However, forklifts are a modern alternative to the old weight lifting mechanisms but still these are very old and people have been using these from a significant amount of period. The first forklift machine was developed in the year of 1960 but the model that was developed in these years is not in use now a days. Forklifts went through many modification and improvements in their designs, structure and feature from nineteen to early twenty century. However, in 1906 in the era of First World War. The forklift of Flexilift Australia was introduced to lift up the materials especially the materials used for war. These truck gain popularity in the era of First world war as there was very less number of workers willing to work during the war so these trucks replaced the workers.
After the popularity in the first world war, these trucks served in the second and third world war as well. The forklifts used in today eras utilize different energy for their working such as electricity, diesel, petrol, batteries and sometimes even propane. The forklifts that work on batteries charged by electricity are more famous and appropriate. Because like other forklifts working on propane or diesel these do not cause the vapors of harmful gases. Moreover, these are easy to maintain than others. However, due to the very power that the fuels like propane and diesel provide that forklift trucks are much more powerful but as this fuel is expensive, therefore these forklifts are not very cost effective and these are very hard to maintain.
The basic features are provided by all forklifts but there are some additional features or attachments that you can add in order to increase the efficiency of these. Some of these extensions involve side shifters, scales, man baskets, rotator, telescopic forks and much more.
Although forklifts are very much safe and are less dangerous then the pulleys and rope but still there can be some accidents by this if its instructions are not properly followed. It is researched that only 1 percent accidents are caused by these forklifts machines. But all the injuries involving forklifts contain 10 percent of physical injuries. To reduce this percentage it is recommended to not to overspeed the trucks and allow these to reach the maximum speed of 8 mph.
There are many online companies where there are new forklifts for sale and also used forklifts for sale.