The most common type of design forklift is the counter balance. Other types of designs include the reach truck, side loader, and rough terrain which use air filled tires. Most manufacturing, and warehouse forklift applications use solid non marking tires. One of the most important aspects of forklift operation is the rear wheel steering.
Forklifts are available in many types and have different load capacities. In the average warehouse setting, most forklifts have load capacities of around five tons. This information is located on the nameplate that is provided by the manufacturer with safety in mind, loads cannot exceed these specifications.
There are seven different classes of forklifts. In general the classifications are based on the type of propulsion electric motor, internal combustion engine which could be gasoline or diesel, and also propane. Another factor is the tire design as mentioned above. The propane forklift is usually identified by the silver, or white color tank located behind the operators seat. When working around, or performing inspections on forklifts that are battery powered it is always important to not come in contact with the battery acid as the acid will burn your clothes, and skin. Also there never should be a open flame, etc. around these types of equipment. It is always worth mentioning to take all precautions not to have loose hanging clothing around moving machinery parts.