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Forklift Classifications And Lift Codes

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I find that many forklift trainees, new and experienced, are unaware of the different forklift classifications and there associated lift codes. Regulatory agencies refer to the following Industrial Truck Association’s (ITA) truck classifications for the definition of various types of powered industrial trucks.

CLASS 1 ELECTRIC MOTOR TRUCKS
Lift Code 1 – Counterbalanced Rider Type, Stand Up
Lift Code 4 – Three Wheel Electric Trucks, Sit-down
Lift Code 5 – Counterbalanced Rider Type, Cushion Tire, Sit-down
Lift Code 6 – Counterbalanced Rider, Pneumatic Or Either Type Tire, Sit-down

CLASS 2 ELECTRIC MOTOR NARROW – AISLE TRUCKS
Lift Code 1 – High Lift Straddle
Lift Code 2 – Order Picker
Lift Code 3 – Reach Type Outrigger
Lift Code 4 – Side Loaders, Turret Trucks, Swing Mast And Convertible Turret/Stock Pickers
Lift Code 6 – Low Lift Pallet And Platform (Rider)

CLASS 3 ELECTRIC MOTOR HAND TRUCKS
Lift Code 1 – Low Lift Platform
Lift Code 2 – Low Lift Walkie Pallet
Lift Code 3 – Tractors (Draw Bar, Pull Under 999lb)
Lift Code 4 – Low Lift Walkie/Center Control
Lift Code 5 – Reach Type Outrigger
Lift Code 6 – High lift Straddle
Lift Code 7 – High Lift Counterbalanced
Lift Code 8 – Low Lift Walkie/Rider Pallet

CLASS 4 INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TRUCKS-CUSHION TIRES ONLY
Lift Code 3 – Fork, Counterbalanced (Cushion Tire)

CLASS 5 INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TRUCKS-PNEUMATIC TIRES ONLY
Lift Code 4 – Fork, Counterbalanced (Pneumatic Tire)

CLASS 6 ELECTRIC AND INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE TRACTORS
Lift Code 1 – Sit-down Rider (Draw Bar, Pull Over 999 Lbs)

CLASS 7 ROUGH TERRAIN FORKLIFT TRUCKS
Lift Code 1 – All Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks

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Here is a informative video on some of the different forklift classifications.