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  • How to Decide Between Forklift Types

    Investing in a forklift is a complex decision for your company. You need to choose the best possible option for your business’ unique needs. With so many different types of forklifts out there, we’ve put together the following guide to help you decide on the right one for your organization.

    Internal Combustion Forklifts

    Of all the forklift categories, internal combustion (IC) forklifts are probably the most durable. While they can be used indoors, they’re designed to withstand the elements—which is why IC forklifts are commonly found on loading docks, construction sites, and shipyards. If you need a forklift that won’t break down in inclement weather, there’s no better option than an IC model.

    Electric Forklifts

    On the other end of the spectrum are electric forklifts. These models still pack a lot of power, but their main benefit is that they cost a lot less to operate as they don’t need any kind of gas or diesel. You also don’t need to store fuel onsite as these vehicles only need charging stations. In addition, they tend to be easier to navigate and feature automatic braking, which increases safety. They are also quieter than conventional models.

    Narrow Aisle Forklifts

    One of the most popular types of forklifts used in warehouses is a narrow aisle model. As their name suggests, these narrow aisle forklifts are able to maneuver through cramped spaces and navigate tight turns. They don’t sacrifice power, though, and are generally a lot easier to operate than conventional models—making them an excellent choice for beginning drivers.

    High Capacity Forklifts

    For the heaviest of loads, high capacity forklifts are best. Most models can easily lift 19,000 pounds, though some models are capable of handling twice that. While this level of power could be overkill for some companies, high capacity forklifts are essential if you regularly handle heavy loads such as shipping containers or concrete molds.

    Forklift Tires

    There are two different types of forklift tires: pneumatic and cushion. Cushion tires perform best indoors. Because they are made entirely out of rubber, they have higher maneuverability; however, they also need flat, smooth surfaces, which makes them incompatible with the outdoors.

    Forklifts with pneumatic tires are essential for working outside. Pneumatic tires are designed with better grips. These tires keep forklifts farther from the ground so that they are more effective on uneven terrain. While some pneumatic tires are filled with air, others are solid rubber, which prevents punctures.

    If you would like help making a forklift decision, feel free to contact us for a consultation. MH Equipment has been helping companies like yours since 1952 and we have a huge inventory of forklifts to fit your every need.

  • How to Maintain Your Forklift Accessories and Parts

    A forklift’s accessories, parts, and components are in a constant state of motion. This motion creates a “wear and tear” effect on forklifts which hinders peak performance. Some of the parts that can be effected include batteries, attachments, chargers, and clamps. Companies know that a truck with increased downtime is a detriment to not only their productivity but their company as a whole. Proper maintenance is the proper way to deal with these effects of wear and tear.

    BENEFITS OF REGULAR MAINTENANCE ON FORKLIFTS CAN LEAD TO:

    • Maintaining a higher resale value.
    • Improving performance for the truck’s components, accessories, and attachments.
    • Cost reductions by finding smaller problems which could potentially lead to bigger problems in the future.
    • A safer working environment for the truck operators and for the entire facility as a whole.
    • More up-time for the truck, which reduces the cost over time.


    NEGLIGENCE OF PROPER MAINTENANCE ON FORKLIFTS CAN LEAD TO:

    • More expense in the long run due to components, accessories, and attachments needing to be replaced at a more frequent rate.
    • An unsafe work environment.
    • Increased downtime the truck will have to operate, reducing its longevity.
    • Reduced performance for the truck.
    • Decreased productivity.
    • Forklifts running poorly.
    • Increased emissions.


    MH Equipment has been helping business for over 60 years. You can count on us to design a service plan featuring Periodic Maintenance (PM) that suits your companies needs. Our trusted technicians are outfitted with everything needed to complete lift truck maintenance at one of our 27 locations or we can even come to you!

    Maintenance will, without a doubt, help improve the overall experience of renting or buying a forklift. There are a variety of services available to select when thinking about a maintenance contract. Depending on your situation, each option will be tailored to meet the specific requirements to successfully keep everything flowing smoothly.

