Conquer Rough Terrain: Explore All-Terrain Forklifts for Sale at Competitive Costs
Last Updated: October 16, 2023
Reviewed By: Ryan Maguire
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The trail isn't always smooth. Such is life. When life comes at you with rough terrain you've got to come back at it with a rough terrain vehicle. In the forklift world, we've got just the thing for that.
The rough terrain forklift, also known as an "all-terrain forklift", is a bigger, meaner, beefier version of the standard forklift. It's like a factory forklift on steroids. It's got more power, more torque, and a giant set of tires to go along with it. These lift trucks look more like tractors than they do forklifts. All terrain forklifts are made to go all the places a tractor can. The major difference is they have forklifts on the front instead of a bucket. It's the preferred forklift truck for construction sites, ranches, and farms.
The first rough terrain forklift was invented in 1946. It could lift about 1,000 pounds to a mere height of 30 inches. By the mid-nineteen fifties these forklifts were lifting 2,500 pounds at capacity and lifting the load up to 30 feet. Today's trucks dwarf those numbers with epic lifting power.
Rough Terrain Forklifts Prices #
There's naturally an added cost with all of the added bulk, power, traction, and capabilities of a rough terrain forklift. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 for a new rough terrain forklift. However, high-end or specialized models may cost even more. For used rough terrain forklifts, the prices will generally be lower than new ones, and you might find them in the range of $15,000 to $50,000.
Here are typical price ranges for new and used rough terrain forklifts:
New rough terrain forklifts
Small 3,000-5,000 lb capacity: $40,000 - $60,000
Mid-size 5,000-10,000 lb capacity: $60,000 - $120,000
Large 10,000-15,000+ lb capacity: $100,000 - $200,000
Used rough terrain forklifts
Small 3,000-5,000 lb capacity: $20,000 - $35,000
Mid-size 5,000-10,000 lb capacity: $30,000 - $60,000
Large 10,000-15,000+ lb capacity: $50,000 - $100,000
Prices vary based on:
- Capacity, lift height, attachments
- Fuel type (diesel, LP gas, electric)
- Brand, model, features
- New vs used condition
- Location, demand, options
The most popular brands and models of rough terrain forklifts include:
|Brand and Model||Average Price (New)||Average Price (Used)|
|JCB 940||$50,000 - $70,000||$20,000 - $40,000|
|Manitou MRT 2150||$70,000 - $100,000||$30,000 - $60,000|
|Caterpillar TH514D||$70,000 - $90,000||$35,000 - $70,000|
|Genie GTH-1056||$60,000 - $80,000||$25,000 - $50,000|
|Bobcat VersaHANDLER V723||$50,000 - $70,000||$20,000 - $40,000|
Below we have provided some sample prices for new and used rough terrain forkifts.
|NISSAN||Rough Terrain Forklift||No Year Listed||$9,000|
|HYSTER||ROUGH TERRAIN FORKLIFT||No Year Listed||$8,000|
|MASSEY FERGUSON||MF2500||No Year Listed||$6,500|
Rough Terrain Forklift Owners on Prices Paid #
We interviewed several owners to learn what they paid for rough terrain forklifts. Here are their real-world pricing examples:
Our construction company purchased a new JCB 930-4 diesel rough terrain forklift with 10,000 lb capacity for $82,000.
We bought a used Cat TH414C rough terrain lift with 6,500 lb capacity for $47,000 to handle landscaping materials.
I paid $64,000 for a new JLG G10-55A 10,000 lb rough terrain lift last year.
Our small farm got a used 4,000 lb capacity Gehl RT175 rough terrain lift for just $22,000 at auction.
As a contractor, I purchased a used Lull 944E-42 19,000 lb capacity lift for $85,000 online.
The mining company paid $172,000 for a new 15,000 lb capacity Genie S-65 rough terrain forklift.
Our rental fleet acquired used 5,000 lb capacity SkyTrak 5028 rough terrain lifts for $29,000 each.
We run a large construction firm and bought new JCB 940 rough terrain forklifts with 10,000 lb capacity for $92,000.
Video: Rough Terrain Forklift Walkaround #
Watch the video below to see a walkaround of a Case rough terrain forklift.
Additional Considerations #
The purchase price isn't the only higher cost associated with these machines. Some of rough terrain machines are twice the size of a standard forklift. They cost more money to repair. The parts cost more. Not only that. The fuel costs are going to be high as well. You need to pump a serious amount of fuel into these things.
The tires are a large expense in themselves. These are not small flat tires that are used for warehouse forklifts. They are giant, pneumatic tires. Each one is the size of a small car. They have deep tread for traction control.