When the time comes to choose the right warehouse truck, it is a good idea to figure out how high you plan to lift your loads, how much you need to lift, how much space you need to work in and how far you would like to travel. These factors will really influence your buying decision and help decipher which forklift truck is the best one out there to suit all your requirements and meet your overall expectations.
The most inexpensive trucks are pedestrian stackers. These machines are ideal for working in standard width aisles and finishing regular stacking jobs inside a warehouse. They can easily lift loads of less than 750kg and could stack them to heights of roughly 4.5 metres. Another kind known as rider stackers can successfully raise cargo to roughly 6 metres.
Reach trucks are yet another alternative to think about. They give you much greater load and lift capacities and several models come complete with telescopic forks. This characteristic allows you the ability to stack pallets two deep. For added flexibility in handling goods, there is a 4-way and a multi-way reach truck that as the name implies, could be driven in four directions. These models are specifically best for handling long and bulky items like for example boards, piping and planks.
Counterbalance trucks are best suited for traveling longer distance and are a great choice for stacking jobs, particularly block stacking. They are also a great choice for stacking loads that weigh over 2 tonnes and free stacking.
A Tight Squeeze
The aisle space in a high-density storage operation will normally be much narrower, while the heights could be somewhat higher too. The Man-up telescopic lift trucks are best used in narrow aisle, high-bay stores. They provide the operator or driver a good view of the stacking process. There are other models referred to as man-up combi trucks. These are fairly versatile in that they could be used for both order- picking and stacking jobs. They could be driven all over the warehouse or utilized in narrow aisles.