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Caterpillar Large Capacity Forklifts

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History of Forklifts
Forklift technology provides the capacity to move heavy or bulky items easily across short distances. Forklifts are normally utilized in the every day operations of different types of businesses. Forklift design is always undergoing improvement as technology advances.

The forklift was invented in the early part of the 20th century at the start of the industrial era in America. A company called Clark manufactured the first truck tracker in 1917. It was developed for use in Clark's very own plant, but when other people saw it they were very impressed with this lifting machine, even if it could just lift loads a few centimeters off the ground. The following year, Clark began marketing the trucks widely.

The first types of forklifts were only the basics. By the year 1920, hydraulics was incorporated into the design. During the year 1923, Yale Baker developed an electric powered model with a pinion and ratchet system which cost a lot less to operate. Pallets were developed as surfaces that are stackable on which to move supplies. This allowed larger loads to be moved.

During the Second World War, more companies moved into the materials handling sector in order to handle increased demand. Companies, like Hyster, went from making various types of machines to producing lift trucks. The United States Armed Forces increased demand for forklifts for the reason of bringing military supplies to the frontlines. The demand for longer lasting electric models resulted in the development of forklifts which could last for eight hours.

During the course of their history, forklifts have considerably changed. Industries around the globe need forklifts to increase production and lower expenses. Modern trucks are more productive and more comfortable and safer than their predecessors.

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