How to Operate a Forklift | Order Picker | Cherry Picker Training

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everyone in this video we're gonna go

over how to operate a cherry picker

forklift check this out everyone in this

video we're gonna be going over how to

operate a cherry picker or order picker

some people call them it's basically a

forklift that you stand on a lot of

times using warehouses where a worker

has to be on the platform with the

pallet as they go up and down to pick

off certain pieces that they might be

loading a pallet with now the first

thing I do want to thank storm Creek

apparel here in Minnesota they're

actually letting us use their warehouse

and their cherry picker so big shout out

to them and then the next piece and

which you've seen I think on every one

of my videos I am NOT claiming to be an

expert I've operated a cherry picker a

few times but I just really want to show

you guys what I've learned I think more

importantly I'd love to have in the

comments below for many people anyone

that runs these maybe daily tips and

tricks or mistakes you might have made

so with that said let's go and check

this thing out okay so the first thing

this video is not we're not we've

already done a pre-op inspection this

machine's already been running for the

day but I think any piece of equipment

you do a pre-op inspection on the piece

as I've said in other videos you don't

get intimidated I feel like I feel get

intimidated because they feel like they

need to be a mechanic or know how to

operate it a lot of it is common sense

if something doesn't look right that's

where you need to investigate further as

with any piece of machinery I'd make

sure you check the manual and know

exactly the different pieces of that so

with this you'll see again the platform

here is where the operator will stand

the forks up front but I'm going around

the machine these are electric so there

are battery packs on here that typically

an electric machine you know obviously

you want to make sure you have full

charge they can't swap out battery packs

on these but that's probably one of the

downsides to an electric machine it can

only run as long as that battery whereas

a propane or other power source can be

swapped again continuing to look around

the machine now typically these cherry

pickers are their three-wheel machines

so with any forklift video you've seen

almost always the pivot point the wheels

are in the front of the machine

that our station are they're fixed

that's your pivot point it's very

important that's the biggest thing to

practice on these it's like it takes a

little bit getting used to driving with

the wheel behind you now this machine is

a single wheel in there which typically

there's either a three wheel or four

wheel model three wheels are in the

center and they have a typically a

tighter turning radius whereas a four

wheel is a little bit wider stance on

the machine but can't typically steer as

tight now with the cherry picker

typically there's two arms on each side

these are safety features basically the

machine won't run with these up so it

definitely won't have those down and

then got a couple pieces here your Forks

are fixed they don't pitch like a

typical forklift they remain flat and

then you'll see kind of a call to

grabber in the center there that's what

actually will lock onto the center of

the palette I'm going to show you those

controls in a moment

now I'm not before I start this up I'm

gonna go over some of the basic controls

with a cherry picker or anything where

the operation be elevated you do need to

wear a harness so and I'll show you that

in a moment but typically coming on with

any of these stand up forklifts they

have I call it a Deadman switch so it's

right down here

basically the machine will not run if

that is not depressed so if any point I

come off of that the machine will stop

now I will warn you

most forklifts that have this that is

not a method you want to use to stop the

machine that is purely an emergency

situation because we'll demonstrate a

little bit if I let off that it will

stop and all start/stop pretty abruptly

and then the other foot pedals here

these are just your locks for the

grabber there so you'll see if I push

down on that that's going to close the

two teeth there and then this is my

release on that and again depending on

the cherry picker they all have these is

different some are different formats a

little bit but those are the two pieces

they're then coming up really it's their

I mean they're fairly simple they're

just a little bit awkward to drive so

this is basically your forward and

reverse so just like this one way or the

other and you'll see that in a moment

and then my up and down is the my thumb

right here and then the final thing

there's a button that's going to be the

horn that were in use if we're changing


and then steering is this on the left

side here other than that we got the key

up there we'll turn it on in a moment

and then lights I'll show you all that

in a moment and that's pretty much it

now I'm gonna get off I'm gonna go ahead

and put the harness on okay so as I get

