Rough terrain forklifts first came on the scene somewhere in the mid 1940’s. Sporting deep treaded large pneumatic tires, rough terrain forklifts are designed for jobs where the majority of the work area has no paved areas available. This includes lumber yards, construction sites, brickyards, quarries, and many other outdoor areas that require moving materials over uneven ground, in both the civilian and military sectors. Master Craft offers three different lines of rough terrain forklifts: the American Eagle, the Tugger II, and the C Series. Depending on the model, their forklifts have a carrying capacity that ranges from thirty six hundred up to twenty thousand pounds. Each rough terrain forklift is built to order, and custom built forklifts are available and can be built to whatever your exact specifications are.
The first rough terrain unit came about when an attachment for lifting payloads was added to either a tractor or power buggy. Used primarily around construction sites, the earliest rough terrain forklifts could only lift about 1,000 pounds, and lift their payloads to a height of around 30 inches. Compare that to Master Crafts smallest line, the American Eagle, which has lift capacities from 3,600 to 12,000 pounds, and can lift it’s payloads as high as 30 feet for some models, and we can see that rough terrain forklifts have come a long way since then.