A type of machine that is specially utilized to unload and load heavy, large freight containers is known as a container forklift. They are utilized to transport freight on and off trains, ships and truck beds. Container forklifts are the largest and most durable types of forklifts manufactured. They have to be extremely maneuverable on uneven terrain and have sufficient power and torque to safely raise bulky containers. Normally, they have big pneumatic tires and heavy-duty diesel engines.
Like all types of forklifts, a container forklift uses forks in order to lift the containers. Forks must be positioned to make sure the load is secure during transport. Various container forklift models are only meant to raise the containers several meters off the ground. Other container handlers utilize another technique for lifting containers to greater heights. A container handler utilizes an apparatus attached to the front of the vehicle to clamp down on either end of the container like jaws. The machinery is counterbalanced with weights to maintain stability.
Carrying and transporting containers is the main purpose of a container forklift. Regular forklifts do not have enough reach for working in ports. The forks are rated based on the most weight they could handle. The capabilities of the forklift should never be exceeded and should be posted prominently in the cockpit.