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New Hyster forklift Reach Truck unveiled

The new reach truck from Hyster has been launched at simultaneous events across Europe. The new model has propelled Hyster to the forefront of reach truck design, now making the brand one of the strongest partners for warehouse operations all over the world.

"A reach truck is the number one warehouse product at the core of most warehouse materials handling fleets" says Ralf Mock, Managing Director, EMEA for NMHG. "The latest Hyster® Reach Truck model has been intelligently designed to deliver reliability, dependability and a low cost of ownership to demanding operations everywhere."

The new Hyster® Reach Truck has been designed to lift loads up to 12.5 metres and is technically advanced, featuring a new mast design and a modular operator compartment.

Two mast types are available and share innovative features. Residual capacity is maintained to greater heights thanks to the new unique patented channel mast design and visibility is improved through reduced total channel width. The overall height of the new Hyster Reach Truck can be lower for travelling under doors and onto trailers for example.

"Previously, a 2 tonne truck would be specified, not necessarily to lift 2 tonnes, but to achieve a lower weight at a higher lift height" says Robert O’Donoghue, Senior Product Strategy Leader, NMHG. "The new Hyster® Reach Truck offers faster lifting and lowering speeds and improved residual capacity with reduced friction between the mast stages. Some operations may find that they can specify a smaller truck where a larger one may have been required previously."

Offering travel speeds of up to 14 km per hour and a lift speed of 0.8 metres per second, the new Hyster® Reach Truck has been successfully trialled in a number of operations, including DHL and Renault trucks.

"Extensive research, operator testing, evaluation and feedback have gone into the development of this Hyster® Reach Truck, with testing carried out by over 50 real drivers, rather than 1 or 2 product managers" says Ralf Mock, NMHG Managing Director (EMEA). "We have ensured substantial customer involvement throughout the process as well as input from our network of distribution partners."

The operator compartment is available in 4 different chassis shapes, which are standard, narrow, and two types for drive in racking. The truck’s operator compartment chassis, which was previously all one piece, is built in three parts, comprising of the base, the operator compartment and the overhead guard.

The modular design helps to reduce complexity in manufacturing and in the supply chain for replacement parts. If, for example, the overhead guard suffers any damage, that one piece can be replaced without replacing the rest of the shell. The cab’s design also lends itself to interchangeable operator compartments, so a cab can easily be converted to work in the cold store with a new guard.

Using common components across the Hyster range helps to improve the maintenance servicing of the equipment.

The new Hyster reach truck provides class-leading ergonomics with unique intuitive operator features and functionality.

An operator will get on and off a reach truck approximately 60 times during a 12 hour shift, according to research carried out by Hyster, so easy access and egress has been integrated into the design, with two dedicated handles and a low, wide step. Easy access and a spacious and comfortable operator compartment help the reach truck operator to work harder and faster, combating fatigue through enhanced comfort.

A large range of new components have been included on the new Hyster® Reach Truck to suit the operator, including a new adjustable armrest and steering column, new motors (traction/pump/steering), new premium display and a new mini lever system which is featured on the Hyster electric counterbalance truck range. A joystick option is also available.

To help enhance speed and accuracy, an optional laser positioning system shines a beam of light onto the racking when a load is raised above free lift (around 2m). NACCO Materials Handling Group is currently the only company to offer this option in Europe.

Common features used on Hyster counterbalance trucks and the Hyster reach truck will allow operators to easily transfer between different types of vehicle.

"Reliability and dependability are hallmarks delivered by all Hyster equipment. We work with our warehouse customers to help specify the correct product to meet the application requirements, and surrounding services, delivering dependability in heavy duty and intense operations" says Ralf Mock. "Through a network of distribution partners, we offer global capability, powerful service back-up, and a strong, local support infrastructure."

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