The following forklift classes describe the application and fuel option of each forklift. Certification is really required for every class of forklift that the operator would be using.
Class 1 - Electric Motor Rider Trucks
These forklifts come with either cushion or pneumatic tires. Pneumatic tires are recommended for outdoor use in dry conditions. The models with cushion tires are designed for smooth, indoor surfaces. These are electrically powered vehicles which use industrial batteries, that make them suitable within closed environments where the quality of air is an issue. Travel and hoist functions are controlled by transistor motor controllers. These are versatile units usually used everywhere from storage facility to the loading dock.
Class 2 - Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
For the type of environment where narrow aisles must be negotiated, this particular type of forklift is suitable. They are effective at making the most of storage space. Their unique design makes them ideal for small spaces and where speed is needed.
Class 3 - Electric Motor Hand or Hand-Rider Trucks
These hand-controlled, battery-powered models are designed for the operator to stand in front of the truck and operate the lift utilizing a steering tiller. The tiller has controls mounted on top and is moved sideways to maneuver the vehicle. The smaller capacity units utilize industrial batteries.