Don’t break the rules,
Bendi them!

Our experience with Bendi trucks goes back over 20 years and we’ve always seen it as a great option for many types of truck and warehouse users. Here are four important facts to keep in mind when considering switching to these types of trucks…

A Common Mistake

Fact 1

A common mistake by racking providers is to forget to provide the required end of racking clearance. Quite simply when stacking the corner of the pallet travels past the rack upright so if you start the racking to close to a wall then you wont be able to put the last pallet away.

Floor Strength

Fact 2

Articulating counterbalance trucks are far heavier than conventional forklifts so floor strength is a consideration both inside and out


Fact 3

Being a specialist piece of equipment driver training by an instructor experienced with the articulating concept is a good investment.

Lift Heights

Fact 4

With lift heights now available to 15m visibility at height can be an issue. Adding a small CCTV camera often overcomes this issue and something that we recommend on any lift over 6m.

Do We Have a Winner?

So which machine is best for your operation?

You may have a personal preference but there are a few key deciding factors we use.

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The Smarter Option..?

We like to give you the full picture regarding your materials handling options. There are always tangible benefits to using one type of machine over another, and we regularly supply all manner of equipment.

Here are some of the benefits of articulating forklifts over other common types of machine…

Over Counterbalance…

  • A Bendi can operate in smaller aisles, with better residual capacity and higher lift heights.
  • There’s less double handling (off the lorry, onto the rack)

Over Reach Trucks…

  • Bendis operate in smaller aisles; can go outside; are faster; and have better wheels for rough ground.
  • Reach trucks usually require counterbalance truck support and offer worse value for money.

Over Very Narrow Aisle (VNA)…

  • Lower cost (typical VNA start at £35k)
  • No guidance system or guide rails
  • VNA can’t work outside
  • VNA needs large transfer aisles, is slow and requires a truly flat floor
  • VNA operations vulnerable to breakdowns – less flexibility
  • VNA also needs reach truck or counterbalance support