Warehouse Aisle Width Rules of Thumb


Warehouse Aisle Width: Rules of Thumb

As distribution systems are constantly evolving and becoming more complex over the last 50 years, innovations in forklift technology have followed in an attempt to meet increased demand for further warehouse density and consequently, higher stack heights.

Along with under-utilized stack heights, forklift or travel aisles take up the most space in a warehouse.

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The Impact on Warehouse Aisle Width by Forklift Type

Counter Balance Forklit

Counterbalance Lift Truck – 11-13’ ft. Aisle – Single Deep Three to Four High Pallet Stacking.

The standard counterbalance sit down or stand up lift truck is widely used today and uses a 90 degree right angle turn and the operator drives up to the product or racking. This type of system is popular due to the ability to operate at the dock, in and out of trucks and in storage areas. These forklifts typically include a triple stage mast for loading and unloading trucks. A quad or four stage mast can be used to allow up to four high pallet stacking.

Single Deep Reach Truck 8-10’ ft. Aisle Required – Single Deep Four to Seven High Pallet Stacking.

The standard counterbalance sit down or stand up lift truck is widely used today and uses a 90 degree right angle turn and the operator drives up to the product or racking. This type of system is popular due to the ability to operate at the dock, in and out of trucks and in storage areas. These forklifts typically include a triple stage mast for loading and unloading trucks. A quad or four stage mast can be used to allow up to four high pallet stacking.

Double Deep Reach Forklift Truck

Double Deep Reach Truck 10-11’ ft. Aisle Required – Double Deep Four to Six High Pallet Stacking.

The standard counterbalance sit down or stand up lift truck is widely used today and uses a 90 degree right angle turn and the operator drives up to the product or racking. This type of system is popular due to the ability to operate at the dock, in and out of trucks and in storage areas. These forklifts typically include a triple stage mast for loading and unloading trucks. A quad or four stage mast can be used to allow up to four high pallet stacking.

Very Narrow Aisle Turret Truck

Very Narrow Aisle Turret Truck 6-7’ ft. Aisle Required – Single Deep Four to Eight High Pallet Stacking.

The standard counterbalance sit down or stand up lift truck is widely used today and uses a 90 degree right angle turn and the operator drives up to the product or racking. This type of system is popular due to the ability to operate at the dock, in and out of trucks and in storage areas. These forklifts typically include a triple stage mast for loading and unloading trucks. A quad or four stage mast can be used to allow up to four high pallet stacking.