The forklift is an important piece of machine in most companies which operate distribution centers, warehouses, storage handling and industrial facilities. This great equipment, the lift truck is constructed of various components, including the essential carriage, the power source, the engine and the wheels. Forklifts normally have different types of attachments as well. The following are several of the most important parts of a forklift.
Lift Truck Engine - At the back of the equipment, the lift truck has its power source. The different types of engine on the lift truck will need varying power sources. For example, a lift truck with an IC engine could have as its power source any of the following: gasoline, diesel, CNG gas or LP gas. Electric motor forklifts receive their power from a battery or fuel cells.
Truck Frame - The frame of the truck is the base of the forklift and the most essential of all the forklift components. This forms the core of the machine. All other parts of a lift truck are connected to the base, including the mast, wheels, axles overhead guard and counterweight. Fuel and hydraulic fluid tanks can also be part of the frame assembly.
Counterweight Forklift Parts - While lifting heavy loads, the counterweight enables the machine to be balanced. This specific part is cast iron and comes connected to the rear of the lift truck. The counterbalance balances the frame of the truck to prevent it from tipping over when a load is being lifted or carried on the front. The heavy lead-acid battery in an electric lift truck provides balance and can work as part of the counterweight.
The Cab Area - The cab is also referred to as the operator compartment. Lift trucks would sometimes have closed cabs while others will be open to the air. There are numerous parts situated within the cab for operating the forks. The cab has such important parts as the steering wheel, operator controls, seats, pedals, levers and switches. The dashboard has operator readouts.