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Powered trucks buying guide

Choosing the right truck is not always easy, so let us help you by guiding you through the most important things to think of when purchasing materials handling equipment.

1. What will you use your truck for?

  • Use on-board vehicles or in narrow areas
    Take a look at our BT Levio 1.3t powered pallet truck and BT Staxio 1t stacker truck. They are small and lightweight, making them suitable for usage in small spaces and onboard vehicles. 
  • Short horizontal transport
    Our BT Levio W-series pedestrian powered pallet trucks with capacities from 1.3 to 2.5t will do a perfect job for you. 
  • Longer distance horizontal transport
    If you have a more intense operation or a big warehouse with long distances you should consider the BT Levio with a flip-up platform to let you use the truck both as a pedestrian and riding. 

Also take into consideration your future needs, so that you buy a truck that will suit your operation for many years to come. 

2. Which model should you choose?

  • Capacity
    Think of how much you have to be able to lift at the most. Choose a capacity that suits your current need but can also account for any future requirement you think you may have
  • Frequency
    Choosing the right capacity is also about the intensity of the usage. If you need a truck that will last in a high-intensive environment and with frequent usage, you also need a higher capacity for a more robust and powerful truck. Don't forget to look at the battery options on these models to ensure your truck will last as long as you need it to. 

3. Do you need a stacker?

Then you should also consider:

  • How high do you need to lift?
    Locate and measure your highest shelf to understand lift requirements and then add another 15 to 20 cm to your measurement.
  • How low must your lowered or collapsed mast be?
    Different masts have different collapsed heights so before purchasing your truck, whether new or used, establish the lowest height in your facility and daily operation that your truck has to pass under.

TAKE A LOOK AT OUR MAST GUIDE TO HELP YOU CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAST

For low intensity

BT Levio 1.3t powered pallet truck and BT Staxio 1t stacker truck are two small and lightweight model ideal for uses in narrow space, like shops and on board delivery vehicles.

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For horizontal transport

With load capacities ranging from 1.3 to 2.5 tonnes, the BT Levio W-series of pedestrian powered pallet trucks are ideal for low to medium intensity pallet transportation.

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For longer travel or high intensity applications

The BT Levio P-series of powered pallet trucks come with a driver platform and safety side guards. These compact truck models are suitable for material handling applications that demand high performance and travel.

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For stacking operations

Suitable for stacking, double pallet handling, order picking and horizontal transport, the BT Staxio powered stacker trucks are fit for a wide range of material handling applications. These trucks are available in a selection of capacities to meet your requirements.

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3. Customise your truck!

When you've decided on your truck and model, you can choose between different options and add-ons to customise depending on your needs. 

Options

  • Wheels 
    Depending on the application and environment, you will need a different type of wheels to perform optimally. Learn more in our wheel guide
  • Batteries
    On some of our models we have different battery options for you to choose from. 
  • Handles
    In the BT Levio series there is the option to have a handle which has an integrated temporary speed reduction button, providing you with more accurate operation of the truck in tight spaces.

Available add-ons

  • Cold Store Suitability
    Add low-temperature oil for use in cold stores or freezer areas.
  • Load support
    Additional safety when handling high or unstable loads.
  • Built-in charger (available on BT Levio 1.3t powered pallet truck and BT Staxio 1t stacker truck) Connect your truck to a wall outlet for easy charging. 
  • In-vehicle charging (available on BT Levio 1.3 t powered pallet truck )
    Allows the truck to be charged whilst it is being transported on a wagon.

Can't find what you're looking for?

If you need any help choosing the right solution for you, or if you're looking for something you can't find in our online store we can always help you. 

Looking to hire a truck?

We have a wide range of trucks available to hire from one day, including order pickers, reach trucks and counterbalance trucks.

Looking for a Hand Pallet Truck?

With over 60 years' experience we have hand pallet trucks suitable for use in all operations. All of our Hand Pallet Trucks come with a 99 year functional guarantee on the fork frame.

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