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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

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.

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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177 thoughts on “How to decode Yale forklift serial and model numbers”

  1. Hello I have a Yale GLP050RENUAE086 with Serial N525267. Any one able to offer me a year on this?

    James McNeil
    1. 1992

  2. I recently bought a Yale forklift in pieces, model GLC030CDNUAZ083, Serial N495454.
    I would like to know what year it is and what engine it has.

    Michael Huckenpoehler
    1. 1990, 3000 pound capacity at 24 inch load center. Mazda, 083 = collapsed mast height.
      Z is a weird digit there, should be S, D, or T

      1. Would you know what model and size the Mazda engine is?

        Michael Huckenpoehler
        1. Probably 2.0 liter or 2.2 liter, UA or VA. That engine was specific for forklift.

  3. Can you decode our Yale forklift serial number – K551284? It is a model ERC040ZAN48SE083. From your post I could decode the model number except for the “S”. I am looking for a repair manual and error codes and then parts to fix it. Can you help? Thanks.

    Morris Stout
    1. Built around 1993
      4000 pound Yale electric rider, 48 volts. 83 inches lowered height of mast.
      Please email any parts request you may have to [email protected] with the serial number and model and we’ll supply a parts quotation. No problem getting parts for this unit.

  4. What year is this Yale forklift, model # GLC040ADNUAV059, serial # N485945.

    1. 1989

  5. We have a Yale Eaton Lift. Trying To find out year and get ignition parts.
    Model GLP040SANFBT075
    Serial P-305812

    1. admin
  6. Can you help decode my yale. We just bought it and the previous owner had no information. GLC040AFNUAV061

    Katie Leblanc
    1. 4000 pound capacity at 24″ load center
      Cushion press on tires
      Powered by LPG
      61 inch lowered mast height
      Mazda engine
      If you provide the serial number we can reply with age

  7. Can anyone tell me the year of my yale forklift? Model G51C050NAS/115. Having issues sourcing parts for it.

    1. Hello we can supply parts for that unit. Please email [email protected] for help. What is your serial number?

  8. Can anyone tell me what year my yale forklift is model # GLC050DENUAE083 serial # N568278. Any help will be greatly appreciated

    1. 1993

  9. I have an old yale. the only markings I can find on the frame is N403034. Can the model be determined from that?

    Greg Baker
    1. 1994
      The complete model of your forklift is GLC060RCJVAE083