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If your job involves operating a forklift, chances are you spend a great deal of time on your forklift seat. In fact, most people spend significantly more time on their seat than standing up. In light of this, one would think that people spend a good deal of time deciding on a seat, but this is simply not the case. Many people spend their entire days sitting in seats that are uncomfortable and create muscle stiffness and lead to injury.
The good news is that even if you spend your days on an uncomfortable seat, it is easy to buy a replacement one. There are many manufacturers making high-quality seats; you can get a great forklift seat from Yale, Toyota, Grammer, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and CAT. In fact, at Forklift Accessories, there are over 50 seats in stock. Regardless of the specific brand you choose, there are some specs you should bear in mind. The first is that you will do your back a power of good if you spring for a chair that is adjustable. Many seats allow you to adjust the back, as well as the weight and seat. Not only does this allow you to share the forklift with someone else (though not at the same time, obviously), but you can make adjustments should your body size change. Another recommendation is to splurge on a chair that offers lumbar support, which will keep your back loose even on long outings.
Another spec that you need to consider is upholstery. Most forklift seats come in either cloth or vinyl upholstery. Both are comfortable, but if you spend a lot of time in extreme weather cloth is probably your best choice. It is also a good idea to buy a seat with ergonomic armrests and neck support; not only will they keep your body looser and more comfortable, but they will also keep your posture upright.
One of the best seats is the Grammer Suspension Forklift Seat. It comes with lumbar support, is available in either vinyl or cloth upholstery and also includes weight, backrest, and seat adjusters.
(The Grammer Suspension Forklift Seat)
A more affordable and highly versatile option is the Total Source Suspension Forklift Seat with Seat Switch. Although it does not come with lumbar support, it offers weight, backrest, and seat adjustors, as well as seat tilt and seat switch. It also fits on Yale, Hyster, Toyota, Clark, and Kalmar models.
(The Total Source Suspension Forklift Seat)
Regardless of the seat you buy, make sure that you have a model that is tailored to your body. And remember: a job well done starts with a comfortable ride.