Counterbalanced forklift is an essential equipment in various industrial and commercial sectors. This type of forklift is designed to offer stability and efficiency in moving heavy loads, and is widely used in warehouses, distribution centres, and factories. Let’s explore what a counterbalanced forklift is, its benefits, uses, and applications.

What is a Counterbalanced Forklift?

The counterbalanced forklift is a type of forklift where the weight of the load in front of the equipment is balanced by a counterweight located at the rear. This design allows the forklift to lift and transport heavy loads with stability and safety. Counterbalanced forklifts can be powered by internal combustion (IC) or electric engines. The electric version is increasingly popular due to its energy efficiency and lower environmental impact.

CPD50L1 electric counterbalance forklift being operated on a ramp.

CPD50L1 electric counterbalance forklift.

Benefits of Counterbalanced Forklifts

Stability and Security

The main benefit of the counterbalanced forklift is its stability. The rear counterweight compensates for the weight of the load at the front, reducing the risk of tipping over. This is crucial to ensure the safety of operators and the integrity of loads.


Counterbalanced forklifts are extremely versatile. They can operate in a variety of environments, both indoors and outdoors, and are capable of handling a wide range of materials, from pallets to bulky loads.

Ease of Operation

With an intuitive design and ergonomic controls, counterbalanced forklifts are easy to operate. This contributes to greater operational efficiency and shorter training time for new operators.


Electric versions of forklifts are a sustainable choice. They produce fewer emissions and have lower operating costs compared to internal combustion-powered forklifts.

Uses and Applications of Counterbalanced Forklifts

Counterbalanced forklifts are used in a variety of industries, including:

Warehousing and Logistics

In warehouses and distribution centres, counterbalanced forklifts are indispensable for the transport and storage of goods. They facilitate the efficient movement of pallets, contributing to a more agile supply chain.


In the manufacturing industry, these forklifts are used to transport raw materials and finished products. They help streamline workflow and keep production at a steady pace.


In the construction industry, counterbalanced forklifts are used to move heavy building materials such as bricks, cement, and steel. Their robustness and load capacity make them ideal for this challenging environment.


In retail settings such as supermarkets and large chain distribution centers, these forklifts help with stock replenishment and inventory organization, ensuring that shelves are always stocked.

EP Equipment Products

To better serve modern intralogistics applications, EP Equipment presents the new EFL electric forklift series, a fusion of robustness, ergonomics and adaptability. The new EFL series also keeps up with the needs of all applications, especially in tough environments or tight work shifts – the S/P version demonstrates high performance for demanding tasks.

With rugged design and lithium-ion power source, it is an ideal alternative to diesel-powered IC forklifts.

EFL3 Series electric counterbalance forklift being operated on a ramp.

EFL3 Series electric counterbalance forklift.

EFL Series of Electric Forklifts


  • Versatile: This electric forklift is ideal for beverages, logistics, construction, and more, making it suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments.
  • All-Weather Ready: With a fully upgraded protection for in-cabin use, ensuring adaptability to all weather conditions.
  • Shift Ready: Thanks to opportunity loading, this lithium-powered forklift supports multiple work shifts with no downtime.

Key Highlights

  • Rugged Design: Built on the chassis of the IC T8 forklift, ensuring increased durability and maneuverability in tight spaces.
  • Ergonomic Improvements: It has an upgraded LCD display for all essential forklift information, ensuring a safe and easy driving experience.
  • Structural Flexibility: The superior guard is designed for easy cab installation, allowing operation on rainy days or in demanding environments.
  • High Performance: Adapted for challenging conditions with the S/P version, offering superior performance and high utilization.
EFL3 Series electric counterbalance forklift lifting loads.

EFL3 Series electric counterbalance forklift.

EP Equipment’s EFL series of electric forklifts is a reliable and efficient choice for a variety of industrial applications, combining technological innovation with operational practicality.

With this, it is clear that counterbalanced forklifts are indispensable tools for any operation that involves the movement of heavy loads. With benefits such as stability, versatility, and sustainability, they are a smart choice for a variety of industries. EP offers a full range of counterbalanced forklifts, ensuring that you find the perfect solution for your operational needs.