Side loader forklifts, also known as forklifts, come in sizes ranging from 3 tons to 55 tons. Depending on your needs. Used in construction, sawmills, shipping warehouses, etc. They are used for general material handling and to move wooden pallets of products, pipes, concrete and any other long load that a standard forklift could not lift.
There are accessories available for these machines that would allow you to load things like 55 gallon drums, cable wires, pipes when it would not otherwise be possible. The lift works hydraulically so it has the ability to lift a lot of weight.
Many companies have turned to making side loader forklifts. Companies like Mitsubishi, Toyota, Caterpillar, Yale, and more. Actually, the standard front loader forklift was thought of. There had to be a way to transport large items through tight spots and that’s where this guy comes in.
This type of forklift is not only more valuable in smaller places, but it is also one of the best forklifts in terms of maneuverability and comfort. All have heated cabs, spring loaded seats, and a smooth ride. Although I would not use it inside stores to store, for that I would use a pallet truck to move products from one area to another. You can do much more with the side loader forklift.
Prices for a side loader will vary from dealer to dealer, model to model, and what additional accessories you need. It’s best to check multiple dealers for new and used equipment, as there are a large number of both available. Once you have a good idea of what you need to get, what you need it for, etc., shop around for your prices and options at each location.
It is beneficial and many times it is required to go through safety training before operating a side loader forklift. If you have the opportunity to take one of those training courses, definitely do it. There are so many problems with injuries and accidents from not taking a safety course that most employers and even dealers require proof that you took it to cover liability. Do yourself a favor and sign up for one before you buy a forklift.