How to Choose the Best All-terrain Forklift

Terrain Forlift

An all-terrain or rough-terrain forklift differs from conventional forklifts when considering lifting power and accessibility. That’s why you must ensure you’re investing in the right forklift for your business or next project. We discuss how you can choose the best all-terrain forklift for your needs and what you should consider when purchasing or looking for forklift hires in Auckland.  

Where Will You Use Your All-terrain Forklift?

A conventional forklift is perfect for transporting stock across flat surfaces in a warehouse, while a rough terrain forklift would be more suitable for transporting heavy loads over uneven ground. With special tires that are rugged and durable, your all-terrain vehicle can maintain a grip on rocky, muddy, or sandy surfaces, even in steep locations. A specialised rough terrain forklift will afford you efficient transportation of materials and supplies over all types of terrains with optimal stability and functionality.

Types of All-terrain Forklifts


Combining a forklift, crane, and work platform all into one, a telehandler provides substantial lift heights over other forklifts, lifting weights to 3000kg and 7 metres in the air. Compact yet lightweight, a telehandler allows for better handling and convenience for the operator to lift as close to the desired work area as possible.

Straight Mast

A straight mast all-terrain forklift is not as manoeuvrable as a telehandler but can easily traverse rough surfaces. This forklift is designed for loading and unloading materials on uneven job sites and can lift loads of 5000kg and up to 3 metres high. With several models and styles, choose from a range of lightweight yet powerful options, perfect for all-rounded usage on any job site.

All-terrain Forklift Specifications to Consider

Maximum Lift Capacity

The maximum lift capacity refers to the total weight the forklift can lift off the ground. Check with your provider on the payload rating at maximum lift height, as each forklift will have reduced load limits when extended.

Maximum Lift Height and Reach

The maximum lift height refers to vertical elevation, while reach height refers to how far your forklift can extend forward horizontally. Like the maximum lift capacity, take note of reduced weight limitations to keep the forklift stable when a load is extended at the full lift and reach. Straight mast and telehandler forklifts will have different specifications; be sure to choose the correct one for your needs.

Cab Dimensions

The cab size often makes up most of a machine’s length and width. A forklift cab should have intuitive and ergonomic controls, complete window visibility, and a focus on driver safety with an accessible entry and exit. An economic and comfortable space will offer a more relaxed working environment and increase the operator’s productivity.

MetroHire Has the Best All Terrain Forklifts for the Job

MetroHire is New Zealand’s trusted supplier for AUSA rough terrain forklifts. Reach out to our friendly team for more advice on choosing the best all-terrain forklift for your project or business. Request a complimentary demonstration at your place of convenience, anywhere in New Zealand.