Best Forklifts For Moving Shipping Containers
Forklifts are an extremely versatile piece of equipment to have around the workplace. In fact, they can even be used for moving shipping containers. This article will explain how you can use a forklift for moving shipping containers, and what machine you need to do it.
Can you use a forklift for moving shipping containers?
The short answer is yes, you absolutely can use a forklift for moving shipping containers. In fact, using the correct forklift is often the most ideal solution to moving a shipping container both safely and efficiently.
However, to move your container safely, you need to be using the correct type of forklift.
What is the correct forklift to use?
The correct forklifts for moving shipping containers are ones with a very large weight capacity and the correct type of forks.
It is of vital importance that you check the weight that your forklift can handle before using it for your shipping container. This is critical to the safety of the operator and those around them.
For this, we recommend one of the machines from our range of larger forklifts. These have the largest weight capacity out of all of our forklifts, and therefore are the best suited forklifts for moving shipping containers.
How do I move a shipping container with a forklift?
Moving a shipping container with a forklift can seem like a hard task. But, Trucks Direct has devised a simple method that you can use to move your shipping containers safely and effectively.
Moving Shipping Containers With a Forklift
- Begin with the container in an ideal location that is going to make the job more straightforward overall
- position the forklift by driving it up to the shipping container
- Align forks with the forklift pockets at the bottom of container
- Once the pins are properly aligned, you can begin to lift the container.
It really is that simple when moving a shipping container with a forklift. However, these steps are critically important as they ensure the safety and efficiency of your moving process.
If you are looking for a visual aid, this video shows the method in practice.
Get a forklift suited to moving shipping containers today
So, now that you know how to move a shipping container using a forklift, it’s time to get your equipment. Trucks Direct has a range of larger forklifts, designed for heavyweight capacities such as shipping containers. You can browse the full range of models available today, or get in touch with our team.