With these lift trucks, the operator steers from the ground with a tiller arm. Due to the hand-guided control, these means of transport are suitable for workers who are not allowed to drive vehicles.
If the drawbar is released, the transport device usually stops automatically. Electric or hydraulic traction and lifting drives provide assistance in the event of motor limitations. Lift trucks can lift the load with forks or with a loading platform. Depending on the lifting height, a distinction is made between low-lift pallet trucks and high-lift pallet trucks.