As the name suggests, a reach forklift is designed to allow access to high racking. This is most commonly found in a warehouse, but can also be used in construction sites, docks and yards. With their mobile masts, a reach forklift is perfectly adapted for use in extremely narrow spaces, such as aisles in a warehouse.
The mast is made up of an extendable arm which usually uses a scissor mechanism. This means that when the arm is fully retracted, it is narrower than a standard forklift truck. As a result of this, a reach forklift typically requires the operator to stand up in order to conserve on space.
Another excellent feature is the stabilising legs and the batteries which remove the need for a counterweight. Some forklifts have a tilt feature to allow the drivers cab to move and offer a better view of what they are working on. Others have a totally open overhead guard for the same purpose.
Types of Reach Truck
There are three main types of reach trucks: deep-reach truck, stand-up truck and straddle reach truck. The stand-up truck uses forks to lift and transport loads to the desired location for storage. The deep-reach truck uses a pantograph mechanism for placing and moving pallets. This forklift truck is similar to the basic stand-up trucks, but it comes with longer telescopic forks for increased load capacity and product throughput. The straddle truck is known for its versatility and superior flexibility.
Benefits of Reach Trucks
Used reach trucks from PHL feature narrow chassis, specifically designed for working in narrow aisles. Their moving mast is designed for effective pallet storage. This makes reach trucks great in environments where large storage density and fast storage and retrieval of goods is needed.
Some reach trucks are designed with a tilted cab mechanism as part of the forklift to make the viewing position more comfortable for the operator. Alternatively, some have open overhead guards which solves this problem. If visibility is an issue, reach trucks can easily be fitted with cameras that can be fixed to the fork carriage. These can then transmit a signal down to a screen in the cab which aids in navigation.
Each of our used reach forklifts has had a thorough quality check carried out. This ensures that they are of the highest standard and will make an excellent addition to the existing productivity of the site.