We have written about this many times, the rise of the Chinese made forklift in the Australian Materials Handling Market. It is no longer just Chinese manufacturers like HangCha or Sany that are pushing their way into the forklift market.
Linde have taken it further than most other forklift producers, and are now bringing in their own Chinese forklift brand to cater for the low utilisation and low cost niche forklift market. Linde are bringing in the Baoli range of forklifts.
Starting at 1.8T through to 10T with different mast heights and attachments available, the Baoli forklift is made in China and imported into Australia, and is distributed through the Linde branch network.
The smaller range of forklifts will come with an Isuzu C240 Diesel engine or the standard K21 or K25 LPG Nissan engine.
The 4Ton – 5Ton forklifts come with Yanmar diesels engines the 7Ton range come with Mitsubishi S6S diesel engine and the 8T – 10T come with Isuzu diesel engines.
The Baoli Forklift Standard
The standard of the Baoli forklift manufacture is very typical of Chinese manufacturing. These forklifts are a standard torque convertor forklift and are worlds apart from the Linde Hydrostatic transmission forklift. The support and backup you can expect is again very typical of Linde in Australia.
How Long Have Baoli Forklift been Around ?
Baoli have been manufacturing the range of forklifts for over 8 years, and have only been part of the Kion group since 2009. The Kion group also own the Linde forklift brand. So as far as length of time in the Australian Market not very long.
Chinese brands like the EP range of forklifts have been imported and supported for much longer in the Australian Materials Handling Market.
How do they Stack up Price wise ?
To be honest, whilst Chinese manufactured forklifts have a place in the market. They squarely fill the more budget conscious end of the market. The Baoli Forklifts are in the upper end of the price range when comparing other Chinese imported forklifts. This has more to do with the Linde business then the actual forklift itself.
The Wash up
There is clearly a market requirement for Chinese Forklifts in the Australian market. The Baoli forklift range certainly fits into that category. But make sure you compare with other forklifts a EP CPQD25N has a Nissan K21 Engine and a Baoli CPQD25 also has a Nissan K21 Engine, but the prices you might be paying are vastly different.