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A type of machinery in the material handling business which can be used to lift and transport loads from one location to another is called a forklift. Every forklift component has a specific function. Different parts could be used to move the load horizontally or vertically.

The parts utilized to lower and lift the load is referred to as the forklift mast. There are various types of masts for raising loads to various heights: simplex, duplex, triplex and quad.

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Forklifts have four various ways of being powered: gas, electric, diesel and propane. The battery is situated inside the cab underneath the seat. The propane tank is on the back of the truck. The fuel tank on diesel and gas forklifts is under the back of the truck.

Situated in the center of the truck is the forklift cab. This is where the operator sits and accesses all the informational gauges and controls. The gas pedal, steering wheel, brake, lifting controls and tilting controls are all situated in the cab.

The truck frame carries all the largest parts of the forklift, including the counterweights, which are located at the back to stop the truck from tipping when loaded. The frame includes the overhead guard which protects the operator. The undercarriage holds the driveshaft, axles and wheels.

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