    MH Equipment is happy to provide an excellent maintenance service to our customers. Contact us today to help improve the performance of your forklift’s accessories and parts!

    Also, you can visit one of the links below for more information and contact information.

    https://www.mhequipment.com/service/maintenance-service

    https://www.mhequipment.com/solutions/fleet-management/

  • Is it Better to Rent or Buy a Forklift?

    Warehouse management can be an unpredictable business, requiring a constant juggling act between supply, demand and inventory. When one of those factors changes dramatically, managers must adjust quickly or risk the whole operation shutting down. Fleet lifecycle management is a critical part of maintaining that balance. When your operation's demands change, is it better to rent or buy a forklift? When weighing the true nature of forklift prices, there are benefits to both.

    Benefits of renting a forklift:

    • It can be more cost-effective to rent a forklift if your business is seasonal. Rentals are also handy for special inventory counts or unexpected needs, such as a warehouse move.
    • Maintenance and service is included in the rental fee, so you don't incur expensive, unexpected repair costs if a forklift breaks down.
    • Likewise, there is no need to employ in-house mechanics, as the rental dealer takes care of all maintenance and service.
    • From a tax accounting standpoint, it can be simpler to use forklift rentals as an operational expense versus trying to discern the depreciation of a purchased asset.
    • It's easier for businesses with less credit to rent than buy.
    • There is a better chance that you will get newer equipment complete with the latest technology. Rental equipment from reputable dealers, like MH Equipment, will also be compliant with safety and emissions standards.

    When it's better to buy a forklift:

    • If you have special lift needs or any unique warehouse spaces such as doorways or tunnels that require custom machinery, the long-term cost of buying may be wiser.
    • Should your business already employ an in-house maintenance technician, you can perform the maintenance in-house instead of waiting for the dealer.
    • Likewise, you may not want to be at the mercy of rental companies' availability at all, particularly if there aren't any dealers close by.
    • If your workflow is predictable and steady, the investment in a purchased forklift may not be a risky move. You can’t completely predict the future, of course, but historical behavior should be considered.
    • Perhaps you have regular, albeit light, forklift needs; most forklifts can last quite a long time before they need extensive service and repair.
    • There is often a desire of operators to be comfortable with the machinery versus needing to familiarize themselves with a revolving door of different forklift brands.


    As with any business decision, it generally boils down to selecting the option with the greatest benefit at the lowest overall cost. When making a cost comparison, multiply the cost of a rental by the time for which you need it and compare that to the amortization cost of buying a forklift. Additionally, you will want to consider how much credit you have and if using your credit to make capital equipment purchases is the best use of your working capital.

    Whether you decide to rent or buy a forklift for sale, MH Equipment can help you find the right forklift for your warehouse needs. As an authorized Hyster and Yale forklift dealer, we provide the most trusted brands in the industry and offer ongoing support for service, training, maintenance, and service. In fact, half of our entire workforce is made up of experienced technicians.

    With 27 locations across 10 states, MH Equipment offers convenient access for rentals and repair. We will drop off and pick up your fleet rentals, and you can trust that your forklift rental will be well-maintained and reliable.

    Contact us today for help determining whether buying or renting is the right choice for your business.

  • Sales and Product Training with Mariotti USA

    Mariotti USA has spent the past few weeks conducting sales product training at MH Equipment. Pete Hinrichs, Business Development Manager for North American Sales for Mariotti USA conducted sales training with the help of Darrell Randall, President MH Equipment, and a variety of Regional Sales Managers. Salespeople from many MH Equipment branches also took part. Mariotti USA distributes V. Mariotti 3-wheel electric forklifts in the United States and Canada through an exclusive dealer network.

    The Mariotti MINI, ME, MX & Mycros series forklifts are specifically designed to lift up to 3000 lbs in limited space or light load applications. Mariotti’s are the most compact electric riders on the market offering widths as narrow as 31 inches and heights as low as 75 inches. Mariotti lift trucks are designed and constructed for ease of handling, reliability, safety, and productivity. The Mariotti is the go-to forklift if your production area is limited, if you need to work in narrow aisles, you want integrated side shift as a standard feature, you want maneuverability, and you are looking for quality and dependability. Mariotti 3 Wheel Electric Riders are the world's smallest operator on-board forklift truck. Mariotti lift trucks can drive through a standard door opening, maneuver elevators, navigate the narrowest aisles and still deliver a heavy payload. MH Equipment sales people are ready to help area companies solve their small space or light load applications!

