REACH TRUCK STACKING SEQUENCE

This video shows an operator demonstrating the Reach Truck stacking sequence. Visit our various forklift training courses for more information or to book your session today.

REACH TRUCK STACKING SEQUENCE

The rules for operators and the stability considerations of reach truck are generally the same as counterbalanced machines with some obvious differences such as fork height etc. .

The rules regarding the use of the handbrake and all round observation are the same as those for a counterbalanced truck. A few additional points to note:

  • Some reach trucks,do not have a neutral position
  • Some reach truck, such as the BT Reflex, do not have a separate handbrake
  • Some reach trucks have a tilting fork carriage and some a tilting mast

The truck should be stopped with the load approximately 15cm, (6ins), away from the stack and the handbrake applied.

BRING THE MAST/FORKS TO THE LEVEL POSITION

Normally reach trucks do not have as much forward and rear tilt as counterbalanced trucks. The load should be approximately level at this point taking care not to apply forward tilt. Note that a tall load may be impossible to stack in tight racking if tilt is applied.

LIFT THE LOAD TO THE CORRECT HEIGHT

The load should now be elevated to the height required watching out for overhead obstructions.

DRIVE THE FORKLIFT FORWARDS TOWARDS THE STACK

The truck should be driven towards the stack taking care that the load fits on the racking and that the reach truck legs remain just short of the racking or bottom load. Once in position, the handbrake should be re-applied.

REACH THE MAST OUT TO POSITION LOAD

Reach the mast out to position the load accurately on the racking.

LOWER THE LOAD INTO POSITION

Lower the load carefully onto the racking making sure that the forks are free and level.

RETRACT THE MAST FULLY BACK

Retract the mast fully back. Note that reach trucks should not be driven with the mast extended particularly when laden as the truck will then behave in a similar manner to a counterbalance truck and can turn over forwards.

REVERSE AWAY FROM THE STACK

After checking that the forks are free in the load look behind carefully. Reverse out looking in the direction of travel with occasional glances at the load and forks. Stop when the forks are about 15cm, (6ins), away from the stack and apply handbrake.

LOWER FORKS TO THE TRAVELLING POSITION

Lower the forks to about 10cm, (4ins), from the floor and apply rear tilt for travelling. Look all around once more before driving off.

Like counterbalanced forklifts, the stacking exercises should be practice at different heights before basic training can be considered to be complete.

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