How to Pick the Right Forklift: Tips From the Pros

Picking the right forklift for your operation can be a difficult process with there being hundreds of different brands and types of forklifts on the market. When choosing the right forklift for your company, it is important to know the difference between a narrow aisle forklift and a regular forklift.

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A regular forklift’s larger size, paired with limited maneuverability can prove to be challenging to operate in a tight workspace. When warehouse space is at a premium, narrow aisle forklifts can often be the answer for saving the most amount of space. 

Narrow aisle forklifts are safe, reliable, and easy to operate when you need to lift heavy items within smaller spaces. In this article, you’ll find answers to common questions from the material handling pros at LiftOne.  These helpful tips may be able to  help you decide if narrow aisle forklifts are a good investment for your business.

Can Narrow Aisle Forklifts Lift As Much As Regular Forklifts?

While lift capacity varies by forklift, most narrow aisle forklifts have around 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 In Power Or Precision When Using A Narrow Aisle Forklift?

Narrow aisle forklifts offer more precision than a standard forklift when working in tight spaces. Due to their unique design, they can easily maneuver from truck to rack with ease. This provides a number of benefits, including better accuracy in terms of product placement. 

Additionally, a narrow aisle forklift provides the power to lift up to 3,000 lbs., nearly the same strength as a standard forklift. 

How Safe Is It To Use A Narrow Aisle Forklift?

Narrow aisle forklifts are as safe to operate as any other forklift, and due to their extreme ease of maneuverability within tight spaces, they may actually 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 the ability to maximize existing storage space, which will help you to maximize the profits from space you already have. 

Narrow aisle forklifts are also very cost-effective. Not only are they generally less expensive to operate than a standard forklift, but narrow aisle forklifts often require less maintenance as well. 

Finally, due to their relative ease of use, they’re optimal for beginner forklift operators to use, and are great tools to help increase the productivity of your operators.


Contact Us Today for More Information

Hopefully, this information has helped you to better understand the benefits of using a narrow aisle forklift truck in your workplace. 

If you are interested in renting or purchasing a forklift or have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our specialists today! We’ll make sure that you get the accurate information you need to make the best forklift and pallet mover choice for your business.


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