Can you use a reach truck anywhere?
Reach trucks are mostly designed to operate indoors. For outdoor lifting and transportation, it’s more common to use a counterbalance forklift truck as these are more stable.
What is the difference between a reach truck and a counterbalance forklift?
Counterbalance forklifts have more flexibility in how they are used in many businesses and run on electric, diesel or LPG whereas a reach truck is usually electrically powered. Reach trucks are preferred in some locations because they can reach higher levels, for example, in a warehouse, and are more manoeuvrable in tight spaces.
Can I drive a reach truck if I’m licenced for a counterbalance forklift?
There are different skills in using a reach truck compared to a counterbalance forklift and it’s important to have a conversion course. These normally run over 1 day and can make sure you operate the reach truck safely and in line with current regulations.