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Where do I find my Yale forklift’s serial number?

Note: This page is for Yale forklifts only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.

 

The most direct way to find your Yale forklift’s serial number is to check the nameplate (also called a data tag). This helpful little plate displays various information about your forklift–its lifting capacity, its model, how much it weighs, and (most importantly) its serial number. On a Yale forklift, the nameplate looks like the picture on the left and is often found somewhere near the dashboard, like the picture on the right:

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Checking the nameplate is the quickest and easiest method of discerning the serial number of your forklift. But what if the nameplate has fallen off or worn down? Don’t worry. In many cases, a Yale forklift’s serial number can be found in its electronic system or physically stamped somewhere on its frame. Below is a list of many different models of Yale forklifts and where their serial numbers can be found, sorted into categories of walkies (pedestrian jacks) and riders. Some also list where their nameplates can be found.

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Walkie / Pedestrian Jacks

•  A817 (MPC-AD): see highlighted sections of Figure 1

•  A817 (MPC-LD): see highlighted sections of Figure 2

•  A817 (MTR): see highlighted sections of Figure 3

•  A827: see Figure 4

•  A838 (MPC): see highlighted sections of Figure 5

•  A838 (MPW, MLW, MPE): see highlighted sections of Figure 6

•  A838 (MTR): see highlighted sections of Figure 7

•  A890 (B60Z, B80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 9

•  A890 (W60Z, W65Z, W80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 10

•  A891 (B60Z, B80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 9

•  A891 (W60Z, W65Z, W80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 10

•  A894 (B60Z, B80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 9

•  A894 (W60Z, W65Z, W80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 10

•  A896 (B60Z, B80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 9

•  A896 (W60Z, W65Z, W80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 10

•  A897 (B60Z, B80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 9

•  A897 (W60Z, W65Z, W80Z): see highlighted sections of Figure 10

•  A898 (MPC-AD): see highlighted sections of Figure 1

•  A898 (MPC-LD): see highlighted sections of Figure 2

•  A898 (MTR): see highlighted sections of Figure 3

•  A899 (MPC-AD): see highlighted sections of Figure 1

•  A899 (MPC-LD): see highlighted sections of Figure 2

•  A899 (MTR): see highlighted sections of Figure 3

•  B828 (MPC): see highlighted sections of Figure 5

•  B828 (MPW, MLW, MPE): see highlighted sections of Figure 6

•  B828 (MTR): see highlighted sections of Figure 7

•  B896 (MPE060-E, MPE080-E): see highlighted sections of Figure 9

•  B896 (MPW060-E, MPW065-E, MPW080-E): see highlighted sections of Figure 10

•  MLW: see Figure 11

•  MLE: see Figure 11

•  MPC: see Figure 8

•  MPE: see Figure 8

•  MPW: see Figure 8

 

 

Riders

•  A295: stamped on the outside of the right-hand side outer weldment of the mast; electronically, follow the steps in Figure 25

•  A814: stamped on top of the rear bulkhead of the frame, inside the right rear leg of the overhead guard

•  A818: see highlighted sections of Figure 15

•  A819 (MCW): see highlighted sections of Figure 12

•  A820 (MRW): see highlighted sections of Figure 13

•  A820 (MSW): see highlighted sections of Figure 14

•  A822: top of either the left-hand or right-hand frame, depending on model; see Figure 18

•  A823: top of either the left-hand or right-hand frame, depending on model; see Figure 18

•  A824: see Figure 17 for location of nameplate (serial number)

•  A826: see Figure 20

•  A829: top edge of the right-hand frame above the caster wheel; see Figure 19 for location of nameplate (serial number)

•  A833: top of either the left-hand or right-hand frame, depending on model; see Figure 18

•  A834: see highlighted sections of Figure 15

•  A837: see Figure 21

•  A839: stamped on the right-hand side of the rear bulkhead (battery compartment), on the top edge or on the front face near the top

•  A875: front crossmember of the frame, right-hand side

•  A876: front crossmember of the frame, right-hand side

•  A877: front crossmember of the frame, right-hand side

•  A878: right-hand side of the frame near the counterweight

•  A879: right-hand side of the frame near the counterweight

•  A908: stamped on top of the rear bulkhead of the frame, inside the right rear leg of the overhead guard

•  A910: right-hand side of the frame, under the floor plate; electronically, follow the steps in Figure 24

