Lift trucks were initially introduced in the beginning of the 20th Century. They have grown exponentially since the first models. Their original purpose was to move materials in an effective way. This is still the main objective. There are a variety of different types of lift trucks used in the material handling business.
Motorized Pallet Truck Rider Type
The rider type of lift truck is a motorized kind of the pallet jack. This machinery is commonly used to transport pallet trucks over extreme distances, including movement between storage areas or departments. There is one more version called the walkie version. This particular model lacks the higher speeds and the operator platform. Hi maneuverability and low cost make these vehicles a better option for operations where frequent load movement is necessary. Some of the common options comprise double pallet length forks which enable you to move 2 pallets in a single trip.
Electric Counterbalanced Lift Truck
The Electric Counterbalanced Lift Truck is utilized to lift and transport products and materials, and utilized to transport load trailers and pallet loads throughout a facility. This type has different kinds of attachments available and has to have a wide aisle for turning.
Internal Combustion Counterbalanced Lift Truck
IC counterbalance lift trucks operate quite like the electric lift truck. Propane models are able to be utilized outdoors or indoors as long as there is ample ventilation.
There are man-up types of vehicles that are specially made for hand loading less than pallet load amounts out of and into selective rack. The VNA or also known as very narrow aisle vehicles works in aisles less than six feet wide. These Order Selectors are also known as Order Pickers.
The narrow aisle or very narrow aisle lift trucks are used primarily for racked pallet storage up to 8 to 11 feet. Double-deep versions load pallets 2-deep in special double-deep racking systems. These kinds of reach trucks are very efficient and could make racked pallet storage a more streamlined process.