Your Trusted Partner for Forklift and Materials Handling Equipment, Advice and Service
Welcome to NITCO. There are plenty of reasons why companies throughout New England and across all industries choose us as their trusted partner for forklifts, materials handling equipment and warehouse solutions.
- Start with our unparalleled selection of forklifts: We offer new, used and rental options ideal for every type of job.
- Expert advice: We understand the importance of working hard to understand each of your company’s needs and recommend the most helpful and affordable solutions.
- After-care: Deployed across New England in state-of-the-art, GPS-equipped vans, our team of 175 top-flight service technicians responds quickly to your most urgent or ongoing needs.
And that’s just the beginning. With over a half-century of experience and longstanding relationships with top manufacturers, we make it our personal mission to connect you with the right forklift for the job and help you solve your biggest materials handling challenges.
Wide Selection of Forklift Brands from Top Manufacturers
We’ve established long-term relationships with world-class manufacturers to bring you the best possible selection of high-quality lift trucks, materials handling equipment and warehouse efficiency solutions.
Always focused on helping your operation achieve maximum productivity, we team with top manufacturers to offer a complete inventory of materials handling equipment for all applications.
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Types of Forklifts — Helping You Find the Right Equipment for the Right Job
Having the right forklift for the right job makes all the difference in any warehouse or industrial workplace environment. That’s why we have a wide selection of different types and styles of lift trucks and materials handling equipment.
Electric forklifts, internal combustion forklifts, high-capacity forklifts, narrow aisle forklifts, aerial lifts, scissor lifts, reach trucks, order pickers, pallet jacks, rider pallet trucks, container handlers, robotic forklifts and automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and much more.
Plus, at NITCO we’re always focused on doing everything we can to help your operation achieve maximum productivity.
Types of Forklifts (Forklift Classifications I-VII)
With so many different types of forklifts to choose from, your workplace efficiency and productivity depends on selecting the right equipment for your needs.
That’s why we have put together an informative blog post offering a comprehensive review of the seven different forklift classifications labeled Classes I-VII by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) — including their specific characteristics, as well as key features and benefits.
Some of the information is presented in the Forklift Classification table seen below.
|Class I||Electric Motor Rider Trucks||Loading/unloading tractor-trailer; handling pallets||Electric means no emissions, minimal noise|
|Class II||Electric Motor Narrow Aisle Trucks||Operating in tight spaces, handling pallets, picking/storing inventory||Can be used to gain more storage space in same warehouse footprint|
|Class III||Electric Motor Hand Trucks or Hand/Rider Trucks||Unloading deliveries from tractor-trailers; often used for short runs in smaller warehouses||Rider and walk-behind (“walkie”) options|
|Class IV||Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Solid/Cushion Tires)||Moving pallets from the loading dock to storage, vice versa||Cushion tires great for low-clearance situations|
|Class V||Internal Combustion Engine Trucks (Pneumatic Tires)||Versatile; trucks in this class can handle single pallets to loaded 40-foot containers||Mostly for outdoor use, but also indoors in large warehouses|
|Class VI||Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tractors||Commonly used for hauling of pulling loads rather than lifting; versatile||Example: airport “tugger” towing luggage carts|
|Class VII||Rough Terrain Forklift Trucks||Great for lumberyards/construction sites where crews need to lift building materials to high elevations||Some are equipped with telescoping mast to provider far greater reach|