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forklift types

      Before discussing forklift types or looking at a particular forklift for sale, let’s first give a definition of a it.


       Forklift is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials in warehouses and yards. Different forklifts are made for different loading capacity and height of pallet racks. All the important information about it (like forklift types, load capacity, lift height, battery type, etc.) is located on a nameplate provided by a manufacturer.

      There are different forklift types which serve different purposes: manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, shipping/receiving, trailer loading/unloading, transfer/stacking, order picking, narrow aisle, applications, recycling, beverage/bottling, lumberyards, brickyards, garden centers, pharmacy, etc. General types are:

  • Warehouse Forklift

  • Industrial Forklift

  • Rough Terrain Forklift

  • Reach Fork Truck

  • Walkie Stacker

  • Order Picker

  • Counterbalance Forklift

  • Telehandler

  • Pallet Jack

     The most important things to know when you choose a forklift are its size, lift and load capacity, and configuration. Configurations include Sit Down Forklifts, Stand Up Reach, Pallet Jacks, Scissor Lifts and many others. Forklifts work on fuel (gas, diesel) or from battery. Tire composition varies depending on the main usage of it (indoor or outdoor).

      Only a licensed person can operate a lift truck. To obtain a license he needs to go through a training. Golden Gate Rack offers training services. Contact us if you have any questions about the training.

     If you are looking for a forklift for sale - search no longer, we are here for you! As a forklift dealer, Golden Gate Rack works with forklift companies and forklift suppliers. You can easily find a forklift for sale that you will like, because we stack most of the forklift types. However, if you don’t see something on our website - give us a call and we will get it for you or will provide you with the information of a closest dealership to you which has this particular type you are looking for.

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Sit Down Electric Forklift for sale UniCarriers

   Sit down forklift has a seat for a rider which faces the mast. In this position operator can see the lifting process while comfortably seated, which increases productivity.

Order picker narrow aisle big joe forklift for sale

   Order pickers and task support vehicles are forklifts or lift trucks with a platform made to help you complete different tasks in warehouse.

Pallet jack, order picker, big joe, yellow, pallet truck

   Pallet jacks are cheap, small in size, and good for small loads. Pallet jacks are commonly used in storage facilities for easy transportation of pallets at ground level.

   There is a variety of designs of pallet jacks available. One of the most popular is a rider jack. Rider jack is a pallet truck that has a small platform for an operator to stand on during the transportation, which excludes walking.

   Stand up reach are the most common type of all forklift types due to its extended lift height which works good for a high rise storage racking. It is also more compact than a sit down forklift which makes this forklift for sale good for narrow aisles.

Stand up reach Nissan Forklift for sale

   Straddle stackers have long forks to slide under the load, and additional legs for stability. This forklift type is mainly for stacking and good for work in tight areas.

bigjoe straddle stacker s22 forklift for sale

   Aerial platforms and scissor lifts are for lifting workers (usually one or two people) and are excellent for indoor and outdoor construction, maintenance and installation applications. Rough terrain option is for surfaces other than concrete.

   Telehandlers are four-wheel drive trucks with long attachments with forks in the end for lifting pallets and other equipment.

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Stand up reach and some other forklift types can operate in narrow aisles. Some of the special forklift types for very narrow aisles have a mast that can rotate to maneuver in tight areas.


85 people die in forklifts accidents every year

34900 people get seriously injured

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