In manufacturing and warehouse environments, the types of machines that drivers use to transport materials from one location to another are known as forklifts. The equipment lifts pallets, also referred to as skids, which are loaded with things. The lift truck is designed with forks that insert into the pallet rungs. Forklifts are also sometimes known as as Pallet Trucks, Lift Trucks, High/Low, Skid Trucks, Side Loaders and Stacker Trucks.
Companies like Clark and Yale & Towne Manufacturing sold the first forklifts during the early part of the 1900s. These days the majority of supplies are delivered to warehouses and stores on pallets. Forklifts are normally found in manufacturing plants and warehouses, where they are depended upon to operate the business smoothly.
The following are amongst the various kinds of pallet or skid lifts: Walkie low lift truck - with electrical motor; Rider low lift truck; Hand pallet truck; Towing tractor; IC counterbalanced truck; Sideloader; Telescopic handler; Rider stacker; Slip Sheet machine; Walkie stacker; Reach truck; Electric counterbalanced truck; Walkie Order Picking truck; Rider Order Picking truck - also called "Order Picker"; Articulated Very Narrow Aisle Counterbalanced trucks - also called "Flexi Truck"; Truck Mounted Forklift / Sod Loader; Guided Very Narrow Aisle truck; 'Man Down' - used for narrow aisles; and 'Man Riser' Combination Order Picker/ Stacker truck
The articulated counterbalance truck is a type of counterbalanced forklift truck which is utilized for specialized applications. This particular hybrid is recommended for very narrow aisles as it could onload and offload within really tight spaces.
Capable if lifting as high as 12 meters are the Guided Vary Narrow Aisle Trucks. The "non top-tied" type could lift up to 30 meters high. These trucks are available in man-riser and man-down models. This machinery must just be utilized on even and flat floors.