HUBTEX sideloading forklifts for handling long loads in the warehouse

HUBTEX side loader Forklifts


Electric Multidirectional Sideloaders, Multidirectional Sideloaders and Sideloaders - with all these terms it is not easy to keep the overview. 
To find out exactly what is behind the term sideloader, what is the difference between a conventional sideloader and a multi-directional sideloader and what advantages you can benefit from this truck, please visit our Q&A (Questions and Answers) page.

If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


WhY USE a side loader Forklift?


Wherever long loads are transported, loaded or unloaded, the sideloader is in its element. The sideloader is preferably used in external warehouses in the wood, building materials and steel industries. The trucks are available with diesel, gas or electric drive and set standards in terms of energy efficiency, economy and ergonomics with their high driving speeds and narrow cab design. Sideloaders are characterised by high travel speeds, large ground clearance and a wide range of tyre options. The trucks are suitable for transporting long goods in narrow aisles or can also be freely manoeuvred for fast and safe transport. Hubtex has specialised in the manufacture of special sideloader forklifts. These combine the advantages of conventional sideloaders with the requirements for operation in narrow aisles.


New Phoenix series of electric multidirectional sideloaders in operation


HUBTEX sideloaders are characterised by their high manoeuvrability due to omnidirectional steering, which allows them to move efficiently even in tight spaces. Furthermore, due to their electric drive they are especially suitable for pure indoor and combined indoor and outdoor use.



Our sideloaders with diesel or gas drive are real universal talents. Due to their compact dimensions, they can be used both as a conventional stacker for block storage or as a sideloader for long goods. Due to the larger elastic tyres than the comparable sideloaders with electric drive from HUBTEX, they are specialists for use on poor ground conditions.

Hubtex Sideloader forklift is handling wood

How is a side loader Forklift constructed?


A side loader is a forklift truck equipped with a side-mounted mast and a loading platform. Long goods can thus be picked up without turning off. In addition to load capacity and lifting height, the tires are the most important factor to be able to specify a truck that is optimally adapted to the requirements. Residual load capacity and stability, platform height and ground clearance are determined by the tires. The lateral load pick-up of the load is effected via the mast using mast extension, usually via two cylinders crossed over each other with end position damping in both end positions. The mast is thereby pushed to the load. The chassis of the device is brought into the optimum position for load absorption and load securing using platform inclination.

- Large tyres for poor ground conditions and high driving speeds and a correspondingly high frame height 
- Underfloor engines in the frame for minimized noise emissions and better weight distribution
- Usually platform inclination for quick and easy load pickup and safe transport
- Rare mast tilt
- Underfloor engines ensure minimized noise emissions and optimized weight distribution
- Common drive variants: electric, diesel or gas drive
- Side mast with thrust mast for long goods
- Driver's cab with driver's seat position in the main direction of travel, transverse to the load
- The operation usually via joystick, single lever or fingertip, and steering column
- Special designs: Sideloaders with torque converter transmission.  

Grafik mit und ohne HUBTEX

Optimal storage capacities

Advantage of side loader against front loader

By using sideloaders, narrow aisles can be driven through without any problems and the distance between the rows of shelves can be reduced to a minimum. This creates space for additional rack rows and new storage capacity.

- up to 100 % more storage space
- fast, safe and efficient
- reduced damage to the goods/less breakage 

How is the mast reach of a
sideloader carried out? 

Sideloader from HUBTEX in action

The mast reach of a sideloader is usually carried out by two cylinders crossed over each other with end position damping in both end positions. This protects the equipment and goods.


Why is there a frame tilt
on sideloaders?

Unlike other types of forklift trucks, sideloaders usually have a frame tilt. These are cylinders installed on the platform side and corresponding to each other, which ensure constant compensation for uneven floors and keep the load safe and stable during transport. The frame tilt brings the truck into the optimum position for load pickup and load securing.

HUBTEX Load Balance System - implement inclination

What is the difference between multi-directional sideloaders and conventional sideloaders?


Both vehicles are basically sideloaders, but in different versions. When long loads have to be transported quickly over long distances on poor surfaces, the conventional sideloader shows its advantages. Multidirectional sideloaders, on the other hand, have their advantages when space is limited due to their high manoeuvrability and can therefore play out their advantages especially in combined indoor and outdoor use.

Are used sideloaders a good alternative?

Used and rental sideloader forklifts from HUBTEX in stock

Yes, a good alternative to the cost-intensive investment in new industrial trucks is the purchase of a completely overhauled sideloader. Manufacturers like Hubtex carry out maintenance and general overhauls in their own service department. Users benefit from the wide range of options for reconditioning in the manufacturer's factory of particularly durable, highly productive sideloaders that are perfectly adapted to the new area of application. Hubtex tests the overhauled 2-way sideloaders with comprehensive functional and operational tests, thus ensuring that the sideloaders can continue to be used economically and efficiently for years to come. Particularly when the trucks are required in medium-length application scenarios, the purchase of a used sideloader pays off. In addition, more and more companies are also relying on the reconditioned sideloaders as a backup vehicle.



  2-Way-Sideloader Multidirectional-Sideloaders
Load arm height high low
Tyre size bigger smaller
Turning radius bigger smaller
Cabin type lengthwise seat cabin lengthwise, crosswise, diagonal seat
or standup cabin
Tilt Frame tilt fork carriage and mast tilt
Drive                                                      Electric, Diesel and LPG drive
Width to edge of forks > 750 mm > 600 mm


We know the best solution.

We know that handling heavy loads in confined spaces presents users with special challenges. Arrange a non-binding consultation appointment with our specialists to obtain the best possible solution for your application.