Rough Terrain Forklifts

Forklifts for Farm and Construction

First invented at the end of the 19th Century, forklifts were initially used as indoor machines to move big loads on factory floors or in warehouses. But with their obvious utility for reducing manual labor, it wasn’t long before they were used outdoors for heavy lifting, as well. As the years went on, operator safety became a huge concern. Larger loads and heavier lifting capacities stressed the balance of the machine and tipping accidents were common. In the 1980s, a huge leap forward in load-balancing technology meant forklifts could be built that were even larger and more powerful, capable of moving enormous, weighty loads.

Somewhere in the 1990s, farmers began to use these machines to move items like seed bags and containers in their own storage facilities. Now, however, farmers are using rough-terrain forklifts out their fields and in their yards. Higher clearances and four-wheel drive configurations have provided a multitude of uses, and the rough-terrain lift has become the lift of choice for agricultural work.

The Rough Terrain Forklift

A rough terrain forklift – also known as an all-terrain forklift – is among the largest of the forklift family and considered a Class 7 forklift according to OSHA classifications. Designed to transport a heavy load while driving on uneven, rocky surfaces, size, tires and weight capacity dictate that a rough terrain lift is meant for outdoor use. However, despite the name, they cannot always be safely operated on every type of terrain. Operators must still exercise caution when traveling, or when raising loads in very rough areas. Despite all the advances in stability technology, tip-overs are still possible, and they are a leading cause of lifttruck fatalities.

We Carry JCB Rough Terrain Forklifts

We carry JCB rough terrain forklifts in three models: the 930, 940 and 950, and they are right for all types of heavy lifting. You’ll see them at construction sites, on farms, working in areas with timber forestry, at large outdoor retailer lots, and many other applications. Available in either 2- or 4-wheel drive, these lifts offer several mast options, so you can tailor your machine to the perfect lift height for the job. The Shuttle Syncro transmission allows for smooth directional changes. And a sideshift feature lets you place materials accurately on scaffolding. Well-designed, comfortable cabs make the workday a little easier.

About Our Inventory

The models we carry are straight mast forklifts. They come with heavy-duty pneumatic cushion tires that enable the lift to easily traverse rough terrain, and are equipped with two-wheel and four-wheel drive. Generally speaking, the rough terrain forklifts come in sizes that can handle from 4,000 up to 12,000 pounds,.

Some lifts come with open platforms, but the rough terrain lift models we sell are all full cab with air conditioning and heating. Masts are made from heavy-duty channel and I-section steel, the chains are heavy-duty and guide roller bearings are sealed for life.

The chassis of every JCB rough terrain lift is fully welded for maximum strength and minimal weight. Heavy-duty axels and tires add long life to the machines.

What to Look For When Selecting Your Forklift

Key components of the lift include the forks, the mast, the hydraulic components, tires, the engine and transmission. When purchasing a forklift, especially for the first time, it’s not a bad idea to examine all the components with a sales expert, who can demonstrate and explain all the features of the parts of the machine.

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