How to choose between a reachstacker and a dedicated container handler

Will a reachstacker or dedicated container handler (lift truck) work best in your operation?  It can be tricky to decide, as both offer various benefits.  In many cases, for example, reachstackers enable increased container storage, but increased storage density can affect the accessibility or ‘selectivity’ of containers, which could then result in extra handling and reduced throughput of containers, when compared to the use of lift trucks.

Therefore, the key to making the right decision is to identify the specific application requirements and consider which equipment can best meet the demands of the operation.  This is where an experienced supplier such as Hyster and its distribution partners can help. It may also be worth noting that the trend in Europe is more focused on reachstackers.

In many locations, particularly in the recent economic climate, available space can be a limiting factor.  In this case, mobile handling equipment that enables the highest density may be required.  Increased density is achieved by stacking higher and/or deeper.

Lift trucks, for example, may stack 4 high (Hyster machines can stack up to 5 high standard and 6 high (SPED), same as the Reach Stacker, however general requirement  is 4 high) but only 1 row deep, but the terminal will be laid out for maximum handling speed of containers with a good traffic flow.

Alternatively, to increase the amount of containers per square meter (to add to the benefit of a reachstacker) reachstackers can stack up to 4 high in the 3rd row and 5 in the 1st and now Hyster has even announced 6 high (8’6” only) reachstackers due to demand.  Normal practice for good circulation and to speed up the handling is to have 2 rows in a ‘pyramid’ shape, 4 high 2nd row and 3 high 1st.  Here, the selectivity of containers should be considered.

Selectivity refers to the number of containers that are on top or in front of a particular container, which have to be moved in order to access the container in question, and must then be restacked. The aim is to limit “dead picks”.

This ‘selectivity’ has a major affect on the speed of the container handling operation, with regard to the handling time required to transfer a specific container.

In a port environment, for example, changes to loading or unloading times can be a regular occurrence and despite the use of sophisticated logistical systems to coordinate the task, some restacking of containers seems to be unavoidable.

The speed of the restacking depends on the level of selectivity offered by the handling equipment and, in this instance, the lift truck (dedicated container handler) would be the better choice, as it offers greater selectivity.
Capacity & Loadcentre

For lift trucks, manufacturers’ model designations usually refer to a nominal capacity rating at a 1.2m loadcentre (distance from mast to centre of load).  However, for container handling, this is greater due the additional reach and rotation required and should be around 1.6m.  Therefore, check what the load capacity will be ‘under spreader’ at 1.6m loadcentre.

Reachstackers are available with various lift capacities with most manufacturers specifying capacities in the 2nd container row at around 3.85m loadcentre (taken from front axle).

In practice however, this leaves only as little as 0.14m clearance between machine and container which would slow the operation.  So a practical loadcentre for 2nd row stacking is more appropriate at 4.25m which can reduce lift capacity, but it is an important factor that should not be overlooked.

So, a reachstacker with 25t @ 3.85 in the 2nd row will give about 22t lift in the 2nd row @ 4.25 loadcentre.  30t @ 3.85m would be 27t @ 4.25m and 35t @ 3.85m would be 32t @ 4.25m. This capacity restriction may well disrupt an intended double row container stacking operation or increase the amount of digging/dead picks.  Therefore, selecting reachstackers with sufficient 2nd and even 3rd row lifting capacity is vitally important. Hyster for example has reachstacker models that offer 46t in the first row with up to 30t in the third.

Both lift trucks and reachstackers commonly operate in 15m wide aisles, stacking a mix of 20’ and 40’ loaded containers – in this application there is sufficient clearance for the lift truck as well as for lorries to pass in front, without any vehicle being required to drive underneath a lifted container. However, where additional capacity is required to stack heavier containers or higher in the second row, the standard reachstacker may not offer sufficient lifting capacity.  In this case, a larger machine will be needed that may be up to 9m in length (as opposed to 8m), increasing the aisle width requirement. In conclusion, the challenge for a terminal operator is to establish what is a workable mix of the two key variables (storage and selectivity), and let this determine the choice of handling equipment.  Investment in reachstackers may increase the terminal’s storage, while lift trucks may well be faster.  Working with an experienced supplier like Hyster will help with the decision making process.
 Download specification sheet Hyster Dedicated Container Handlers

 Download specification sheet Hyster Reach Stackers
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by mail or by telephone:

+31 24 378 11 11
Below you will find the navigation links from our website to find all necessary information about the Hyster reach stackers, container handlers and forklifts:

New reach stackers

Used reach stackers

Dedicated container handlers (for laden container handling)

Empty container handlers

Heavy duty forklifts:

