Electric forklifts are quiet and reliable and produce no emissions. electric forklifts are powered by large, powerful strength batteries which are designed in such a way that they can be recharged up to 1,500 times during their working lifespan. Electric forklifts are powered by either a battery or fuel cells that provide power to its electric motors. The electric motors used on forklifts may be either DC or AC types. As the electric forklift creates no harmful exhaust fumes, it is often the most preferred machine of choice in places where there is limited ventilation and in food processing industries.
3-wheeled Electric Forklift Features
As electric forklifts have zero tailpipe emissions, it results in a better and a safer working environment for the employees. Capacity ratings and stability of the electric forklifts are usually better at high lifting heights, partly due to a lower centre of gravity. There are also fewer liquids to be disposed of as there are no engine, transmission coolant fluids to be worried about. The machine is also mechanically simpler as there are no transmissions, torque converters. Other features offer operator productivity is often higher because there are typically fewer hand / arm / foot movements required to operate an electric lift truck. Electric forklifts have the lowest overall operating cost. Apart from the operating cost, the costs of Total Preventive Maintenance (TPM) and repair costs are also far lesser for electric forklifts as there are comparatively few moving parts. But one of the major requisites of these forklifts is that they require a charging station which should be equipped with an emergency eyewash station as well as an acid spill kit due to the batteries. The charging area should also be well ventilated for safety.
Advantages of 3 Wheeled Forklifts
The inclusion of a single drive wheel in the centre of the rear of the machine makes the three-wheeled forklifts more easily operable. The steering lock is much easier when there is only one rear wheel as against two in four-wheeled electric forklifts. Three wheel electric forklifts primarily have cushion tires and are used mainly indoors. These forklifts are sometimes preferred over four-wheel forklifts due to their tighter turning radius. Three wheel forklifts are good for unloading trucks, and moving pallets and other loads throughout a warehouse or on smooth surfaces where manoeuvrability and space requirements make four wheel forklifts inefficient. Therefore, three wheel counterbalance forklifts are perfect for use in applications where space is limited due to their tight turning circles and excellent manoeuvrability. They are also ideally suited to applications that require inside and outside use and racking loading. Hence, 3 Wheel Electric forklifts are normally used for lighter load applications and indoor warehousing with flat smooth surfaces, as they normally only have a load capacity range from 1000- 2500kg. The combination of counterbalance under-clearance and tight manoeuvrability ensures maximum productivity.
Models of 3 Wheel Electric Forklifts from HYUNDAI
HYUNDAI being one of the frontrunners in the manufacturing of electric forklifts offers the following models of three wheel electric forklifts: 10 BTR-9, 13 BTR-9, 15 BTR-9, 15 BT-9, 18 BT-9 and 20 BT-9. The first three models travel at a speed of 12.5 km/h when they are loaded and at 13 km/h when unloaded. The last three models have a travelling speed of 16 km/h in the loaded condition and at 17 km/h when without any load. The capacity of the forklifts also vary from 1000 kg to 2000 kg. 10 BTR-9 which runs on a 24V AC drive motor is the smallest of the counterbalance forklifts offered by HYUNDAI. With a turning radius of 1335 mm, their lifting speed varies from 310 mm/s to 530 mm/s at loaded and unloaded conditions respectively. More agile and stronger of the offered product range is the 20 BTR-9 which is powered by a 48V Ac drive motor. The lifting speed of 20 BTR-9 is also higher at 410 mm/s and 600 mm/s.
Used 3 Wheel Electric Forklifts for Sale
When companies using diesel or petrol engine forklifts want to go environment-friendly, electric forklifts will be their first choice. And as the three-wheel, electric forklifts are also lower in cost when compared to their four-wheeled counterparts, three wheel electric forklifts are more preferred due to economic reasons. If still cost is a major factor, used three wheel electric forklifts are sought for. The second-hand market can make the search easier with a lot of variants from several manufacturers available for sale almost every day. Saving money is also a big factor when considering buying used 3 wheel electric forklift. whit many manufacturers and a big choice of models, most likely that the used 3 wheel electric forklift will be in good condition and can cost you almost half price of a new machine.
Manufacturers of 3 Wheel Electric Forklifts
Most of the companies involved in the production of electric forklifts produce both three-wheeled and four-wheeled. Some of them are TOYOTA, NISSAN, MANITOU, HOIST, NYK, HYUNDAI, ATLET, STILL, CROWN, MITSUBISHI, LINDE, JUNGHEINRICH, CLARKE, YALE, KOMATSU, HUBTEX, CATERPILLAR, CASCADE Corporation, COMBILIFT, NICHIYU, XILINX, HYSTER, GLOBAL POWER, ZHEJIANG, CESAB and RAYMOND.