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What is a sideshift?

A sideshift is a mechanism within a forklift truck, controlled by the driver, that allows the load carried to be moved to the left and the right. It is particularly useful for when operating in tight environments, and for positioning loads on racking without having to move the truck itself.

Sideshifts are either fitted by the manufacturer, and integral to the mechanism of the forklift truck, or fitted as a supplementary component.

Supplementary sideshifts do have implications on a truck's nominal capacity as it will de-rate its lifting capacity. The reasons for this being two-fold:

  • The sideshift mechanism itself carries weight, so takes up a proportion of the truck's capacity
  • The sideshift pushes the load centre of the truck out (see 'load centres')
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