How And Where a Reach Truck is Used
A reach truck has a narrower turn radius than most other warehouse vehicle equipment, so it can easily move in tight aisle. This means it can be used in warehouses that have less floor space and want to optimize it for maximum storage capacity. Having a narrow aisle reach truck can be a storage capacity enhancer, as well as make your warehouse function more efficiently. You can utilize a warehouses vertical space allowing one to house more inventory.
A reach truck is great for accessing inventory at a higher level, which allows warehouse managers and owners to build up, instead of out. This makes use of the height of a warehouse facility, without damaging the inventory.
Reach trucks make it possible for warehouses to utilize a multi-pallet racking system, meaning that instead of one pallet you can pack two or even four pallets together, giving you double the storage space without any harm to the stored inventory.
Reach Trucks vs. Forklifts
Reach Trucks Are Electric
While forklifts can be electric, they're often propane or diesel. Reach trucks are entirely powered by electric batteries, which is better for the environment as well as the safety of your warehouse employees. Electric reach trucks help to create a warehouse environment that has clean breathable air for workers. This will also help to save your business money on oil, propane, or gas in the process.
Reach Trucks Have Multiple Functions with Better Capabilities
Reach trucks can also be used as forklifts, but overall have better capabilities. While a Forklift can only reach 25ft, a reach truck can reach 36ft, allowing you to build pallet racks higher and keep more inventory. As previously mentioned, they can move through narrower aisles, which saves around 35% of your aisle width while still giving you access to pallets and inventory. This gives warehouses the opportunity to implement a storage racking system that utilizes the vertical height while still allowing quick access to all stored materials. Reach trucks don’t have the counterbalanced weight that forklifts do, so they are easier to place inside your warehouse and are overall much lighter.
The Final Say
When comparing reach trucks to forklifts, the advantages speak for themselves especially for facilities trying to maximize storage in limited space. If you need a reach truck to help increasing your warehouses storage capacity call us now at (800) 876-3736. For over 30 years, American Surplus Inc. has been helping warehouses and distribution centers create a layout for their facility that allows their operations to run smoothly and efficiently. Save at ASI with discounts of 40% - 60% off the price of buying new reach trucks and warehouse equipment. Our experienced and knowledgeable sales associates will make sure you get the best price for all your material handling needs.