Using a forklift generally means your end-goal is to safely move your products from A to B. But in actual fact, there are plenty of types of these vehicles now on the market, overwhelming you when it comes to taking your pick. Carefully assessing your needs and doing your research at the outset will ensure you cut down on unnecessary costs and free up your time in the long-run.
So if you’re on the hunt and wondering where to start, a good question to ask yourself is whether your business requires a sit-down or stand-up vehicle. What applications will you need it for and how often will it be used? In this post, we’re guiding you through the process of making an informed decision about buying your new forklift.
What are the differences between a sit-down and stand-up forklift?
Sit-down options generally give you the choice of three or four-wheel models. This is where you’ll need to think about your specific needs, as three-wheelers are better at maneuvering in smaller spaces.
A sit-down forklift is also more efficient for an operator that doesn’t need to leave their seat to shift around products, and also provides far more comfort if they’re working for a long period of time.
However, not all spaces or operations allow for sit-downs to be used, generally because of space limitations or the workload at hand. Stand-up options are fantastic for saving space and can work more efficiently in confined spaces, due to the improved turning radius. They also allow for better visibility for the driver, in comparison to the sit-down where you only have the ability to see at the front.
How to decide on a forklift for your needs
When you finally find yourself scratching your head over a few models, it’s time to ask yourself a few essential questions:
- How far will the operator need to travel at a time? Will they need to get on and off the machine?
- How much space will the operator have available to move the vehicle around? Will they need to tackle sharp corners?
- Will the forklift be used for long periods of time across the day?
- What type of flooring will it need to operate on?
- Are there any accessories or attachments that need to be used?
- What kinds of products will it be moving?
Comfort is important
Remember that, while all the bells and whistles are exciting, it’s driver comfort that matters most. Constantly twisting your body to improve visibility can cause issues and discomfort for the driver, and fatigue from constantly standard can become a major hazard.
No matter what type you choose, it’s also important that the operator goes through all the necessary training to ensure proper usage.
If you’re not sure where to start in making a choice, we highly recommend getting in touch with the team at Damoli for a no-obligation discussion.