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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.)

Yale serial number model Intella Liftparts forklift parts

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

  1. GTP-060-LBNSBT-086
    P353169

    I am trying to find out what type of transmission fluid this lift takes.

    Michael Ponds
    1. ATF/dexron

      Intella Parts Company, LLC
  2. Is this a model number
    GDR20AFJUAV1995 and GP30THJUAE2145

    Leonel
    1. GDR20AFJUAV1995 probably is GDP20AFJUAV1995 (P not R)

      GP30THJUAE2145 should be ok

      Intella Parts Company, LLC
  3. My model is GLC060RDNUAV083 Serial number N495094 Please help me identify the year and other features. I’ve figured out its liquid propane gas with cushion tires and the capacity is 6000 lbs of lift but I’m still confused which character represents the year.

    Chris
    1. On the older Yale’s there is no digit that represents year. This model was built in 1990 per the Yale database.
      It has 6000 pounds of lift at a 24 inch load center (doesn’t mean it can always lift 6000, capacity on forklifts depends on load center)
      Collapsed mast height is 83 inches.
      Mazda engine

      admin
  4. Yale 583214 5021352-05. What do I have? Starters gone out, trying to ID

    Tim Rose
    1. Try to get the model/serial from the data tag on forklift, what you sent through doesn’t match any model info

      admin