We were visiting a customer’s site recently where they use multi directional reach trucks. These particular trucks are excellent for carrying long loads thanks to their electronically controlled all wheel steering.
Not only are they steerable in north/south and west/east direction but can also complete a full circle whilst remaining facing in north direction.
These trucks are bigger than the average reach truck, having widened outriggers to allow the front wheels to turn through 360 degrees.
Fork positioners are also fitted to hydraulically widen the forks to suit longer loads.