When warehouse space is at a premium, narrow aisle forklifts can often be the answer for maximum space efficiency. Narrow aisle forklifts are safe, reliable, and easy to operate when you need to lift heavy items within narrow spaces. In this article, you'll find answers to common questions from the material handling pros at LiftOne that can help you decide if narrow aisle forklifts are a good investment for your business.
Can narrow aisle forklifts lift as much as regular forklifts?
Lift capacity varies by forklift, but most narrow aisle forklifts have approximately the same lift capacity as standard forklifts. If your business has the need for high capacity lifts, you’ll want to choose a high capacity forklift that can handle loads ranging from 80,000-105,000 pounds.
Is there any loss of power or precision when it comes to narrow aisle forklifts vs. regular forklifts?
Narrow aisle forklifts offer more precision when working in tight spaces. Due to their unique design, they can easily maneuver from truck to rack. This provides a number of benefits, including better accuracy in terms of product placement. Unless you need to lift over 3,000 lbs., you shouldn't have any problems with the power of a narrow aisle forklift.
How safe is it to use a narrow aisle forklift?
Narrow aisle forklifts are as safe to operate as any other forklift, but due to their extreme ease of maneuverability within tight spaces, they may reduce the risk of accidents and injuries. As with any forklift, ensuring your operators are properly trained is the best way to prevent accidents and equipment damage. LiftOne offers both operator training and technical training programs designed around your facility's specific equipment to help ensure you are meeting all OSHA safety reporting standards.
What are the additional benefits of using narrow aisle forklifts?
Narrow aisle forklifts offer a wide range of benefits, including being able to maximize existing storage space and thereby maximizing the profits from space you already have. Narrow aisle forklifts are also very cost effective. They're generally less expensive to operate than larger forklifts and often require less maintenance. Finally, due to their relative ease of use, they're easy for a beginner to operate, and are great tools to help increase the productivity of your operators.
Hopefully, this information has provided food for thought to help you decide when to invest in narrow aisle forklift trucks for your business.
If you have any additional questions, LiftOne is just a phone call away. Contact one of our specialists today to get the accurate information you need to make the best forklift and pallet mover choice for your business.