B3 Counterbalance Forklift

About the Counterbalance lift truck

The counterbalance lift truck, also known as frontloader, stacker, or simply forklift. By far the most used truck in materials handling. There are 3 different categories of this truck. B1 up to 5000kg capacity, B2 up to 15000kg and B3 for trucks with a lifting capacity in excess of 15000kg. Counterbalance forklift trucks are the most common type of forklift truck, and the type most people instinctively think of when thinking of forklifts. On counterbalance trucks, the forks protrude from the front of the machine, with no outrigging legs or arms, meaning the truck can be driven up to the exact location of the load or racking. This means that no reach facility is required, and lends itself to straightforward operation.

Counterbalance machines are available as electric, gas or diesel powered. Many have sideshifts, a mast tilt facility, and often driver cabs. As the name suggests, the trucks operate a counterbalance weight design, with a weight at the rear of the truck off-setting the load to be lifted at the front. Electric machines are able to operate with a smaller counterweight as the battery serves as ballast as well as a source of power.

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