The Industrial Truck Association (ITA) has categorized these pieces of equipment according to their design and applications, into the following 7 different classes:
- Class I. These include all those electric motor vehicles which are counterbalanced, equipped with 3 solid tires, and capable of supporting heavy loads. They have a seat at the back of the vehicle for the driver.
- Class II. These vehicles are smaller than Class 1 vehicles, which makes these lift trucks perfect for aisles or narrow spaces. The seat, this time, is in the front of the vehicle, and its tires are also solid. The best known models are electric forklifts, order pickers and so-called Turret Trucks.
- Class III. These are manually-operated, they do not use a motor. It is the operators themselves who transport loads from one place to another and are responsible for raising and lowering their parts.
- Classes IV and V. They are categorized together because both groups include lifts which use an internal combustion engine to run. In the case of Class IV lifts, their wheels or pneumatic tires are solid, while the tires on Class V lifts are inflatable.
- Classes VI and VII. Within these groups, we find large vehicles capable of working in difficult environments, such as rough terrain lifts and loaders. These are commonly used in the construction and agricultural sectors.
Now that you know what forklifts are and about the most common types, you may want to know where to buy a high quality forklift that will help you optimize your work processes and guarantee optimal operation. We invite you to contact us – we will help you find the most suitable model for you and your business.
For more information about our lifts, forklifts and carlifts, please contact us at Vilber Elevación. We will quickly assign one of our specialized experts to you, and he or she will advise you, providing you with more in-depth, personalized information and advice.
If you are looking for a lift for your home, please consult our section dedicated to home vertical lifts. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have difficulties with mobility in your home. At Creaciones Vilber, we develop lifting systems to eliminate architectural barriers.