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Forklift Classifications and Things to Know about Forklift Rental Service

8/12/2015 10:39:45 AM | by Xiaonan Heng

Forklift Rental Service

Forklift is a machine used for wide variety of applications especially in material handling. It can also be called forklift truck, fork truck or lift truck. This is an industrial truck used specifically for lifting and moving different load sizes and weights towards certain distances.


There are different classifications of forklifts that are used in numerous applications including shipping of materials, storage and construction. Based on its use, manufacturing and design, forklifts are divided into several standard set of classifications.


Fork Lift Classifications:

Class I: Electric Motor Rider Trucks – Trucks which have cushion or pneumatic tires may have different number of wheels based on their tire configuration. The forklifts generate power coming from electric motor, and while it’s operating, the truck operator is intended to ride along.

Class II: Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks – The application of these trucks are for very narrow aisle operation. This class includes reach truck and deep reach truck and other trucks that are also known as “order picker forklift” or “cherry picker forklift”. Operators must be securely seated using belt or tether system to prevent unnecessary accident.

Class III: Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks - This class includes trucks that are hand controlled by the operator sitting in front and controls the steering tiller. Forklift trucks don’t have mast; these uses pallet forks or platform to haul the loads some inches off the ground instead.

Class IV: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Solid/Cushion Tires) – This class is composed of forklifts that are used for transporting palletized loads moving to and from the building storage area and loading dock. This lift truck can come counterbalanced. A forklift that belongs to Class IV is an internal combustion engine truck which has solid or non-inflated tires.

Class V: Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Pneumatic Tires) – This classification of forklift trucks is used in a variety of applications and is commonly found inside the warehouse. Just like Class VI, this class of trucks is also composed of internal combustion engine trucks but with pneumatic tires.

Class VI: Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors – Forklifts that belong to this classification are known as tractors. Class VI tractors can be used in a variety of indoor and outdoor application. For outdoor applications, tractors can be motorized using internal combustion engine while they use battery powered electric motor for indoor applications.

Class VII: Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks – These trucks have pneumatic tires and are powered by diesel engine. Class VII trucks are primarily designed for use in rough terrain, like construction sites or undeveloped natural terrains. These forklift trucks have the capability of navigating uneven ground.


Due to the versatility and worldwide use of forklifts, there are a lot of companies emerged to offer Forklift Rental Services. Different forklift truck rentals have been widely available in the market today.


In engaging with Forklift Rental Services, one should know the important factors that should be considered.
• Determine the weight capacity – One should know the specifications of the forklift to rent, especially the weight capacity because it determines how heavy or light the load it can lift or carry. This is to ensure that the forklift will be suitable for the intended application.
• Determine the lift height – Choose the forklift that is right for the load you want to lift. Lift height is very important because there are some loads that should be put in higher levels.
• Set your budget – Find companies that offer forklift rental services which have high standard products and perfect for your budget.
• Inspect the forklift – Before renting a certain forklift, testing the equipment is a must. There may be damages that can affect the workability or function of the forklift. Make sure that the forklift is on its optimal working condition to execute the job effectively.
• Read the rental agreement – You should read the coverage of the rental agreement so that everything will go smoothly between you and the forklift rental company.

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