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 effective way. This is still the main objective. There are an array of different types of lift trucks used in the material handling industry.
Motorized Pallet Truck Rider Type
Ride-on lift trucks are motorized versions of pallet jacks. These machines are normally used to move pallet trucks over extreme distances, sometimes between storage areas or different departments. There is a different 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 great option for operations where frequent load movement is necessary. Some of the common alternatives consist of double pallet length forks which allow you to move 2 pallets in one trip.
Electric Counterbalanced Lift Truck
The Electric Counterbalanced Lift Truck is utilized to lift and transport items and supplies, and used to move pallet loads and load trailers all over a facility. This particular type has a wide array of attachments available and should have a wide aisle for turning.
Internal Combustion Counterbalanced Lift Truck
Electric trucks have functionality similar to an internal combustion counterbalanced lift truck. Propane models can be used both indoors or outdoors so long as there is adequate ventilation.
The order selector has been designed to move palleted loads out of and into selective racks. The VNA or very narrow aisle vehicles works in aisles less than six feet wide. These Order Selectors are also known as Order Pickers.
The very narrow aisle or narrow aisle lift trucks are utilized mainly for racked pallet storage up to 8 to 11 feet. Double-deep versions load pallets 2-deep in special double-deep racking systems. These types of reach trucks are very effective and can make racked pallet storage a more streamlined procedure.