Space is usually at a premium in the majority of distribution centers or warehouse environments. The less space needed for aisles in which to utilize machines, the more room overall you will have for the storage of goods and products. Thus, particular machine has been intended for operating in really narrow aisles in order to maximize space and efficiency.
The specific reach lift truck has a mast which extends away from the body of the forklift. Usually, it is attached with a scissor mechanism. When the scissor is drawn in or compacted, the forklift becomes a lot narrower compared to the standard forklift.
The majority of reach trucks are designed so that the operator is standing while operating the unit. This is a contrast to the typical forklift where the operator is normally sitting. The standing operation area reduces the amount of room needed for the operator compartment, enabling the machinery to accomplish an even smaller profile overall.
With a reach truck, aisles could be made as narrow as 7 feet. Nearly all regular lift trucks require a minimum aisle space of around 11 feet; therefore, utilizing a reach truck provides approximately a savings of 5 feet per aisle. When the warehouse is leased by the square foot basis, this is a significant amount of space.
A reach truck is normally steered using a rotating lever which is located on a platform beside the driver. There is another lever utilized to control the mast as well as for extending the mast and also to control forward and reverse. These controls are quite different compared to regular forklift controls.
The reach truck will normally have a load capacity less than standard forklifts. This is mainly due to the machine's narrow design, that can lead to a really high center of gravity. When the load is raised and the mast is fully extended, this is actually true.