Multidirectional (Combilift)

Multi-Directional forklifts are typically referred to as a combilift (because of the manufacturer) or 4-way steer forklifts. They are the most suitable solution for handling longer loads, especially due to the different types of trucks available within this category. See below for more info on categories.

The main benefit of these trucks are that they not only operate in the same way as their standard counterparts, but they have the capability to move sideways and diagonally. Hence, Multidirectional. Forwards, Backwards, Left and Right. This means they can be used in tighter ailses, and for more purposes than standard Forklifts, Sideloaders and Reach Trucks.

Types of Multi-directional

M1 Rider Operated Multi-Directional Forklift
M2 Rider Operated Multi-Directional Sideloader
M3 Rider Operated Multi-Directional Reach  Truck

These categories were introduced by the ABA following a meeting with Combilift themselves, who helps categorise the difference between the types of trucks available on the market.

Course Timings (based on 3:1 candidates:instructor ratio);

Novice – 5 Days
Experienced/Exisiting Operator – 3 Days
Conversion (from alternative type forklift*) – typically 2 days, however this is down to instructors discretion, and further training may be recommended if the candidates do not reach the required standard.
Refresher Training – 1 Day

Multidirectional Combilift Forklift

What does this course entail?

There is so much depth in all of our courses. This course covers (but NOT limited to) the below; 

Regulations/legislation including LOLER 1998, PUWER 1998 and HASAWA 1974; Introduction to truck; Capacity Plates; Stability; Operating with 4-way steer; Handling loaded/unloaded pallets, Working within racking and much more.

There are both theoretical and practical tests, along with a pre-use check that are mandatory testing elements. You will need to pass ALL THREE to successfully complete the course.

What will a candidate recieve upon successful completion of a basic operators course?

Certification: Upon successful completion of training, you will received a certificate, accredited by your chosen accrediting body (ITSSAR, RTITB or AITT). Check out our accreditation page for more information.

Photo ID Cards: These are also available, although depending on your chosen accreditation, may be additional to the cost quoted.