How much does a forklift weigh? It’s important to know the weight of your forklift when transporting it, driving it on trailers, moving it in an elevator, or using it in multi-story buildings. You don’t want your forklift to drop through the floor, causing thousands of dollars of damage and injuring workers!
The service weight of a forklift is different from its lift capacity. Service weight refers to the actual weight of the forklift, including its battery and any attachments it has. The best place to find the service weight of a forklift is on the forklift’s data tag. Alternatively, you can search forklift manufacturer websites for product specification pages, but the truck’s data tag is typically preferred over this option. In addition, an industry rule of thumb is that the service weight of the forklift will generally be 1.5 to 2 times the lifting capacity of the forklift. For example, if your forklift can lift 5,000 pounds, generally the weight of the forklift will be somewhere between 7,500 and 10,000 pounds. But remember, this is simply a rough standard, and manufacturer information or the forklift’s data tag should always be prioritized.
See below for the weight of some of the most common models of the most widely-used forklift brands. The downloadable table lists the weight in pounds of Hyster, Komatsu, Crown, Toyota, Caterpillar, Yale, Clark, and Nissan forklift models. For starters, here are the weights of the most common models from these manufacturers.
Q: How much does a Hyster H50FT forklift weigh?
A: 8,924 lbs. (with NL; 3-stage, 189″ mast height)
Q: How much does a Komatsu FG18HT-20 forklift weigh?
A: 6,340 lbs. (2-stage, standard mast)
Q: How much does a Crown 4520-30 forklift weigh?
A: 5,974 lbs. (standard truck w/o battery)
Q: How much does a Toyota 8FGCU25 forklift weigh?
A: 8,000 lbs. (2 stage, 131.5” mast height)
Q: How much does a Caterpillar C5000 forklift weigh?
A: 8,157 lbs. (standard truck, empty)
Q: How much does a Yale GLC050 forklift weigh?
A: 9,016 lbs. (standard estimate)
Q: How much does a Clark CMP25 forklift weigh?
A: 8,254 lbs. (standard)
Download a PDF of the full table here: forklift weights by Intella Liftparts