The Story behind forklifts

As we all know, forklifts are used to handle materials from one place to another and has been very useful in the daily activities of a construction project. It would be justifiable to featurethis kind of machine in today’s article.

Just like any other capital equipmentcompanies, Axis Capital Group has laid a huge emphasis on the useof fork lifts. This kind of machine of every available brand has been one of our top sellers in both of our offices in Singapore and Jakarta, Indonesia. The demand for this equipment spread across all over Asia.


Handling has once been done bydifferent kinds of equipment but with the creation of forklifts, it has made agreat spur in the industry. The development, however, has taken years of reviewand research to truly evolve.

In the middle of the 19thcentury through the early 20th century, the world has seen thedevelopment of lifting tools which had led to today’s modern forklifts. The forerunnerof the modern forklift was manually powered hoist that were used to lift loads.


On 1919, some high lift trucks werebuilt which raised their platforms several feet to provide a greater range ofoperation and permit handling the many different types of skids. From here itwas only a short step to tiering. Warnings of demolition caused by wars did nothinder the development of this useful equipment. Post war standardization the same year eliminated the rest of the trouble, and has resulted in keeping the platform truck skid system useful right up to the present day.

The year 1919 also saw the developmentof vertical lifting cantilever trucks as well as the introduction of forks andrams. The cantilever feature enabled these trucks to drive right up to a stow without requiring clearance underneath for projecting front wheels, while theforks and rams provided a means of handling many different types of objects.Some of the first trucks with forks were merely platform trucks to which bars had been welded.


Forklift hydraulics is controlled either with levers directly manipulating the hydraulic valves, or by electrically controlled actuators, using smaller “finger” levers for control. The latter allows forklift designers more freedom in agronomical design.

Forklift trucks are available in many variations and load capacities. In a typical warehouse setting most forkliftshave load capacities between one and five tons. Larger machines, up to 50 tonslift capacity, are used for lifting heavier loads, including loaded shipping containers.

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