Nicholas Fluhart

July 22, 2011

Recent Purchase: Clark Forklift

Filed under: Day to Day,Trucks & Equipment — Nicholas Fluhart @ 10:33 pm

I found myself needing a small, versatile forklift for my business. Often there are items or machines stored behind my building  that we need to retrieve and bring around front.  The back yard is grass and relatively soft, so my Allis lift has no chance as it is extremely heavy and would sink in short order. Thus the need for some type of smaller, lighter, all-terrain unit.

A friend had this nice little 1971 Clark for sale, and the moment I saw it, I knew I had to have it. $1500 later, it was delivered to my shop.

It’s a compact machine powered by a 4-cylinder Red Seal engine. It has pneumatic tires, a 3-stage mast, and 2,000 lbs lift capacity. It does great in grass as seen below:

With the amount of back-tilt it has, I can easily lift and carry ATVs from the side, as seen above, or from an end, as seen below…

…and if I need to place it on the roof, I can do that too…LOL…thanks to the 3-stage mast:

I love forklifts!

Before long, we’ll pull it up in the shop and slick it up with a new paint job. I’ll post the results as well as more detailed specs, and I’ll put together some pro’s and con’s after I’ve used it a bit more.

Until next time…



  1. Sorry, found your site years after some of your posts. We share a love of forklifts. But as far as that goes, if it has hydraulics I get wobbly-knees-happy. That is a nice little Clark. I am curious about how you are able to drive on grass though. Must be some pretty solid dirt you have under there! If I don’t have at least well-packed gravel there is no way, not even in dry summer time.

    Comment by Mike — September 5, 2017 @ 2:21 pm | Reply

    • My Clark unit is very light…at least as forklifts go. It weighs about 3000 lbs. With the relatively large pneumatic tires, it doesn’t have a problem on grass…that’s why I got it. It will get stuck though if I’m not careful…ask me how I know. LOL

      Comment by Nicholas Fluhart — September 20, 2017 @ 3:39 pm | Reply

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