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Used Narrow Aisle Forklifts


Used Narrow Aisle Forklifts for Sale

  • Best used moving pallet loads from dock areas to storage.
  • Able to fit down aisles that are half the normal width.
  • Allows storage racks to be places closer together without sacrificing the ability to maneuver a forklift throughout.
  • Weight capacities range from 3,000 to 5,000 lbs.
  • All forklifts come with a 30 day ASI guarantee.
  • ASI pays top dollar for used narrow aisle forklifts: Learn More About Our Purchasing Program
Used Crown RC3020-30 Stand-Up Forklift
Used Crown RC3020-30 Stand-Up Forklift
  • Max Capacity: 3,000
  • Max Lift Height: 190"
  • 30 Day ASI Guarantee
Used Raymond R40-C40TT Narrow Aisle Docker
Used Raymond R40-C40TT Narrow Aisle Docker
  • Navigate Narrow Aisles
  • Capacity: 4,000 lbs.
  • Battery: 36 Volts
  • Out of Stock

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Are you moving or liquidating your facility and looking to sell your used warehouse equipment or material? American Surplus Inc. can help! American Surplus Inc. offers a purchasing program for new and used warehouse and material handling equipment. Learn more about our purchasing program online or call our sales office at (800) 876-3736 to get started.

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About Narrow Aisle Forklifts

Narrow Aisle Forklifts were created in 1954; a British company developed what they claimed to be the very first narrow aisle reach truck. This was a breakthrough in forklift technology and the way distribution centers were designed. Aisles could now be closer together, allowing for more dense storage. With the added density, facilities can store significantly more product in the same amount of area, while still being able to maneuver the forklift.

Narrow aisle forklifts, also known as very narrow aisle (VNA) forklifts, are specialized material handling machines designed to optimize storage and maneuverability in tight spaces. These forklifts are commonly used in warehouses and distribution centers where space efficiency is paramount. One of the key characteristics of narrow aisle forklifts is their ability to navigate in constricted spaces with precision and agility. Narrow aisle forklifts can operate in aisle widths as small as three feet plus the depth of the pallet. When compared to a typical 12-foot aisle of a standard forklift, a very narrow aisle forklift uses 40% less floor space. This means that the same storage facility can have 40% more inventory in the same amount of space being utilized prior. 

Narrow aisle forklifts are also equipped with advanced safety features, such as laser guidance systems and operator-assist technology, to help prevent accidents and improve overall efficiency. The compact design of these forklifts can greatly reduce the need for wide, conventional aisles, allowing warehouses to store more inventory and increase their operational capacity. As a result, narrow aisle forklifts are an asset in modern supply chain management, as they contribute to improved storage space utilization and better overall warehouse organization.

Narrow aisle forklifts are ideal for maximizing storage density. This can save your company a significant amount of money, especially if considering moving to a larger facility. Need help choosing forklifts, or would you like some advice on rearranging your aisle for maximum efficiency? Give ASI a call today; our dedicated sales team will help you find the right lift equipment for your operation. We can also provide CAD drawings and installation services to help you re-organize your facility.

Call one of our experienced sales associated today at (800) 876-3736 or request a quote online today!

Advantages of Narrow Aisle Forklifts

Narrow aisle forklifts are specialized material handling equipment designed to operate in narrow warehouse aisles. They offer numerous benefits that contribute to efficient warehouse operations. Here are some advantages of narrow aisle forklifts:

  • Space Optimization: Narrow aisle forklifts are specifically designed to operate in narrower aisles compared to conventional forklifts. By utilizing the available space more effectively, they help maximize the storage capacity of a warehouse. This can significantly increase the overall storage density and allow for more efficient use of the facility's square footage.
  • Improved Maneuverability: Narrow aisle forklifts are designed with exceptional maneuverability, allowing them to operate in tight spaces. They are typically equipped with advanced steering systems, including electric or hydraulic systems that enable precise turning and positioning. This maneuverability facilitates easier navigation in narrow aisles and reduces the risk of accidents or damage to racks and inventory.
  • Increased Efficiency: By operating in narrow aisles, narrow aisle forklifts enable faster and more efficient material handling operations. Their ability to navigate confined spaces reduces the distance traveled between storage locations, minimizing travel time. This leads to quicker order fulfillment, increased productivity, and improved operational efficiency.
  • Height Advantages: Narrow aisle forklifts are designed to lift loads to considerable heights. They often have extended masts and can reach higher rack levels compared to conventional forklifts. This vertical reach capability allows for increased storage capacity and efficient utilization of vertical space within the warehouse.
  • Selective Picking: Narrow aisle forklifts offer the ability to perform selective picking of individual items or SKUs. Operators can accurately retrieve products from high shelves or narrow storage locations, enabling efficient order fulfillment and reducing errors. Selective picking also enhances inventory accuracy and minimizes the risk of picking the wrong items.
  • Flexibility: Narrow aisle forklifts are available in different configurations and models to suit various warehouse requirements. They can be equipped with different attachments, such as clamps or side-shifters, to handle a wide range of loads and product types. This versatility makes them suitable for diverse applications and industries.
  • Operator Comfort and Safety: Narrow aisle forklifts are designed with operator comfort and safety in mind. They often feature ergonomic controls, adjustable seats, and excellent visibility from the operator's cabin. Safety features such as operator presence systems, anti-slip surfaces, and advanced stability controls contribute to a safer working environment for operators.
  • Low Cost: Although narrow aisle forklifts may have a higher initial investment cost compared to conventional forklifts, they can lead to cost savings in the long run. The ability to maximize storage space and reduce the need for larger aisles can result in lower construction or rental costs for warehouse facilities. Additionally, the increased efficiency and productivity of narrow aisle forklifts contribute to reduced labor costs and improved overall operational performance.

