Rough terrain forklifts enable users to move material in areas that are not always smooth. Indoor forklifts are designed for use on floors; rough terrain forklifts can operate in unimproved areas such as construction job sites. These lifting machines can traverse uneven terrain, mud, rocks, and other difficult surfaces. They can travel at speeds that allow for productive movement of materials around a job site.
These forklifts are highly mobile and come in both 2 and 4 wheel drive. Operating weights vary, as do lift capacities and lift heights, giving users options to match application to the right machine.
Vertical mast forklifts usually have larger tires on the front of the machine, which support the load. The two smaller tires on the rear assist in steering the forklift as it maneuvers around the job site or yard. The tires offer high flotation and are designed for traction in rough terrain so they can carry safely loads on muddy, uneven surfaces.