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Hyster ReachStackers the Ultimate Container Handling Solution

Filed under: Forklift Reviews, Materials Handling

This blog post will look at the advantages of the Hyster ReachStacker and some of the benefits ports will see from using them. It will also highlight some recently developed upgrades Hyster has implemented to further cement the ReachStackers position as the number one container handling solution.

A recent report published by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) showed a 3% increase in container handling across Australian Ports from July –December 2014. The report also showed that:

“Fewer but bigger ships are calling, and they are handling more 40 foot containers than 20 foot containers.” ATN (2015)

As McLeod alludes to in the quote below there are many benefits for ports when using ReachStackers: “The Hyster RS range of ReachStackers has been designed to achieve maximum space utilisation on container terminals, thanks to outstanding manoeuvrability, superior handling speed and unrestricted stacking capabilities, delivering class leading productivity and at the same time, keeping operating costs to a minimum.” McLeod (2015)

Hyster’s range of ReachStacker Container Handlers are the industry leading solution for container handling operations and continue to be an integral component of port container handling. In his recent article Macleod 2015 states, “The Hyster ReachStacker is well known for its class-leading lift speeds, combined motions of lift and boom extension while driving and exceptional reliability, particularly in 24/7 operations. The incredible performance not only helps terminals move containers quickly, the company claims that it is helping increase the financial margins on container handling.”

Hyster Reach Stacker

Advantages of a Hyster Reachstacker

Compact Design to operate in tight confines

Standard wheelbase of 6.2m and turning radius of 8.42-8.5 (model dependent). The RS46-41LS CH and RS46-38LS IH models have a wheelbase of 6.7 m and a turning radius of 9.17 m.

Proven Concept

Proven concept using the refined structures (frame, boom and spreaders) of the original Hyster ReachStacker, together with proven driveline, hydraulic and control components.

Strong and Durable - can lift the majority of containers in up to 3 row configurations

Capacities of up to 41 tonnes in the 2nd row -for the CH model -ensuring that there are no container weight limitations when handling containers in the 2nd row.

All-round Visibility - offering improved operator comfort and safety

Excellent visibility all-round, thanks to a Powered Sliding Cab, wide-spaced rear boom supports, and the sloping contours of the rear counterweight.

Stacking Ability - allows for better storage space utiisation

Ability to stack containers ve-high (9’6” in the 1st row and8’6” in the second row, with 6-high 8’6” in the rst row now available as an option).

Fast Lifting Speed - industry leading

The practical average 4-mode speed is a fantastic 0.41 m/sec., with the 224 kW (300 Hp) Stage IIIA engine.

As part of the company’s continuous improvement program to remain an industry leader Hyster has recently introduced a number of upgrades to its new ReachStacker models, including:

  • New Cummins QSL9 engine which can see more than 25% fuel savings equating to approximately 4L/H that also complies with new Stage IV/Tier 4 final emissions legislation
  • New cooling on demand that only uses power when needed helping reduce overall fuel consumption
  • ECO elo mode
  • RPM Management
  • Alternate engine idle speed

With its industry leading lifting capabilities and features, in conjunction with Hyster’s continuous improvement upgrades Hyster ReachStackers are the ultimate container handling solution.

    Reference List
  1. Australian Transport News (ATN), 2015, ‘Waterline Report Has Mixed Messages For Container Port Trucking’, Australian Transport News, retrieved 6/7/15,
  2. MacLeod, P, 2015, ‘Hyster enhances ReachStacker for increasing container volumes’, SHD Logistics, retrieved 6/7/2015,


Published By: Paul Hinz

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