I guess I see this a little different than most people.
To me, this forklift was designed as a material handler and not a stacker as most forklifts, so I see the forks designed for a particular job.
It is built with short forks that don't lift very high and a tall support back on the boom so it can go in and grab a create and head off for the loading dock at 7 MPH.
If you classified this by the size of the machine and the lift capacity, it would be in the same class as a garden tractor with a fork lift attached such as this.
This Cub advertisement says it is rated for 500 pounds and will lift 6 foot high.
The 3-point forklift unit that I have looks to be about the same size as the one on this Cub.
In comparison, my forklift weighs 1,022 pounds with another 500 to 600 pounds in the extra counter weights over the rear wheels.
Most of this weight is on the back half of the machine.
My forklift has 4.80x8 tires that hold 80 pounds air pressure and the front axle and frame is made out of much heavier materiel than what a garden tractor is.
I believe the garden tractor has a distance of about 4 foot from the center of the front axle to the center of the rear axle and the counter weight is hung out behind that.
The wheel base on my forklift is only 3 foot with the counter weight over the rear wheels so I may have to add more counter weight to offset the extra length of the longer forks but that wouldn't be hard to do.
So if a garden tractor can safely handle 500 to 600 pounds with a full lift boom with longer forks than I see no reason why my forklift cant handle a regular boom also.
One big advantage that my forklift has over a garden tractor with a forklift attachment is that the boom on my forklift can tilt back so far.
As the forks are raised, the weight of the load is actually moving back over the front wheels instead of staying completely out in front of the wheels.
Of course my forklift is no different than any other forklift in that you have to understand what the weight limit is for any particular machine and you have to stay within that limit !
Edited by jdcrawler, July 25, 2014 - 10:30 PM.