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How many types of forklifts are there & their applications?

How many types of forklifts

Buying the right forklift is really important for your facility & also for your workforce, but picking the perfect forklift for your needs isn’t always a “breeze”. To choose the perfect forklift, you need to know how many forklifts are there & their use. The perfect forklift could boost your efficiency & productivity considerably. For this reason, this is really important to understand the key differences between them. In this writing, we will list down all types of forklifts available in the market.

Some common types of forklifts

Before going deep, here is a list of common types of forklifts

  • >> IC forklifts
  • >> Electric forklifts
  • >> Order pickers
  • >> Pallet jacks
  • >> Reach trucks
  • >> High-capacity forklifts

Different classes of forklifts

After listing down the common types of forklifts, we will now divide forklifts in several different classes.

Class A : Electric Motor Rider Forklifts
Class B : Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Forklifts (Reach Trucks, Order Pickers)
Class C : Electric Pallet Jacks / Stackers / Tow Tractors
Class D : Internal Combustion Cushion Tire Forklifts
Class E : Internal Combustion Pneumatic Tire Trucks
Class F : Electric/IC Engine Tow Tractors
Class G : Rough Terrain Forklifts

Now let's try to discover the applications, benefits and features of every forklift types.

Class A : Electric Motor Riders

These electric-powered forklifts are ideal for industries ranging from food storage and retail to factory and general warehousing for loading and unloading tractor-trailers, handling pallets, and many other applications.

These class A forklifts are much quieter and produce no emissions as they run on electric battery. This feature make them more suitable for indoor applications. The battery on the forklift also work as part of the counterweight to help maintain lifting capacity.

Still electric forklift trucks in action


At IESL, we offer 5 types of forklift truck from STILL. Each of the type has plenty of models to suit your needs perfectly. These trucks capacity ranges from 1000 kg to 8000 kg, with the lifting capacity ranges from 6070 mm to 8670 mm. You can check the collection of these trucks from the links below.

Class B : Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Forklifts

In this class, name describes a lot. This type of forklifts are designed with mobility in mind. For this special design procedure they can operate scarce spaces and narrow aisles. By using, you can save a considerable amount of space, which can help you from expanding your current warehouse space.

Still reach trucks in action

IESL offers two types of forklift trucks in this class. These trucks are efficient & highly productive. Check the collection from the link below :

Class C : Electric Pallet Jacks / Stackers / Tow Tractors

This class consists of stackers, tow tractors/tugger trains. They comes in options of both rider and walk behind (“walkie”) models. Class C models are ideal for unloading deliveries and moving loads to a staging area where they can be handled by other types of forklift trucks.

Low lift pallet truck in action

Still has extensive range of class C trucks. Check the links below for detail specifications & features.

Class D : Internal Combustion Cushion Tire Forklifts

Internal combustion cushion tire forklifts falls into class D. These forklifts are designed for indoor use. Internal Combustion (IC) engine powered this trucks & runs on diesel, LP gas, gasoline or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG). The tires with this trucks are air free, so naturally they are puncture-proof. This air free tire also ensures smooth ride on indoor surfaces. These forklifts works best for distribution,retail,warehousing and automotive applications.

Class E : Internal Combustion Pneumatic Tire Trucks

Internal combustion pneumatic tire trucks are similar to Class D trucks,but mostly these trucks are for outdoor jobs. They are highly durable and ideal for construction sites,lumberyards and other outdoor applications.

Diesel gas forklift truck in action

We provide wide array of Class E forklifts from Still, which are also available with cushion tire. Check the collection here :

Class F : Electric / IC Engine Tow Tractors

Class F are electric/IC engine tow tractors. These machine are real powerhouse for towing loads on its truck bed. They provide high speed for high transport capacity. These robust tractors are particularly impressive when at use in production supply in the steel and automotive industry,luggage transit at airports and train stations, and indoor and outdoor material handling as a tugger train. Due to the high adaptability they can also be used in many other industries.

Tow tractor from Still are in action

Still's R07 & R08 covers maximum tagging capacity of 2000 kg. Three independent braking systems including an electric parking brake ensure that the trucks can transport even the heaviest loads easily and safely.

Class G : Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

These trucks has large,tractor-style tires and in most cases powered by diesel engines. Class G trucks are common at lumberyards or construction sites to lift building materials to elevated work sites.

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