Ideal for maneuvering tight spaces or storing more product in your existing space
NITCO partners with world-class manufacturers to bring you the best in narrow aisle and very narrow aisle forklifts. Specifically designed to operate in tight spaces, narrow aisle forklifts offer increased maneuverability and enable you to store more product in the same footprint. Add more racking to your warehouse configuration with a narrow aisle solution.
We offer an extremely versatile lineup of narrow aisle lift trucks from such top manufacturers as Bendi, Combi, Drexel, Mariotti, Hyster and Yale, including at least one model by Mariotti that is so compact it’s capable of driving through a standard-sized doorway. Our team of forklift experts takes the time to talk through all of your options and help you decide what equipment will work best for you.
Benefits of Narrow Aisle Forklifts
The narrow aisle forklift category includes reach trucks, in which the operator guides the fork to reach up and grab pallets, and order pickers, in which the operator platform can be raised and lowered to grab individual items when putting together an order. Generally, they are more targeted toward picking and putting away inventory.
- Maneuverability — Narrow aisle forklifts are engineered to operate effectively in the tightest aisles and warehouse spaces.
- Articulating forks — Some narrow aisle lift trucks are equipped with articulating forks, meaning the operator can drive straight down an aisle and not need to turn the lift truck in order to store or retrieve items from the racking.
- Cost effective — Small and compact, narrow aisle forklifts, while more expensive to initially purchase, result in a more effective use warehouse space, resulting in a lower per pallet cost than larger lift truck options.
- Safety — Operating a forklift in any environment involves hazards and navigating the ever-present risk of injury or damage to product. Utilizing highly maneuverable narrow aisle forklifts designed to perform in tight spaces mitigates this risk. Also, most narrow aisle forklifts are designed for standup operation, which provides better visibility.
Narrow Aisle Forklift FAQs
Q: When you say narrow aisle forklift, just how narrow are we talking about?
A: Forklifts from Mariotti’s Mini AC Series are as narrow as 34” wide, enabling them to operate in much tighter spaces than traditional forklifts. Bendi’s Flexi VNA model can navigate 6-foot-wide spaces. And longtime industry leader Yale makes a versatile, standup, turret-style lift capable of operating in aisles 6 feet wide. Such models can be an ideal solution for high-density warehouses.
Q: What are my fuel source options?
A: Most narrow aisle forklifts are powered by a lead-acid battery, but new technology is changing the game. Many industry insiders believe that lithium ion batteries are the wave of the future. They are more expensive, until you do the math — that’s because they are more efficient than lead-acid batteries and require zero maintenance.
Q: How do I know whether a narrow aisle forklift is right for my business?
A: When it comes to selecting the right forklift for the job — and for your particular warehouse and storage environment — your best bet is to talk to an experienced forklift expert. The team at NITCO will ask a lot of questions about your warehouse, workflow and more to help you decide what equipment will best serve your needs.
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