•  B801: see highlighted sections of Figure 22

•  B807: see Figure 16 for location of nameplate

•  B809: rear of the base frame (two lines) in front of the steering tire, on the right-hand side

•  B810: rear of the base frame (two lines) in front of the steering tire, on the right-hand side

•  B813: see highlighted sections of Figure 15

•  B818: see highlighted sections of Figure 15

•  B819 (MCW): see highlighted sections of Figure 12

•  B820 (MRW): see highlighted sections of Figure 13

•  B820 (MSW): see highlighted sections of Figure 14

•  B821 (MRW): see highlighted sections of Figure 13

•  B821 (MSW): see highlighted sections of Figure 14

•  B826: see highlighted sections of Figure 23

•  B861: stamped on the outside of the outer weldment of the mast

•  B875: right-hand side of the frame, under the floor plate; electronically, follow the steps in Figure 24

•  C809: right-hand side of the frame, under the floor plate; electronically, follow the steps in Figure 24

•  C810: right-hand side of the frame, under the floor plate; electronically, follow the steps in Figure 24

•  C813: right-hand side of the frame, under the battery box

•  C815: stamped on the outside of the outer weldment of the mast

•  C816: stamped on the outside of the outer weldment of the mast

•  C818: right-hand side of the frame under the battery box

•  C819: stamped on the outside of the outer weldment of the mast

•  C820: stamped on the outside of the outer weldment of the mast

•  C821: stamped on the outside of the outer weldment of the mast

•  C861: stamped on the outside of the right-hand outer weldment of the mast; electronically, follow the steps in Figure 25

•  D216: stamped on top of the rear bulkhead of the frame, inside the right rear leg of the overhead guard

•  D829: stamped on the outside of the outer weldment of the mast

•  E108: stamped on top of the rear bulkhead of the frame, inside the right rear leg of the overhead guard

•  E177: front crossmember of the frame toward the right-hand side

•  E187: front crossmember of the frame toward the right-hand side

•  E813: right-hand side of the frame under the battery box

•  E818: right-hand side of the frame, under the floor plate; electronically, follow the steps in Figure 24


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Forklift industry merger and acquisition history

From the very start, the forklift industry has been riddled with various mergers, buyouts, collaborations, and acquisitions. This can make it confusing to keep track of OEMs when ownership of a forklift brand is constantly changing. Check out this timeline of the history of the major manufacturers in the forklift industry to help you make sense of your products.

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The 1800s

  • 1868, Yale: Yale Lock Manufacturing Co. (USA) is formed, later becoming Yale and Towne Manufacturing Co.
  • 1890, Caterpillar: Caterpillar (USA) is founded by Benjamin Holt and Daniel Best.
  • 1896, Doosan: The Doosan Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1898, Baker: Baker Motor Vehicle Co. (USA) is founded to build electric cars. Soon, Baker increases its product line to include electric load trucks.

1900 – 1920

  • linde forklift1901, Allis-Chalmers: The Allis-Chalmers Company (USA) is founded.
  • 1903, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Bullock Electric Company.
  • 1907, Linde: The Linde Air Products Company (Germany) is established.
  • 1915 Lewis-Shepard is established in Watertown, Massachusetts
  • 1917, Komatsu: Komatsu Iron Works (Japan) is established, later becoming Komatsu Ltd. In 1921.
  • 1919, Clark: Clark Tructractor Company (USA) is established as a division of the Clark Equipment Company.
  • 1919, Towmotor: Towmotor Corporation (USA) is founded.

1920 – 1940

  • 1920s, Hyster: Hyster’s (USA) parent companies, Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works, are established.
  • 1920, Mitsubishi: Shibaura Works of Ohte-Shokai K.K. is established as a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd., which eventually becomes Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (Japan).
  • 1922, Raymond: Raymond Corporation (USA) is formed.
  • 1926, Toyota:  Toyoda Automatic Loom Works, Ltd. (now Toyota Industries Corporation) started building automatic looms.
  • 1929, Linde: Linde takes over Güldner-Motoren-Gesellschaft, a German engine and tractor manufacturer.
  • 1930s, Yale: Yale acquires BKS forklifts in Germany.
  • 1930, Raymond.  Raymond builds first material handling product under Lyon name.
  • 1934, Hyster: Electric Steel Foundry and Willamette Iron & Steel Works have combined into Willamette Hyster Company and an early straddle-carrier forklift model is produced.

