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Want to get behind the wheel of a compact, versatile, and user-friendly forklift? Why not consider the pivot steer truck? To help you determine whether pivot steer forklift training is the appropriate route for you, we explore the definition and uses of a pivot steer truck as well as which industries stand to benefit from hiring pivot steer truck-trained operators.

What is a pivot steer truck and what is it used for?

While ‘pivot steer truck’ (or P1) is the official name for this type of forklift truck, it’s commonly known by the popular brand names – typically, a Bendi or Flexi truck.

Incredibly versatile, they are capable of doing the same job as a counterbalance (B1, B2) and reach truck (D1, D2) – ideal if you’re searching for a multi-purpose machine.

Not to mention, pivot steer trucks can also load lorries with ease and are able to manoeuvre around both narrower and higher aisles than the reach truck alternative. Powered by either gas or electric, they tend to have a significant maximum capacity of 2,000kg and can reach impressive heights of up to 14m.

Which industries need pivot steer trucks?

Thanks to their impressive versatility, pivot steer trucks can be used in a wide range of warehouse environments, making them suitable for a selection of industries such as the retail and storage sectors as well as airports, hospitals, and on farms.

Pivot steer trucks can also be operated indoors and outdoors, so they needn’t be confined solely to warehouses. Plus, they’re also well-known for being compact and user-friendly, making them a fantastic choice for beginners.

Pivot steer forklift training at SB Skills Solutions

If you’d like to find out more about pivot steer trucks and their many uses or are interested in pivot steer training, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the team at SB Skills Solutions.

Our qualified instructors have years of invaluable experience helping our clients to achieve their career goals and upskill workers.

Primarily, we offer a selection of comprehensive and high-quality forklift training courses accredited by NPORS, or completed in-house.

You can choose between beginner courses for novices, as well as conversion and refresher training courses for those with prior industry experience looking to broaden or improve their skills.

Having worked with commercial and private clients across the length and breadth of the UK, we can provide expert training support no matter where you’re based or what your requirements might be.

To discuss booking a pivot steer forklift training course or to find out more about another one of our training courses, simply give us a call on 01695 558 420. Alternatively, you can also get in touch via email at or using our convenient online contact form – we look forward to hearing from you!

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