Five Fun Facts about Forklifts You Need to Know About

Five Fun Facts about Forklifts You Need to Know About

Forklifts are one of the most important and widely used tools for modern industrial innovations. Forklifts are very practical and popular for moving various products over short distances. Additionally, there are over 150,000 forklifts being distributed to material handling buyers on a yearly basis. The forklift might not be the most interesting piece of machinery in the world, but it is efficient and saves companies a lot of money by doing the work of twenty men.  With that being said, here’s some fun facts that you probably do not know about the forklift.


1. The Forklift is a Descendent of The Tractrator 

  • There are some fairly important forerunnings that created the paveway for the creation of forklifts before its final outcome of the forklift. 
  • The tractractor is mostly credited as being the ancestor or inspiration for the traditional forklifts.
  • In 1917, Clark’s axle plant created the tractractor solely for its own use. However when visitors started requesting their own models, this caused the development of forklifts
  • By 1923, Yale produced the very first electric truck with raising forks.
  • Hence came the existence of the forklift, although it took a while before forklifts gained its popularity.
  • The modernized version of forklift wasn’t invented until the year 1960.


2. During the Second World War, The Production of Forklifts and Wooden Pallets Were Pushed Forward

  • The forklift has made some important evolutionary steps to upgrade its working capabilities and World War II play a major role in the evolution of forklifts.  
  • During 1930, the wooden pallet became standardized and popular. At the time laborers were looking for a more efficient way to transport and load the large quantities of war supplies on ships and wagons, this resulted in the skyrocket of forklift production
  • In 1939, one company moved from just 500 units to over 23,000 units towards the later end of the war.  
  • The continuous movement of goods led to another important forklift development.  
  • When it became important for forklifts to have a longer lifespan and have longer serving life, models were developed and manufactured  to work for a full eight-hour shift on a single battery charge.


3. Forklifts Are Not Just Manufactured for Warehouse Uses

  • Even though forklifts are most associated with industrial areas like warehouses and factories, forklifts of different types can also be found in other workplaces. 
  • The rough-terrain forklifts are exclusively designed so that they can transfer construction equipment, roofing supplies, bricks, and lumber. 
  • These forklifts have the exact same function as normal forklift trucks, but they are also equipped with a very rugged transmission which allows them to work in different ground conditions. 
  • The 4-wheel mechanism gives this forklift a larger turn radius and it’s slightly slower at work due to the 4 wheels creating traction on the ground.


4. Despite Common Assumption, Forklifts Do Not Cause as Many Accidents 

  • Despite contrary beliefs that many would assume, forklifts are not as hazardous and life-threatening as one would expect. 
  • While it is true that forklifts are dangerous and operators are needed to pass a mandatory safety tests before they are given the license to drive them, however forklifts actually do not cause a lot of accidents in factories or warehouses. 
  • In fact, out of all the accidents that can occur in industrial workplace forklift accidents only make up for about 1% of them. 
  • However, forklifts can cause only approximately 10% of physical injuries. 

5. Forklifts Have Actually Been Stolen to Commit Crimes to Steal ATM Machines Before

  • While forklifts have commonly been used in the working world, there have been people who have thought of slightly more creative and illegal ways to use this machine.  
  • In August 2014, some enterprising and creative thieves had managed to steal a forklift and then proceeded to use that stolen forklift to run off with an ATM machine in Fayetteville, Georgia.
  • Security footage reveals that a forklift was ramming into the 2,000 pound ATM machine and tearing it out from its foundation. Apparently, using forklifts in robberies similar to this has become rather a trend. 
  • This should go without saying, but one should always use their forklift for good

Based on the five fun facts listed above, there are a lot of unusual and entertaining things that define the purpose and uses of a forklift than one would initially expected.