Special Products Engineering Department



In the ever-changing world of materials handling, one size does not fit all. Hyster proudly offers versatile and dependable forklifts with capacities ranging from 2,000 to 105,000 pounds. But sometimes your operation has a specific need for a custom materials handling solution that can only be designed by experts who know your industry.

Our Special Products Engineering Department (SPED) can deliver a customized solution specific to your forklift operation when you have an unusual or unique need that you can’t find on any lift truck anywhere else. Because we cater to the specific needs of our customers, Hyster has a dedicated Special Projects Engineering Department in each of our factories.

Examples of unique equipment requirements could be, but are not limited to:

  • Handling awkward loads
  • Navigating an especially restricted space
  • Added protection in hazardous or extremely cold environments
  • A simple custom paint job in corporate colors
  • Features to boost productivity


Posture Relief Option

This ergonomic feature was requested for our side-stance reach trucks to help alleviate operator fatigue while standing for long shifts. The posture relief option adjusts with the backrest to accommodate a wide variety of operator heights and folds down when not needed. Read more about this specially engineered design here.

Space Shuttle Engine Loader

NASA used a specially engineered Hyster lift truck at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to move space shuttle main engines from the main engine processing facility to the hangar in which space shuttles were prepared for missions. Each engine was 14 feet long and weighed approximately 7,000 lbs.

Heavyweight Handler

The feature was requested for our Tow Tractor model. The furniture-moving industry had seen a surge in flat-pack furniture and odd-shaped, single-pack items. Frequent injuries and employee shortages were growing. The specially engineered lifting attachment provided a load backrest to secure oblong loads during travel and helped cut unloading times up to 50% over manual lifting. The attachment was designed to help reduce the need for labor by up to 40%. Read more about this specially engineered design here.

Custom Paint

Sometimes the functionality of our standard trucks is exactly what’s needed for an operation, but the customer wants a custom paint scheme to reflect their operations. Past custom paint jobs have included: company brand colors, military-specific colors, and even pink for breast cancer awareness.

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