Forklifts can be valuable to almost any industry. The different styles and classes lend themselves to a piece of equipment that is equally at home in a large warehouse or on a rocky construction site. OSHA has defined seven different classes of forklifts which are determined by construction and function. In order to operate a forklift of any type, a person needs to pass an exam. This is to ensure proper safety protocol is understood. The type of tires on a forklift will depend upon where it will be used and the type of power used will differ. Regardless of the individual classification, forklifts are all designed basically the same. They also use the same method to accomplish their task.
There are several major parts that go into making a forklift:
The principle behind how a forklift works is a simple one. With training, the actual operation isn’t as complicated as it first seems, but it requires knowledge and attention to detail to make things run smoothly.
In order to lift the mast, the forklift operator pushes the control lever forward and air from the outside is sucked into the hydraulic cylinders. As the air fills the cylinder, the gears of the pulley system are rotated clockwise and the mast raises. When the mast needs to be lowered, the control lever is pulled back and the air is slowly released. It takes skill to know how quickly to let air enter and release and this is where training comes into the picture.
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