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All-Terrain Forklifts vs Standard Forklifts


Where standard counterbalance forklifts are not engineered to operate over rough terrain, the all-terrain forklifts are specifically engineered to operate in difficult conditions where rough terrain or limited access hinders other forklifts.

This article looks at the advantages that all-terrain forklifts can offer to owners specifically in the mining, agriculture and construction industries. The full all-terrain variety includes models with lift capacities ranging from 1,600kg to 3,000kg. Units are available with lift heights up to 6,000mm. Units are typically powered by either a Deutz or Perkins diesel engine.

Larger Tyres

Different to standard forklifts, all-terrain are fitted with heavy duty pneumatic tyres, specifically designed for rough terrain operation. The larger sized tyres provide the necessary added support and stability to the unit’s larger chassis when operating over uneven terrain. The large tyres also provide extra traction when operating in wet conditions and on uneven terrain.

Higher Ground Clearance

Standard forklifts have little ground clearance as they are predominantly operated on solid smooth surfaces such as concrete floors. All-terrain forklifts have higher ground clearance allowing greater articulation and easier movement across uneven ground without grounding, damaging undercarriage or destroying the unit.

Diesel Engines

Developments in fuel technologies has led to a propagation of different fuel types for standard similar sized forklifts including LPG, CNG and battery electric units. All-terrain forklifts are fitted with industry leading Deutz or Perkins diesel engines to provide the extra power necessary to operate over rough terrain whilst carrying heavy loads.

4 x 4 Wheel Drive

Most standard forklifts are 2 wheel-drive, whilst all-terrain forklifts are switchable between 2 wheel and full 4 wheel-drive. When operating over rough terrain operating in full 4 wheel-drive reduces tyre wear, fuel consumption and general wear and tear on the unit.

Superior Slope Navigation

4 wheel-drive forklifts are able to navigate slopes with gradients of up to 38% offering superior operation over rough terrain. Additionally, all-terrain forklifts units offer easy servicing via a tilting cabin enclosure, easy customisation with various attachments from buckets and rotators available along with fully enclosed cabins for operator comfort with a/c optional as required.


Since 2001 Forklift Exchange has been a trusted and leading source of premium refurbished forklifts in South Africa and Africa at large. Dealing in all leading brands with a full range of power source options (Diesel, Petrol, Gas, and Electric) and capacities from 1 ton to 45 tons. We have a full range to cater for all material handling requirements. Forklift Exchange specialises in refurbished and leading brand forklifts (such as Toyota forklifts). With over 400 units in stock Forklift Exchange is the market leader in quality refurbished units. Forklift Exchange is approved by all major financial institutions and all trade-ins are welcome. All units are sold with comprehensive warranties for peace of mind purchasing and transport is free of charge in the Gauteng area.

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