In the majority of distribution facilities or warehouse settings, overall space is usually limited. If you can get a machine to utilize in smaller spaces and aisles, the more storage space a company would be able manage. Thus, specialized equipment has been intended to be utilized in very narrow aisles so that space and efficiency could be maximized.
A reach forklift is a specific type of machinery which has a mast which extends away from the body of the forklift. It often is attached with a scissor mechanism. When the scissor is compacted or drawn in, the forklift becomes much narrower that the standard forklift.
The majority of reach trucks are designed so that the operator is standing while utilizing the unit. This is a contrast to the standard forklift where the driver is usually sitting. The standing operation area reduces the amount of room needed for the compartment of the operator, enabling the machine to achieve an even smaller profile overall.
With a reach truck, aisles can be made as narrow as 7 feet. Most regular forklifts require a minimum aisle space of roughly 11 feet; thus, using a reach truck gives roughly a savings of 5 feet per aisle. When renting a warehouse on a square foot basis, this is a considerable amount of space.
Usually, a reach truck is steered using a rotating lever situated beside the driver on a platform. There is one more lever utilized to control the mast and for extending the mast and also to control forward and reverse. These controls are somewhat different compared to regular forklift controls.
Normally, the load capacity for a reach truck is less than that of a regular lift truck, depending on the kind. This is largely because of the equipment's narrow design, that can lead to a really high center of gravity. When the load is raised and the mast is extended fully, this is actually true.