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Capable of extending the lifting platforms to pick up or deposit long, bulky and/or heavy loads, sideloaders are utilized in industries such as automobile, glass, industrial manufacturing, steel, textile, timber, paper and construction. They are typically manufactured from high strength materials and are ideal for heavy duty applications. Read Moreā€¦

Sideloaders A sideloader is a type of industrial truck with a lifting platform that extends from the side instead of the front or back as in other types of forklift trucks.
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Ottawa, KS  |  785-242-2200

Kalmar Industries is a manufacturer of forklift trucks. The various trucks we manufacture have 2,000-18,000 lb. capacities. Our product selection includes narrow aisle trucks, counterbalanced models and pallet trucks. We also service these trucks and supply a wide variety of parts for most forklifts.

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Kalmar Industries/Cargotec $$$

Lombard, IL  |  800-324-5438

If you are looking for forklift trucks then turn to Big Joe®. We offer competitive pricing and our staff is committed to your needs. If you have any specialized requests then please let our experts know. With over 65 years of combined experience we are ready to handle any of your requests.

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Big Joe® Manufacturing Company $$$

Suwanee, GA  |  800-323-9662

Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Corp. is a manufacturer of industrial vehicles.We offer over 63 different fork lift truck models with internal combustion or electric-powered offerings. Our industrial trucks have load capacities varying from 3,000 to 36,000 pounds. Call for your fork lift trucks today!

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Doosan Industrial Vehicle America Corp. $$$

Canton, MI  |  800-765-8214

We create forklifts that are ideal for rough terrain environments. These powerful machines offer superior lifting strength but they are also very easy to use. Our outstanding products are reinforced with the highest quality resources available. These units come with unmatched quality and the consistency is guaranteed. We will tailor our processes to adhere to your timetables.

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Fraza Forklifts $$$

Houston, TX  |  877-916-7600

If you are looking for dependable, reasonably priced material handling products, try Mighty Lift. We manufacture and custom design hydraulic lifts, pallet jacks, hydraulic lift tables, hand trucks, and much more. As an ISO 9002 company, our material handling equipment has the performance you seek.

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Mighty Lift, Inc. $$$
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Sideloaders are vehicles that are equipped with a power-operated forked platform attached perpendicular to the drive direction of the forklift that must be inserted under loads to lift and move them. Designed for material handling applications, sideloaders are capable of handling a wide range of materials including bar stock, timber, glass and plywood sheets, building materials and tubing laminates.

Sideloaders offer ease of movement in small spaces such as narrow aisles, thus enhancing productivity and safety, as well as high stacking capabilities. Load capacity and reach height are variations to be considered in different types of industrial trucks. The lifting mechanism of the sideloader can be powered by hydraulic systems, pneumatic systems or mechanically-operated systems depending on the requirements of the operation.

As with most types of forklift trucks, sideloaders can be designed with either man-up configurations, with the operator close to the load and standing on the machine, or man-down configurations, with the operator close to the base of the vehicle in an enclosed cab. Sideloaders are typically capable of extending the forks in a scissor-like motion in order to unload into the desired space. They can lift to a maximum height of 30 feet and are capable of carrying loads up to 10,000 pounds.

Generally diesel, gas or electrically powered, sideloaders can be equipped with either internal combustion engines or electric motors. This variation will often be based on the intended load capacity of the sideloader with heavy duty trucks typically being engine-powered. A few other common sideloader features include tilting and rotating frames and wheels to increase the vehicles' overall maneuverability and efficiency. Some wheels also may be fitted with stabilizing outriggers, such as with all-terrain sideloaders.

The sideloaders themselves may have safety rails installed around the lifting fork to minimize the risk of a load sliding or falling off. Safety features, such as flashing lights or audible sirens, are common features which help keep co-workers aware of the vehicles' movement and presence in order to avoid injury and product loss.