How Much Does Counterbalance Forklift Weigh? You may be transporting or using the equipment in a multi-floor structure that why you want to know how much does counterbalance forklift weigh.

If one of these or you have other reasons, it is significantly important to know its weight before commencing the work.

If you really want to know the exact weight of your counterbalance forklift including its battery and attachment is to look at its data plate attached to it. If for some reason the date plate is no longer there, you may contact the manufacturer or visit their website.

Please do remember that the weight of the forklift (aka service weight) is not the same as the lifting capacity.

To give you a hint of how much your truck weighs, a practical way of knowing is by multiplying its lifting capacity by 1.5 or 2. The number that should come up is close to the actual weight of the forklift.

But it still recommended to check the data plate or contact the manufacturer to verify and know its exact weight.

What is the average weight of a counterbalance forklift?

Multiply the weight of a car by 3 then you get the number – the average weight of a forklift is 9,000 lbs.

The weight of the forklifts used in warehouses and in factories ranges between 3,500 lbs (1,500kgs) – 5,000 lbs (2,300 kgs). The batteries can also add significant weight to the equipment as in some models they act as the counterweight.

Here are some of the best-known brands their modern models of counterbalance forklifts:

  • Clark S-Series S20/25/30/35 - 4000 / 5000 / 6000 / 7000 lbs. (2000 / 2500 / 3000 / 3500 kg)
  • Yale - FB15-40PYE, FB15-25PGYE | 1,500kg - 4,000kg
  • Linde E20 – E35 Electric - 2,000 and 3,500 kilograms (Capacity)
  • Caterpillar EP20ANT Electric - 2000kh capacity
  • Mitsubishi FBC23N-FBC30LN Electric - 4,500 - 6,500 LB. Capacity
  • Hyster E1.8XN - 1800kg Capacity

How Much Does a Forklift Weigh in kg?

Don’t make the mistake of interchanging the kg to lb or vice versa. Those units of measurement are not the same. This may be a subtle mistake but with big consequences.

If you found its data plate and the number is in lb, you can easily convert to kg but most data plates in modern forklifts have that number in both lb and kg. Most counterbalance forklifts manufactured in the US are in lb.

How Much Does a Forklift Fork Weigh?

The weight of the forklift primarily depends on the thickness which is 1.75 inches on average; the width of the blade that usually ranges between 2-6 inches; and the length of the blade which is available in 32, 36, 42, 48, 54, 60, 72, and 96 inches.

With that being the factor, expect the forklift fork weighs around 6.9 kgs. to 14.4 kgs.

Here are some examples of forklift forks:

  • Block forks - used to lifting cement blocks, the blade is narrower at 2 inches (W) x 1.5 Inches (T)

  • Bolt-on forks - as the name implies, it is bolted to carriage eliminating any movements when the forklift is in motion

  • Coil forks - this type is used for moving steel coils, reels, and concrete pipe

  • Tire forks - as its name implies, is it used for lifting big tires; the tip is either with 45-degree chamfer or with contour.

  • Corrugated forks - this type is used to wedge under corrugated boxes that are on the floor surface, with that being the purpose, its thickness is just 3mm much thinner compared to other types.

  • Drum forks - it is used to lift/carry 1 or 2 drums, its thickness is 286mm much thicker compared to other types

How Much Does a Forklift Counterweight Weigh?

I bet you know the reason why counterbalance forklift is so heavy – because of its counterweight. The counterweight is there to keep it balanced when in use and to prevent the equipment from tipping over when the load is being carried.

The weight of the counterweight should be calculated with this formula:

“max weight x (front distance + forklift’s load center) / wheel Base”

What makes the counterbalance unique is that the counterweight is placed at the rear for good reason – to offset the weight of the load being lifted or carried. It is commonly a cast iron, lead-filled, or the battery itself (if it’s an electric-type truck).

It is Important to Know the Forklift’s Weight

Don’t tell me you’re just inquisitive or a forklift almost tumbled on someone you know that’s why you want to know how much does it weigh.

It is of absolute importance to know the exact weight may be because you’re transporting it via ship or truck to estimate the shipping cost or you want to use it on the upper floor of the building to prevent collapse. Those circumstances will prompt you to know its weight.

Take time to determine exactly the weight of your counterbalance forklift if you think it is crucial for the task at hand – see the data plate or contact the manufacturer.


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