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Forklift operators often spend long days riding in vehicles without shock absorbers, springs, or even air-filled tires. Needless to say, the ride can be kind of rough, especially at the end of a long shift.
About the only source of comfort for operators is the forklift seat itself, most of which contain at least a bare minimum of springs and padding to provide even a modicum of support for the driver’s backside and back.
So when it’s time to replace the seat on your forklift, you want to make sure you pick one with maximum comfort, absorption, and stability so that those long days in the saddle are more bearable.
What to Consider
If possible, the best way to find the right forklift replacement seat for your vehicle is to test drive seats already on other forklifts. Once you find one you like, all you need to do is copy down the maker and part number and simply order that one.
If you can’t get to a forklift dealer and jump in and out of a lot of different vehicles, at least try to drive as many lift trucks as you can so you can begin to tell the difference between a good seat and a bad one.
Networking for Comfort
Another way to find a comfortable forklift seat without driving multiple forklifts or trying out seats at a forklift dealer is to ask other drivers which forklift replacement seats they prefer.
If you have friends, family or acquaintances in the industry, pick up the phone or send out an email letting everybody know you are considering a new forklift replacement seat and would like their opinion on what to get.
Another option is to turn to the online community for advice. Ask your social media contacts about their forklift replacement seats preferences or visit an online forum or chat room devoted to the materials handling industry. Believe it or not, many people have strong opinions when it comes to every aspect of their jobs, including the comfort of their forklift seat!
Sticking with Your Favorites
Once you find a seat you like, stick with it. Keep the manufacturer and part number on file so you can reorder the same one next time your forklift replacement seat wears out.
Another option is to simply order two seats so you have one in reserve when you need it. That way, you can be sure to find the seat you like even if it is discontinued or unavailable later when it’s time to reorder.