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Maximize Warehouse Space with Narrow Aisle Forklifts

Narrow Aisle Forklifts are Ideal for Tight Spaces and Aisles


Narrow Aisle Forklifts

Not enough warehouse space to store all your goods? A narrow aisle forklift may just be the solution you need!

Space is precious and limited in a busy warehouse. You need to maximize warehouse space to make sure that all your goods are properly stored and organized.

A very effective way to increase warehouse capacity is to arrange shelves of goods closer to each other. This yields narrower aisles but tight spaces are not a problem for narrow aisle forklifts.

The narrow aisle forklift can skillfully maneuver in tight spaces and narrow aisles, hence its name. It can easily navigate through aisles 2.5 meters wide. Some
narrow aisle forklifts are even small enough to fit through aisles that are 2 meters wide.

Warehouses that have the luxury of space usually have aisles that are close to 4 meters wide. With a
narrow aisle forklift, you can increase your warehouse capacity by 30%-40%! For this reason, NA used forklifts are in high demand.

 

 

Types of Narrow Aisle Forklifts


Narrow Aisle ForkliftsNarrow aisle forklifts are also known as class 2 forklifts. They are classified into five lift codes that are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6.

Narrow aisle forklifts under Lift Code 1 are high lift straddle vehicles. Those under Lift Code 2 are order pickers and those under Lift Code 6 are low lift pallet lift trucks.

Lift Code 3
narrow aisle forklifts have reach type outriggers while those under Lift Code 4 sport a swing mast. The swing mast is a handy feature that allows pallets of goods to be stacked at a 90 degree angle from the direction where the forklift is facing. Side loaders and turret trucks are categorized as Lift Code 4 narrow aisle forklifts.

Despite their numerous lift codes, narrow aisle forklifts are generally grouped into three main types: reach trucks, turret trucks and order pickers.

Reach trucks are operated manually and their wheels are made of hard plastic. They are used for arranging pallets in stacks that are several meters high.

Turret trucks have a higher vertical reach -- as high as 15 meters -- compared to reach trucks. They can also squeeze through very narrow aisles. Their forks are attached to a turret that swivels and allows the machine to access the storage racks on each side of an aisle.

Order pickers or stock pickers are used to pick up stored goods and transport them to other areas. Like turret trucks, order pickers are slim enough to easily pass through very narrow aisles.

 

 

A Little Bit of Trivia


Narrow Aisle Forklifts

The narrow aisle forklift was first manufactured in 1949 by the Raymond Corporation. It was designed by Christian Gibson, an engineer working for Raymond at that time. In four years’ time, Raymond was able to manufacture 1,000 narrow aisle forklifts.

Warehouse space and the costs associated with it were not such a huge problem in the 1950s, but the problem eventually cropped up as the 20th century approached. Now, the need to maximize warehouse space is very important in order to keep materials handling costs within budget.

With a narrow aisle forklift, you can make the most use of your warehouse space, enhance your warehouse operations and reduce your operating costs! Check out the used narrow aisle forklifts for sale here and save even more.


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