Very Narrow Aisle and Narrow Aisle Trucks: Certain forklifts have NA features or VNA features. To be able to operate safely and efficiently, the majority of counterbalanced trucks need a minimum of 11 feet of aisle width. NA trucks on the other hand, are able to operate in narrow aisles that measure 8 to 10 feet wide. Moreover, very narrow aisle or VNA trucks could function in aisles that are 6 feet wide.
The benefit of using an NA and VNA truck over a standard lift is that it makes it possible for warehouses to be constructed with narrower aisles. The wider aisles within the warehouses enable for more storage of things within a particular space, which improves cube utilization. The loads moved using Very Narrow Aisle and Narrow Aisle trucks normally are limited to about 3000 and 5000 lbs. Reach trucks can function in narrow aisle. Turret trucks, rotating mast trucks and order selectors can operate in narrow or very narrow aisles, depending on the specific unit.
Reach Trucks: Reach trucks are particularly made narrow-aisle trucks which are designed for retrieval and storage. They are made of outriggers and telescoping forks that allow the operators to lift a load and after that retract it over the outriggers. These models are not the best suited for loading and unloading trucks, nor for moving loads quickly over long distances. Like the order selector, reach trucks can be available for lifting heights that are higher than 30 feet.
Turret Trucks and Rotating-Mast Trucks: Like typical sit-down forklifts, rotating mast trucks have masts that can rotate in one direction, to a 90 degree angle. This particular feature allows them to function in a narrow aisle situation. Turret trucks could operate in very narrow or narrow aisle locations. Like order selectors, these equipment are capable of lifting both the operator and the load. Additionally, they can enable the operator to handle loads on either side of an aisle without re-entering and exiting the aisle.
Turret trucks are often wire or rail guided when used within very narrow aisles. This way, the operator doesn't have to focus any energy on their driving skills and could concentrate on the work load at hand. Since turret trucks are considered "operator-up" trucks, they could be used for item and case picking in addition to full pallet handling.