Stand-up Forklift Pros and Cons

Forklifts are a necessity in manufacturing facilities, distributions centers, and warehouse operations. There are three main types of forklifts, and your operation might be best served with one over the others. For this discussion, we’re going to focus on one type of forklift, the stand up forklift.


Stand Up Forklifts


As the name implies, the operator of a stand up forklift operates the machinery from a standing position. This type of forklift is small enough to work in tight spaces, especially when compared to the larger sit down forklifts. As with any machinery, stand up forklifts have advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the pros and cons that can help you decide if this type of forklift is right for your operation.




  • Maneuverability – these forklifts are compact with a tight turning radius, which makes them ideal for operating in small spaces or narrow aisles
  • Easy on and off – if the job requires the operator to get on and off frequently, this type of lift is ideal
  • Better operator visibility – because the operator stands sideways, they have greater visibility when moving forward or backwards, as it doesn’t require the operators to twist their bodies around when changing direction
  • No need for a seat belt – because the operator is standing, there’s no seat belt to fasten and unfasten each time they get on or off the lift
  • Operators stay more alert – because the operators are standing, they tend to remain more alert, which increases workplace safety and performance
  • Lift capacity – when compared to a three wheel sit down model, a stand up lift will usually have a greater lifting capacity




  • Operator comfort – the constant standing posture can cause the operator to experience pain or soreness in the legs or feet
  • Joystick operation – these forklifts are usually operated with a joystick, rather than a steering wheel. This can be uncomfortable at first and may require additional training


If you’re still on the fence about whether you need sit down or stand up forklifts, contact the professionals at Ring Power Lift Trucks. We are the premier forklift dealer in Florida with a broad range of forklifts as well as other materials handling equipment. In addition to sales and service, we also provide OSHA approved training for your forklift operators. We represent all of the leading forklift manufacturers and can work with you to select a new or used forklift for your operation. We offer short term and long term forklift rentals, parts, and service. We serve Jacksonville, Sarasota, and many other locations in Florida, and would welcome the opportunity to work with you.


If you would like any more information about the products or services we offer, visit our website or reach out to us at 877-544-5438.




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