Do you know your Reach from your Counterbalance?

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The world of forklift training can be quite a confusing one but fear not, here at Forklift Agency we aim to clear up any confusion with our quick guide to all things ‘Forklift’!

First up, the non-motorised Hand Pallet Truck, or Pump Truck as it is more commonly known. This understated beauty is all about the brawn and is a fairly simple tool to use, it’s designed to enable the easy moving of pallets weighing anything up to 3,500kg!

Operating in a similar way to the Hand Pallet Truck is the Powered Pallet Truck. Rather than using muscle power to lift the load, it’s done by machine using an electric motor. The forks are situated in front of the operator on the front of the machine and these trucks are best suited to flat, smooth surfaces.

Counterbalance – the one that springs to mind when someone mentions ‘Forklift’. This great machine also has its forks on the front and enables the moving of heavy loads. It is given the name ‘counterbalance’ as the natural weight is at the back of the machine and this is eventually counterbalanced through the heavy loads placed upon the forks of the truck.

3 Wheel Counterbalance – The more nimble sister of the counterbalance! This truck works in the same way as the standard counterbalance but the inclusion of a single wheel in the centre of the back. This wheel allows for more manoeuvrability and its excellent turning circles mean this is great to use where space is limited.

Sideloaders – as the name suggests, the forks are situated on the side of this truck and so Sideloaders are particularly suited to moving longer or wider loads. The standard Pallet Truck in this instance would struggle with maneuverability when operating those longer or wider loads.

Teletrucks – a more specialist type of truck, as well as more expensive, this vehicle has the ability to deal with long loads that a standard counterbalance machine would struggle with. These are particularly good for being able to unload a lorry trailer from just one side allowing the other 50% of yard space to be utilized for other duties. Single-side loading allows for improved management of yard space and better site safety.

Walkie Stacker – also known as a pedestrian walk-behind stacker, this is a walk behind pallet truck with a mast for lifting pallets to heights. There are many different types of walkie stacker, each suited to different purpose.

Rider Stacker – designed for stacking or retrieving at a variety of different heights. They also work well operating over longer transport distances and in limited space in block storage operations.

Reach Trucks – Ideally made for indoor use, the Reach Truck is perfect for accessing loads that are high up and in environments where space is tight. The Reach Truck gets its name from its ability to ‘reach’ out more than 10 metres past its stabilising legs.

So, there you go! A brief overview of the types of Forklift! Not an exhaustive list but one that gives you all the basic info you need to know and don’t forget we offer Forklift training nationwide!

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