DeltaLift 1-1.8t Diesel / Gasoline / LPG Counterbalanced Forklift Trucks

An Intro­duc­tion to Forklifts

There are many dif­fer­ent types of fork­lifts, and each type has its own set of uses. In this art­icle, we’ll dis­cuss the four main types of fork­lifts — pal­let jacks, coun­ter­bal­ance trucks, reach trucks, and con­tain­er hand­lers — and what makes them spe­cial. We’ll also explore some less com­mon types of lifts that may be on your radar as you shop for equip­ment or work with a rent­al company.

Pal­let jacks

Pal­let jacks are a type of manu­ally oper­ated fork­lift used for load­ing, mov­ing, and unload­ing pal­lets. They are typ­ic­ally used in ware­houses and dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ters to move pal­lets around the workspace.

A pal­let jack is a self-pro­pelled device that has two wheels on either side of an axle that runs through its cen­ter point. The wheels may be driv­en by hydraul­ics or elec­tri­city, depend­ing on the mod­el you’re using. When powered by hydraul­ics, there’s an oper­at­or handle that can be pushed down to lower the forks or lif­ted up when they’re in their rest­ing pos­i­tion above the body of the machine. When powered by elec­tri­city, there’s usu­ally just a but­ton you press to make it move up or down as needed. Some mod­els have both types of power sources, so they can be oper­ated manu­ally if neces­sary but still have some auto­mated func­tions if desired (such as auto­mat­ic reverse).

Coun­ter­bal­ance forklifts

If you’ve ever used a fork­lift, you’re prob­ably famil­i­ar with the basic mech­an­ics of one. A fork­lift is a powered vehicle that can lift and trans­port mater­i­als by means of two or more prongs called forks, which are moun­ted at its front end. The vehicle is cap­able of mov­ing side­ways, so it can be used to carry pal­lets and crates without hav­ing to turn around.

The coun­ter­bal­ance fork­lift has a coun­ter­weight on the rear of the forks to make it easi­er for oper­at­ors to lift heavy loads. This provides bet­ter sta­bil­ity than oth­er types of fork­lifts while trans­port­ing items hori­zont­ally (rather than ver­tic­ally). In addi­tion, because there are no side walls on these types of vehicles, they require less floor space than oth­ers while still being able to handle heavy loads safely without tip­ping over or dam­aging any­thing being trans­por­ted behind them dur­ing oper­a­tion — mak­ing them ideal for ware­houses where space may be limited!

Reach trucks

Reach trucks are designed to load and unload pal­lets, crates, and con­tain­ers. They have a long tele­scop­ic boom with a hook at the end, which can be raised or lowered as required. Reach trucks are usu­ally used in ware­houses, factor­ies, and con­struc­tion sites for load­ing and unload­ing con­tain­ers or skips. They are also known as boom trucks because of the extend­able tele­scop­ic boom arm that is used to lift loads.

The reach truck­’s main com­pon­ents include:

  • The main body, which houses the engine, con­trols, and oth­er equipment,

  • The lift­ing mech­an­ism is made up of four hydraul­ic cyl­in­ders that power the lift­ing arms through an artic­u­lated joint con­nec­tion (known as an A‑frame) between two rails in front of it; these rails provide sup­port when you’re mov­ing it around on flat sur­faces but also allow your forks to lift high enough off the ground so they don’t dam­age any­thing when mov­ing forward.

  • The steer­ing sys­tem includes a steer­ing wheel con­nec­ted via cables/​linkage rods dir­ectly into the chassis frame structure.

Con­tain­er handlers

Con­tain­er hand­lers are a class of fork­lifts that move con­tain­ers. They can also be used for mov­ing pal­lets and oth­er cargo, as well as heavy loads.

These are com­mon in ware­houses, factor­ies, and dis­tri­bu­tion centers.

The fork­lift is one of the most import­ant pieces of equip­ment in a ware­house or dis­tri­bu­tion cen­ter. It’s used to move heavy objects around and make sure everything runs smoothly. Fork­lifts are an import­ant part of how a ware­house works, but if they aren’t used right, they can also be dangerous.

Side load­ers

Side load­ers are used to load and unload con­tain­ers. They can be used for pal­let­ized or bulk cargo. They can also be equipped with a vari­ety of attach­ments, includ­ing reach stack­er forks, side-shift fork­lift trucks, pal­let forks, and con­tain­er spread­ers. Side load­ers are avail­able in elec­tric (bat­tery), dies­el, or gas engine versions.

They are gen­er­ally used for light loads and can be equipped with fork exten­sions to handle pal­let­ized cargo. Fork­lift trucks are avail­able in elec­tric (bat­tery), dies­el, or gas engine ver­sions. Mod­els range from small, light­weight units that have a lift capa­city of about 4 tons to heavy-duty machines that can lift up to 22 tons. Elec­tric fork­lifts use bat­tery packs for power; dies­el and gas-powered mod­els require fuel tanks.

High-reach trucks

High-reach trucks are a type of lift truck that is used to reach the top shelves of ware­houses. These fork­lifts have tele­scop­ic masts that extend up to 40′(12m), so they can lift loads as high as 25 feet off the ground. Most of the time, these trucks are slower than stand­ard fork­lifts because they can carry more and move less quickly. How­ever, their high­er lift­ing height saves time by redu­cing the need for mul­tiple lifts and short­en­ing the dis­tances they have to travel with­in warehouses.

They are also used in factor­ies and oth­er indus­tri­al envir­on­ments where there is a need for heavy lift­ing at heights. For example, the fork­lift may be called upon to move large, heavy objects from one place to anoth­er with­in a fact­ory or ware­house. The fork­lift is a com­mon and ver­sat­ile piece of equip­ment in many indus­tries. They are often used to move heavy objects, such as crates or pal­lets, from one place to another.

There are many dif­fer­ent types of forklifts.

There are many dif­fer­ent types of fork­lift trucks. They are used for dif­fer­ent pur­poses, ran­ging from indus­tri­al use to the trans­port­a­tion of pal­lets to ware­house oper­a­tions. The most pop­u­lar type is elec­tric-powered and can lift up to 10 short tons (9,100 kg). Oth­er types include elec­tric powered with bat­tery backup and hydraul­ic powered.

Fork­lifts are also known as lift trucks.


There are many dif­fer­ent types of fork­lifts. Each type has its own advant­ages and dis­ad­vant­ages. It’s import­ant that you choose the right type of fork­lift for your needs when it comes time to buy one! For fork­lift hire or fork­lifts for sale, please con­tact us on +27 11 828 2386, we have great second hand fork­lifts for sale and new ones.

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