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Advantages of a Flexi Narrow Aisle Forklift versus a Reach Truck

Flexi Narrow Aisle Forklift vs. Reach Truck
Flexi Narrow Aisle Forklift vs. Reach Truck

Finding the right forklift for your application is crucial. Whether you are looking to increase return on investment, safety or efficiency, choosing the right forklift is paramount to your success. Companies typically use reach trucks in order to shrink their aisle space and maximize the amount of pallet positions. If your company is using reach trucks now or looking to switch to reach trucks, you should consider the Flexi narrow aisle forklift for a variety of reasons.

Reach trucks are used in narrow aisle applications in warehouses or fulfillment centers. Reach trucks have outriggers which act as the counterbalance for the forklift. With wheels under the floor where the operator stands, this allows the reach truck to turn in tighter aisles and operate in smaller areas. The majority of companies purchase reach trucks because they want to shrink their aisles in order for more pallet space. Reach trucks typically come with load capacities up to 4500#, have lift heights over 400” and operate in aisles around 9.5’. One of the major differences between reach trucks and narrow aisle forklifts is that reach trucks can only operate in the aisles because of the outriggers. These lifts are not capable of going outside, over dock plates or in the back of tractor trailers. Flexi narrow aisle forklifts will create more pallet utilization and have the added capability of loading trucks and being used in other parts of a warehouse.

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Advantages of a Flexi Narrow Aisle Forklift versus a Reach Truck:


  • Flexi narrow aisle forklift can store 15-20% more pallet positions than a reach truck

  • Flexi narrow aisle forklifts can operate in 6′ – 7′ wide aisles, while reach trucks operate in about 9’5″ wide aisles

  • Flexi forklifts have an articulating front end and drive like a conventional sit-down forklift

  • Flexi narrow aisle forklifts have less moving parts than reach trucks, thus reducing maintenance costs

  • Flexi narrow aisle forklifts can load / unload trailers while reach trucks cannot

  • Flexi narrow aisle forklifts can be used on ramps  up to 16% grade while reach trucks have to be on flat floors

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