A counterbalanced sit-down lift truck also goes by the name of a standard forklift. It is the vehicle which most individuals picture in their mind when they imagine a forklift or a lift truck. This machinery is available in any of the tire types like for instance pneumatic or solid options in addition to various fuel types including diesel, gas, and electric models. It has a variety of attachment options, weight capacities and lift heights.
Most warehouses use the smaller 3000 lb. to 4000 pound lift trucks. If you run a small operation and need just one truck, this forklift size is a practical and ideal alternative. The typical forklift is a wide aisle truck which requires at least 11' aisles to turn in. The aisle's width is determined by the size of the truck, the turn radius and the load size. Options and attachments that are available include hydraulic clamps, slip sheet attachments, side shifts and fork shifts.
Reach trucks or stand-up reach, straddle reach and double-deep reach trucks are a specifically designed narrow aisle reach truck utilized for racked pallet storage. This particular model measures 8' to 10'. The reach truck consists of telescoping forks and utilizes outriggers in front as well as a hydraulic scissors-type mechanism. The hydraulic scissors kind of mechanism allows you to lift the load and retract it over the outriggers. This design allows the operator to turn in a narrower aisle by reducing the truck's overall load length.
The double-deep reach trucks enable the operator to store pallets 2 deep in a uniquely designed double-deep rack. This outcome is provided by a specially extended reach mechanism. Reach trucks are designed for racking areas only. They do not work well for loading trucks or for quickly transporting loads over distances. These reach trucks make particular easy work of some specific heavy-duty operations.