Comparison between riding forklifts and vertical forklifts
Ride-on forklifts typically provide less visibility to the operator than vertical forklifts.
The sitting operator can only look forward.
When the operator of the reverse must twist his body to look at the shoulder, this can cause great discomfort and in some cases lead to personal injury.
In contrast, the operator of the stand-up forklift is free to move the body for adjustment to achieve maximum visibility. The maximum field of view is provided regardless of the direction in which the truck travels.
Operator comfort is seen as the area where passenger forklifts have the greatest advantage over stand-up forklifts.
Most workers think that the ability to sit down at work is more comfortable.
It is widely believed that comfortable employees will increase productivity.
Therefore, it is beneficial for the operator to let the operator relax and stay comfortable during the operation.
Long distance running and sprint
The type of work the operator is performing is one of the most important factors in determining which unit type is best for the task.
In general, riding forklifts are more suitable for long-term operation because operators need long-distance travel for long periods of time.
This is closely related to the operator comfort previously discussed.
Employees seek more comfort when working long distances.
Ride-on forklifts are also more effective when working outdoors or on uneven ground, as the seated staff is less likely to be shaken due to uneven ground.
Stand-up forklifts are ideal for short-term operations where operators only need to stand up for a short time.
They are ideal for small batch picking in warehouses where the floor is smooth and eliminates vibration on uneven ground.
Operator getting off
Another criterion for the comparison unit is the frequency at which the operator must get off the vehicle and the operator must get off the unit during the shift.
For long-distance operators, it is only necessary to move once to get off, so the passenger forklift is more suitable because the operator only needs to complete the checklist/operation procedure before each start-up, for example, the number of transfers is limited. Seat belt or driver verification program.
Compared to the list/procedure that must be continuously completed each time a short-distance unloading is performed.
For short-running operators, it may be more appropriate to disassemble standing equipment, as they are already easy to disassemble when they stand up.
In the absence of a seat, it is not necessary to complete the seat belt or pre-start measures each time the seat belt or return device is attached.
Collision protection and safety
In the event of a crash, an operator sitting in a unit is less likely to fall and is generally better protected.
Additional protection is provided when most seats are fitted with seat belts to prevent the operator from remaining stationary in the event of a collision.
Stand-up operators are more at risk because they are more likely to be removed from the operator cage in the event of a collision.