In the majority of distribution centers or warehouse environments, overall space is usually limited. If you could get a machinery to operate in smaller spaces and aisles, the more storage space a company will be able manage. Therefore, particular machine has been designed to be utilized in very narrow aisles to be able to maximize space and efficiency.
A reach forklift is a specialized type of machinery that has a mast which extends away from the body of the forklift. Usually, it is attached with a scissor mechanism. When the scissor is compacted or drawn in, the forklift becomes a lot narrower compared to the standard forklift.
Reach trucks are designed so the operator could stand while in operation of the machinery. This is a contrast to the standard lift truck where the driver is usually sitting. The standing operation area lessens the amount of room needed for the compartment of the operator, allowing the machinery to achieve an even smaller profile overall.
Aisle-ways can be made as narrow as 7 feet with a reach truck. The majority of typical forklifts need a minimum aisle space of roughly 11 feet; therefore, utilizing a reach truck gives roughly a savings of 5 feet on each aisle. When renting a warehouse on a square foot basis, this is a large 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 used to control the mast and for extending the mast and also to control reverse and forward. These controls are quite different than regular forklift controls.
The reach truck would normally have a load capacity less than standard forklifts. This is largely due to the narrow design of the machine, which could lead to a very high center of gravity. When the mast is extended fully and the load is raised, this is particularly true.