The stand-up counterbalanced forklift is used indoors on smooth surfaces. This forklift is equipped with smooth tires and has a low ground clearance. It will become stuck in gravel, dirt, or on uneven surfaces.
All stand up counterbalanced forklifts use electric power. The most common battery size is 36V, but these forklifts are sometimes configured to use 24V and 48V batteries.
The stand up counterbalanced forklift is unique because it does not have a seat. Instead, the operator stands at all times in the operator compartment.
For lifting, the stand up counterbalanced forklift is equipped with a mast, carriage, and forks or other lifting attachment. Lifting capacities on the stand up counterbalanced forklift range from 3,000lbs to 5,000lbs. They are not meant for heavy lifting applications.
Instead of a steering wheel, this forklift is equipped with a steering knob. The knob saves space and helps control the machine while standing.
And rather than using a separate accelerator pedal, brake pedal, directional lever, and control levers, the stand up counterbalanced forklift uses a single joystick that controls all of these functions.
The configuration of the stand up counterbalanced forklift makes it easy for the operator to mount and dismount the forklift. When the application calls for the operator to regularly exit the forklift, the stand up counterbalanced saves time and effort versus a sit down style forklift.
The stand up counterbalanced forklift is also shorter and more maneuverable in tight spaces. Many companies prefer to use the stand up counterbalanced forklift for loading and unloading trucks for this reason.
Where This Forklift is Used
The stand up counterbalanced forklift is used indoors on smooth surfaces. It is mainly used in warehouses for loading and unloading semi-trailers. This forklift can also be used for stacking and pallet picking, but it is not the ideal machine for use in racking aisles.
Some machine shops and store rooms also use the stand up counterbalanced forklift because of its size. When space is tight, this forklift can be a good choice.
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