Narrow Aisle Forklifts Applications

Narrow aisle forklifts are versatile material handling equipment that find applications in various industries and warehouse environments. Here are some common applications for narrow aisle forklifts:

  • Warehousing and Distribution Centers: Narrow aisle forklifts are extensively used in warehouses and distribution centers to optimize storage space and increase storage density. They enable efficient material handling and order picking in narrow aisles, maximizing the utilization of available warehouse space.
  • Manufacturing Facilities: Narrow aisle forklifts play a crucial role in manufacturing operations where space optimization is essential. They facilitate the movement of raw materials, components, and finished products within the manufacturing facility, ensuring efficient production processes and just-in-time delivery.
  • Retail and Wholesale Stores: Retail and wholesale stores with high-density storage systems benefit from narrow aisle forklifts. These forklifts enable operators to retrieve products from narrow shelves or racks and replenish stock on the sales floor efficiently.
  • E-commerce Fulfillment Centers: With the rapid growth of e-commerce, narrow aisle forklifts have become indispensable in fulfillment centers. They allow operators to navigate through narrow aisles and pick items quickly and accurately, supporting the efficient processing and shipment of online orders.
  • Cold Storage and Temperature-Controlled Environments: Narrow aisle forklifts are commonly used in cold storage warehouses or temperature-controlled environments. They are designed to operate in low-temperature conditions and effectively handle products such as perishable goods or pharmaceuticals stored in these environments.
  • Automotive Industry: Narrow aisle forklifts are utilized in automotive manufacturing facilities, warehouses, and distribution centers. They help transport automotive components and finished vehicles within limited space, supporting efficient assembly processes and inventory management.
  • Aerospace Industry: Narrow aisle forklifts find applications in aerospace manufacturing and maintenance facilities. They facilitate the movement of aircraft components, tools, and equipment within tight spaces, ensuring streamlined operations and effective inventory management.
  • Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare: Narrow aisle forklifts are commonly used in pharmaceutical warehouses, hospitals, and healthcare facilities. They assist in the safe and efficient handling of medical supplies, drugs, and equipment, ensuring accurate inventory management and timely access to critical items.
  • Electronics and Technology: Narrow aisle forklifts play a vital role in the electronics and technology industry. They enable efficient handling and storage of delicate and valuable electronic components, reducing the risk of damage and ensuring accurate order fulfillment.

Narrow Aisle Forklifts Manufacturers

  • Crown Equipment Corporation
  • Raymond Corporation
  • Toyota Material Handling
  • Yale Group
  • Mitsubishi Logisnext
  • Linde Material Handling
  • Clark Material Handling
  • Aisle-Master Ltd.
  • Nissan Forklift Corporation
  • Cat Lift Trucks (Caterpillar Inc.)
  • Hyundai Heavy Industries

Narrow Aisle Forklifts are Also Known As

  • VNA Forklifts
  • Narrow Aisle Reach Trucks
  • Turret Trucks
  • Side Loader Forklifts (when equipped for narrow aisle operations)
  • Order Picker Forklifts (when designed for narrow aisle applications)
  • High-Rack Stackers

Narrow Aisle Forklifts Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a narrow aisle forklift?
A: A narrow aisle forklift, also known as a very narrow aisle (VNA) forklift, is a specialized type of forklift designed to operate in narrow aisles typically found in high-density storage environments. It is designed to maximize storage space and improve maneuverability in confined spaces.

Q: How is a narrow aisle forklift different from a conventional forklift?
A: A narrow aisle forklift differs from a conventional forklift in that it is specifically designed to operate in narrow aisles, whereas conventional forklifts require wider aisles for maneuverability. Narrow aisle forklifts are typically more compact, have enhanced maneuverability features, and are designed to reach higher rack levels.

Q: Can narrow aisle forklifts operate outdoors?
A: Some narrow aisle forklifts are designed for outdoor use, while others are specifically designed for indoor use. It is important to check the specifications and capabilities of the specific model to determine its suitability for outdoor operations.

Q: What are the key features to consider when choosing a narrow aisle forklift?
A: Key features to consider when choosing a narrow aisle forklift include the lift height and capacity, maneuverability features such as turning radius and steering options, reach capabilities, battery type (electric or other), operator comfort and ergonomics, and safety features.

Q: How do narrow aisle forklifts handle different types of loads?
A: Narrow aisle forklifts can handle various types of loads by utilizing different attachments such as clamps, side-shifters, or specialized forks. These attachments allow the forklift to adapt to different load shapes, sizes, and requirements.

Q: Can narrow aisle forklifts be retrofitted into existing warehouses?
A: In many cases, existing warehouses can be retrofitted to accommodate narrow aisle forklifts. This may involve modifying racking systems, adjusting aisle widths, or implementing specialized storage solutions to optimize the space for efficient narrow aisle forklift operations.