Vertical Stability

Determining the stability of a powered industrial truck is simple once a few basic principles are understood. There are many factors that contribute to a vehicle’s stability: the vehicle’s wheelbase, track, and height; the load’s weight distribution; and the vehicle’s counterweight location (if the vehicle is so equipped). Whether an object is stable depends on the object’s moment at one end of a system being greater than, equal to, or smaller than the object’s moment at the system’s other end. This principle can be seen in the way a see-saw or teeter-totter works: that is, if the product of the load and distance from the fulcrum (moment) is equal to the moment at the device’s other end, the device is balanced and it will not move. However, if there is a greater moment at one end of the device, the device will try to move downward at the end with the greater moment.