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Forklifts, or Lift Trucks, are so common it's an industry in itself.
There are several types of forklifts ranging from small warehouse forklifts to heavy duty industrial material handling forklifts. The most common forklift, the warehouse forklift, can be both battery operated and gasoline operated.
Forklift parts consist of a front wheel drive and brake system with a rear wheel steering system. These forklift brake systems consist of parts consistent with a typical drum or disc brake system.
The drive chassis has a counterweight built into the rear of the vehicle to counteract the weight of the load being lifted.
The cab is pretty simple, consisting of an open air cab with overhead guard, seat, steering, brake, accelerator, lift lever, tilt lever, side shift lever, and mirrors.
The forks are attached to the carriage which is attached to the forklift mast. The materials can be lifted up and down by the lift and tilt hydraulic cylinder and the forklift chain.
There are many different kinds of attachments to add versatility to forklifts such as fork extensions, boom crane attachments, clamps, man baskets, trash bins, and more.
Forklifts are essential in businesses that need to lift loads too large or heavy for human hands. So if your forklift breaks, your business could grind to a halt. The right parts help you fix the problem quickly so you can get your machinery, and your business, back up and running.
Having a fault in just one component may make your forklift unsafe, so make repairs as soon as you notice a problem.
These are some of the most common forklift parts that need replacing:
Chains: These are essential for pulling and lifting heavy loads.
Engine parts: This might include gaskets, ignition wires, alternators, and more.
Hydraulic parts: Hydraulics give your forklift its power and include pumps, tubing, control valves, and more.
Bearings: Bearings are important for all types of wheels, from forklifts down to pallet jacks.
Mast rollers: These are a special type of bearing important for guiding the mast as you raise the forks.
There are seven main types of forklifts: electric motor, internal combustion engine, and electric and internal combustion engine classifications.
Class I forklifts include electric motor rider trucks for low-emissions indoor use.
Class II forklifts include electric motor narrow aisle trucks used to move through tighter spaces.
Class III forklifts include electric motor hand trucks for unloading delivery trucks.
Class IV forklifts include internal combustion engine trucks with solid or cushion tires for larger indoor loads.
Class V forklifts include internal combustion engine trucks with pneumatic tires is for larger outdoor loads.
Class VI forklifts include electric and internal combustion engine tractors and are used for towing rather than lifting.
Class VII forklifts accommodate rough terrain. These are usually the biggest forklifts and have the most moving parts because they work on any terrain.
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