Forklift Type Spotlight: Very Narrow Aisle Forklift

No two job sites are exactly the same — but many share common challenges, including trying to maximize efficiency while minimizing cost. Those competing obstacles mean many warehouse settings have to transport and store high volumes of materials in smaller spaces, which has led many to construct narrow aisles — and prompted the need for innovative equipment such as the very narrow aisle forklift.


Equipped for Tight Spaces

This lift is designed to help workers navigate loads through small, highly stacked aisles. Narrow aisles are typically considered to be no wider than 10.5 feet, while very narrow aisles are usually under 9 feet in width, a space unsafe for an average forklift, particularly as it rounds corners and maneuvers loads. The very narrow aisle forklift [link to /types/very-narrow-aisle-forklift/ ] is equipped to overcome these limitations.


Enhanced Visibility for Optimal Results

Designs vary, but VNA lifts can be designed around the concept of a reach truck, in which the operator guides the forks to secure pallets, as well as order pickers, in which the operator platform itself can be raised and lowered to enable transport. A very narrow aisle forklift features open views to enhance visibility, which can be a significant challenge in narrow, high-density aisles. Many lifts are pioneered with additional tools, such as laser guides to ensure the pallet meets the rack in a precise spot. Some offer articulating forks that allow the driver to approach an aisle head-on without having to turn to place the lifts in the correct position for load retrieval.


Purchase a Used Very Narrow Aisle Forklift

Most VNA equipment is electric-powered, which elongates its life span and cuts down on maintenance and repair costs. And with the potential for very narrow aisle forklifts to triple pallet capacity, business owners are using this innovative equipment to safely stretch both their space and their budget. If affordability is a goal, check out National Forklift Exchange’s inventory of used very narrow aisle forklifts to make the most of your space and your money.


About Tom Reddon

Tom has been involved in the forklift industry since 1986. He loves doing research, blogging, and speaking about forklifts. You can contact Tom on his Twitter or Google+ profiles.

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