Rough-Terrain Forklifts Getting Larger

Rough-Terrain, straight-mast forklifts finding niche with lift capacities rarely considered in past with this equipment type. In the three years since Construction Equipment last investigated the rough-terrain, straight-mast forklift market, list prices for new machines have crept up ever so slightly.

Machines with a lift capacity of less than 6,000 pounds are, on average, up 2.45 percent to a little more than $46,000. Machines in the category”s bulk class, ranging 6,000 to 10,000 pounds in capacity, are up 3.15 percent to $54,177. Now, equipment buyers will quickly point out, if only their actual costs were up ever so slightly.

Fueled by diesel, hourly costs have increased 81.6 and 84.3 percent, respectively, in those two classes. So while the price on the dealer”s tag may not seem all that different, once that forklift is off the sales yard and onto the customer”s, it needs to produce in a big way.

With the rough-terrain-forklift market seemingly now leveled off in the wake of the telescopic-handler explosion of the path for this equipment type. Placing a load with a long reach may often now be the telehandler”s job, but when it comes to pure grunt lifting, the rough-terrain forklift could be the heavyweight champ.

As part of our last close-up, a third price average was listed for machines over 10,000 pounds, but in hindsight that number of $94,480 was “skewed” by the inclusion of the largest machines, according to Dave Murray of This time, Murray calculated separate average prices of $66,825 for machines with capacities of 10,000 up to 20,000 pounds, and $152,646 for those with a capacity of 20,000 pounds and higher.

“I see things definitely getting heavier,” says Nick Acocella, factory sales manager with Omega Lift. “We”ve had quite a bit of interest in our product on the heavier end of the spectrum ¡ª 20,000-, 30,000- and 50,000-pound, all-wheel-drive, rough-terrain machines, mostly for the industrial market.

“I can speak from our history. We did a lot of business in construction, and it”s expanded tremendously from that into the industrial market. With yard work ¡ª whether it”s steel, lumber, military ¡ª everybody seems to be looking at a heavier machine that they can accomplish more with,” says Acocella. “Anytime you have an unimproved yard where a conventional forklift is not going to work well, our machines are fitting in very nicely.”

A multi-line manufacturer offering a full range of rough-terrain forklift families, Omega has established the Mega Series of larger vertical-mast models, offering lifting capacities ranging from 8,000 to 20,000 pounds. Providing lifting capacities up to 50,000 pounds was the next step ¡ª and along came the HERC Series.

“That”s been, I guess, where our customers have taken us and where we have developed a very nice niche in the marketplace. There aren”t a whole lot of manufacturers that offer a rough-terrain vehicle above 12,000 pounds, let alone 20,000,” says Acocella.

The bigger the machine needed, the more specialized that OEMs like Omega become.

“We pride ourselves on providing the customer with the machine that they need instead of something that we might have on the shelf,” says Acocella. “We really spend a lot of time getting to know the application and producing a truck for the customer that is exactly what they”re looking for.”

Similarly, one of the Liftking brand”s “core capabilities is the ability to customize our products to a customer”s application,” reports Tim Hayes, vice president of sales and marketing for Manitex Forklifts, parent to Liftking. “We are North America”s largest “job shop” when it comes to making unusual adaptations for customers.”

Be it to load vehicles onto trailers or for extreme-flotation military use, the Manitex Liftking is getting bigger thanks to the P Series, with capacities of 22,000 pounds and beyond.

The Liftking brand is now part of the Manitex Forklifts group, which also comprises such brands as Schaeff, Noble and Lowry, the latter of which had previously been acquired by Liftking.

Load Lifter is another make of rough-terrain, straight-mast forklifts that is looking to serve a market beyond 20,000 pounds, the company reports. With lift capacities ranging up to 30,000 pounds and lift heights of up to 30 feet, Load Lifter”s RT forklift line will serve a wide variety of needs in construction, industrial, agriculture, forestry and lumber.

Average RT Forklift Costs
Lift Capacity Class (lb.) *Hourly Cost 2007 / 2004 List Price 2007 / 2004
* Hourly rate is the monthly ownership costs divided by 176, plus operating costs
** Effective 2007, split this size class
Source:, phone 800/669-3282
Less than 6,000 $25.42 / $14.00 $46,083 / $44,980
6,000¨C9,999 $29.49 / $16.00 $54,177 / $52,520
10,000 and up** na / $25.00 na / $94,480
10,000¨C19,999** $38.55 / na $66,825 / na
20,000 and up** $79.39 / na $152,646 / na

