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7 Different Types of Forklifts and What They are Used For

Posted by Talent Plus Staffing

Working in a warehouse, you’re bound to see a forklift or two carrying heavy loads. Forklifts can do more than this, though! Whether you’re interested in diversifying your fleet or learning more about these incredible trucks, you’ve come to the right place! Here are seven types of forklifts and the tasks they are used for.

1. Four-Wheel Counterbalance

The four-wheel counterbalance is the most common type of forklift. On the front, there are dual forks that are used to lift heavy or bulky loads. You can find counterbalance machines in all types of warehouse facilities.

2. Three-Wheel Counterbalance

This machine is almost the same as the four-wheel counterbalance except that it has three wheels. The benefit to this is that the trucks can fit through narrow spaces. For forklift mechanics working in small warehouses, this type of forklift is a great choice.

3. Side Loaders

Side loaders are also great for tight spaces. With this machine, there are forks that are mounted to the side of the truck. These forks pick up large loads that would be difficult to do with a traditional forklift. Side loaders that are used outdoors benefit from an enclosed cab, whereas ones being used indoors can be stand-up.

4. Reach Trucks

As their name implies, reach trucks are used to access objects that are high. They are extremely useful in warehouses where every bit of space is used. Reach trucks have long forks that can be raised up and down. The two main types available are stand-up trucks and double-deep trucks.

5. Teletrucks

Another option for reaching items that are out of reach is a teletruck. Teletrucks are essentially telescopic handler forklifts and can be confused with cranes. The benefit to using teletrucks is that they are easy to maneuver and can reach awkward angles, not just high ones.

6. Powered Pallet Trucks

Traditional pump trucks do not use electric power to lift materials. Instead, the operator pumps the jack using their own force. With powered pallet trucks, electric power is used. You can think of these trucks as being modernized versions of pump trucks. These machines are best used for skids and small packages.

7. Order Pickers

Order pickers have a neat job. They are made to “hand pick” specific items rather than complete pallets. The machines are used in warehouses in order to help workers pick orders. Some order pickers are fixated while others have mobile hands that allow them to reach higher shelves.

Who would have thought that there could be so many forklifts in a single warehouse? While many of these trucks have slightly different uses, each one has an important role. Most warehouses aren’t able to have every forklift in their fleet, but even a few can increase productivity and customer satisfaction.

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