When you’re looking for a new forklift, you should pay attention to the lifting power of the machine. While there’s nothing wrong with a 4,000-pound load capacity, it would be risky to use the machine for lifting at full capacity all the time. Instead, you should purchase a forklift with a larger lifting capacity than you anticipate using it. Purchasing a machine with a higher load capacity than what you need will prevent unnecessarily stressing the forklift.


Forklifts come in a variety of types, each with a different capacity. The capacity of a forklift depends on the load center, which is indicated on the tare plate or in the operators manual. For outdoor applications, solid pneumatic tires are recommended, since they reduce the risk of punctures. Diesel and compressed natural gas are common fuel sources for these machines. The Class IV forklift, also known as a “tugger,” is designed for low clearance applications.

Forklifts in class II use solid tires and are designed to work in tighter spaces. They can also be equipped with attachments, such as stand-up riders, order pickers, and reach trucks. Their main purpose is space efficiency and speed. If you have a warehouse that is small and has limited space, a Class II forklift may be the best choice. These forklifts have the ability to move items from high shelves to low shelves with ease.


The hydraulic cylinders of a forklift are a key component. They work by pushing the forks upward with the assistance of hydraulic pistons. These cylinders are attached to the forks through roller chain pulleys, which are attached to the main body of the forklift. One side of the roller chain is fixed to the immovable frame of the forklift, while the other side is connected to the forks via a chain, pulley, and mast.

The forks protrude from the forklift, while the cylinder controls the vertical lift. The mast raises and lowers the load. The overhead guard protects the operator from large objects that could fall into the cab. The solid guard can prevent the operator from being hit by small objects or from adverse weather conditions. The operator controls the forks and the safety devices from the cab. Ultimately, these components are critical to the safe operation of a forklift.


There are different types of forklifts. The type you are looking for may depend on the job at hand. Gross capacity of a forklift refers to its capacity up to a certain height, width, and length. The net capacity, on the other hand, is more specific to each unit and takes a variety of factors into consideration. As with any equipment, higher or heavier loads will decrease the net capacity. However, it is important to know and follow the rating of your chosen lift truck. Never estimate the capacity of a forklift unless it is absolutely necessary.

The IP (ingress protection) rating of a forklift is an indication of its protection from wet and dirty environments. An IP68 rating means that it can be continuously submerged in water three meters deep without any damage. However, this is not always the case. Some specialty equipment, such as forklifts, have higher IP ratings, enabling it to be used outdoors in rain. You should always look for a forklift that has the highest IP rating possible, as this can help you find a safe forklift for your needs.

Safety standards

Forklift operators must be aware of their surroundings, especially pedestrians, when using the equipment. To avoid injuries, keep the load low and balance it properly before traveling. In addition, they should use a spotter to keep a close eye on the direction they are traveling. Listed below are some of the safety standards for forklift operation. Follow these safety standards and you’ll ensure that you and your employees are safe!

o A written training program must be implemented to train all forklift operators. The training must include both classroom instruction and actual workplace observations. Upon completion of the training, the employer must provide a certificate to the forklift operator. Afterward, forklift operators must recertify themselves every three years and if they commit an unsafe act while operating a forklift. Moreover, the operator should not be permitted to operate the equipment unless he/she is properly trained.

Rear-wheel steering

Rear-wheel steering forklifts are characterized by their rear-wheel steering mechanism. The steering mechanism of this kind of forklift does not have a steering shaft or a triangular frame. As a result, two detection coils located away from the guide cable G do not follow the steering wheels when the forklift turns a certain angular extent. A guide cable G is fitted between the rear wheels.

Forklifts with rear-wheel steering have the advantage of low floor space. Rear-wheel steering also allows the lift to have large steering angle. The steering system is also easier to maintain, thanks to its simple design. Its steering system has few moving parts, and requires low maintenance and is therefore safe for both the driver and the forklift. There are few moving parts in rear-wheel steering forklifts, which helps keep maintenance costs down.

Power source

A power source forklift provides a variety of advantages. It allows you to use a variety of fuel sources. Diesel, CNG, or LPG are the most common fuel sources. Electric forklifts can run on fuel cells or lead acid batteries. A forklift’s carriage serves as its base. Its mast, or “mast rails,” lifts and lowers loads. Some masts have rollers to help lift the load.

Lithium-ion batteries are another alternative for forklift electrification. These batteries recharge quickly and have less maintenance requirements than lead-acid batteries. In addition, lithium-ion batteries offer more consistent power delivery and eliminate the need for separate maintenance areas. Lithium-ion batteries are more expensive than lead-acid batteries, but they have many benefits for fleets. They reduce facility emissions and free up valuable work space.