Complete Guide to Straight Mast Forklifts: Models and Pricing
Last Updated: July 25, 2023
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Summary: Straight Mast Forklift Pricing #
Generally, the cost of a new straight mast forklift can range from $20,000 to $50,000 or more, depending on the specifications and features.
On the other hand, used straight mast forklifts can be more budget-friendly, with prices ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 or more.
A straight mast forklift, also called a vertical mast forklift, is a lift truck that can only move loads up and down. It is contrasted with a telescopic forklift that has a boom, which can be extended vertically and at angles. Straight mast forklifts are commonly employed as rough-terrain lifts at construction sites to move heavy materials, although they are also suitable for indoor conditions where palletized materials need to be carried and lifted.
Selecting a Vertical Mast Forklift #
When choosing a straight mast forklift for purchase, there are several key factors that need to be considered, including:
Worksite Conditions: You must determine whether a vertical mast forklift is going to be used primarily inside or outside. A lift truck that will see the bulk of its action outdoors at construction sites should be of the heavy-duty variety and outfitted with rough terrain air-filled tires so that it can operate in variable conditions. On the other hand, a forklift intended for indoor use can have either cushion tires or pneumatic tires. Also, if you intend to operate a forklift indoors or on mostly flat surfaces, 2WD will suffice, but on rough, muddy construction sites, 4WD is usually necessary.
Load capacity, height, and type: Forklifts not only have different weight capacities, but they also differ in terms of the height they can safely lift a given load. For example, a truck with a 10,000 lb. capacity may only be able to safely lift a load weighing that much to 15 feet; at a maximum height of 30 feet, its capacity might dip to around 4,000 lbs. A forklift's capacity is based on how far the load's center of gravity is from the carriage, and the type of materials being transported and how they are packed could necessitate a higher capacity.
Mast type: Two types of masts, clear view and free-lift, are available on vertical mast forklifts.
Engine size: Different sized gas, diesel, and liquid propane gas (LPG) engines are available depending on a machine's capacity and lift.
Cab design: There are huge differences in the size, comfort, layout, and visibility of forklift cabs.
Straight Mast Forklift Sample Costs #
Owing to local price differences and individual customer needs, the actual cost of a straight mast forklift can vary considerably. The prices below are only meant to serve as a rough outline of vertical mast forklift costs.
|Forklift Type||Capacity||Price Range (New)|
|Straight Mast Electric Forklift (Indoor)||5,000 lbs.||$20,000 - $30,000+|
|Vertical Mast Internal Combustion Forklift (Indoor)||5,000 lbs.||$15,000 - $30,000+|
|Straight Mast Internal Combustion Forklift||10,000 lbs.||$25,000 - $50,000|
|Vertical Mast Internal Combustion Forklift||35,000 lbs. or more||$100,000+|
|Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift||Less than 6,000 lbs.||$40,000 - $50,000|
|Vertical Mast Rough Terrain Forklift||6,000 to 10,000 lbs.||$50,000 - $60,000|
|Straight Mast Rough Terrain Forklift||10,000 lbs. or more||$90,000 - $100,000|
Renting a straight mast forklift could cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500 per week or more, depending on the vehicle's dimensions and capabilities.
Video: How to Operate a Straight Mast Forklift #
Watch the video below to see the basic features and operations of a vertical mast forklift