Before you start training on a forklift truck, it can really help to brush up on the type of vehicle you might be driving, and the type of work you could be doing with it. The first thing to know is that a forklift truck is not a generic working vehicle, but rather a catch-all term for a series of vehicles that each do slightly different things.

Because of their differences, each form of forklift has its own methods of operation and things that need to be considered when driving them. The two main types of forklifts are Counterbalance forklifts and reach forklifts, and each is good for a particular range of jobs.

 

Counterbalance forklifts

A counterbalance forklift is what you might picture in your mind when you think of a forklift truck. It has the forks at the front, the small cab, and little else because no protruding legs are needed for balance. The counterbalance forklift does the fundamental warehouse work of lifting moving and placing large and heavy items, usually driving between HGVs and storage space.

Counterbalance forklift training

They are called counterbalance forklifts because they’re weighted with a counterbalance weight which prevents them from tipping over forwards when they lift a heavy load. Because of its compact design, the counterbalance forklift can get right up close to the loads it needs to lift, and to the exact place, they need to go. The only movements of the counterbalance truck – other than manoeuvring around a space – are lifting up and down, and they’re suitable for indoor or outdoor use.

 

Reach trucks

A reach truck, unlike a counterbalance truck, can ‘reach’ points beyond that of a counterbalance truck, which means they can ‘reach’ out into racking to load items that are out of the immediate reach of a counterbalance forklift. Using stabilising legs rather than a counterbalance weight, the reach truck can handle loads without the need of a counterbalance weight, which is what gives them their essential flexibility of movement.

Reach forklift training

 

Reach trucks are usually chosen for jobs that require lifting to greater heights and can lift over 10m in the air. This type of forklift is usually used indoors on even surfaces where their low undercarriages don’t need to deal with potentially damaging uneven surfaces. Reach truck drivers need added visibility as they drive, and may have cameras on the outside which transmit to a screen on the inside of the cab.

 

If you’re looking to get your counterbalance or reach forklift training done with in 3/5 days, call us today on 08000315765

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