Stand-Up and Sit-Down Forklifts

Which one works best for you?

What kind of forklift does your operation need? Most people would pick a sit-down forklift becauseit is standard, but sometimes a stand-up forklift is better to get the job done.

Ask yourself some questions before choosing a forklift:

  • Will the lift beused for extended periods throughout the day?
  • How far will the forklift travel?
  • Does the operator have to get on and off the machine frequently?
  • What is the product being moved?

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Stand-Up

A major advantage of a stand-up forklift is visibility. Stand-up forklifts are also made to operator more efficiently in smaller spaces and their turning radius is improved because they are compact. They can fit in narrow aisles better than even a 3-wheel sit-down lift. Some operations will only allow for the use of a stand-up forklift.

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Sit-Down

An obvious perk of a sit-down forklift is comfortability. The operator is comfortable and that is important when using a forklift for an extended period of time. If your operation doesn’t require you to constantly get up and move product, a sit-down forklift is the right choice. Sit-down forklifts come in 3-wheel and 4-wheel lifts depending on your operation.

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