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Electric Forklift

Electric Forklift

Definition: Electric Forklift

Definition: What is a Electric Forklift?

Electric forklift is a forklift truck powered by an electric motor instead of an internal combustion (IC) engine using either rechargeable industrial batteries or external ways of conveying power (wire, rail, etc.).

Like any other lift truck, the electric variation is used to lift and transport materials for short distances.

These machines typically use two power-operated horizontal prongs (forks). These prongs (forks) can be raised and lowered for loading, transporting, and unloading goods, particularly goods stacked on wooden pallets.

Some of the most typical such trucks include:

  • Counterbalance forklift trucks, the most common type, its forks protrude from the front of the machine, with no outriggers or baselegs to support the load.
  • Counterbalance forklifts are available in 4-wheel and 3-wheel configuration. 3-wheel counterbalance forklift trucks are similar to 4-wheel counterbalance machines. While both types of trucks steer with the rear wheels, 3-wheel forklifts use a steered wheel assembly in the center of the rear of the machine. 3-wheel forklifts are typically more maneuverable than 4-wheel machines. They work better than 4-wheel forklifts where space is limited.
  • Counterbalance forklifts are available in configurations where the operator sits down, similar to driving a car, or stands up in an operator compartment. Stand up trucks are 3-wheel configurations specifically designed for operating in very congested areas on loading docks or manufacturing facilities and for loading/unloading trucks and railroad cars.


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