Below are the classes of forklifts that describe the application and fuel choice of every type of forklift. Certification is really 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 suggested for outdoor use during dry conditions. The models with cushion tires are made for smooth, indoor surfaces. These are electrically powered vehicles that utilize industrial batteries, which make them suitable inside closed locations where air quality is an issue. Travel and hoist functions are controlled by transistor motor controllers. These are versatile units commonly utilized everywhere from the loading dock to the storage facility.
Class 2 - Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
This forklift is suggested for environments where narrow aisles need to be negotiated. They are efficient at maximizing the use of storage space. Their unique design makes them ideal where speed is required and for small spaces.
Class 3 - Electric Motor Hand or Hand-Rider Trucks
These are battery-powered and hand-controlled models. Using a steering tiller, the operator could control the lift while standing in front of the truck. The tiller has controls mounted on top and is moved sideways to be able to steer the vehicle. The smaller capacity units utilize industrial batteries.