Space is usually at a premium in the majority of distribution centers or warehouse environments. The less space needed for aisles in which to operate equipment, the more room overall you would have for the storage of goods and products. Hence, particular equipment has been intended for operating in really narrow aisles in order to maximize space and efficiency.
The specific reach lift truck has a mast that 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 much narrower that the standard forklift.
The majority of reach trucks are designed so that the driver is standing while operating the unit. This is a contrast to the standard forklift where the driver is normally sitting. The standing operation area reduces the amount of room needed for the driver compartment, allowing the equipment to achieve an even smaller profile overall.
Aisle-ways could be made as narrow as 7 feet with a reach truck. Nearly all standard forklifts require a minimum aisle space of roughly 11 feet; hence, using a reach truck provides around a savings of 5 feet on each and every aisle. When the warehouse is leased by the square foot basis, this is a large amount of space.
Usually, a reach truck is steered utilizing a rotating lever situated beside the driver on a platform. There is another lever utilized to control forward and reverse, the mast as well as for extending the mast. These controls are somewhat different compared to regular forklift controls.
The reach truck would normally have a load capacity less than standard forklifts. This is mainly because of the narrow design of the machinery, which can lead to a very high center of gravity. When the mast is fully extended and the load is raised, this is particularly true.