1940 – 1960

  • 1942, CESAB: CESAB (Italy) is founded.
  • 1943, Cascade: Cascade Manufacturing Co. (USA) is founded.
  • 1944, Hyster: Willamette Hyster Company is renamed Hyster Company.
  • 1945, Crown: Crown Equipment Corporation (USA) is founded.
  • 1946, BT: BT Forklifts (Sweden) is founded.
  • 1947, Hyundai: The Hyundai Group (South Korea) is founded.
  • 1949, TCM: Toyo Carriers Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Japan) is founded.
  • 1950, Prime-Mover: The Prime-Mover Company (USA) is founded by the Home-O-Nize Company of Iowa.
  • 1952, Komatsu: Komatsu acquires Ikegai Automobile Manufacturing Co. and Chuetsu Electro Chemical Co.
  • 1952, Mitsubishi: Mitsubishi is renamed Mitsubishi Nippon Heavy-Industries, Ltd.
  • 1953, Jungheinrich: Establishment of H. Jungheinrich & Co. Maschinenfabrik (Germany).
  • 1953, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers acquires the Buda Engine Co., adding diesel engines to its product line.
  • 1956, Toyota: Toyota Motor Corporation (Japan) introduces its first forklift model, the LA 1-ton truck.
  • 1956, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Gerlinger Carrier Company.
  • 1957, Nissan: The first Nissan (Japan) forklift is produced.
  • 1958, Heli:  Anhui Heli (China) is established

1960 – 1980


  • yale forklift1960s, Doosan:
    Korea Machinery Co., Ltd. begins importing forklifts as part of a national machinery expansion project.
  • 1962, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is founded.
  • 1963, Yale: Yale merges with Eaton Manufacturing.
  • 1963, Towmotor: Towmotor acquires Ohio Gear Company.
  • 1965, Caterpillar, Towmotor: Towmotor becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Tractor Company.
  • 1968, Hyster acquires Lewis-Shepard (USA Mass.)
  • 1976, TCM: TCM America (MBK), Inc. is established.
  • 1976, Doosan: Korea Machinery merges into Daewoo Heavy Industries Ltd.
  • 1977, Baker, Linde: Linde acquires Baker Material Handling Corporation.  Baker Forklift parts are now known as Linde forklift parts.
  • 1978, Halla: Hyundai International Inc. is rebranded as the Halla Group (South Korea).

1980 – 2000

  • 1980s, Allis-Chalmers: Allis-Chalmers begins selling off some of its subsidiaries in the face of rapid economic change.
  • 1980, Hoist: Forklift Exchange is founded in the suburbs of Chicago, IL.
  • 1983, Hyster: Hyster closes Portland OR manufacturing plant
  • 1984, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by ESCO Corporation.
  • 1984, Linde: Linde acquires Fenwick, the largest French lift truck manufacturer.
  • 1985, Yale: Yale is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc., and Yale Materials Handling Corporation is established.
  • 1985, Komatsu: Komatsu America Manufacturing Corp. and Komatsu America Industries LLC are both established in the U.S.
  • 1986, Cascade: Cascade forms a joint venture with Xiamen Forklift Company of China (Xiamen-Cascade Corp., Ltd.).
  • 1988, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Inc. (TIEM) is established in Indiana as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation.
  • 1988, TCM: TCM Manufacturing USA, Inc. is founded.
  • 1988, Kalmar: Kalmar takes over Allis Chalmers forklift activities effectively ending Allis Chalmers brand name in forklift industry.
  • 1988, Prime-Mover: Prime-Mover is acquired by BT Industries AB of Sweden.
  • hyster forklift1989, Hyster: Hyster Company is acquired by NACCO Industries, Inc.
  • 1989, Linde: Linde acquires Lansing Bagnall, a British forklift manufacturer.
  • 1992, Yale: Yale Europe Materials Handling is established.
  • 1992, Caterpillar, Mitsubishi: Caterpillar and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries together form Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America, Inc. (MCFA).
  • 1993, Nissan: Nissan Forklift Corporation North America is established.
  • 1993, Komatsu: Komatsu Cummins Engine Co., Ltd. and Cummins Komatsu Engine Company are established in Japan and the U.S., respectively.
  • 1994, Hyster, Yale: NACCO Materials Handling Group, Inc. (NMHG) is established.
  • 1994, Hoist: Forklift Exchange acquires Silent Hoist and Crane, a Brooklyn-based company. It is rebranded as Hoist Liftruck Manufacturing, Inc. (USA).
  • 1994, Jungheinrich.  Jungheinrich takes over UK based Boss group.
  • 1995, Toyota: Toyota Industrial Equipment, S.A. (TIESA) is established in France as a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation and Manitou B.F.
  • 1997, BT, Raymond: Raymond Corp. is acquired by BT Industries AB for $353 million, and BT Raymond is established.
  • 1997, Halla: Halla collapses under the pressure of the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis.
  • 1998, Clark: Clark Material Handling Company acquires the Samsung Fork Lift Company of Korea.
  • 1998, Allis-Chalmers: The remaining Allis-Chalmers manufacturing companies are divested.
  • 1998, Combilift:  Combilift started in Ireland
  • 1999, Kalmar-AC:  Kalmar sells the  former Allis Chalmers business unit it acquired in 1988 to Komatsu.  Kalmar remains a big lift truck/reach stacker specialist.  Komatsu attempts to market units under Tusk brand name but eventually discontinues Tusk in 2010.

