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Sit-down Forklift

CUBLiFT Manufactures Superb Sit-down Forklift in China since 1999

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Sit-down Forklift

Accelerate your material handling productivity, choose CUBLiFT’s sit-down forklift, our sit-down counterbalanced forklift are designed to enhance operator comfort and less maneuverability fatigue.

  • Lift capacity up to 3300lb varies per models
  • Forklift speed can be programmed to under safe limit
  • Seat adjustable with a safety belt for security
  • Foot activated brake to ensure an easy control over the speed
  • All frame and forks are made from refined steel ensures long-lasting operating
  • The open-mast design allows optimal visibility for the operators

You can find a variety of sit-down forklifts with different configurations and options. Our forklift can make your job done perfectly whenever required in cold storage conditions or heavy-duty dock operations.

Narrow Reach Sit-down Forklift

● Model:LES-1000/LES-1500
● Capacity (kg):1000/1500
● Reach out(mm):500
● Load center (mm):500
● Lifting height (mm):1600/2000/2500/3000/3500/4000/4500/5000/5500
● Fork overall length (mm):1070
● Fork overall width (mm):670+
● Height Min (mm):35/45
● Overall L * W *H(mm): 2100* 1035*2180 /2370*1020*2580
● Minimum Turning Radius (mm): 1460/1600
● Voltage/ Capacity : 24V/270AH
● Wheel (Type): PU

Couterbalance 3 Wheels Sit-down Forklift

● Model: LEC3 (3 Wheels)
● Capacity (kg): 1000/1500/2000
● Load center (mm): 500
● Lifting height (mm):1600~5000
● Fork overall length (mm): 1000
● Fork overall width (mm): 210~700
● Height Min (mm):100
● Overall L * W *H(mm): 3150*940*2150
● Minimum Turning Radius (mm): 1560
● Voltage/ Capacity: 24V/135AH
● Wheel (Type): PU

Couterbalance 4 Wheels Sit-down Forklift

● Model: LEC4 (4 Wheels)
● Capacity (kg): 1000/1500/2000/2500/3000/5000
● Load center (mm): 500
● Lifting height (mm): 1600~5000
● Fork overall length (mm): 920/1070
● Fork overall width (mm): 210~930
● Height Min (mm): 90~225
● Overall L * W *H(mm): 2600*1000*1950~4195*1515*2370
● Minimum Turning Radius (mm): 1600~3375
● Voltage/ Capacity: 24V/500AH
● Wheel (Type): Rubber

CUBLiFT: Your Premier Sit-down Forklift Manufacturer in China

Sit Down Forklift DESC (26) CUBLiFT is destined to bring you an ideal sit-down forklift with excellent performance. Our Sit-down forklift will help you in lifting and moving pallets from point A to point B. CUBLiFT has been on the top-notch among other forklift manufacturers in China. You can always differentiate our sit-down forklifts from other forklift companies.

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We have designed our sit-down forklift to have a comfortable operator’s seat. With this forklift, you can lift and move items without getting out of the truck. Our sit-down forklift can either have 3 wheels or 4 wheels depending on the size of your warehouse. 4 wheeled forklift requires a larger working space as compared to a 3 wheeled.Sit-down Forklift Manufacturer

Our sit-down forklift travels faster and it navigates better than other Chinese forklifts. With this type of forklift, you are guaranteed the safety of your employees. It is very easy to operate a sit-down forklift and can save you a lot of time and money. The turning radius makes it to be considered for optimal vertical clearance.

CUBLiFT has been on the frontline of ensuring quality control and strict fabrication adherence. Our shipment services are incredible and we can ship anywhere provided the correct details.  Since our sit-down forklift comes in two different models that are 3-wheeled and 4-wheeled, you can choose any that matches your needs. We have a sales team in a position to help you out.

We also supply other types of forklifts including stand-up forklifts. You are welcomed at CUBLiFT to select the best lift to help you out during your operations.  You can go through our catalog to see what we have in store for you. Send us an OEM order for any of our products you are interested in.

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Sit-Down Forklift Ultimate FAQs


A sit-down forklift is a type of equipment used in the lifting of products/loads from one point to another. It has a low profile and it’s made with a sitting area to enhance the comfort and productivity of the operator. Sit-down forklifts have 3 or 4 wheels which aid their quick movement in the working area more so when unloading trucks. They are mainly preferred because of saving time and money. It is faster and navigates much better. Sit-down forklift also has an optimal upright clearance that helps the operator to avoid head-height obstructions. This type of forklift is preferred to other types since the operator does not get on and off while working.

Figure 1: Electric Sit-Down Forklift

Figure 2: Counterbalanced Sit-down Forklift

Figure 3: Sit-down counterbalanced Forklift

Figure 4: Sit-down Counterbalanced Ice Cushion Forklift

How many types of Sit-down forklifts do we have?

