Best known for its wide range of 4-way forklifts, sideloaders and other innovative materials handling solutions such as its Straddle Carrier, Irish manufacturer Combilift recently premiered its new Combi-WR and multidirectional Combi-WR4 “Walkie Reach” pedestrian trucks at two major trade fairs. The level of visitor interest in Combilift’s latest and smallest model to date shows that once again the company’s R & D department has tapped into even more market potential.


“We have developed our first pedestrian trucks in response to feedback from back of store retail operations and the DIY sector for a cost effective smaller unit for handling lighter loads,” says Combilift MD Martin McVicar. ”In areas where the general public or employees may be present these models offer a very safe way of handling pallets as well as longer loads in confined areas.”

Incorporating the benefits of AC technology in its traction, pump and steering motors, the WR models have a lift height of 4.2m and a load capacity of 1,450kg. With electronic power steering, pantograph and side shift functions it is the only pedestrian reach stacker range which can work in an aisle-width of 2m pallet to pallet.

The multi-position tiller (patent pending) incorporates push button rotation of the rear wheel parallel to the chassis for placing and picking in the aisle. This enables the operator to remain at the side of the truck rather than at the rear, improving forward visibility. The risk of incidents in tight and / or narrow aisles is reduced as the operator is not positioned between the racking and the truck. In order to rotate the rear wheel parallel to the tiller the operator merely needs to push the button again. Safer travelling around corners is also ensured as the Combi-WR reduces speed when cornering.

2-speed operation is controlled by a rabbit/turtle switch, and speeds can also be adjusted or customised to suit the level of the operator’s experience. Dual side by side front wheels allow easier execution of a 90° turn with no tyre scrub.



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