Lift Truck Trivia Quiz

How much do you know about lift trucks? Test your trivia with this quiz to find out!  

1. Who is credited with inventing the first lift truck? 

a) Henry Ford

b) William S. Paley

c) Eugene Clark

d) Jerome Increase Case


2. In what year was the first forklift truck invented? 

a) 1887

b) 1917

c) 1930

d) 1955


3. Which event led to the rapid development and adoption of forklifts in the 20th century? 

a) World War I

b) Great Depression

c) World War II

d) Cold War


4. What was the heaviest load ever lifted by a modern forklift? 

a) 90 tons

b) 120 tons

c) 320 tons

d) 400 tons


5. Which company was the first to develop the automatically controlled and inductively guided walkie stacker? 

a) Caterpillar Inc.

b) Toyota Industries Corporation

c) Komatsu Ltd. 

d) Jungheinrich AG


6. What propelled the growth of electric forklifts in the late 20th century? 

a) The need for cleaner and quieter operations

b) The availability of cheap gasoline

c) The rise of hydraulic technology

d) The popularity of diesel engines


7. How often should you service your lift truck?

a) Once a year

b) Every 30 – 90 days 

c) Every two weeks

d) Every six months


8. What significant development occurred in forklift technology during the 1990s? 

a) The introduction of automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

b) The invention of robotic forklifts

c) The integration of GPS systems in forklifts

d) Low voltage AC Motor


9. In November 1965, Towmotor officially became a wholly-owned subsidiary of which company? 

a) Caterpillar Tractor Company

b) Hyster Company

c) Crown Equipment Corporation

d) Mitsubishi Heavy Industries


10. What safety feature became mandatory in forklift design after the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in the 1970s? 

a) Seat belts

b) Roll-over protection system (ROPS)

c) Anti-slip tires

d) Emergency stop button


Find answers to your forklift questions 

The answers to the trivia questions are: 1. C, 2. A, 3. C, 4. A, 5. D, 6. A, 7. B, 8. D, 9. A, 10. B. While you might know a lot about forklift history, if you’re looking for the latest in forklift technology and service options or material handling equipment, contact G&W Equipment.