A Narrow Aisle Reach Truck is a loading device that is used by a number of different types of businesses that maintain a storage area which involves the organization of supplies and finished goods on pallets that are inserted into racking.
A basic reach truck has an out-rigging mechanism on the front of the truck. Mounted to the out-rigging is a set of telescoping forks that move up and down. The forks also include a hydraulic setup that allows the operator to pick up the load and re position it over the outriggers. This not only provides a more even balance of the load, but also makes it easier to maneuver the truck into narrow aisles between the storage shelves.
When the truck arrives at the shelves designated for the pallet, the hydraulics allow the forks to swing and lower the pallet into the shelving, sliding the pallet into place. Generally, these machines easily fit into an aisle that is less than 10ft across with no problem, assuming there are not pallets sticking out from the shelving.