What are electric counterbalance forklifts, and why should you invest in one?
Electric counterbalance forklifts are the most popular type of forklift, in fact, they tend to be best sellers amongst forklifts in every sector, from large enterprises to small family-run businesses.
On these types of forklifts, the forks are situated at the front of the truck, so the truck can be driven exactly to the location of the load. This means straightforward operations, improving speed and productivity, with no reaching involved.
Counterbalance trucks acquired their name because they are built to operate with a counterbalance system, with weight positioned at the back of the truck which in turn offsets the load lifted in the front part of the truck. Electric counterbalance machines can operate with a smaller counterweight because the battery not only provides power to the machine, but it also provides additional weight.
What are the benefits of using Doosan electric counterbalance forklifts?
Doosan electric counterbalance forklifts provide excellent precision handling and superb manoeuvrability both indoors and outdoors. They are incredibly stable and durable for the execution of many a task, from any type of loading, unloading and transportation and are a fantastic addition to factories and warehouses no matter the size.
The entire Doosan range is efficient, easy to charge, and are a dream to maintain. In fact, Doosan counterbalance forklift trucks come with reliability and long service life as standard.
Doosan electric counterbalance forklifts come in 3-wheel and 4-wheel options and are the ideal solution for any size warehouse, with wide-ranging lift heights and load capacities, depending on your operational needs.
The specifically designed ergonomic user seating and smart control panels are easy to use and ensure efficient operation in any working condition; they are very sensitive and can be operated with minimal effort.
Doosan forklifts are suitable for all industries, from retail warehouse operations to the food and drink industry as well as transport and aviation sectors to name a few. In fact, if you have a warehouse, no matter the size, a Doosan forklift can substantially improve your speed of service and productivity.
Benefits at a glance:
- Superbly efficient with the added bonus of energy recovering braking
- Excellent visibility from operator’s seat with panoramic mirrors providing added health & safety reassurance
- Easy charge batteries with long-life performance
- Precision handling thanks to the excellent speed and steering controls
- For indoor or outdoor use
3-wheel Counterbalance Truck or 4 Wheel?
3-wheel counterbalance trucks (ideal for operating in small spaces)
3-wheel counterbalance trucks function with a single drive wheel placed at the front of the truck for maximum manoeuvrability. The turning circles of these forklifts deliver on 180 degree turns, which make them ideal for any business with limited warehouse space, managing loads from various heights of shelving in any small warehouse or storage facility.
4-Wheel Counterbalance Trucks (best choice for unstable flooring or difficult situations)
4-wheel counterbalance trucks provide superb manoeuvrability even when used in more challenging working locations. An ideal option for using where conditions and flooring types aren’t consistent, 4-wheel counterbalance forklift trucks manage their load’s weight across four wheels instead of three, thus ensuring safe operation even across rough or uneven surfaces. Including their wide choice of forklift attachments, they are extremely versatile and the popular choice for any business requiring forklift action.
In focus: The Doosan Electric Counterbalance 7 series range
The Doosan 7 Series comprises of 3- and 4-wheel electric counterbalance forklift trucks and delivers the simple, powerful performance, and best possible value for our customer, which is in the Doosan philosophy. The outstanding ergonomic operator compartment allows the user complete control at all times with ease of manoeuvre, raising productivity, reducing stress and fatigue and improving time frames.
The Doosan 7 Series has much-improved visibility and the latest design in ergonomic hydraulic controls. Because of their new and improved durable design and additional stability, these trucks exceed the highest demands for safe operation. As the controls are so sensitive, the driver is able to move the forklift in a very exact manner and therefore save time by avoiding clunky operational commands.
The advanced technology in the Doosan forklifts’ components require less maintenance and therefore result in huge savings. The AC control systems in these trucks provide an unbeatable combination of power, performance and reliability. The Doosan 7 Series of electric counterbalance forklifts can be set up to perfectly match your individual requirements, providing maximum control and accuracy for every situation.
The Doosan B15T-7 range
These 3-wheel, electrically powered trucks are the perfect choice of equipment to operate in small spaces. They have a powerful but small chassis and turning circle which makes them the ideal option to use in narrow corridors and warehouse aisles.
