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Forklift classes can get complicated, whether you have been working in the material handling industry your entire life or as a novice forklift operator. We created this guide to help you decide which forklift class is most important for your business or application.
Class I forklifts have electric motors and allow operators to operate them while standing or sitting. They use a heavy battery as their primary power source, which also serves as the counterbalance for the lift truck.
With options for either cushion or pneumatic tires, these trucks are highly versatile for any application. Pneumatic-tire models are intended for applications with uneven surfaces, like gravel, while cushion-tired trucks are best suited for flat, indoor surfaces like warehouses or large retail stores. Some benefits include being quieter, reduced fuel costs, usage in strict air quality applications, and lower maintenance costs.
Class II forklifts have solid, cushion tires and are engineered specifically for smaller, indoor work environments. Several of these forklifts perform a specific job, designed with specific attachments.
Class III forklifts, such as Mitsubishi walkies and Jungheinrich stackers, effectively transport products in the warehouse or retail stores at low lifting heights, either out of trailers to low-level racking or out to the retail floor.
These electric hand trucks are commonly used in applications that don’t require long distances or high lifting heights such as stores, small warehouses, or loading/unloading small trailers. Class III forklifts are controlled by a handle located in the back of the truck, hence being called an electric motor hand truck. The handle controls the speed, steering, and lifting.
Class IV forklifts are commonly used to move goods from loading docks to elevated storage areas. They can be used outdoors but are favored in indoor warehouses due to their adverse traction on wet or uneven surfaces. Also, they are lower to the ground than most forklifts, providing a lower clearance.
Class IV forklifts operate on diesel, gasoline, LP gas or compressed natural gas. This class of forklifts is specific for equipment with cushion tires, which are designed to be driven on dry, smooth surfaces. Class IV forklifts include internal combustion, cushion tire CAT forklifts and Mitsubishi forklifts.
Just like the forklifts in Class IV, these lift trucks use the same type of fuel but they utilize pneumatic tires and have a wider range usage. Class V forklifts include internal combustion, pneumatic tire CAT forklifts and Mitsubishi forklifts.
Pneumatic tires are designed for rugged applications, thus allowing it to be used on uneven surfaces like gravel, but they can also be used in indoor applications as well. They can be outfitted with special solid tires that reduce the chance of punctures. Class V forklifts are commonly used in outdoor applications like lumber yards, metal fabrication, stone yards, and industrial machinery.
Particularly designed for pulling rather than lifting, Class VI forklifts are normally called “Tuggers.” Commonly used at airports, lugging baggage carts between terminals and planes, these lift trucks come in both internal combustion and electric choices.
An example of the Class VI forklift is the Jungheinrich EZS 720NA tow tractor.
Class VII forklift trucks are heavy-duty and typically have large tractor-like tires. These trucks are commonly used on applications that require additional power on rough terrains, like lumber yards or construction sites. This class of forklifts exclusively run on diesel and come in two and four-wheel drive options.
Also, they can have different types of masts, including a telescoping mast to give more reach. Other options for this class can be mounted on the back of large trucks and hauled between job sites.
Class VII rough-terrain forklifts examples include:
Do you have questions about what class of forklift would best fit your application? Give us a call at (855)-662-4379.
The material handling industry is evolving with new technology every day. Companies are finding new ways to move products at efficient rates, saving both time and money. AGV’s or Automated guided vehicles are forklifts that do not require an operator to function. The goal of an automated solution is to improve your operations warehousing efficiency and thus increasing profitability while reducing the overall costs.
Why choose AGV’s?
- Operators are eliminated, along with the error that comes with them. There are no damages to customer products, buildings, or machinery, thus saving costs on replacing misuse and abuse.
- The increase in warehouse safety will dramatically increase safety records.
- Reliably work 24/7 in critical 3 shift operations. Sleep easy at night knowing that your warehouse is still hard at work!
- Every AGV’s path is traceable, thus being able to identify product movement in your warehouse.
- They have a low life-cycle cost.
- Dramatically reduce operation and maintenance costs from hefty repair bills on machines
Traditionally automation projects have been expensive, slow, or inflexible to implement, but technology has been changing and developing to make the futuristic warehouse more of a reality. With the help of our experts, we can design a warehouse capable of full automation with various units all working in sync towards one common goal, efficiency. Automation can show impressive cost savings to the warehouse, especially in areas that your employee is handling longer load transfers. It will save employees for other tasks around the warehouse instead of cookie cutter, routine tasks automation can handle.
Take reliability and efficiency to the next level with AGV’s. They are a durable, flexible, and modular solution that will deliver a short ROI. The technology has been around for decades and has been proven to work in various applications.
For more information contact us at 330-633-6000 to speak with a material handling expert.
Fallsway Equipment Company is excited to announce that a new demo of the Kalmar DCG 160-6 forklift is now available. For those jobs that need a little more power than the average lift this Kalmar is able to provide all the assistance needed. Some of the specifications on this incredible unit include:
- 2015 Kalmar DCG 160-6
- Capacity- 36,000 lbs
- EGO Cabin (Air conditioning)
- 157 in reach
This new Kalmar is designed, tested, and proven to be at the top of its class. Don’t just take our word, check out the video below to see for yourself before setting up your demo.
Please contact Fallsway Equipment if you you would like to set up a personal demo of the Kalmar lift truck, or if you have any additional questions.