A reach truck is a smaller vehicle than the forklift, allowing it to remain much more nimble. It has a slimmer chassis and holds loads closer to its wheelbase, letting it perform well in warehouses with narrow aisles and tighter spaces. Instead of a counterbalance, a reach truck has two stabilizing outer legs that distribute the load weight.
Although some models allow a forward stance, the operator usually sits sideways, allowing maximum comfort and maneuverability. Reach trucks include several features to enhance visibility for operators. The cab might tilt to help the driver get a better view or feature an open overhead guard. Many reach trucks come with a camera, allowing the operator to see what' s happening above their head on a video screen.
Reach trucks can usually handle a smaller capacity than a traditional counterbalance forklift. Besides working in narrow spaces, the other advantage of a reach truck is its maximum height.