Counterbalance forklift trucks are what most people think of when they hear the term ‘fork lift’. They have a counterweight within the rear of the truck to enable heavy loads to be lifted by the forks at the front. They are usually found in three drive types:
Electric counterbalance trucks can be used outside but are often selected for shorter transport routes indoors.
Diesel counterbalance trucks follow the same premise as electric counterbalance trucks. They can be used indoors but are often selected for outside work and can also lift heavier loads than the electric option.
Gas counterbalance trucks are an alternative to diesel counterbalance trucks. They perform the same function but are powered differently. The choice is often down to customer preference.