A reach truck is utilized to store pallets of goods, supplies, and to keep storage areas tidy. The reach truck comes in several models: the straddle reach, stand-up reach and the double-deep reach.
The simplest type is the stand-up. The forks of the truck slide beneath the pallet and move it to the right storage place. The forks slide the pallet into place. This kind of reach truck is suitable when shelving units are just one pallet deep.
The double-deep reach truck is similar to the stand-up, but is ideal for workplaces where shelving units are deep enough to accommodate two pallets of goods. This particular model has telescopic forks designed to put the pallet at the rear of the shelving unit. This eliminates the need to push the pallet back when another pallet must go into the same shelving section.
The additional advantage of straddle reaches is that they can both slide under the pallet and grasp the sides also. These are suitable for workplaces where shelving units can be accessed in many directions. This model is ideal in situations where goods would not be damaged if the pallet sides are grabbed.
Within most warehouses, there are normally more than one type of reach truck. Textile companies and manufacturing facilities use various kinds of reach trucks in their supply areas. The reach truck is not hard to use and could make the most of available storage space while increasing productivity.