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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

What Exactly is a Reach Truck?

What exactly is a reach forklift truck? Is still one of the most common questions we get asked at H&F Lift Trucks. So to help clear things up, we want to go through what these trucks are so that you can understand their application, as well go through some basic information that highlights the difference between forklift and reach trucks…

A Reach Forklift Truck

Reach trucks are extremely well suited to indoor use and are primarily designed to work down narrow aisles, making them an ideal solution for those wanting to make their warehouse more space-efficient. They manage to work in much narrower aisles because they move any load they lift back within the wheelbase, so that less of the load ends up protruding out from the truck itself.

Even though the wheelbase of a reach truck is essentially the same as a normal counterbalance truck, the body of the reach truck is much more compact. As the name suggests, a reach truck has the ability to reach up extremely high and still maintain capacity, which in turn is combined with very flexible manoeuvrability.

Reach trucks can be driven whilst the operator sits in a sideways position and the drive wheel itself is located under the operator’s seating position. In order to help operators avoid a forklift accident, which could cause product or pallet racking damage, the trucks can be equipped with height indicators, lasers and camera systems.

A reach truck can generally be more expensive than a traditional counterbalance truck, however they can certainly bring added efficiency to any cramped working environments.

What Types of Reach Trucks Are There?

Pantograph Reach Trucks – are designed for indoor use, offer double or a single reach configuration, and either forward or side stance configurations, along with a variety of optional features available.

Moving Mast Reach Trucks – this type of reach truck utilises a hydraulic system, based on rails, which allows the entire mast to move forward.They usually have greater ground clearance thanks to the large diameter wheels, and can be operated just as effectively on a dockside as well is in the narrow aisles of a warehouse.

Alternative Configurations – the least common configuration of a reach forklift truck is a reach straddle truck. This has its legs set apart wider, allowing the forklift’s legs to surround and straddle the pallet. Due to the fact that the pallets can’t be closely stacked, this type of configuration is likely to result in a need for increased storage space.

Here at H&F Lift Trucks, we offer a range of new and used reach forklift trucks, as well as the more traditional counterbalance forklift trucks. Are you looking to purchase a new Forklift or used forklift? Then please contact us today for more information, on 0800 298 8790.

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H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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