MM2600, Lesson 1
Because internal combustion engines create a fire hazard, electrically-operated forklifts were designed
to use inside magazines and operating buildings (workshops) to reduce safety hazards of sparks and
gases. The 4,000-pound electric forklift (figure 1-10) is powered by an electric motor using a large
storage battery pack. The batteries must be recharged periodically. Under normal operations, a full
battery charge will provide approximately 10 operating hours. Most models have solid rubber tires
designed for use on hard surfaces only. The fork assembly can only raise or lower and tilt forward or
Figure 1-10. 4,000-pound Electric Forklift.