Every Part You Need to know about Forklift


04 August, 2020

By: Antbuildz Editorial Team

Every Part You Need to know about Forklift

Parts of Forklift 


A forklift is a small industrial vehicle, having a power-operated forked platform attached at the front that can be raised and lowered for insertion under a cargo to lift or move it. Forklifts serve the needs of various industries including warehouses and other large storage facilities.


Forklifts are powered by electric batteries or combustion engines. Some Forklifts allow the operators to sit while driving and operating the machine while others require the operator to stand. It is being extensively used throughout the industry for transporting materials and goods.


What is Forklift?


What Is the Purpose of a Forklift?


A forklift is mainly used to carry heavy loads across long distances of varying terrain. It’s useful for projects that require lots of materials in various places and cuts down the time and effort needed to lift, carry and transport.


To answer that, we put together this guide to break down what a forklift is used for, its different parts, and how it works.


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Key Components of Forklift You Need To Know


Forklift consists of a variety of components required to handle the task effectively. From Truck Frame, power source to counterweight are essential for the forklift to function efficiently.




  1. Load backrest 
  2. Overhead guard 
  3. Forks
  4. Mast
  5. Tires
  6. Counterweight
  7. Power Source
  8. Truck Frame
  9. Carriage


  • Load back-rest: This part keeps the load from shifting backward.
  • Overhead guard: This section of the forklift protects operators from a load if it falls.
  • Forks: These are the prongs that carry loads.
  • Mast: The mast raises and lowers the load. It also has interlocking rails that provide horizontal control.
  • Tires: Forklifts can use pneumatic tires (normally used outdoors) or solid tires (sometimes called cushion tires) that are used both indoors and on hard, flat surfaces.
  • Counterweight: This weight is used to stabilize the forklift and keep it from tipping over.
  • Power source: Forklifts can be powered by things like fuel cells, propane gas, gasoline, diesel engine, or batteries.
  • Truck frame: The frame is the base of the machine and all parts are attached to it.
  • Carriage: The carriage is the base of the forklift and is fixed on mast rails to easily move up and down.



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