for the right job.


Purchase a Used Rough Terrain Forklift

Some rough terrain forklifts are designed with a single hydraulic cylinder that allows the boom to operate from an elevated position, while others deploy a leveling capability that enables the equipment to easily navigate extremely uneven ground. Some use fork attachments that allow for tilted swinging to ensure precise delivery of the load, and other attachments include extensible arms that extend the reach capacity.

Explore used rough terrain forklifts offered at National Forklift Exchange today to make your next job easier, safer and more cost-effective. And be sure to contact us today with any additional questions you may have, our experts at NFE would be more than happy to help you find the ideal machine!


About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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