There are two broad categories of Sit-down forklifts. One is the Electric Sit-down forklifts which are mainly powered by electricity, and the second category has an internal combustion engine (ICE) powered by diesel.

Where can a Sit-down forklift be used?

Just like in any other business that deals or handles large loads/products, the need for a Sit-down forklift is unequivocal. Therefore, most of the warehouses and large manufacturing firms are great beneficiaries of the Sit-down forklift. Others include construction sites, farm stores, airports, hospitals among others.

What key elements should a buyer consider while purchasing a sit-down forklift?

Just like any other form of investment, acquiring a sit-down forklift for your business should have some understanding of what kind of forklift does your business need. While correctly considered, it guarantees a return on investment as one can realize the value of money in a very short period of using the sit-down forklift. Here are 4 key factors that need to go into consideration.

  • Reliability and quality – while acquiring a sit-down forklift, one needs to investigate by doing a prior research of the right quality which is normally indicated by its features. This is because different brands offer different forklifts which favor a highly specific type of works. For example, some may be good to be used in narrow/tight aisles, while others do well in a wide-area type of working environment.
  • Cost of acquisition – it should be very clear to anyone willing to buy a sit-down forklift to ensure that they are aware of the running cost related to the equipment so that they can watch how it impacts their warehouse/workplace expenses. Again, they will be able to know whether it contributes to improving workplace productivity or only adding to expenses. Therefore, they can determine its return on investment.
  • Availability of parts – for increased productivity at the workplace, the sit-down forklift should be in good shape always. Likewise, the safety working platform helps in keeping the operator safe. Additionally, to understand the various sit-down forklift, your supplier should have a wide variety of spare parts which are readily available so that in case of breakdowns, there is reduced downtime of the forklift. This in return instills confidence in regards to future repairs/maintenance.
  • Workplace needs/wants – as one does research for the right type of sit-down forklift, there is a possibility of being overwhelmed by too much information available. This may lead to one making a hasty decision. It is therefore paramount that the buyer is led by the needs or wants of his workplace instead of just getting a good sit-down forklift. This is knowing the kind of material/load that you handle, also, what are other tied wants/needs that it may as well solve.

What are the benefits/advantages of acquiring a Sit-down forklift in the warehouse/workplace?

  • Comfort – the operator is more comfortable working while sitting especially during tasks that may involve working for long hours. This, therefore, promotes higher production.
  • Ease of maneuver – while operating a sit-down forklift, the operator can perform several activities without emergency braking. It also offers stability in case of sudden braking.
  • Control – using a sit-down forklift ensures that the operator can control the forklift comfortably since he is in a good position of control.

What are some of the cons/disadvantages of a Sit-down forklift?

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Despite having numerous advantages/ benefits, a Sit-down forklift has some shortcomings associated with it that whoever is acquiring must learn early enough while doing market research. They include:

  • The workplace must be fitted with a battery charging station so that once the electric sit-down forklift runs out of charge, it can be recharged immediately without waste of working time.
  • The cost associated with acquiring it for the first time is considerably high. However, one can break even fast if the equipment is put to good use where it increases production capacity as well as reduces labor costs.
  • Some older versions of the sit-down forklift may have required higher voltage which pauses a challenge.
  • Weight limitation is also a challenge since some loads may not be carriageable by the use of a Sit-down forklift.

Does a Sit-Down forklift operator require a license to operate it?

According to OSHA requirements on the handling of Sit-down forklifts, there is no set requirement that an operator of a sit-down forklift needs to have one. However, OSHA requires that anyone operating a sit-down forklift is well trained, and certified before they can operate it. This should be evaluated after every 3 years as stipulated on OSHA provisions 178(1) (3) of 1910. This is the only requirement in terms of licensing.

What kind of training does one require to operate a Sit-down forklift?

Training to become a successful sit-down forklift involves both classroom lectures, as well as practical training on how to drive the sit-down forklift. Therefore, one cannot obtain a certificate online since hands-on practice is necessary. After finishing training, OSHA should certify that you qualify to drive a sit-down forklift. However, the employer in most cases will offer customized training depending on the specific model of a Sit-down forklift.

How much does it cost to obtain OSHA certification?

This is dependent on where you are located. If the employer is the one to help you get the certificate, then you won’t have to pay for it. Otherwise, if it’s a personal initiative, then it could cost you above $200. It is also worth noting that, should one move to another company, an operator could be subjected to additional training that may be required by the new company for safety purposes.

What are some of the safety precautions to operate a Sit-Down forklift?

