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Fallsway Partners with Rightline Equipment Attachments

Fallsway Equipment Company is proud to announce that we have partnered with Rightline Equipment Inc. We are now an authorized distributor of Rightline forklift attachments in Akron, Canton, Youngstown and surrounding areas. Continue reading »

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Forklift Classes: What You Need To Know

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Forklift classes can get complicated, whether you have been working in the material handling industry your entire life or as a novice forklift operator. We created this guide to help you decide which forklift class is most important for your business or application.


Electric Motor Rider Trucks Class 1 Banner

Class I forklifts have electric motors and allow operators to operate them while standing or sitting. They use a heavy battery as their primary power source, which also serves as the counterbalance for the lift truck.

With options for either cushion or pneumatic tires, these trucks are highly versatile for any application. Pneumatic-tire models are intended for applications with uneven surfaces, like gravel, while cushion-tired trucks are best suited for flat, indoor surfaces like warehouses or large retail stores. Some benefits include being quieter, reduced fuel costs, usage in strict air quality applications, and lower maintenance costs.

Class I forklifts include CAT counterbalanced forklifts, Mitsubishi counterbalanced forklifts, and Junheinrich counterbalanced forklifts.

Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks Class 2 Banner

Class II forklifts have solid, cushion tires and are engineered specifically for smaller, indoor work environments. Several of these forklifts perform a specific job, designed with specific attachments.

The concept behind Class II forklifts is to increase the efficiency of space and speed of operation. Such forklifts include side loaders, order pickers, turret trucks, and reach trucks.

Electric Motor Hand or Hand & Rider Trucks Class 3 Banner

Class III forklifts, such as Mitsubishi walkies and Jungheinrich stackers, effectively transport products in the warehouse or retail stores at low lifting heights, either out of trailers to low-level racking or out to the retail floor.

These electric hand trucks are commonly used in applications that don’t require long distances or high lifting heights such as stores, small warehouses, or loading/unloading small trailers. Class III forklifts are controlled by a handle located in the back of the truck, hence being called an electric motor hand truck. The handle controls the speed, steering, and lifting.

Internal Combustion Engine Trucks & Cushion Tires Class 4 Banner

Class IV forklifts are commonly used to move goods from loading docks to elevated storage areas. They can be used outdoors but are favored in indoor warehouses due to their adverse traction on wet or uneven surfaces. Also, they are lower to the ground than most forklifts, providing a lower clearance.

Class IV forklifts operate on diesel, gasoline, LP gas or compressed natural gas. This class of forklifts is specific for equipment with cushion tires, which are designed to be driven on dry, smooth surfaces. Class IV forklifts include internal combustion, cushion tire CAT forklifts and Mitsubishi forklifts.

Internal Combustion Engine Trucks & Pneumatic Tires Class 5 Banner

Just like the forklifts in Class IV, these lift trucks use the same type of fuel but they utilize pneumatic tires and have a wider range usage. Class V forklifts include internal combustion, pneumatic tire CAT forklifts and Mitsubishi forklifts.

Pneumatic tires are designed for rugged applications, thus allowing it to be used on uneven surfaces like gravel, but they can also be used in indoor applications as well. They can be outfitted with special solid tires that reduce the chance of punctures. Class V forklifts are commonly used in outdoor applications like lumber yards, metal fabrication, stone yards, and industrial machinery.

Electric & Internal Combustion Engine Tractors Class 6 Banner

Particularly designed for pulling rather than lifting, Class VI forklifts are normally called “Tuggers.” Commonly used at airports, lugging baggage carts between terminals and planes, these lift trucks come in both internal combustion and electric choices.

An example of the Class VI forklift is the Jungheinrich EZS 720NA tow tractor.

Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks Class 7 Banner

Class VII forklift trucks are heavy-duty and typically have large tractor-like tires. These trucks are commonly used on applications that require additional power on rough terrains, like lumber yards or construction sites. This class of forklifts exclusively run on diesel and come in two and four-wheel drive options.

Also, they can have different types of masts, including a telescoping mast to give more reach. Other options for this class can be mounted on the back of large trucks and hauled between job sites.

