The following add-ons are very helpful for narrow aisle lift trucks:
Side shift: The side shift option permits the movement of the load laterally without having to move the truck. This allows loads to be positioned with a lot more precision.
Tilt mast: The optional tilt mast allows the forks to shift both backwards and forwards. This is recommended in situations where loads aren't entirely level. To gain more stability when transporting a truck that is loaded, the mast could be tilted backwards.
Extendable forks: The option of extendable forks helps the "reach" of the forklift to extend for stacking pallets one in front of the other, referred to as "double-deep" loading.
Operator platforms: Operator platforms enable some NA lift trucks to lower and raise the operator while the forks are being raised or lowered. This offers optimum control and visibility while dealing with loads at heights of 6 m to 9 m.
Forklift on a Ramp
Forklift operators should be properly trained on the machines. They must be tested and qualified or certified. It is important for anyone operating a lift truck to be really knowledgeable about safety problems and rules. Operators must understand how to make adjustments on uneven surfaces or in situations where the load weight changes the center of gravity. Safety measures cover the safe operation of a forklift on a ramp, that is a frequent occurrence as the operator would usually have to drive down and up ramps to unload and load containers.
Tips for Operating a Forklift on a Ramp
1 Drive slowly when approaching a ramp and while driving up and down the ramp. The risk of accidents is higher while driving fast as this can upset the machine's center of gravity.
2 While not carrying a load, drive the forklift in reverse while moving up an incline on a ramp.
3 When moving down an incline on a ramp with no load, drive forward.
4 Tilt the forks a little back to shift the center of the load to the machine's front, when moving up or down a ramp while carrying a load.
5 Drive forward up a ramp while carrying a load in order to make the load more stable.