  • Wear protective clothing – Sit-down forklift operators should wear appropriate safety clothing/gear, which includes protective hard-helmets, safety boots, and reflective jackets. They should also ensure that there are no loose or untucked clothes from getting caught along by the forklift.
  • Daily inspection of the Sit-down forklift – the operator should inspect the forklift thoroughly daily before use. In case of exchange from one operator to the other, the supervisors can identify if there are parts that need repair before use. Checkpoints include:
  • All operating controls such as brakes, horns, steering wheel, and lights should be tested.
  • The mast and over-head gauge should be inspected just in case there is damage.
  • The tires and fluid levels of the forklift should be checked, i.e the brake fluid, coolant, hydraulic pump, and engine.
  • The water level should also be checked and also checks for leakage.
  • The forks also should be inspected to ensure that they are fully functional.
  • Any potential hazard should be examined.
  • Good visibility – the operator must always ensure his forward view/visibility is clear. Should the load obstruct your view, then reverse driving should be employed. This assists the operator to maintain good eye contact with pedestrians as well as other workers. Also, the operator should focus on the direction of travel. Additionally, keep using the rear mirror to boost your visibility judgment. When working at night, use the headlights in case you’re working outdoors or in a dimly light place.
  • Certification – as required by OSHA, training of operators should be done per their standards. Evaluation of the operators should be conducted after every 3 years, where supplementary training may be offered through lectures as well as demonstrations.
  • Observe weight capacity – it is important to aware of the actual weight limit of the sit-down forklift. Excessive loading against its set weight limit may lead to the raising of rear wheels off the ground, resulting in the toppling of the forklift, and injuring the operator, and damaging the material or the load being transported.
  • Non-permission to other personnel – always ensures that only the operator is using the sit-down forklift without carrying extra people. Extra-person is only allowed if there is an extra sitting space. Neither should the forklifts be used to lift people.
  • Ensure forklift’s stability – ensuring that the sit-down forklift has stability by ensuring that the 3-point suspension system stability is adhered to, to ensure the safety of the operation as well that of the sit-down forklift.
  • Maintain recommended speed – the operator should drive the sit-down forklift at the described speed limit. Also, sudden turning, braking, changing direction should not be done, nor when negotiating sharp turns. Such actions may lead to accidents resulting in serious injuries to the operator and damaging of material/products being carried.
  • Observe safe operating space – being fully aware of your surroundings as an operator is important. One should not operate the sit-down forklift while close to other machines unless when allowed and under observation while keeping a safe distance.
  • Ensure stability and security of the load – the stability of the load being transported is crucial to the safety of the operator and that of the load. The operator should tilt the load backward when moving it while maintaining the forks in a low position to increase the forklift’s stability. This is also important more so when moving on a rugged surface.
  • Practice floor-marking system – to greatly increase the safety of workers, adoption of a floor marking system is necessary. Areas prone to objects or equipment falling should be yellow-marked, while those that pose fire danger/threat marked with red. Also, marking way-finder signs throughout the workplace place for pedestrians to keep away from forklifts goes a long way in improving the safety of workers.
  • Keep the forklift recharged and refueled – keeping your sit-down forklift recharged and refueled is important. However, this should have designated areas for these activities which are well ventilated and away from fire hazards. The sit-down forklift should be switched when being refueled.

How often should a Sit-down forklift be inspected?

As per OSHA’s requirement, all forklifts including the sit-down forklift should be inspected daily. In case of working round the clock, inspection should be conducted between the shifts. This is to ensure the safety of the users and avoid damaging the equipment.

Is it possible to hire a Sit-down forklift?

Yes, it is possible to rent a Sit-down forklift. However, this must be subject to the terms and conditions of your supplier. If possible and for the sake of convenience and increased productivity and that Return on Investment, it is best to acquire for long-term usage if it’s a large company.

What makes Sit-down forklifts unique from other types of forklifts?

Choosing the right type of forklift for your use sometimes can be confusing. This is because there are several things that you must consider first, among them choosing the right machine/equipment for your workplace, safety concerns, performance, buying price, among others. A sit-down forklift is mainly considered due to the following uniqueness that it offers:

  • Performance – a Sit-down forklift is capable of moving at a reasonably higher speed than other forklifts. This, therefore, supplements production at the workplace hence increased profitability.
  • Cost of buying – buying price is a major concern by most buyers even when they want a piece of equipment that delivers optimally. A Sit-down forklift is relatively cheaper as compared to a Stand-up forklift hence its preference.
  • Lifting capability – although the Sit-down forklift is a counterbalanced type of forklift, a 4 – wheel electric Sit-down forklift when compared to a Stand-up forklift, with a similar base capacity, Sit-down forklift has an overall lifting capacity which is its selling point.
  • Operator’s frequency – the best part about using a Sit-down forklift is that the operator does not spend time getting on and off the forklift. Instead, he is positioned on his sit and hence can avoid disruptions at the workplace accomplishing so much. This saves on labor cost and overall time.
  • Operator’s preference – a crucial influencer in the purchasing of a forklift is the preference of the operator. This is because sometimes operators who are used to using a specific type of forklift may not want to change to another. For instance, those used to operate a Sit-down forklift may be difficult to use another. This may be because of preference for the sitting position, the easy controls access, or even due to familiarity with a certain way of operating which makes the operator feel safer than when transferred to a new one which he is not that conversant with at all. However, operators can adjust, though instead of wasting a lot of time with training, it’s best to buy one with this in mind.