These trucks can lift various loads from 1.25-1.6 tonnes and can lift loads to 6 metres. They function on a 24V AC battery and Active Control Technology, or ACT, meaning that these trucks can deliver a simple but powerful performance in any operational manoeuvre requiring a top-of-the-range forklift.
These trucks are part of our wider 7 Series range of electric forklift trucks. They are available with either a 3-wheel or 4-wheel chassis and can lift from 1.25 to 5.0 tonnes and at various lift heights too.
The Doosan B18X/T-7 range
These electric forklift trucks, available in both 3 and 4-wheel options, deliver a simple and powerful performance in a variety of operations. These electric forklifts also feature an ergonomically designed cabin for the driver, which alleviates fatigue and back problems and can consequently increase productivity.
Featuring a reliable and powerful 48V AC power system, these trucks provide powerful performance in all sorts of operational situations. The Doosan B18X/T-7 range of forklifts can confidently lift weights from 1.5 to 2.0 tonnes and they are not only a versatile and reliable alternative to diesel and gas forklifts, but they are also eco-friendly too.
This truck series includes the Doosan Guardian Stability System, as well as a wide range of features to protect the truck, its load and driver throughout each operation. They include automatic speed control and the excellent Operator Sensing System, known as OSS, to name but a few of its excellent features.
The Doosan B25X-7 range
These forklift trucks feature a reliable power system as well as a robust 4-wheel chassis and provide a fantastic performance across a range of applications. They are built to lift loads from 2.2-3.5 tonnes and, like the other types in the range, are eco-friendly and a productivity booster to any business.
With the bonus of the excellent Doosan Guardian Stability System, these trucks have a wide range of features which protect the truck, load and driver throughout the operation, giving you peace of mind.
The B45X-7 range
These forklift trucks can lift 4-5 tonnes and are powered by an 80V AC battery which can safely guarantee a consistently reliable performance during most operations both indoors and outdoors.
Reliability, safety and maximum productivity are what our new Doosan B45X-7 range of electric forklifts are all about. They provide the latest technology and innovation and by using AC power can maximise their eco-friendly impact whilst not compromising the efficiency of their performance and drive characteristics.
Are the Doosan Electric Counterbalance forklifts eco-friendly?
If you are concerned about your carbon footprint, but still need reliable forklifts, battery-operated forklifts are the ideal solution for you.
Doosan electric counterbalance forklifts are the best choice for eco-friendly forklifts because of zero-emissions generated when used; they don’t need fuel to operate, as they can simply be recharged before their next use, there is no additional running cost for fuel. A lack of emissions not only boosts the electric forklift as a green alternative but also improves the safety of those around the forklifts as they operate.
Because these trucks are much lighter, the models tend to be a lot easier to drive and manoeuvre. This is as a result of the battery being placed at the back of the forklift with the rest of the counterbalance weight. Doosan electric forklifts are also more compact than their counterparts and as such are easier to store– this is especially important if you have a smaller facility.
Buy or hire a Doosan forklift?
At West Mercia, we are a family-owned business with over 40 years’ experience in the field and specialise in forklift trucks. Whether you are intending to buy, hire or simply service and repair your forklift, we are the ones to call.
We have depots in Birmingham, Telford and Coventry West and surrounding areas, see our interactive map for your nearest West Mercia depot.
Our reputation for quality equipment hire, sales and after-sales care is truly second to none, which is something we champion as with West Mercia your business is in good hands.
We are proud to be the longest-serving dealer of Doosan forklift trucks in the UK and can supply a forklift solution for your business, whatever your budget size or needs.
Whether you are looking for new or used forklifts for hire or rent, you will be spoiled for choice and our outstanding service and expertise will give you peace of mind. The entire range of Doosan Electric Counterbalance Forklifts can be seen on our site for individual specs as well as videos showing these trucks in action.
Your business will reap the benefits of a Doosan forklift fleet and, whatever your forklift requirements, we will find the perfect solution for you and your business!