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hello. my english is not really good but I hope we may understand each other. I am writing an article about the style of forklifts (colours etc.) and I would be very greatful if some of you can help me and can send me any information about it!!! what is the best well-looked forklift, what model has the best style and why, the history of forklifts style. hope my english is clear :)))

  • Posted 14 Jul 2006 04:32 PM
  • • Modified 14 Jul 2006 05:01 PM by poster
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If the new Jungheinrich rotating cabin lift truck pans out, it will revolutionize standard forklift truck manufacturing. It ergonomically addresses some operator sprain and strain causes by rotating the operator in the direction of travel in lieu of having the operator look over his/her shoulders while backing. It also improves travel visibility thereby increasing pedestrian safety. With a few additional tweaks, it could also offer other ergonomic improvements. The styling is also acceptable.

Forklift functionality, however, will always beat forklift styling. Linde probably has the most futuristic look for a forklift. Buyers, however, want more than futuristic looks.

As for Komatsu, I feel that they need a new color scheme. Their trucks remind me of junkyard assembled cars in the [url removed] where the owners replace damaged exterior parts with salvaged parts of mismatched colors.
  • Posted 16 Jul 2006 09:26 AM
  • • Modified 16 Jul 2006 09:39 AM by poster
thank you, Joseph. thats very kind of you to help me )))

  • Posted 17 Jul 2006 03:17 PM
You could get a start on this project by searching our forkliftaction website.
You could go to the "Spec Checker"[url removed] the button on left hand side of the home page,,,search the major brands and then you will find photos of a lot of the new model [url removed] better to go to the "Business Directory" and search major countries in the category "Manufacturers Index". In this way if the manufacturers have a shopfront, you get links to their websites and can see at a glance the style of their machines. You will note that forklifts made in Italy have the famous Italian design flare.
So start your search for "Italy" in "Manufacturers Index" and then "Germany", then "USA" then "Canada" then Europe" etc
Hope this helps

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  • Posted 17 Jul 2006 03:57 PM
  • • Modified 17 Jul 2006 04:03 PM by poster
thank you too Rodger... dont you have any historical information on your web-site?

  • Posted 17 Jul 2006 10:07 PM
[url removed] you want history you should refer to the Book recently published by TVH called "100 Years Forklift Trucks". I will send you an email.

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  • Posted 17 Jul 2006 11:06 PM
oh. ok. I am waiting... thanks a lot. by the way, has anybody already talked about this theme?

  • Posted 17 Jul 2006 11:12 PM
how do you think is it really important for operators what colour is their forklift?

  • Posted 17 Jul 2006 11:13 PM
rodger l:

Thanks for the reference to "100 Years Forklift Trucks". I missed its media release in newsletter #214.

The book can be purchased in Canada, Mexico, and the United States through Systems Material Handling Company (SMHCO) which is a subsidiary of TVH Forklift Parts (Belgium). Google: SMHCO or use the forkliftaction. com business directory for toll free number. Search for: SMH; Category - Parts, Components and Accessories - New & Used.

SMHCO is a wholesale distributor but will sell the book direct. If you have problems with a sales person when ordering the book by phone because you are not a wholesale customer, ask to speak to the Sales Manager.

The book (200 pages) comes in two versions so you will have to specify which version you want to order. One version is Dutch/French and the other version is English/German.

I received my English/German copy today and have already read most of it. I find the book very informative. It definitely is a forklift historical book worth having.
  • Posted 5 Aug 2006 05:49 AM
  • • Modified 5 Aug 2006 06:07 AM by poster

Based on the wide variety of colors used to sell automobiles, it is most likely that forklift operators would prefer a different forklift color if they had a choice. The color choice, however, is a management prerogative and should be based not on aesthetics but on high visibility. In an operation with a significant amount of pedestrian traffic, multiple forklift use, interaction with delivery vehicles, or any combination thereof, then safety and the use of a highly visible color should be a key issue.

Most yellows and oranges are highly visible. Red is not as reflective at night or in dim light and poses a problem for some color blind people.

Visibility is reduced when two tone or multiple paint schemes are utilized. In the normal forklift operating environment, the background consists of straight lines (horizontal and vertical). Additional colors tend to camoflauge the silhouette of the forklift causing it to blend into the straight line background. (Compare pictures with work environment backgrounds of solid colored forklifts and multiple colored forklifts.)

