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Types of Forklifts: What you Need to Know


Forklifts are designed with features that are matched to various types of pallet storage application needs:reach truck


Used Electric Pallet Jack: picking from low level storage locations


Used Power Operated Stacker: lower weight & lifting capabilities for internal transport


Used Power Counterbalanced 3 and 4 Wheel Fork Lift Truck: Loads are counterbalanced by the weight of the vehicle with mast heights designed for the application


Used Narrow & very Narrow Aisle Trucks: truck base does not have to turn within the working aisle because load is moved sideways into or out of the storage rack


Used Reach Truck: load is retracted within the wheel base allowing a truck to operate in an aisle with reduced width.


The electrically powered used reach truck has replaced the traditional counter balance fork truck for many pallet handling applications. Because a reach truck can operate in a narrower aisle, added storage space can be achieved or allow added space for operational needs.


Substantially increased lift heights can also be achieved exceeding 33’.  Reach trucks do have some restrictions relative to possible 1st beam height so discuss this with our storage specialist.


ASI has been in the used storage & material handling equipment industry for over 20 years serving over 25,000 customers. Our storage specialist can quickly review your application against used reach truck features and benefits if needed. All reach truck sales are covered by a lowest price & 30 day guarantee.



Used Stack Racks – Tier Rack vs. Nestainers


If you are looking for flexibility when choosing a racking system, the most popular option is stack racks. American Surplus sells two different style stack racks, Tier Rack and Nestainers. These portable storage racks are most effective for short term use. When not in use, these racks can be stored in a small space with ease. Different from tier racks, which can be disassembled and stacked, nestainers are one solid unit and nest inside one another for storage. This is an advantage because there is no disassembly required, likewise no assembly required. Nestainers are sturdier and more durable than tier style stack racks as well, as you can see below.

nestainers and tier rack

Tier rack, on the left, requires the user to stack the racks on the small inserts at the top of the four columns, which is difficult for a forklift operator to align. The advantage of the nestainers (on the right) is that the user has the entire length of the brace going from the front columns to the back columns to secure the stack. This is going to ensure a more sturdy rack system as a whole as well.


Both tier style and nestainer stack racks are great for bulky, un-stackable items. If you have an awkward size product that doesn’t store well, stack racks from American Surplus could be the solution for you!