When To Use A Reach Truck Vs. A Forklift

When businesses need to maximize space and speed, Toyota reach trucks deliver. Reach trucks are commonplace in medium to large warehouse and distribution centers across the Bay Area, greater Sacramento and Fresno. They’re also widely used in food and beverage distribution. 

If your business has narrow aisles (or plans to convert to narrow aisles), a reach truck can do the same job as a forklift, but in a narrower space. With a reach truck, operators can now easily position pallets into racks 37 feet high thanks to Toyota’s most recent product release. 

As an added bonus: businesses in California can get paid to charge electric equipment. Use the quarterly payment to help pay for new electric equipment or invest in other opportunities. 

Reach Trucks: Cost, Capacity, Pros and Cons


Toyota Reach Truck Price

The price for a new Toyota Reach Truck is approximately $34,000-$50,000. That said, you can lease a reach truck for much less, about $500-750/month. 

You can also get a decent used Toyota Reach Truck for about $25,000. We stand behind all our used electric forklifts with a 2-year/1,500 hour warranty and 1-year on-site maintenance. Learn more, or browse our used stand-up forklift inventory.

When to Buy a Reach Truck vs. A Forklift

Reach trucks are designed for narrow aisle storage applications with smooth, even flooring such as: freezer/refrigerated storage, warehouses and distribution centers. Reach trucks work with most types of rack including double deep rack, push-back rack and even high rack storage. Toyota’s reach truck has a max capacity of up to 4,500 lbs., and the low step height makes getting on and off the forklift almost effortless.

Because reach trucks use an electric motor, they’re zero-emission and fume-free. They’re ideal for delicate and highly regulated applications such as pharmaceutical, clean room, computer/semiconductor, agricultural and food and beverage. 

Reach trucks aren’t designed to be driven over uneven floor surfaces such as dock levelers or dock plates. So if you need equipment to load or unload trucks, a traditional forklift is the superior choice.

Want to know more? Read a forklift expert’s review of Toyota’s 9BRU Reach Truck.

Demo a Toyota Reach Truck

If you’re interested in switching to electric or trying a reach truck, schedule a demo at our state-of-the-art facility in Livermore. Contact us online or by phone:

Bay Area – Livermore (510) 340-9293
Fresno (559) 834-9500
Sacramento (916) 376-0500
Salinas (831) 757-1091

Further Reading
Charge Up, Get Paid with CARB LCFS Credits
3 Reasons to Lease vs. Buy an Electric Forklift
How to Calculate Forklift Aisle Width Minimums