The Counterbalance Forklift is also known as the Tow-Motor or Sit-Down Counterbalance. This forklift is widely used in the loading and offloading of freight to and from transport trucks in all warehouse environments. It can also used for the movement of goods within a facility.
A stand up version also exists which is essentially the same type of machine, only that the operator compartment is designed to be used while standing, this is called the Dockstocker or Standup Counterbalance.
Counterbalance Forklifts come in a variety of makes, designs and sizes. You can find machines that have been designed for use indoors as well as outdoors for use in rough terrain environments. The fuel types can also vary from propane powered machines to diesel and electrically powered.
Although the fuel sources may vary, the actual lifting mechanism are standard on all machines, they all depend on hydraulics for their lifting and functions. The basics are standard on all trucks although the controls placement and overall "feel" of the machines might differ. If you learn how to operate one, with a bit of practice, you will be able to adapt to the others.
Certification Goals and Expectations
Having a counterbalance forklift certificate will expand your hiring potential and put you ahead of the crowd in the eyes of an employer. After taking our counterbalance certification course, the operator will have gained:
- The necessary theory and practical skills to the safely and properly use of the counterbalance
- The importance of doing the pre-operational safety checks
- Respect for the machine by using it correctly, the way it was designed to be used.