Pedestrian Reach Truck Guide

To all intents and purposes, a pedestrian-operated reach truck works like a normal stacker truck. However, it has a platform on the back which you can ride on, side guards which you can flip up and is compatible with both UK and Euro pallets. Watch Locators’ video guide below to gain a better appreciation of the machine.

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00:00 - Introduction
This truck is a pedestrian-operated warehouse machine. You can see it’s designed to work indoors because of the wheels – which I’ll show you in a minute, rather than having big soft tyres. Bizarrely, for some reason, although this truck is smaller than a counterbalance truck – a sit-on machine – most warehouse equipment is rated as a load centre of 600mm, so that’s a 1.2 metre deep load. Generally because this type of truck originated – and was most popular – in Europe, where they handle Euro pallets which are 1,200mm deep. But in the UK, our normal pallet handling dimension is 1 metre deep, and that’s probably why the – why the difference has arised.
00:38 - The Support Legs
This pedestrian-operated machine has a platform on the back which you can ride on, side guards which you can flip up. It looks, for all intents and purposes, like a normal stacker truck where the forks lift up and down – and where you have support legs at the front, like you do on a normal stacker machine. The problem we have in this country here is, with powered stackers, is that we’re quite used to handling UK pallets, which have a bottom board on them, and where you have support legs – or where the forks wrap over the support legs that stay on the ground – when you lift the forks up it’ll split the pallet in two *chuckles*. So, you can either have a counterbalance truck – which we talked about earlier – or you can have something like this, or a pedestrian counterbalance truck, where you take the support legs out of the equation.
01:23 - The Reach Mechanism
Now, on this truck, you have a reach mechanism. So this is actually a pedestrian-operated reach truck. So you can reach the mast right forward and out of the way of the support legs. So you’re then able to lift – and just like a normal forklift truck – you’re not going to split the pallet in two or separate the pallet. So that’s the purpose of this truck. You can then retract the load back in when you’re travelling around or above the support legs, and work in quite a narrow aisle if you’re working pallet racking and you want to put the loads away into pallet racking. So this truck is capable of handling Euro pallets and UK pallets, which is a bit rare when you come to powered stacking equipment.
02:02 - The Wheels
The other thing you’ll notice is, all of these trucks; powered pallet trucks, reach trucks, stackers – anything that’s pedestrian-operated – has a banded polyurethane wheel or tyre. That’s on the drive and on the support legs. That means that these trucks are not designed to work outdoors. So if you take them outside – even on rippled concrete – you’ll soon start to experience issues with the wheels breaking up and it can affect the electrics and the components within the truck. They get their capacity from being very rigid and hard on the floor, so with a counterbalance truck – where you’ve got a softer tyre for working outdoors and you can move around a bit – these trucks are designed to be rigid, so there isn’t any tension or anything within the wheel and setup assembly.
01:50 - Thanks for Watching
Thank you for watching. If you have any questions, please refer to the operator’s manual for the machine or contact us at Locators.
00:00 - Introduction

This truck is a pedestrian-operated warehouse machine. You can see it’s designed to work indoors because of the wheels – which I’ll show you in a minute, rather than having big soft tyres. Bizarrely, for some reason, although this truck is smaller than a counterbalance truck – a sit-on machine – most warehouse equipment is rated as a load centre of 600mm, so that’s a 1.2 metre deep load. Generally because this type of truck originated – and was most popular – in Europe, where they handle Euro pallets which are 1,200mm deep. But in the UK, our normal pallet handling dimension is 1 metre deep, and that’s probably why the – why the difference has arised.
00:38 - The Support Legs

This pedestrian-operated machine has a platform on the back which you can ride on, side guards which you can flip up. It looks, for all intents and purposes, like a normal stacker truck where the forks lift up and down – and where you have support legs at the front, like you do on a normal stacker machine. The problem we have in this country here is, with powered stackers, is that we’re quite used to handling UK pallets, which have a bottom board on them, and where you have support legs – or where the forks wrap over the support legs that stay on the ground – when you lift the forks up it’ll split the pallet in two *chuckles*. So, you can either have a counterbalance truck – which we talked about earlier – or you can have something like this, or a pedestrian counterbalance truck, where you take the support legs out of the equation.
01:23 - The Reach Mechanism

Now, on this truck, you have a reach mechanism. So this is actually a pedestrian-operated reach truck. So you can reach the mast right forward and out of the way of the support legs. So you’re then able to lift – and just like a normal forklift truck – you’re not going to split the pallet in two or separate the pallet. So that’s the purpose of this truck. You can then retract the load back in when you’re travelling around or above the support legs, and work in quite a narrow aisle if you’re working pallet racking and you want to put the loads away into pallet racking. So this truck is capable of handling Euro pallets and UK pallets, which is a bit rare when you come to powered stacking equipment.
02:02 - The Wheels

The other thing you’ll notice is, all of these trucks; powered pallet trucks, reach trucks, stackers – anything that’s pedestrian-operated – has a banded polyurethane wheel or tyre. That’s on the drive and on the support legs. That means that these trucks are not designed to work outdoors. So if you take them outside – even on rippled concrete – you’ll soon start to experience issues with the wheels breaking up and it can affect the electrics and the components within the truck. They get their capacity from being very rigid and hard on the floor, so with a counterbalance truck – where you’ve got a softer tyre for working outdoors and you can move around a bit – these trucks are designed to be rigid, so there isn’t any tension or anything within the wheel and setup assembly.
04:19 - Thanks for Watching

Thank you for watching. If you have any questions, please refer to the operator’s manual for the machine or contact us at Locators.

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