1913- The first truck with added electric powers, vertical and horizontal handling ability, and a small crane attachment is introduced.
1917 -The Tructractor is invented and is regarding as the very first forklift
1918-Clark Material Handling Company introduces the first seated counterbalance forklift. It was gasoline powered, and the engine was started by manually cranking.
1919-High lift trucks are built that raise a platform several feet. They give the ability to move materials with better range and permit handling different types of skids.
Lift truck manufacturers added hydraulics and vertical lifting mast. Hydraulic cylinder and pump and control valve were also introduced. Forklifts now offered higher capacities and smoother operations.
1923- One face pallets are first used.
1926- The continued shortening of the wheelbase, center-controlled forklift, the ability for the entire mast to tilt, and the use of welding instead of riveting improves the functions and abilities of the forklift.
With technological and manufacturing advancements, more innovations and capabilities were added. This was the introduction of electrical systems to forklifts. Two faced pallets are designed.
Forklifts can lift loads up to 50 feet, and operator safety features are added to forklifts.
Narrow aisle, battery powered, and other specialty forklifts are being created.
1967- Toyota begins selling forklifts in the United States.
1972- Toyota introduces the FB7, a battery-powered electric forklift that can lift up to 1,500.