Types of Forklifts
There are three basic types: manual drive, motorized drive, and fork truck.
· Fork trucks - Also motorized, but include features such as cabs and backup alarms.
· Manual-drive forklifts - The load movement or travel is manually powered or walk-behind.
· Motorized-drive forklifts - These have a motorized drive and, in many cases, a protected cab or seat for the driver.
Some forklifts are counterbalanced to prevent the vehicle from overturning. Others include hand rails, safety rails, or a rotating element such as a turntable.
Truck-mounted forklifts are mounted or mountable on the back or bed of a utility truck. These vehicles include truck-included packages as well as lifts that are sold independently for subsequent mounting.