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Varieties, Sizes and shapes Of Fork Lifts

If I’d request you to quickly go to your garage and describe the type of fork lift you see standing there, you would probably be believing that I am smoking my socks… and you would possibly be correct!

A fork lift is a very specialised item of equipment and is typically used in warehouses to lift or transfer stuff from one point to the other. It is definitely not a piece of equipment that is used by every Dick, Tom and Harry and for a number of forklifts you even need a specialized license before you can operate it!

Should you be anything like me you’d probably think that all forklifts are the same and that you can therefore use any type of fork lift for any type of job. Well, just like me, you’d be completely wrong!

Forklifts can first of all be split into 2 key types namely electric powered forklifts and combustion forklifts. If you are searching for a fork lift which you can operate indoors, the electrical forklift comes strongly recommended and the bonus of this sort of fork lift is the lower operating fees.
Internal combustion forklifts, or IT forklifts abbreviated, are mainly used outdoors. IT forklifts are extremely popular because they are quite easy to refuel.

The 2 types of forklifts are then divided into several subcategories:
Motorized forklifts are called fork trucks. A motorized fork lift often has extra features like backup alerts and cabs. Next time you hear a beep beep beep from a forklift when it is reversing, you can quite confidently assume that it is a motorized forklift.

The next subcategory has a motorized drive and in most cases a seat where the forklift driver can sit, out of harm’s way. These kind of forklifts are called motorized-drive forklifts because (yes, you’ve suspected it!) they have a motorized drive!

Lastly, there’s the fork lift that would require a little bit more input from your side. Manual drive forklifts doesn’t have motorized drive, the movements of the load is driven manually.
It is generally best if you purchase a fork lift that would not overturn as soon as a heavy load is picked up or put down. Many lifts have a counterbalanced design to avoid this from occurring. The way in which a forklift is counterbalanced further classifies forklifts into numerous variations.

These variations may include stand-up rider forklifts, stand-up slim aisle riders, sit-down riders, motor-driven hand-pallet jacks, and reach forklifts. Each one of these variations is designed with a specific purpose in mind. The stand-up narrow aisle rider as an example is great for use in warehouses with only a little space. The lift can readily move around between the various racks and does not need a ton of maneuvering space to operate.

If you decide to purchase a fork lift, please ensure that the one that will be handling the fork lift receives appropriate training. Picture if you are the director of a big wholesale outlet… What will happen if the fork lift driver is busy shifting heavy products from one isle to the next and he unintentionally drops the goods on a client?

I hope the above information and facts were able to shed some light on an otherwise unfamiliar subject.

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