  • Hyster Forklift Models: A Breakdown

    Technology is rapidly changing and expanding, bringing with it new improvements in materials handling machinery. Here at MH Equipment we are dedicated to bringing our customers the latest equipment advancements from the most trusted brands in the industry. As a registered Hyster dealer, we carry a full range of lift trucks and forklifts for sale from this premier manufacturer, and we want to share with you some of our top-performing models. Read on to learn about standouts in the high-capacity, Internal Combustion (IC), and 3-wheel electric categories.

    Internal Combustion

    Internal Combustion (IC) forklifts are built to withstand the toughest jobs, and are widely used on construction sites, on receiving docks, in agricultural applications, in warehousing, in manufacturing facilities, and in beverage distribution and bottling. The Hyster H50CT forklift is so prevalent in these varied industries because it’s versatile, reliable, productive, and tough.

    The Hyster H50CT lift truck comes standard with a 2.4L engine for power and efficiency, and 4-wheel pneumatic tires for added balance and smooth driving; it has a load capacity of 5,000 pounds. This forklift model is popular because its lighter weight and efficient engine equal lower fuel costs for the business owner. The “cowl-to-counterweight” access and other design aspects of the H50CT make servicing easy, which provides further cost savings. Additionally, this model is ergonomically designed for operator comfort and reduced downtime.


    3-Wheel Electric

    3-Wheel Electric Hyster forklifts, like the A25-30XNT series, have superior handling, making them ideal for moving pallets and maneuvering in small or cramped spaces. The Hyster A25XNT, like all electric models, are emissions-free and safe for indoor use; making them popular in the manufacturing and warehousing industries. This Hyster forklift series is durably constructed to provide enhanced stability for the operator. The A25XNT also provides flexibility to customize the forklift’s hydraulics and traction to specified applications, making this forklift for sale one of the most high-performing options on the market.


    High Capacity

    We currently offer six Hyster models in this sub-section, all with the capability to tackle big loads in the warehouse, in the manufacturing plant, and on the construction site. The Hyster H280HD2 is a heavy duty forklift that can carry an impressive maximum weight of 28,000 pounds; it also has a lift capacity of 105,000 pounds. This machine was built tough to handle the toughest jobs, and it does it with ease.

    The H280HD2 is perfect for general cargo applications; and heavy duty applications like lumber, concrete, and steel. In fact, Hyster offers optional front-end attachments for enhanced worksite flexibility. This model features a Cummins QSB 4.5L Tier 4 Final diesel engine with a turbocharger and intercooler paired with a 3-speed ZF WG 161 powershift transmission, all aimed to make your machine and your worksite more productive and efficient. Finally, the Hyster H280HD2 forklift is ergonomically designed for operator comfort and to provide greater visibility for a safer work environment.

    Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, we’re sure our Hyster forklifts will meet your business needs. Allow us to help you choose the best model for your business, discuss how forklift prices breakdown over the life of the machine, or help you determine if renting makes the most sense for your bottom line. We can also introduce you to our fleet management solutions, which will further help to optimize your materials handling business and your machinery ROI.

    If you’re in the market for a Hyster forklift for your business, contact MH Equipment today to discuss the best solutions for your individual needs.

  • PowerBoss Nautilus

    The PowerBoss Nautilus is a maneuverable mid-size scrubber sweeper with large capacities and long run time. Heavy Duty stainless steel parts with exceptional cleaning performance. Check out MH Equipment's PowerBoss Showroom or contact your local branch for rental options!

  • Higher productivity with Hyster Empty Container Handlers


    The Hyster H360HD2-EC4 container handler can stack 9’6” or 8’6” empty containers four-high. Hyster intelligent design delivers class leading lift speeds, 30% less RPM thanks to 5 gear transmission and extremely low noise levels.


