The following forklift classes describe the use and fuel choice of each forklift. Certification is truly needed for every class of forklift which the operator will be using.
Class 1 - Electric Motor Rider Trucks
These forklifts come with either pneumatic or cushion tires. Pneumatic tires are recommended for outdoor use during dry conditions. The models with cushion tires are made for indoor surfaces which are smooth. These are electrically powered vehicles that use industrial batteries, that make them suitable inside closed environments where the quality of air is an issue. Travel and hoist functions are controlled by transistor motor controllers. These are versatile units commonly used everywhere from storage facility to the loading dock.
Class 2 - Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
For the type of location where narrow aisles should be negotiated, this particular type of forklift is suitable. They are efficient at maximizing the use of storage space. Their unique design makes them perfect where speed is needed and for small spaces.
Class 3 - Electric Motor Hand or Hand-Rider Trucks
These battery-powered, hand-controlled models are intended for the operator to stand in front of the truck and control the lift utilizing a steering tiller. The tiller has controls mounted on top and is moved laterally to steer the vehicle. The units which have smaller capacity use industrial batteries.