A forklift (also called lift truck, fork truck, fork hoist, and forklift truck) is a powered industrial truck used to lift and move materials over short distances. The forklift was developed in the early 20th century by various companies, including Clark, which made transmissions, and Yale & Towne Manufacturing, which made hoists.
A tail lift (term used in the UK, also called a "liftgate" in North America) is a mechanical device permanently installed on the rear of a work truck, van, or lorry, and is designed to facilitate the materials handling of goods from ground level or a loading dock to the level of the vehicle bed, or vice versa.
About Satco Truck Equipment, Inc. Formerly Miller Truck Equipment, Satco Truck Equipment, Inc., provides truck maintenance in Durham, North Carolina, including rebuilding hydraulic cylinders, manufacturing hydraulic hoses, and installing lift gates—we do a bit of everything.