Although rough terrain forklifts are standard equipment on many construction jobs, getting the most from them is up to the ingenuity and skill of the foreman. Knowing the equipment and its lift capacity lets you get more production from your forklift.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A FORKLIFT

How do you select the right forklift? First, determine the lift capacity and reach you need. Next, make sure the unit has the maneuverability and traction your jobsites demand. Then decide what features you want. Finally, before you buy, ask equipment distributors and users about the equipment's repair record. The following components of a forklift should be carefully inspected and analyzed before a decision is made: tractor; front and rear wheel steering; frame leveling; cab; boom; carriage; and forks.