Rough-Terrain Forklift Specifications (10,000-lb. capacity & up)
Model Max. Lift @ 24 in. (lb.) Max. Lift @ Full Height (lb.) Max. Fork Height Gross HP Drive Wheels Turning Radius Operating Weight (lb.)
* Spec listed is for 2WD configuration
Liftking LK10M22/42 10,000 3,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 2/4WD 11¡Ã¤5¡Ã¥ 15,100
Load Lifter 4400-10D 10,000 10,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 4WD 14¡Ã¤7¡Ã¥ 18,450
Manitou M 50 10,000 5,500 20¡Ã¤2¡Ã¥ 80 2/4WD 14¡Ã¤10¡Ã¥ 19,245
Manitou MSI 50 10,000 10,000 15¡Ã¤7¡Ã¥ 82 2WD 9¡Ã¤6¡Ã¥ 17,500
Master Craft C-10-700 10,000 6,400 21¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 78 2/4WD 14¡Ã¤1¡Ã¥ 18,286*
Master Craft RT/C-10-440 10,000 -10,000 21¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 80 2WD 14¡Ã¤1¡Ã¥ 18,286
Master Craft Scrambler 10 10,000 10,000 14¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 80 2WD 13¡Ã¤3¡Ã¥ 17,993
Noble R80 10K 2WD/4WD 10,000 10,000 14¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 83 2WD 17¡Ã¤8¡Ã¥* 17,200*
Sellick S-100 10,000 9,000 18¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 83 2/4WD 14¡Ã¤10¡Ã¥ 16,805
Wiggins AT-96/W100 10,000 5,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 2WD 12¡Ã¤3¡Ã¥ 17,100
Xtreme XT100B 10,000 n/a 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 84 2WD 9¡Ã¤3¡Ã¥ 20,480
Kawasaki 60 K-Lift 12,000 12,000 14¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 110 4WD 15¡Ã¤3¡Ã¥ 20,575
Liftking LK12M22/42 12,000 5,000 19¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 2/4WD 11¡Ã¤6¡Ã¥ 19,000
Load Lifter 2400-D 12,000 12,000 14¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 4WD 14¡Ã¤11¡Ã¥ 19,600
Load Lifter 4400-12D 12,000 12,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 4WD 14¡Ã¤7¡Ã¥ 19,700
Master Craft Scrambler 12 12,000 12,000 14¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 80 2WD 13¡Ã¤3¡Ã¥ 18,933
Sellick S-120 12,000 9,300 22¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 83 2/4WD 15¡Ã¤3¡Ã¥ 19,495
Waldon 8500C Forklift 12,000 12,000 14¡Ã¤10¡Ã¥ 110 4WD 12¡Ã¤6¡Ã¥ 21,100
Wiggins AT-120/W120 12,000 6,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 2WD 15¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 18,000
Xtreme XT120 12,000 12,000 12¡Ã¤2¡Ã¥ 84 2WD 14¡Ã¤4¡Ã¥ 23,952
Xtreme XT120B 12,000 n/a 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 84 2WD 15¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 23,952
Wiggins AT-120/W140 14,000 6,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 2WD 15¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 19,900
Liftking LK16M22/42 16,000 n/a 14¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 120 2/4WD 16¡Ã¤6¡Ã¥ 21,480
Load Lifter 4400-16D 16,000 16,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 129 4WD 13¡Ã¤9¡Ã¥ 23,565
Omega Lift 4412T-16S 16,000 16,000 12¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 122 4WD 14¡Ã¤4¡Ã¥ 26,200
Wiggins AT-120/W160 16,000 8,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 86 2WD 15¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 21,000
Load Lifter 4400-18D 18,000 18,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 129 4WD 14¡Ã¤7¡Ã¥ 28,415
Taylor TB-180S 18,000 n/a 11¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 160 2WD n/a n/a
Liftking LK20P22 20,000 n/a 14¡Ã¤9¡Ã¥ 100 2WD 22¡Ã¤5¡Ã¥ 31,050
Load Lifter 4400-20D 20,000 20,000 30¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 129 4WD 18¡Ã¤8¡Ã¥ 31,640
Taylor TB-200S 20,000 n/a 11¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 160 2WD n/a n/a
Taylor TB-250M 25,000 n/a 11¡Ã¤0¡Ã¥ 160 2WD n/a n/a
Liftking LK 3022 30,000 30,000 15¡Ã¤8¡Ã¥ 152 2WD 16¡Ã¤2¡Ã¥ 46,450
Taylor TB-300L 30,000 n/a 11¡Ã¤0¡Ã¤ 160 n/a n/a n/a
Liftking LK 43K 43,000 43,000 8¡Ã¤4¡Ã¥ 160 2WD 18¡Ã¤3¡Ã¥ 48,500

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