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A 3-Wheel Forklift: The Ultimate Guide

The 3 Wheel Forklift is becoming a very popular option for warehousing, distribution, manufacturing and construction industries in Ireland right now.

The reason?

Well, they offer a whole load of benefits compared to your traditional 4-wheel forklift, such as:

  • Increased manoeuvrability
  • Improved stability
  • Ability to work in tight spaces

We’re only scratching the surface here though.

For more specific information, this blog tells you exactly what the Turning Radius on a 3 Wheel Forklift is. 

In this blog, we’re going to delve into the nitty gritty of why a 3 Wheel Forklift might be for you, with all the benefits and how to choose the right one for your workplace in Ireland.

Warehouse managers, logistics professionals, engineers or site managers, this blog could help your operations.

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Uses for 3 Wheel Forklifts in Ireland

Before we go any further in this blog, and to avoid any confusion, it might help if you check out our Guide to the 3 Different Types of Forklift blog.

If you already know, then read on.

We’ve noticed the 3 Wheel Forklift becoming more and more popular with our customers in the past few years, and it’s easy to see why.

The Hyundai Battery 3 Wheel Counterbalance Forklift is designed with the tightest of spaces in mind and they have it absolutely stacked with features that will make life easier in your business.

Below are some of the most common places where it is being used by our customers in Ireland today:

Warehouse and Distribution Centres

In warehouses and distribution facilities, narrow aisles and confined areas are best navigated by 3 wheel forklifts.

They are ideal for swiftly and effectively moving pallets of goods due to their small size and restricted turning radius.

Manufacturing Facilities

For manufacturing facilities, you want a machine that can navigate other machinery and obstacles on a busy floor efficiently as possible.

A 3 Wheel Forklift will more product and materials with ease and are compact, quite and easy to use.

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We’ve found that large retail stores will use a 3 Wheel Forklift for stock merchandise.

With a centred-wheel positioned on the counterbalance, they are remarkably stable too, so retailers can lift and move heavy loads without any safety concerns.

Food and Beverage Industry

Tight spaces and products that need to be handled with care – a 3 Wheel Forklift’s favourite things!

Some of the major food and beverage companies in Ireland are finding them very useful.

Features and Benefits of 3 Wheel Forklifts

It’s no secret why operators and managers are loving the 3 wheel forklift because of all the features and benefits they offer.

Here are some of the main ones:

Small in size, BIG in Stature

A 3 Wheel Forklift, like the Hyundai 20BT-9U, are really compact in size but are super reliable meaning maintenance is easy and durability is reliable.

With electric power steering and a small turning radius, your operators can move big loads in tight or crowded spaces with ease.

You will save time and money in the long run.

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Increased Safety

In a 3 Wheel Forklift, you will get both an increase in stability and visibility – leading to less accidents.

Visibility is crucial in workplaces and the open view and smaller frame of a 3 wheel machine offers that to you.

You’ll move loads quicker too.

Better Productivity

The ergonomic design of the machines reduces operator fatigue and gives better comfort.

The best 3 Wheel Forklifts have adjustable seats, fingertip controls, cameras and more, so your workplace will be both safer and more productive.

While they’ll also be able to operate for longer due to a lower energy requirements and cool features like regenerative breaking, auto fork levelling system and better steering.

Less Maintenance

Three-wheel forklifts frequently have fewer parts than conventional four-wheel forklifts, which can lower upkeep and repair expenses as well as frequency.

Less downtime for maintenance and reduced operating expenses may result from this.

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Top Tips to Choose the Right 3 Wheel Forklift

Forklifts are not a cheap investment for a business, so it’s crucial you pick the right one for yours.

You have to consider weight of load, mast height you will need and the environment it’s working in.

Here’s a few checklists you should consider before buying:

  • Consider the weight and size of the loads you will be handling.
  • Choose a forklift with a capacity that can handle your heaviest loads.
  • Consider the height that you will be lifting the loads, as this will impact the required mast height and lift capacity.
  • Evaluate the environment in which the forklift will be operating, such as the size and layout of the space, as well as any obstacles or potential hazards.
  • Consider the type of fuel or power source that will be most suitable for your business needs, such as electric or propane.
  • Take into account the features and accessories that may be necessary for your specific application, such as specialized attachments or ergonomic operator controls.

Maybe a Side Loader forklift is for you? This Ultimate Guide to Side Loaders Blog will help you decided.

Maintenance Tips for your 3 Wheel Forklift

Like all forklifts, correct and regular maintenance of your 3 Wheel Forklift is going to make it last longer and perform better.

We recommend getting your forklift professionally certified every year – which is also the law! Check out more in our Tips for Better Forklift Safety in your workplace.

But if you’re going to invest your hard-earned money in a top 3 Wheel Forklift like Hyundai offer, follow these tips to increase its life:

  • Do regular maintenance checks – daily, weekly and monthly
  • Keep the machine clean and lubricated and don’t delay in replacing parts
  • Train your operators and ensure all safety guidelines are followed!
  • Storage is key too, particularly for good battery maintenance

Don’t forget to look after your battery too! This Top Tips to Correct Forklift Battery blog will tell you everything you need to bed doing.


If you think a 3 Wheel Forklift is for you, get in contact now.

We offer some of the best machines from Hyundai, Combilift, Aisle-Master, JCB and more.

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