Forklift Trucks & Their Rise

The Rise Of The Forklift

This machine did not arrive overnight as a result of an inventors “eureka” moment, but as a steady development over almost a century.

The fore-runner of today’s complex hydraulic forklift is generally recognised as the electric baggage waggon, a flat-bed trolley widely used on railway platforms which had no hoisting ability, but could carry small loads from A to B.

This was in the early days of the twentieth century, and the use of the electric motor in transportation was an interesting innovation and hybrids appeared in many manufacturers production lines.

The introduction of steel ahead of iron, and consequent welding in place of riveting allowed for greater strength and lighter Continue reading Forklift Trucks & Their Rise