Forklifts exist because there are jobs that need to be done quickly and with excellence. We have the power to move things far faster than ever before, and as the well-used saying goes: with great power comes great responsibility. Whether you own the business that owns the forklift or you’re the one driving it every day, responsibility rests on your shoulders, and if you are careless, people will get hurt.

The good news is, you don’t have to throw yourself at the responsibility alone. The team at Forklift Training will equip your team to perform safely and quickly with OSHA-approved methods. We’re in this business because we love forklifts, and we love empowering businesses to succeed. Today, we’re going to talk about the different kinds of forklifts available today.

Forklifts have come a long way from the post-WWI models that got them started. Today, different modifications make forklifts effective in many different industries. In a previous blog, we outlined the seven main forklift classes. Today, we’re going to dig deeper into each category and discover what differentiates it!

CLASS I: Electric Rider Trucks

  • When you use a forklift indoors, you can’t have an internal combustion engine polluting the air. That is where an electric forklift is so helpful. Class I forklifts have either cushioned or pneumatic tires and must be used on smooth floors or dry outdoor areas. They are some of the most versatile forklifts and can be found almost everywhere.

CLASS II: Electric Narrow Aisle Trucks

  • Does your company have narrow aisles? This forklift is for you. It’s made to fit easily into small spaces, which empowers you to boost your efficiency.

CLASS III: Electric Hand-Rider Trucks

  • These forklifts are operated from the front. Instead of standing in a cab behind the fork, the operator uses a tiller and can either stand on a small platform or walk while pulling the truck along.  

CLASS IV: Internal Combustion Trucks with Cushion Tires

  • This forklift rides closer to the ground because it has cushioned tires. They’re perfect for transporting loads from a loading dock to a storage area. As you can imagine, open air is essential.

CLASS V: Internal Combustion Engine Trust with Pneumatic Tires

  • A variety of fuel systems make this a fantastic warehouse forklift. It can handle a lot of weight, all the way up to 40 foot containers. It’s a great forklift for operations that need to be able to transport everything from small pallets to massive cargo.

CLASS VI: Internal Combustion and Electric Tractors

  • These are full-sized vehicles that offer premium versatility because of their power system options. Whether you need help inside or out, this forklift is great.

CLASS VII: Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

  • If you’re working on construction sites, this forklift can carry materials around to different locations. As its name indicates, its large tires can handle rough terrain.

Keeping your business running smoothly is easy when your team has training from our experts. Make sure each of your forklift operators knows how to use the forklifts you’ve selected for your business. Contact us for forklift classes today!

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