  • Manufacturing Excellence - Building Hyster Big Trucks

    See how Hyster's 190-360HD2 high capacity forklift trucks are built in our factory in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Highly skilled craftsmen work with top quality tools and lean manufacturing processes to produce tough Hyster® Big Trucks.

  • How they are built: Empty Container Handler and ReachStacker Mast Assembly

    Watch the mast being assembled on the Hyster Empty Container Handler and ReachStacker as the trucks reach the final stage of the production line.

  • Increase Productivity and Fuel Economy with New Industrial Engines Featuring Hyster® Variable Power Technology™

    Hyster Company has launched a new line of industrial engines designed to increase productivity and fuel economy for its 3,000 – 7,000 lb. Class IV and V product lines. The new engines from Power Solutions International (PSI) feature Hyster® Variable Power Technology™ and offer a more powerful and efficient solution for demanding applications.

    The Hyster® S30-40FTS cushion tire trucks and H30-40FTS pneumatic tire trucks include the new PSI 2.0L LP engine. Higher capacity models including the Hyster® S40-70FT and S50CT cushion tire trucks and H40- 70FT and H50CT pneumatic tire trucks contain the new PSI 2.4L LP or dual fuel engine. The optional dual fuel engine provides flexibility to run on LP or gas, an ideal feature for rental applications.

    An advanced feature that comes standard with the new PSI industrial engines includes Hyster Variable Power Technology. This technology provides adjustable performance modes that allow customers to maximize productivity or fuel economy to fit their specific application requirements. Hyster Variable Power Technology offers the ability to achieve a balance of enhanced performance and superior fuel economy or to maximize productivity during peak business periods when moving more loads is integral to the success of the operation.

    To realize greater fuel efficiency and improve emissions, the PSI engines also utilize the latest E-controls fuel system with an electronically controlled regulator. Hyster® trucks powered by the new PSI engines see increased maximum travel and hoist speeds, with or without a load, and increased horsepower – up to 10 percent over the previous engine.

    “Our engine development and testing program is industry leading,” said Bill Pfleger, Vice President, Counterbalanced Solutions, Hyster Company. “We focus on developing engines that are designed to maximize the productivity and performance of the lift truck series they will power. The new PSI engines have exceeded expectations and will deliver great value to our customers.”

    During development, the new industrial engines endured over 30,000 hours of rigorous testing, confirming engine component durability and performance dependability. This toughness is reflected in the extended service intervals and elimination of previous maintenance requirements – helping customers incur less downtime and increase operational productivity.

    About Hyster Company

    Based in Greenville, N.C., Hyster Company (www.hyster.com) is a leading world-wide lift truck designer and manufacturer. Hyster Company offers 130 models configured for gasoline, LPG, diesel and electric power, with the widest capacity range in the industry — from 2,000 to 105,000 lbs. Supported by one of the industry’s largest and most experienced dealer networks, Hyster Company builds tough, durable lift trucks that deliver high productivity, low total cost of ownership, easy serviceability and advanced ergonomic features; accompanied by outstanding parts, service and training support.

    Hyster Company is part of NACCO Materials Handling Group (NMHG), a wholly owned subsidiary of HysterYale Materials Handling, Inc. (NYSE:HY). Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, and its subsidiaries employ approximately 5,200 people world-wide.

    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories

  • Hyster Receives GOOD DESIGN™ Award for Tough but Intelligent Walkie Pallet Truck

    GREENVILLE, N.C. (February 10, 2015) – Hyster Company announces that it has received a 2014 GOOD DESIGN™ award for its W45ZHD walkie pallet truck. Presented by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, GOOD DESIGN honors yearly achievements of the best industrial designers, graphic designers and world manufacturers for extraordinary design excellence.

    “The GOOD DESIGN award highlights Hyster’s continuing efforts to help boost customer efficiency and productivity through innovative design and technology,” said Matt Hoffman, Senior Functional Engineer, who led the design… READ MORE…

    W45ZHD

    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories

  • Keeping Up With The Demands of an Active Container Business

    Challenge: Southeastern Intermodal Industries needed reliable and productive materials handling equipment that could keep up with the demands of their busy container business.

