Below are the classes of forklifts that describe the use and fuel option of each type of forklift. Certification is really necessary for each class of forklift that the operator would be utilizing.
Class 1 - Electric Motor Rider Trucks
These forklifts are available with either cushion tires or pneumatic tires. Pneumatic tires are recommended for outdoor use during dry conditions. The models with cushion tires are made for smooth, indoor surfaces. These are electrically powered vehicles which make use of industrial batteries, that make them suitable in closed environments where the quality of air is an issue. Hoist functions and travel are controlled by transistor motor controllers. These are versatile units commonly used everywhere from storage facility to the loading dock.
Class 2 - Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks
This particular forklift is recommended for locations where narrow aisles have to be negotiated. They are effective at making the most of storage space. Their unique design makes them ideal for small spaces and where speed is needed.
Class 3 - Electric Motor Hand or Hand-Rider Trucks
These are hand-controlled and battery-powered models. Using a steering tiller, the operator could control the lift while standing in front of the truck. The tiller has controls mounted on top and is moved sideways to be able to maneuver the vehicle. The units which have smaller capacity utilize industrial batteries.