A sit-down counterbalanced lift truck is a standard forklift vehicle which is usually visualized when most people imagine a lift truck or forklift. This particular equipment come in any of the tire types such as pneumatic or solid options along with different fuel types like gas, electric and diesel models. It has a variety of attachment options, weight capacities and lift heights.
The workhorses within the majority of warehouses are the smaller 3000 lb. to 4000 pound trucks. If you are only able to have one truck and are running a smaller operation, this is an ideal choice since it is a very practical option. The regular forklift is a wide aisle truck which requires at least 11' aisles to turn in. The width of the aisle is determined by the turn radius, the truck size as well as the load size. Attachments and options that are available include slip sheet attachments, hydraulic clamps, side shifts and fork shifts.
Reach trucks or stand-up reach, straddle reach and double-deep reach trucks are a specially designed narrow aisle reach truck utilized for racked pallet storage. This particular model measures 8' to 10'. The reach truck consists of telescoping forks and utilizes a hydraulic scissors-type mechanism as well as outriggers in front. The hydraulic scissors kind of device enables you to lift the load and retract it over the outriggers. This particular design allows the operator to turn in a narrower aisle by reducing the overall load length of the truck.
The double-deep reach trucks enable the operator to store pallets 2 deep in a uniquely designed double-deep rack. This outcome is provided by a specially extended reach device. Reach trucks are made for racking areas only. They do not work well for quickly transporting loads over distances or for loading trucks. These reach trucks make particular easy work of some specific heavy-duty applications.