Forklifts and Lift Trucks

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. With six locations in the Northeast, NITCO is a forklift dealer in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

  • 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.

We also make it easy for you to obtain the equipment you need, with multiple acquisition options and straightforward advice about whether leasing or purchasing is best for you.



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.

  • Hyster
  • Yale
  • Drexel
  • Mariotti
  • Combilift
  • Sellick
  • Bendi
  • Balyo
  • Task
  • JCB
  • Versa-Lift
  • Landoll
  • And more

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.

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Some of the information is presented in the Forklift Classification table seen below.

CLASS Description Ideal Uses Benefits
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

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know what type of forklift is right for my business?

When it comes to selecting the right forklift for the job — and for your particular warehouse and storage environment — it’s helpful to be familiar with the various forklift classifications. That’s why we created this blog post to help customers understand the differences between the seven classifications of forklifts.

Ultimately, the best way to decide is to consult one of forklift experts. They’ll ask a lot of questions about your warehouse, workflow and more to help you decide what equipment will best serve your needs.

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Should I buy used or new?

Occasionally a customer will contact us to explore acquiring a new forklift, but as the conversation unfolds it becomes apparent that their level of usage indicates they might be a better candidate for dependable, high-quality used machine. When it comes to the question of whether to buy new or used, the answer is largely driven by how hard you are going to work the equipment.

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What are my service options?

NITCO offers many different maintenance programs, each tailored to the needs of the individual customer — plans designed to optimize efficiency and uptime for low-, moderate- and high-usage applications, as well as programs for managing larger fleets across multiple shifts and multiple locations.

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How does NITCO help boost warehouse efficiency?

Whether you’re in the market for a forklift, more specialized equipment like an order picker or walkie pallet truck, additional storage rack capacity or perhaps even a mezzanine to expand warehouse space, chances are there is much to be learned — and productivity to be gained — from taking a moment to examine the bigger picture.

This blog post — Clues to Greater Efficiency Hidden in Your Warehouse — focuses on that process, taking a closer look at inventory, touches, aisle sizes, vertical space, the potential benefits of automation and more.

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What industries does NITCO serve?

As a New England leader in the materials handling industry since 1969, NITCO is adept at solving warehouse, workplace and materials handling equipment challenges across a broad range of industries. These include, but aren’t limited to:

Here is some more information about our industry-specific materials handling solutions.

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Do you have service technicians in my area?

Our dedicated team of 300-plus employees includes 165 top-flight service technicians, among the best-trained in the industry, who blanket New England in state-of-the-art, GPS-equipped vans ready to respond quickly to your most urgent or ongoing needs.

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What forklift training does OSHA require?

OSHA specifies that operators be trained on the specific materials handling equipment they use on the job and that training occur “at least once every three years.” It leaves a lot open to interpretation regarding its operator training standards. For example, an employer can tailor training sessions based on the actual work they do and their actual warehouse or worksite conditions. Check the OSHA “Training Assistance” page for more specifics.

To keep your operations running business as usual, NITCO is now offering online classes led by a live instructor that are OSHA compliant. We have taken our proven traditional training programs and transformed them to work in an online format that ensures your equipment operators are trained, certified, and safe.

Our online forklift training program is a simple system that walks users through the entire training and testing process from start to finish.

The online training will go as follows:

  1. NITCO provides all materials (introductory information, training booklets, and homework assignments).
  2. Trainees book 2-hour training session with a NITCO certified trainer.
  3. Individual training sessions are then held via Zoom video conferencing software.
  4. Following training and homework completion, trainees take the OSHA Compliant forklift training test online.

To learn more about our online training programs or to schedule a training, please contact a NITCO rep to get started.

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Do you offer warehouse efficiency consultations?

Because NITCO emphasizes having a true partnership with our customers, we believe it is extremely important to examine the bigger picture — your company’s warehouse or storage space layout and the efficiency of your work flow — when you’re considering investing in a forklift or other materials handling equipment.

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Forklift Resources

As part of our mission to provide you with all the information you need to find the right equipment and optimize the efficiency of your operation, our website is chockful of helpful forklift and warehouse information resources.

Here are a just a few:

Forklift Safety Checklist — This free, easy-to-use checklist is designed to help forklift operators and warehouse professionals breeze through the OSHA-mandated daily inspection, while keeping inspection data organized and documented in case OSHA pays a visit.

The Future is Now: Your Guide to Warehouse Automation — Automation is changing the game in the world of warehouse efficiency. This guidebook offers insights and strategies for determining what types of automation might be most helpful for your organization. (Read the blog post | Get Your Free Warehouse Automation eBook)

Forklift Operator Training — Mandated by OSHA, forklift operator training also is important to ensure safer employees and increased productivity. We offer specialized on-site training at your facility.

Forklift Classifications [with Infographic] — When it comes to selecting the right forklift for the job, it’s helpful to be familiar with the various forklift classifications, especially the benefits and advantages.

How to Decide Between Buying a New or Used Forklift — This post reviews some of the key factors to consider when you’re deciding between purchasing a new or used forklift. We also offer helpful information on the best bang for your buck when renting a forklift.

7 Keys to Optimizing Warehouse Layout & Design — Improving warehouse layout and design is a great way to streamline operations, improve efficiencies and ultimately generate more revenue.

Your Trusted Partner for Forklift Sales and Service, Warehouse Efficiency and More

With our 50-plus years of experience and six convenient locations throughout New England, we’re dedicated to forming long-term relationships with organizations throughout the region and supporting these relationships with industry-leading technical service and customer service.

Or, to put it simply: We are dedicated to earning your business and keeping your business by being the trusted partner you can count on. Contact us today to talk about how we can help your business thrive.

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