I think most forklift colors are determined by the forklift manufacturer’s marketing department and have little to do with high visibility. I find the current Crown beige/black color appealing. I give it poor marks, however, for high visibility.

If color is a key component in your paper, you may want to research the following areas:







  • Posted 12 Aug 2006 05:01 AM
Thank you Joseph for such an interesting answer. it will help me. I hope to finish my article next 2 months and I will send my thoughts about the style of forklifts to you by email if you want. thanks again. and HELLO from Russia )
  • Posted 14 Aug 2006 05:53 PM
Operators usually do not care about the color of a forklift. Comfort and ease of handling is very important to them as well as travel speed.

As far as [url removed] bright colors of forklifts are for safety, so warehouse personnel can easily see the units.

Take time to do the job right the first time, or you will have to make time to do the job over
  • Posted 18 Aug 2006 11:50 AM
Operators usually do not care about the color of a forklift. Comfort and ease of handling is very important to them as well as travel speed.

As far as [url removed] bright colors of forklifts are for safety, so warehouse personnel can easily see the units.

Take time to do the job right the first time, or you will have to make time to do the job over
  • Posted 18 Aug 2006 11:51 AM
From a service point of view I have always found that it is the quality of the paint that is more important than the colour. Trucks that have good paint jobs will have less dammage caused by the operator because they care more about a nice looking machine rather than some old scratched up piece of junk that they have to drive.
We are required by law to have flashing lights and back up alarms so the colour of the lift does not have as great a difference to the safety of pedestrians.
  • Posted 23 Aug 2006 12:04 PM
I would say the colour scheme is more important as a safety aspect but by no means has to be boring![url removed] first time I saw the newer komatsu paint scheme i thought the same as [url removed] is that![url removed] having worked around a few now alongside orange trucks I would definitely say their paint works!![url removed] from a safety point of [url removed] can't have been a marketing decision!
  • Posted 8 Sep 2006 05:15 AM
  • DAVE160
  • yorkshire, United Kingdom

We are about to launch a new range of Diesel and LPG Heavy Lift Trucks in 2009 , and your questions are verry important when launching any new product. How your trucks look to your customers is important as this gives the driver a feel good factor about his truck pluss will help identify your trucks. As many manufactures use the same parts and even the same trucks colour is also a way to identify a truck.

But above all the most important part of any lift truck be it large or small is its functionality. If it not right for the job no mater how good it looks it's not going to sell. Another important part is if a fault was to arise how quickly can the truck be back in service. Customers don't want and can't afford for trucks to be sat about brokendown. In the future the enviormennt will play a big part as well

Shaw the new benchmark for quality and
  • Posted 7 Jun 2008 09:16 PM
thank you everybody,that really helps the manufacturers to decide the color for their new products,while we really want each one of the forklift is "Green",and all of us can do more for our environment!
  • Posted 24 Jul 2008 12:36 PM
  • josef_v
  • Czech Republic, Czech Republic
I agree that orange colour is good. There must be compatibility between design and colour so the colour may change as design too. But I think orange colour is universal for all forklifts ([url removed] japaneese forklifts Nissan made in China which are sold by GLfau company).
  • Posted 3 Sep 2008 09:22 PM
  • pavel_o
  • Czech Republic, Czech Republic
GLfau is selling the Nissan? I have GLfau HC product but I didn´t find the Nissan in their production range. I heard, that Nissan is completely chinese, not only colour, so Nissan is HC?
  • Posted 5 Sep 2008 05:08 AM
forklift colour is all about product [url removed]'s have been mentioned several times and its true the colour is **** awful but if you are stood 100 meters away from a komatsu you know exactly what it is!if colour was a saftey issue then all trucks would be flouresant yellow or [url removed] colour identifies the truck as much as the name badge does.
  • Posted 6 Sep 2008 03:37 AM
  • cory_h
  • Illinois, United States
I might be too late to this conversation but there is an interesting manufacturer who let's you "Pimp Your Forklift". Basically you can personalize your forklift with custom paint jobs and accessories (I personally like the 8 **** on the aux handles myself).

I am not trying to promote them & I personally don't think there is a much of a market for this outside of some novelty buyers but I thought it related to this topic and I would share.

See link: [url removed]
  • Posted 12 Nov 2008 09:17 AM
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