December 7, 2011 1 Comment
Seven years ago when I first started at MH Equipment, I remember how confusing it was to learn all of the different lift truck types and options available. I had previously come from the insurance business and hadn’t as of yet had the privilege of working in the material handling industry. Since I was new to the industry and obviously had a lot to learn, I began seeking out resources that could help me to become the ‘forklift expert’ I was determined to be. I wanted to be able to answer questions such as:
- “What is the difference between a pneumatic and a cushion tire truck and in what applications would you find each?”
- “What exactly do the different mast types mean?”
- “Why would someone choose an LP truck over an electric?”
- “What the heck is a turret truck?”
For most of you that have been in the material handling industry for years, you know that these are some of the most basic things that you should know about forklifts. However, for those that are new to the industry, or like me are still learning, being able to find the right resources to help you expand your material handling knowledge is essential. That is why I wanted to pass along a couple of links that helped me to learn more about lift trucks and the material handling industry.
- Lift Truck Basics by Dave Piasecki. This website does an excellent job of breaking down the basics of lift trucks and I still to this day refer to it for the occasional refresher.
- A well written, simple article on lift truck basics was written in 2007 by Corinne Kator, Associate Editor for Modern Materials Handling. Some of the pricing mentioned may be outdated, but the content gives good insight into lift truck basics.
- I also refer to Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) quite often as well. Primarily for dealers in the industry, this site as well as various print materials they send out, are a great resource to learn about material handling equipment and what is going on within the industry.
Although I am still not a ‘forklift expert’, finding and having these resources on hand have definitely helped me along the way. I am still confident that I will reach my goal of being a ‘forklift expert’ – someday.
What are some resources that have helped you learn more about lift trucks or kept you up to date on the material handling industry?