What are possible hazards/dangers that you’re likely to encounter while operating a Sit-down forklift?

In every workplace where pieces of equipment and machines are used, there is always a possibility of encountering work-related hazards. As such, while operating a Sit-down forklift, the following are likely to occur. Therefore, it’s good to be aware of them, so one can avoid them.

  • Load/ products falling off the forklift.
  • Knocking or striking pedestrians as you drive the forklift.
  • Falling of forklift off the loading area/dock.
  • Tipping over of sit-down forklift while taking sharp corners.
  • Colliding with objects, or even with pedestrians along the way due to the swinging of the forklift tail as it turns.


What should be done to avoid these hazards by the operator?

The following are some recommendations that an operator should adhere to to reduce the chances of workplace hazards.

  • You should plan the route to use before while mapping out all possible turns likely to make.
  • Never turn while the forks are elevated.
  • The operator should avoid inclining or declining grade, this makes the forklift susceptible to tipping.
  • One should observe low speed while making a turn for safety purposes.
  • The Sit-down forklift operator should exercise extreme caution when turning in tight aisles. This is because, when making this turn, the tail of the Sit-down forklift shifts/swing out in the opposite direction.
  • It’s always prudent to ensure that while making a turn, the operator makes the turn from inside of a corner.

What are the mandatory things an operator of a Sit-down forklift must do before beginning to use it?

  • Check the water levels of the Sit-down forklift.
  • Check the oil levels of the Sit-down forklift.
  • Confirm if the hydraulic oil/fluid is enough
  • Inspect for any leaks, defects, or cracks which may be from the hydraulic pipes.
  • Check for possible cracks, defects, or leaks from the forklift’s mast chains, by checking their tension. Never use your hand to test the tension, instead, use a stick.
  • The tires also must be in good condition, as well as their pressure. Also, check out for cuts.
  • The forklifts must also be in good condition.
  • The extension on the back should be loaded.
  • Wear finger guards to protect your fingers.
  • All safety protocols such as name-plates should be legible, the model should match the information contained in the name-plate, its attachments, and the service number.
  • The operating manual should be visible and legible enough from the forklift.
  • The operator should ensure that there is no debris or grease in the sitting area.
  • Ensure all safety attachments are functional including the safety belt.

What kind of surface should a Sit-down forklift operate ride on?

Workplace surfaces are key aspects of operation when using a Sit-down forklift. This is because, un-even surfaces or ramped ones, pose hazards to the operator, and even to pedestrians. However, depending on the various stage of operation, there are recommendations that if well implemented, could eliminate the potential dangers/hazards. These are physical condition rules, driving while loaded rules, and driving Sit-down forklift while empty rules.

While driving a Sit-down forklift on a ramp/inclined with a load:

  • The operator should always look/focus in the direction driving at.
  • In case of a ramp, turn before inclining so that the forks are in the right direction.
  • Keep off from ramp’s edge for safety purposes.
  • One should not exceed the required load weight capacity.

While driving a Sit-down forklift while loaded (even ground):

  • The load on the Sit-down forklift should be inclined upwards for safety regardless of which direction you are moving towards.
  • When going up the ramp, drive the Sit-down forklift forward.
  • The forklifts should be upwards pointed.
  • In case the load is too wide blocking your front view, use a marker/spotter.
  • While going down the ramp, the forklift should be driven in reverse.
  • Also, while declining, the head and face of the Sit-down forklift should face downwards.

While driving a Sit-down forklift without a load(empty):

  • The forklifts should be at a downgrade position no matter the destination direction.
  • In case you’re inclining/moving up, drive the Sit-down forklift in reverse.
  • Also, its head and face should face upwards.
  • The forklifts should point downwards.
  • In the event, you’re driving down a ramp while unloaded,
  • The operator should drive forward,
  • The forklifts should point downwards.

What are the major differences between a Sit-down forklift and a Stand-up forklift?

  • Operation aspect – using a Sit-down forklift is much more comfortable than a Stand-up forklift. This is mainly because it’s possible to work for long hours since the driver has a sitting area, while in a stand-up forklift the driver stands so works for a limited amount of time.
  • Visibility difference – a Sit-down forklift has a limited front view while a stand-up offers an optimal view for the driver.
  • Workplace space – a stand-up forklift is more appropriate in tight spaces working places, while a Sit-up forklift is limited and works best in bigger spaces.
  • Forklift speed – when in operation, a Sit-down forklift has a higher speed capability and can move faster than the Stand-up forklift.
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