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Tuesday, March 19 2024
Three Main Benefits of a Reach Truck

With warehouse and storage space at a premium, more companies are looking for alternatives to increasing their footprint by expanding current space or purchasing new space. Sometimes a reach truck can be the perfect solution to increasing space, and productivity in your material handling and storage operation. While a reach truck is not suited for all operations, where it can be used, provides three significant benefits.

  1. Maneuverability means narrower aisles - Reach trucks are designed for narrow aisles and tight spaces. They have a smaller turning radius, making them more maneuverable than standard forklifts. This allows for efficient navigation in crowded warehouse environments. Often times aisle width can be reduced by 30% or more by utilizing an reach truck. This allows for more aisles within your current space, and more storage.
  2. A reach truck has a higher lifting capacity than traditional forklifts - Reach trucks are built to handle taller racks and shelves. They can reach higher lift heights compared to standard forklifts, enabling better utilization of vertical space in the warehouse. UniCarriers SRX has a maximum fork height of 210" allowing you to build your racking higher, thus more storage.
  3. The reach capability of a reach truck means narrower aisles within your warehouse - Reach trucks have extending forks that can reach into storage areas without the need for the truck to move closer. This feature is particularly useful for double-deep racking systems or when accessing items stored deep within racks. Double-reach means more pallet positions in your operation, resulting in increased storage capacity.

For a consultation about the possibility of a reach truck for your operation, and how it might benefits, please Contact Us or give us a call at 804-233-0051.

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Wednesday, February 21 2024
Electric Pallet Jack vs Electric Walkie Rider

A walkie rider, often referred to as a rider pallet jack or rider pallet truck, is a type of electric material handling equipment used for transporting and moving pallets in warehouses and distribution centers. It is designed to be ridden by the operator, providing several advantages over a standard electric pallet jack, which is typically operated by walking behind it. Here are some benefits of a walkie rider over a standard electric pallet jack:

  1. Operator Efficiency: The most significant advantage of a walkie rider is that it allows the operator to ride on the equipment. This reduces operator fatigue, increases productivity, and allows for faster and more efficient material handling tasks, especially for long-distance transporting.

  2. Faster Travel Speed: Walkie rider pallet jacks generally have higher travel speeds compared to standard electric pallet jacks. This speed improvement can result in quicker cycle times and more efficient operations.

  3. Reduced Operator Strain: Since the operator rides on the walkie rider, there is less physical strain on the operator's body compared to walking behind a standard pallet jack. This can lead to improved ergonomics and a lower risk of workplace injuries.

  4. Higher Weight Capacity: Walkie rider pallet jacks often have a higher weight capacity than standard pallet jacks. This allows them to handle heavier loads, making them suitable for heavier-duty applications.

  5. Maneuverability: Walkie rider pallet jacks are designed to be highly maneuverable, allowing operators to navigate tight spaces and crowded aisles more easily. This can be crucial in warehouses with limited space.

  6. Battery Life: Many walkie rider pallet jacks come with larger batteries, offering longer runtimes between charges compared to standard pallet jacks. This can increase uptime and productivity.

  7. Versatility: Walkie rider pallet jacks can perform multiple tasks, such as transporting, stacking, and order picking, making them versatile tools for warehouse operations.

  8. Operator Comfort: The rider platform on a walkie rider is designed for operator comfort, often equipped with cushioned platforms and adjustable controls to reduce operator fatigue during long shifts.

  9. Safety Features: Walkie rider pallet jacks typically come with safety features such as brake systems, horn signals, and enhanced visibility, ensuring the safety of both the operator and pedestrians.

  10. Reduced Operator Footprint: Because the operator rides on the equipment, there is less of an operator footprint in the aisle. This allows for more efficient use of space in crowded warehouses.

While walkie rider pallet jacks offer numerous benefits, it's essential to consider your specific material handling needs and the layout of your facility when choosing between a walkie rider and a standard electric pallet jack. Walkie riders are well-suited for applications where speed, efficiency, and operator comfort are critical, but they may not be the best choice for all warehouse settings.  

Posted by: BarryL AT 10:33 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Monday, December 04 2023
UniCarriers Warranties Back What They Sell

Whether you're purchasing a new UniCarriers forklift or servicing one with OEM parts, you can count on UniCarriers to back them up with industry leading warranties. This gives you the security of knowing your equipment and parts are being backed by a company with the conifidence that its products perform, under the toughest applications.

UniCarriers Best in Class 2-Year Unlimited Warranty

All Unicarriers Class 1,4 and 5 (sit-down rider models) carry a 2 year, unlimited hour carriage to counterweight warranty. The warranty applies to all SIC code applications, no restrictions. And the warranty can be transferred after one year. 

“Two years…unlimited hours…it’s the industry’s best-limited warranty, and now a standard feature of every Class I, IV and V forklift we manufacture. It’s a distinct and quantifiable advantage you can take to the bank,” explains Steve Cianci, UniCarriers Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

“Unlike other brands, UniCarriers only manufactures forklifts, and we’ve been doing it for over 50 years. Our industry-leading limited warranty is a reflection of our heritage of world-class design, engineering and manufacturing- and the uptime performance our forklifts deliver to customers throughout the Americas.”

Visit our UniCarriers Showroom to see their line-up of class 1, 4 and 5 (sit-down rider models).

UniCarriers OEM Parts Warranty

Keeping your new UniCarriers forklift operating like a new forklift means using geniune OEM parts provided by UniCarriers. By doing so, UniCarriers will back each part up with an industry leading warranty. Each UniCarriers forklift part has the uncompromising quality and reliability you need to maximize the performance of your forklifts. And, of course, both parts and labor are covered by UniCarriers’ exclusive 6-month, 800-hour limited warranty.

We believe UniCarriers builds products that perform and backs them up! That's we we're proud to represent their products in the Richmon VA metro area. For more information, a demo or quote on UniCarriers forklifts, contact us at 804-233-0051.

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