    Solution: Southeastern Intermodal Industries turned to Hyster Company and their full line of products to handle the company’s numerous materials handling needs. The company’s most recent purchase, the Hyster® H450HD-EC empty container handler, features superior ergonomic design of the cab and controls.

    Impact: Due to the increased productivity from the lift truck’s durable construction and ergonomic design, along with outstanding service from their dealer, Briggs Industrial Equipment, Southeastern Intermodal Industries has experienced decreased downtime—benefiting the company’s bottom line and making them a loyal customer of Hyster and Briggs.  Click Here to read the full Case Study

     

    About MH Equipment

    MH Equipment carries a full line of new Hyster and Yale equipment*, pre-owned equipment and a large selection of allied equipment including: personnel carriers, aerial lifts, compact forklifts, truck mounted fork lifts, bailers, compactors, waste management equipment, sweepers/scrubbers, and railcar movers. Additionally, MH Equipment offers industrial equipment, parts & service, fleet services, rental, and operator & technical training to keep your lift truck up and running in a safe manner. We also have a national fleet service group with a very unique software platform that provides better and more meaningful data than any other program in the industry.

    If you are interested in more information about MH Equipment please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

    *Yale Equipment sold in limited territories

  • NEED SOME EXTRA HELP?

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    At MH Rents we are 100% committed to supplying you the rental equipment you need when you need it.  We can also swiftly service any need from one of our 26 locations throughout the Midwest! Simply CLICK HERE to be put in touch with your local Rental Manager today!

  • Equipment Feature | NEW Hyster H50FT

     

    Brand New Hyster H50FT

    The Hyster H50FT  lift truck is designed for indoor and outdoor use and is ideally suited for a wide variety of applications such as home improvement warehouses, lumber and plywood mills.

    This H50FT  lift truck is built incorporating proven design processes and systems to insure the toughest, most durable designs. This truck features a power-train configuration that provides improved efficiency, while enhancing reliability and superior serviceability to reduce your operating costs.

    Please reference stock # 227152 when inquiring

    If you are interested in more information about this piece of equipment or other new and used equipment offered by MH Equipment and MH JCB, please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.

  • New Equipment Feature | Unilev UT15-20PTE | Three Wheel Electric Rider Lift Trucks

    We are excited to announce UTILEV’s newest additions, the UT15PTE (3,000 pound), UT18PTE (3,500 pound) and UT20PTE (4,000 pound) three-wheel electric rider lift trucks.

     

    Simple to Use, Easy to Maintain & Affordable to Own

    Just like their ICE counterparts, UTILEV® UT15-20PTE three-wheel electric models provide an attractive option for users across many industries that require materials handling equipment, but may not need advanced functionality. The UTILEV UT15-20PTE electric trucks are an economical, uncomplicated choice for operations placing a priority on utility. In addition, these UTILEV® trucks are intended for easy operation. The ergonomically designed operator compartment helps drivers work more comfortably during materials handling operations.

    Designed with simplified service and maintenance in mind, UTILEV UT15-20PTE three-wheel electric rider lift trucks offer components and specifications that make servicing quick and easy, even when PC’s, laptops or diagnostic tools are not available. By utilizing high quality components, AC technology, wet disc brakes and efficient hydraulics, the UTILEV UT15-20PTE electric trucks are designed to deliver reliable service. These UTILEV design attributes together with the quick availability of cost-effective replacement parts, helps further reduce service and maintenance requirement costs.
    Features & Options

    The UTILEV UT15-20PTE three-wheel electric rider lift truck series is operated with a 48-volt electrical system in 3,000, 3,500 and 4,000 pound capacities. Customers can also choose from a range of standard features and options, allowing them to configure a truck to meet their specific application requirements.

    Standard Features:

    Options:

    If you are interested in more information about this piece of equipment or other new and used equipment offered by MH Equipment and MH JCB, please provide your information HERE and one of our Equipment Specialists will contact you.