Side loader forklifts were originally developed for the timber / lumber industry.
Since those early years, they have become increasingly important in the steel, plastics and concrete industries.
Carrying a long load with a forklift presents a number of difficulties.
It is difficult to see the width of a load when moving forward with the forks lowered.
Travelling with the forks raised, however, is incredibly dangerous, and the main cause of tipping accidents.
Sideloaders travel forwards with the load secure at the side. Travelling long distances or through narrow doorways and aisles is simple.
As a result, loads are stored in smaller areas, increasing efficiency, safety and productivity.
Just like forklift trucks, where terms like lift truck, and loader forklift are still common, so too side lifting forklifts are sometimes known by other terms.
Conversations around sideloader forklifts, side loaders and side loading, typically involve long loads and narrower aisles.
The lift capacity, load type, whether wide or long and heavy loads are also important.
Ultimately, lifting loads with a diesel sideloader or an electric sideloader has often proved safer and more productive than fork lifts in timber, steel, and other heavy loads industries.