Sit down forklifts, also known as a counterbalance forklifts or counterbalance trucks, are the most common type of forklift.
As the name implies, counterbalance trucks operate with a counterbalance design. This means that the rear of the counterbalance truck contains a battery or cast-iron weight that offsets the load that is being lifted at the front of the counterbalance forklift.
Most counterbalance forklifts fall into the Class I Category of forklifts with an electric motor, like cushion tire forklifts or pneumatic tire forklifts. Other counterbalance trucks are powered by a propane tank.
Sit-down forklifts are also sometimes called warehouse forklifts since the majority are used in warehouses. However, some counterbalance forklifts, like pneumatic tire forklifts, are used outside.
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Sit-down forklifts are most commonly used for loading and unloading pallets. Many are used in warehouses, giving them the nickname, “warehouse forklifts”.
These machines are available both as cushion tire forklifts and pneumatic tire forklifts. Cushion tire forklifts are great for an indoor setting, as the tires are completely flat with no tread, making them ideal indoor warehouse forklifts. Pneumatic tire forklifts are intended for outdoor use, as the tires are thick and treaded. Pneumatic tire forklifts are designed for rougher surfaces that cushion tire forklifts can’t handle.
If you’re looking for warehouse lifting equipment, a sit-down forklift might be best for you. Keep in mind that these warehouse forklifts are designed to be used in aisles at least 10-12 feet wide.
Counterbalance forklifts are also ideal for constant back and forth transport, with little on and off movement from the driver. For instance, if you’re constantly cross-docking or making dock-to-stock runs, these warehouse forklifts would be a great fit.
If you need a warehouse forklift for piece picking and working in very narrow aisles, a sit-down forklift might not be the best option. Consider choosing a different type of warehouse lifting equipment.
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