the harness off I also want to point out

any forklift is going to have you always

want to look at the plate on there that

kind of gives you your weight gear

capacity you always need to know your

machine so that's important to always

understand the weight that you can lift

on the machine and with any thing you're

raising up high I tell people low and

tight to the grounds where you're most

stable so that's the key is you don't

want to be doing a lot of positioning

changing directions when you're up high

generally low and tight to the ground

now with these and again each harness

they're a little bit different typically

kind of put them on like a backpack

almost so you take that

so once you get the top on then

sometimes I've seen buckles on here's a

lot of different ways that these will

connect this one's fairly simple right

there and then it's just grabbing the

leg straps so if you kind of grab right

through now you don't want them

obviously you want them tight enough to

hold you but obviously you're gonna be

moving around a lot so you don't want to

make them too tight this is something

you ideally want to get all set up

before because you definitely know

you're not gonna be adjusting this one

you're up in the air at all so you want

to make sure it's comfortable but that's

your harness again some of these times

you can tighten it up a little bit for

guys that are wearing these all day I'm

sure they've got their own just to have

this on all day it's they have a comfort

level there now after I have that on and

get on the machine here now this is what

we're gonna be strapping into now

there's a couple different types of the

way it'll attach this one actually this

release here it's kind of like a seat

belt on the car if I pull it hard that's

what's gonna stop it going on any for

but if I go slower it'll go as far as I

think it's got a six feet might be but

that's handy when you're up working in

on a pallets up there you need a little

bit of room to be able to go so just

understand that and then just make sure

it's always secure down there and then

the clips the carabiners on these

there's a little safety so right now I

can't open it if you push on the

underside there that's how it's gonna

open up and then typically you're just

reaching over and sometimes if you're

new in this you might have someone that

is there with you but you can feel it

pretty well easily there it's right near

the top and then I'm secured on that

machine so now all we start this with

your foot off the Deadman switch turn

the key one click there it's gonna go

through a series of checks on the

machine got everything there now I might

display here I've got my battery level

and then it also helps you with steering

there's little lights here that can tell

me what way now with my left again this

will turn the steering wheel one way or

the other it's not gonna do anything now

because I know my foot on that Deadman

switch and then my forward and reversed

and then

here it's pretty simple there is a fan

here these guys that are working in the

warehouse that are really hot when they

go up high so you turn that on and then

they got two different lights that you

can use ones right above you and in case

these order Pickers are usually using

something there they're reading a

portable picker a machine basically a

PDA that would be doing that so okay now

the machines on again foot will always

be on the Deadman switch they're your

side's have to be down to move this

machine so again it's fairly simple

you'll see if I and again I can see

before I get started there is an

indicator here that'll tell me which may

my wheel is pointing but again if I just

go nice and studies that way it'll go

forward if I turn the left goes left

turn to the right goes right I find it

easier to go that direction because it's

a little bit more intuitive when I'm

going and then going back looking behind

you now if I just let off you'll see and

I can show let me back up and get a

little bit more speed so with these

things and very similar to others like

stand up forklifts if I just start going

forward and I just let off so my hands

out on that right now it'll keep going

so the way you're gonna slow down is

you're gonna just pull back just a

little bit you'd obviously that's kind

of your it's an electric so it doesn't

have an actual brake on it but if you

pull back that's what's gonna slow that

machine down and then again as hard as I

go knowing that pivot point so my fixed

wheels are up front here my steering is

right in front so that's why if I go

forward here as hard as I turn that it

will just basically do a 360 one way or

if I go to the left it will go 360 that


like that now again when I'm going

distances I find it's a little bit

easier to drive this forward I'm almost

leaning a little bit the awkward part on

these things is you're standing up so

you don't just want to be out here in

the open a little bit you want to have

you know something they actually put you

see how this is all recessed with the

hand your hand goes inside there

sometimes leaning up against this a

little bit I find it gives you that

