Counterbalance Fork Lift trucks are the most commonly used forklifts, and are used for various purposes. Smaller trucks are used for warehousing, loading and unloading lorries and general movement of loads. Larger trucks (B2, B3) are used, sometimes along with attachments other than forks, to move heavier more obscure loads other than standard pallets. This includes attachments such as; Clamp, Rotating Forks, Boom and many more.
The main benefit of these counterbalance forklifts are that they can be used for almost any kind of load, given you have the correct attachment for the load required. Please Note: If you are trained on a forklift with forks attachment, you may need specific job training if you are required to use any other attachments. Contact us for more information.
Types of Counterbalance Forklifts
B1 Rider Operated Counterbalance Lift Truck, up to and including 5,000kg lift
B2 Rider Operated Counterbalance Lift Truck, above 5,000kg up to and including 15,000kg lift
B3 Rider Operated Counterbalance Lift Truck, above 15,000kg
B4 Pedestrian Operated Counterbalance Lift Truck
J1 Rough Terrain Counterbalance Forklift Truck
NEW testing standards were introduced for counterbalance forklift in September 2017, and further amended in September 2018.
Course Timings (based on 3:1 candidates:instructor ratio);
Novice – 5 Days
Experienced/Exisiting Operator – 3 Days
Conversion (from alternative type forklift*) – typically 2 days, however this is down to instructors discretion, and further training may be recommended if the candidates do not reach the required standard.
Refresher Training – 1 Day
What does this course entail?
With all of our courses following the accredited standard, there is so much included. This course covers (but NOT limited to) the below;
Regulations/legislation including LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998 and HASAWA 1974; Introduction to truck; Capacity Plates; Stability; Loading and unloading of vehicles, Handling laden/unladen pallets, Working within racking and much more.
There are both theoretical and practical tests, along with a pre-use check that are mandatory testing elements. You will need to pass ALL THREE to successfully complete the course.
What will a candidate recieve upon successful completion of a basic operators course?
Certification: Upon successful completion of training, you will received a certificate, accredited by your chosen accrediting body (ITSSAR, RTITB or AITT). Check out our accreditation page for more information.
Photo ID Cards: These are also available, although depending on your chosen accreditation, may be additional to the cost quoted.