There are seven different types of forklifts according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These types of forklifts are classed depending on their fuel option and what they are used for. 

When picking a forklift for your business you need to fully understand what you’ll be using the forklift for. This will help you determine what type of forklift is best suited for your needs. If you pick a forklift that is too big or uses too much fuel, you won’t be able to benefit from using the machine.

Keep reading to find out how to choose the right type of forklift for your needs.

The Types of Forklifts Explained

Each type of forklift is designed for specific applications. You need to pick the right one to rent in order to benefit from it. 

Electric motor rider forklifts are great for indoor use as they’re quiet and create no emissions. The batteries of these forklifts act as a counterweight to help with the lifting capacity. These forklifts can lift between 3,000 to 40,000 pounds depending on their electrical system.

Electric motor narrow aisle forklifts are designed with maneuverability in mind. They work well in tight and narrow spaces like aisles, so you don’t need to upgrade to a bigger warehouse to use these forklifts. These forklifts are also great when it comes to picking and putting away inventory. 

Electric motor hand forklifts include stackers, electric pallet jacks, and tow tractors. These forklifts are either in a rider style or a walk-behind style. These forklifts are generally used to unload deliveries and move them to loading areas.

Internal combustion engine forklifts with cushion tires are made for indoor use. They’re powered by internal combustion and run on diesel, LP gas, gasoline, or even compressed natural gas. The cushion tires provide a smooth ride and they’re puncture-proof since they aren’t filled with air.

Internal combustion engine forklifts with pneumatic tires are similar to the previous type, but they’re designed for outdoor use. This makes them ideal for construction and lumber work.

Electric and internal combustion engine tractors aren’t made for lifting like most forklifts. This type is mainly used to tow loads instead of lifting.

Rough terrain forklift forklifts have tractor-like tires and just use diesel engines. This makes them great to use on rugged terrains.

Pick the Right Type of Forklift

It can be difficult to ensure you’re picking the right type of forklift for your needs. A few types of forklifts use overlap, making it even harder to decide which one to pick. This is why it’s important to do your due diligence and even speak to various industry professionals.

If you’re ready to rent a forklift or simply need help picking between the different types of forklifts, contact us today. At Superior Industrial Products, our fleet of rental forklifts is available for short or long projects to meet the needs of your growing business.