Class VII rough-terrain forklifts examples include:


Do you have questions about what class of forklift would best fit your application? Give us a call at (855)-662-4379.

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Protect Your Forklift: Covers, Options, and Benefits

Your forklifts are investments, and it is important to protect these investments from inclement weather and everyday wear and tear. Some of the popular options include forklift seat covers, forklift cab covers, and covers that attach to forks. Check out some of the inexpensive options below:

Seat Covers:

It may sound simple, but adding a seat cover to your forklift will help protect it from wear and tear. Over time, seats exposed to water or the sun tend to crack and would eventually need replacing to keep your operators comfortable. The cost for a replacement seat over a seat cover is pennies to dollars and the simple investment can save you hundreds of dollars and hours of downtime. Typically seat covers are a nylon fabric that stretches over the seat for a simple and secure fit to your existing seat, providing more life to your seats and an extra layer of comfort.

Fork Covers:

Forklift forks get used for the most part and receive the heaviest damage during normal use. A way to help cut the cost of replacement forks are fork covers or sometimes called “fork socks”. Fork covers made of a heavy-duty nylon webbing made to cut scratches or damage from picking up loads. These covers are simple to install with connectors and offer a huge financial benefit when it comes to protecting the life of your forks.

Cab Covers:

Forklift cabs are hard to protect from things like dust, rain, or falling debris. Forklift cab covers can add a layer of protection to your forklift to cut those listed above. Cab covers are a plastic or vinyl material that is capable to oppose weather and other debris. With various sizes, depending on the forklift, these covers are simple to install. If you do various jobs in wet conditions, some covers come with a domed roof with channels and gutters to divert water. These covers can also be tinted for those who spend a large part of the day in the sun, which can offer UV protection to your drivers.

Forklift covers are a great way to protect your equipment. For more information contact one of our experts about these inexpensive covers!

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AGV: The Evolving Material Handling Industry at a Glance

The material handling industry is evolving with new technology every day.  Companies are finding new ways to move products at efficient rates, saving both time and money.  AGV’s or Automated guided vehicles are forklifts that do not require an operator to function. The goal of an automated solution is to improve your operations warehousing efficiency and thus increasing profitability while reducing the overall costs.

Why choose AGV’s?

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  • Operators are eliminated, along with the error that comes with them.  There are no damages to customer products, buildings, or machinery, thus saving costs on replacing misuse and abuse.
  • The increase in warehouse safety will dramatically increase safety records.
  • Reliably work 24/7 in critical 3 shift operations.  Sleep easy at night knowing that your warehouse is still hard at work!
  • Every AGV’s path is traceable, thus being able to identify product movement in your warehouse.
  • They have a low life-cycle cost.
  • Dramatically reduce operation and maintenance costs from hefty repair bills on machines

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Traditionally automation projects have been expensive, slow, or inflexible to implement, but technology has been changing and developing to make the futuristic warehouse more of a reality.  With the help of our experts, we can design a warehouse capable of full automation with various units all working in sync towards one common goal, efficiency.  Automation can show impressive cost savings to the warehouse, especially in areas that your employee is handling longer load transfers.  It will save employees for other tasks around the warehouse instead of cookie cutter, routine tasks automation can handle.

Take reliability and efficiency to the next level with AGV’s.  They are a durable, flexible, and modular solution that will deliver a short ROI.  The technology has been around for decades and has been proven to work in various applications.

 

For more information contact us at 330-633-6000 to speak with a material handling expert.

 

 

 

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New Kalmar Demo Unit

Fallsway Equipment Company is excited to announce that a new demo of the Kalmar DCG 160-6 forklift is now available. For those jobs that need a little more power than the average lift this Kalmar is able to provide all the assistance needed. Some of the specifications on this incredible unit include:

  • 2015 Kalmar DCG 160-6
  • Capacity- 36,000 lbs
  • EGO Cabin (Air conditioning)
  • 157 in reach

This new Kalmar is designed, tested, and proven to be at the top of its class. Don’t just take our word, check out the video below to see for yourself before setting up your demo.

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Please contact Fallsway Equipment if you you would like to set up a personal demo of the Kalmar lift truck, or if you have any additional questions.

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(330) 633-6000

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