7 Different Types of Forklifts and What They are Best For

Updated: Dec 8, 2020

4 Wheel Counter-Balance

The most common forklift on the market. They are straight forward forklifts with dual forks in the front and used to lift heavy loads.

3 Wheel Counter-Balanced

Exactly the same as 4 wheel counter-balance forklifts but with only 3 wheels for improved turning ability. Used primarily where space constraints is a factor, like the narrow aisle warehouses. Ideal for 3.2m – 3.5m aisles.

Reach Trucks

Built to lift loads to heights (up to 13m), these machines allow warehouses to use very high aisle setups and ultimately save space with narrow spacing between aisles (roughly 2.6m-3.1m). They come in stand-on and sit-on. Capacity various from 0.9 tons – 3.0 tons.

Powered Pallet Trucks

An electric version of the popular pallet jack also known as a pump truck. These machines help you manoeuvre pallets or other heavy goods quickly and easily within a warehouse.


Stackers are like power pallet trucks but with a mast allowing the ability to lift pallets to heights. They are also known for their ease of use and are cheaper than CB forklifts.

Order Pickers

Order pickers are designed for “hand picking” instead of pallets. They allow personnel to quickly and efficiently pick orders in a warehouse. Some are designed as fixed units while others can elevate the worker to a certain level to reach products stored in higher positions.

Rough Terrain

Rough terrain forklifts are built to operate in rough uneven conditions such as gravel, sand and even muddy surfaces.

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