2000 – present day

 

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This information was gathered from the histories published on the websites of the various companies included on the timeline. Supporting information was also found through news sites, like those linked in some of the information above.

 

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How much does your forklift weigh?

How much does your 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 than 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.

 

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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


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How to decode Yale forklift serial and model numbers

Note: If you’re looking to locate your Yale forklift serial number, check out our guide here.  Need Yale forklift parts?  Intella is your source.

 

Yale forklift serial numbers

Q: How do I decode my Yale forklift serial number?

A: Yale forklift serial numbers consist of four parts, and each part gives information about the lift truck to which the serial number is assigned. These four parts are the design series, the manufacturing plant, the sequence of manufacture, and the year of manufacture of the lift truck. This system of numbering  has been in place since 1995. (If these instructions look familiar, it is because Yale and Hyster forklift serial numbers are interpreted the same way. Another blog post covers the basics of reading Hyster serial and model codes.)

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Part 1: This section should be a combination of letters and numbers. This sequence refers to the design series and model of the forklift, according to the table to the right. Click the table for a larger image.

 

Part 2: This section should be a single letter. It identifies the manufacturing plant, as described below.

•  A = Irvine, Scotland

•  B = Craigavon, Northern Ireland

•  D = Danville, IL, USA

•  E = Nijmegen, The Netherlands

•  F = Flemington, NJ, USA

•  G = government contracts

•  L = Lenoir, NC, USA

•  N = Greenville, NC, USA

•  R = OBU, Japan (OBU-SHI, Aichi-Ken, 474 IT)

•  S = Sulligent Mfg Plant; Sulligent, AL, USA

•  T = Masate, Italy

•  V = Berea, KY, USA

•  W = Schaeff; Sioux City, IA, USA

•  X = Modena, Italy

 

Part 3: This section should be a number sequence. It indicates the sequence of manufacture at the manufacturing plant of the lift truck. The numbering of production models for each plant begins at 1501.

 

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Part 4: This last section should be a single letter. It indicates the year that the lift was manufactured. 1995 began with letter S, 1996 being T, 1997 being U, and etc. The full alphabet is used, except for I, O, and Q. Below are some recent years for reference.

•  X = 2000              •  D = 2006              •  K = 2012

•  Y = 2001              •  E = 2007               •  L = 2013

•  Z = 2002              •  F = 2008               •  M = 2014

•  A = 2003              •  G = 2009              •  N = 2015

•  B = 2004              •  H = 2010

•  C = 2005              •  J = 2011

Notice that, yes, a letter can refer to multiple years. For example, “S” can refer to either 1995 or 2018. Typically, though, you will be able to tell if your forklift is 20 years old or brand new.

Shortcut on Yale models:  If the model contains the letter C, it will have cushion forklift tires.  if the model contains the letter P, it will have pneumatic forklift tires or pneumatic shaped solid forklift tires.

 

Yale forklift model numbers

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Q: How do I decode my Yale forklift model number?

A: The first step to reading a Yale forklift model number is to understand which models fall under which types of Yale trucks. To the right is a table detailing which models are electric three wheels, electric four wheels, and ICEs. Click the table for a larger image.

 

 

Once you know which type of forklift you have, use the following chart to determine what the letters and numbers in your model number mean. Click on the chart to view a larger image. To download a PDF version of this chart, click here: Yale forklift model codes diagram Intella

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