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Choosing The Right Truck

Standard forklift

Standard ForkilftThe standard forklift, also known as a counterbalanced sit-down lift truck, is the vehicle most people think of when they think Lift truck or Forklift. It is available with any of the fuel types and tire types as well as numerous weight capacities, lift heights and  attachment options.

The smaller 3000 lb to 4000 lb trucks are the workhorses of most warehouses. If you are running a small operation and will only have one truck, this is probably the vehicle for you. The standard forklift is a wide aisle truck which requires at least 11′ aisles to turn in. The aisle width is determined by the size of the truck, the turn radius, and the size of the load. Available options and attachments include side shifts, fork shifts, hydraulic clamps, and slip sheet attachments, to name a few. The side shift is becoming standard equipment on many trucks. See all standard forklifts in the store.

Reach truck  (a.k.a. Stand-up reach, Straddle reach , Double-deep reach)

Reach TruckThe reach truck is a narrow aisle (8′-10′) truck designed specifically for racked pallet storage. It consists of outriggers in front and telescoping forks that use a hydraulic scissors-type mechanism that allows you to pick up the load and retract it over the outriggers. This reduces the overall truck and load length, allowing you to turn in a narrower aisle. Double-deep reach trucks use an an extended reach mechanism which allows you to store pallets two deep in specially designed double-deep rack. Reach trucks are designed for racking areas only and do not work for loading trucks or quickly moving loads over distances. Operator training on reach trucks tends to take longer than on other vehicles due to the complexity of the controls. See all reach trucks in the store.

Motorized pallet truck (a.k.a. Walkie, Walkie-rider, Rider)

Palette TruckMotorized pallet trucks are the motorized version of the pallet jack. They come in “Walkie” versions or “Rider” versions. As you would expect the walkie is designed for the operator to walk along with the truck as they move loads, while the Rider has a small platform which the operator stands on. The riders work great for frequent moving of loads over extended distances within warehouses and manufacturing operations loads over extended distances within warehouses and manufacturing operations. They  are fast and highly maneuverable. Minimal controls result in short learning curves for operators although precision turning takes a little practice. See all motorized pallet trucks in the store.

Order picker

Order PickerDesigned specifcally for manual handling of less-than-pallet-load quantities in racking. Man-up design has fixed forks attached which elevates the load and the operator to facilitate manual loading and unloading from racking. Order Selectors are very narrow aisles vehicles which operate in aisles of less than 6′.

Order selectors are available in lift heights up to 40 feet however 20 to 30 foot models are more common.