Picture a forklift. What part do you think of first? Probably the cab. It’s the biggest part of the forklift. Then, probably the forks. They appear to do the bulk of the work, but the fact is the mast may be the most important part of the forklift.
The mast is the part of the forklift that moves the load up in the air using a system of pneumatic cylinders and chains that raise and lower the forks to different heights.
There are several types of masts, the right one for you depends on what you are moving around and how high the forks need to go: Two-stage, three-stage, four-stage, and five-stage. The addition of each stage allows the forks to travel higher. Obviously, the higher the forks have to go, the larger the truck will need to be to offset the weight. However, larger capacity trucks tend to skew towards the shorter masts because lifting a heavy load that high in the air is a bad idea. Check with your expert to determine which truck/mast combination might be best for you.