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 transport materials in an efficient way. This is still the main goal. There are an array of different kinds of lift trucks used within the material handling business.
Motorized Pallet Truck Rider Type
Ride-on lift trucks are motorized versions of pallet jacks. These machines are often utilized to move pallet trucks over extreme distances, sometimes between storage areas or different departments. There is a different type known as the walkie version. This model lacks the operator platform and the higher speeds. Hi maneuverability and low cost make these vehicles a better alternative for operations where frequent load movement is required. Some of the common alternatives consist of 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 capable of stacking and racking loads, utilized to move pallet loads, as well as load trailers throughout a facility. This particular model has a huge variety of available attachments and has to have a wide aisle for turning.
Internal Combustion Counterbalanced Lift Truck
Internal combustion counterbalance lift trucks work somewhat like the electric lift truck. Propane models can be utilized indoors or outdoors as long as there is ample ventilation.
There are man-up types of vehicles which are specially designed for hand loading less than pallet load amounts into and out of selective rack. The VNA or very narrow aisle vehicles works in aisles less than six feet wide. These Order Selectors are also referred to as Order Pickers.
The narrow aisle or very narrow aisle lift trucks are used mostly for racked pallet storage up to 8 to 11 feet. Double-deep versions load pallets 2-deep in special double-deep racking systems. These reach trucks are effective and could make racked pallet storage a more streamlined procedure.