Drexel SwingMast® Side-Loading Forklift

The Drexel SL30AC, SL40AC and SL50AC forklifts work in aisles as narrow as 60″ (1.52M)*, have a starting capacity of 3,000 lbs (1361kg), 4,000 lbs (1814kg) or 5,000 lbs (2268kg) at 24″ (600mm) load center and lift heights available to 31′ (9.5M).

They are 4-Wheel SwingMast® VNA and Side-Loading Forklifts with independently driven front wheels and dual rear steer tires. The front mast rotates 90° and has side shift of 22” (559mm), allowing easy stacking in Very Narrow Aisles. The Drexel SL30AC, SL40AC and SL50AC can work inside and outside on paved surfaces. They can perform the jobs of a normal front-loading and side-loading forklifts including loading and unloading highway trucks and containers, working in bulk storage, drive-in rack, cantilever rack, push back rack, double deep and climbing steep ramps. The SL range does the same jobs of reach and counterbalanced trucks in aisles over 50% smaller. The ability to store and transport long loads as a side loader increases versatility and maximizes utilization.

* Based on 48” (1200mm) long x 40” (1000mm) wide load.

Exceptional Performance and Maneuverability

The SL30AC, SL40AC and SL50AC’s fast lift/lower and travel speeds and tight turning radius provide excellent maneuverability and productivity. The optional roll-out battery compartment allows fast battery changes for multi-shift operations. High Visibility three and four stage masts are available for a wide range of applications including those with low overhead obstructions still requiring high lift heights. Wire Guidance is a standard option on these models allowing safe, full-speed travel in the narrowest aisles.

Maximizes Material Handling Productivity

The versatile SL30AC, SL40AC, and SL50AC forklifts replace conventional reach and counterbalanced fork trucks in standard warehouse pallet handling operations. The unique design allows operators to use it as a counterbalance truck indoors or out, operates in very narrow aisles in the warehouse, replacing reach and counterbalanced trucks that require much wider aisles. The operator’s compartment is offset providing a long load-carrying side deck so these trucks can be used as side loaders. The front tires are 20″ (508mm) diameter and the rear/steer tires are 14” (356mm) diameter providing great underclearance for avoiding floor obstructions. The rear steer axle is articulated to provide a smooth ride over rough floor conditions.


  • 3,000 lb. (1361kg), 4,000 lb. (1814kg) and 5,000 lb. (2268kg) Capacity at 24″ (600mm) Load Center
  • Four-Wheel Design, Independently Driven Front-Drive Wheels and Dual Rear-Steering Wheels Provide Excellent Maneuverability and Traction
  • Ergonomic Design for Exceptional Operator Comfort and Safety
  • Single Joystick Controls Hydraulic Functions, Directional Control, Horn and Wire Guidance
  • Hydrostatic Power Steering Provides Smooth, Reliable, Long-Lasting Steering Control
  • Adjustable Swivel Seat Improves Operator Comfort while Traveling in Reverse
  • Large Battery Compartment Allows Maximum Battery Capacity for Long Run Times
  • High Visibility Mast Allows Optimum Safety and View of Loads and Forks
  • AC Traction and Hydraulic Motors Ensure Minimal Maintenance and High Efficiency
  • High Efficiency Curtis AC Controllers Provide Trouble Free Operation
  • Interactive LCD Status Monitor (BDI with Lift Interrupt, Hour Meter with Service Monitor, Diagnostic Code Display, Input Device Calibration)
  • 48 Volt Electrical System
  • Optional Cold Storage Conditioned to -22°F (-30°C)


  • Non-Standard Fork Lengths
  • LED Headlights, Flashing Light and Rear Safety Lights
  • Back-Up Alarm
  • Integral Fork Positioner
  • Auxiliary Hydraulics
  • Non-Marking Tires
  • UL-583 Type EE Electrical Rating, FM Approved
  • Vinyl Seat
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Lazer Fork Height Indicator
  • Camera with Operator Compartment Monitor
  • 42” (1,067mm) Wide Fork Carriage
  • Battery Compartment Roll Out Tray
  • Wire Guidance Controls – Truck Mounted
  • Long Load Handling Deck Mount
  • Capable of Freezer Operation to -22°F (-30°C)


  • 3,000 lb. (1,361kg), 4,000 lb. (1,814kg) and 5,000 lb. (2,268kg) Capacity at 24” (600mm) Load Center
  • Lift Heights to 374” (9.5M)
  • 56” (1.4M) Stacking Aisle
  • High Visibility 3-Stage or 4-Stage Mast
  • 48 Volt CAN-Bus Electrical System
  • Dual AC Traction Motor Controllers
  • AC Hydraulic Motor Controller
  • Hydraulic Power Steering by Main Hydraulic Pump (No Separate Power Steering Pump or Motor)
  • Full Diagnostic Intelligent Display with Battery Discharge Indicator and Hour Meter
  • Four-Wheel Design, Dual Front Wheel Planetary Drives and Heavy Duty Articulating Rear Steer Axle
  • Right Side 16½” (419mm) Deep Long Load Deck
  • Large Diameter Poly Drive (Rubber on SL30AC) and Poly Steer Tires
  • 22” (559mm) of Mast Shift, Includes 3” (76mm) of Reach and 90° Right Side Mast Rotation
  • Comfortable Seated Operation with Single Joystick Hydraulic and Directional Control on Armrest
  • Mast Tilt of 3° Forward and 4° Back (Restricted to 1° Forward and 2° Back at 294” and Higher Lift Height)
  • Adjustable Cloth Suspension Swivel Seat with Adjustable Armrests
  • Adjustable Steering Column, Key Switch, Rear View Mirror, Horn, Seat Belt
  • Safety Seat Switch and Retractable Seat Belts
  • Hydraulic Front-Wheel Disc Brakes
  • Horizontal Tilt Indicator
  • 4-Post Adjustable Overhead Guard
  • 40” (1,000mm) Long End Tapered Forks, 37” (940mm) Wide Carriage and 36” (914mm) High Load Backrest
  • Provisions for RF Terminals
  • Accepts Class II Attachments
  • Easily Accessible Components for Low Cost Maintenance