stability when you're driving so that's

driving now all the up and down so again

there is the horn right there on that

same one any time you're changing

direction coming out at the end of an

aisle you want to let people know you're

there and then it's just up and down for

this so if I do that now typically

you're not driving at all so a lot of

times I recommend when you're going up

having that hand on one of these you'll

see there's handlebars on both sides of

course obviously knowing where you're at

up top so you want to know you're

complete how high you can go but then

I'm up there now this is where if I was

next to any kind of Iraq or whatever I'd

be able to have the flexibility to flip

this up and I can do that now it just

won't move and I can go over and

typically I'm gonna have a pallet behind

me there as well and then going down

just pushing down on it gently I always

recommend having that extra hand because

you're not typically gonna be driving

when you're up there you'll see I mean

when I am up there you can if you need

to do little adjustments you'll just I

think it's more important than it's

really being careful when you're going

cuz it's tough to see your base as well

looking down there so usually I

recommend trying to get it where you

need to be and then try to avoid moving

that machine at all once you're up high

and then take your hand off and I'm

going to go back down

obviously most important part there is

looking out where you're coming down and

bringing that all the way down typically

for these because you're not coming down

on there's no limit there it's you're

almost bringing all the way down if you

do have a pallet on there I usually

maybe four inches off the ground on

there but there's no tilt or anything on

these types of machines now those are

all the basic and again if I let my foot

you know you know what I'll show I

didn't go over the Deadman switch here

let's let me back up

a bit I'm gonna do it forward that way

when it stops it pulls me forward not


but again if I I'm gonna hold on take my

hand up but if I take this and I just

let off of that you see that's gonna

stop me again you do not want to just

use that dead man as your stop you saw

what it does they can really catch off

so but that's that now from there you

know the biggest thing getting used to

is this maneuvering driving a forklift

and as I said before the only way you

can really get good on that is just

driving you know getting more stick time

I always recommend setting up a practice

area you don't want to learn you know

it's all about learning on the job but

it's not learning while you're actually

trying to pick pallets and everything

like that get some early stick time

wherever your employer has set out we

set out Collins it's really easy I call

it a pivot point drill I think it's

really important to understand where

though that pivot point is on your

machine so if and again it's relatively

easy if I'm leaning forward looking

forward where I'm going it's just

understanding I spin my back you know

that tail end will kick out a little bit

so as I'm going through here I'm going

to a tight point once I know that pivot

point is clear I'm spinning it and I'm

watching for the next one and I know my

pivot point right there over it

same thing I'm looking on the left here

and I know I can go as tight as I can

and I'm just hugging that pivot point

right there

now I can't stress enough don't speed it

comes with time so the biggest thing is

this don't go too fast especially when

you're turning in a large warehouse you

know in a straight line you're

relatively safe to go you know a little

bit quicker pace but when you're turning

maneuvering especially understanding

this thing will roll a little bit

understanding just take it nice and easy

now the other direction you're kind of

looking over your shoulder still no on

my pivot point the key here though is

you can't have to switch looking the

other way

now again I it's very awkward for me to

drive in that positioning especially

understand there's usually gonna be a

pallet on there I recommend starting

without a pallet machine once you get

more familiar then you can really have

that but again I think it's so much

easier to go this straight direction

looking straight out the front



bring it gently to a stop there and

that's when I can take my foot off so

after your foots off there just turn

that key right there that'll shut it off

I'll shut off the light there and then

after that disconnecting from your

harness right there and then you can

step off

okay so that's how to operate a cherry

picker or order picker again very

entry-level we'll do a future episode

that shows a little bit more technique

when you actually have a pallet on there

like I've said in the beginning not an

expert I would actually love to hear

from people that use these for a living

please comment below share things that

you've learned on there tips tricks

mistakes you've made big shout out again

to Storm Creek apparel for letting us

use their warehouse and their cherry

picker and we'll see you guys next

episode thanks for watching