>Lifting capacity from 8 to 16 tons: H8-16XM
>Lifting capacity from 16 to 18 tons: H16-18XM(S)
>Lifting capacity from 25 to 32 tons: H25-32XM(S)
>Lifting capacity from 36 to 48 tons: H36-48XM(S)

New arrival: Hyster H18.00XM-12 2000

Used 18 ton Hyster forklift in a very good condition. Year of manufacturing is 2000 and the truck has only got 6.200 genuine working hours, fully inspected and maintained, this forklift is optical and technical in a very good condition and certainly ready to do the job. This Hyster forklift is equipped with side-shift, fork-positioner, Cummins QSB5.9C diesel engine, ZF 3-speed powershift transmission, Rockwell drive axle and pneumatic Nokian HTS tires (95%).

Please visit the specific truck page for detailed information and photos of this Hyster forklift.

Visit our big forklift page with general information about the Hyster jumbo forklifts from 16 to 18 ton.


Since 2010 we have our very own YouTube channel with videos of our new and used reach stackers, empty & laden container handlers and heavy duty forklifts. Please feel free to subscribe at to stay up to date about our new videos.

New arrival: Hyster RS46-36CH 2007

Beautiful Hyster RS46-36CH reach stacker from year 2007, with only 8.900 genuine working hours. This unit has always been maintained by an official Hyster dealer and is optical and technical in a very good condition.

This reach stacker is equipped with a Cummins QSM11 Tier 3A turbo diesel engine and an S.O.H. TE27, 4-speed powershift transmission. The drive axle is Rockwell, the front tires Simex (90%) and the rear tires Bridgestone (75%). The machine is equipped with the following options:
Powered full sliding cabin with heater, wipers, air-conditioning and rear view camera
Load moment protection system with load weight indicator display
Air-suspended seat
Reading light in cabin
4 Extra lifting eyes on underside of spreader (for lifting general cargo)
Powered Pile Slope (PPS) on spreader
Wheelnut protection on steering wheels

HYSTER H16XM-6 Advance / H360HD2 – H16.00XM-6 / H360HD

Welcome on our website. On this page you will find information about the Hyster H16.00XM-6
or H360HD.The forklift has got a capacity from 16.000 kg @ 600 mm or 28,000 lbs @ 24″.
The H16.00XM-6 was introduced in 2001 with serial code E019, after a few years the serial
code changed into F019 and the engine changed from Perkins to Cummins.In 2007 the truck has been modified with a new Cummins 6.7L Tier III engine and a new
restyled counter weight with LED lights. The optional oil immersed wet disc brakes became
standard and the serial code changed from F019 into G019.
In 2011 the model name H16.00XM-6 has been changed into H16XM-6 and the serial code
has been changed from G019 into H019. The standard H16XM-6 is now equipped with the
S.O.H. (Spicer Off Highway) TE-10 transmission and air operated drum brakes.Since this
modification, the H16XM-6 Advance has been added to the range, the ‘Advance’ model is
equipped with oil-immersed wet disc brakes and a ZF 3WG161 transmission, which is a
fully automatic 3-speed autoshift transmission. Both models are equipped with ‘Power on
Demand’ dual hydraulic pumps which provide high lift speeds. The new hydraulic pumps
are dual (2x 60cc) VDP pumps (Variable Displacement Pumps).
We always have several units on stock which are available for sale or rental. At the moment we have
new and demo units available with 2-stage and 3-stage uprights, below you will find some examples:

Tito’s sold trucks

In this blog post we will give you just a few examples of reach stackers, container handlers and heavy duty forklift trucks which we have sold in the past year.

If you wish to see the machines which we currently have in stock, simply click here and you will be redirected to Tito’s stock list.

Click here to view our stocklist if you are currently looking for a new or used reach stacker, container handler, forklift or any other port equipment. 

If the machine which you are looking for is not displayed on our website,
contact us at +31 24 378 11 11, we might have it coming in soon!

If you are looking for spare parts for your forklifts, reach stackers or container handlers simply contact us! We ship out genuine spare parts to our world-wide clientele every day. 

And don’t forget to chek out our new photopage with a photo selection of what we did in the last years.


We proudly present our new ‘Tito Spare Parts’ online web shop for OEM spare parts for Hyster forklifts, container handlers and reach stackers;

In order to look up your spare parts you will need to create an account, this will only take one minute. Once registered you will be able to look up the spare parts for your machine, and just order them within a few minutes. We are located on a 2.5 km distance of the Hyster big truck factory and their EMEA spare parts warehouse. We are able to ship most of the spare parts worldwide by DHL just within a few days. You can easily pay your order online by credit card or wire transfer.

Below you will find some screen shots of our online webshop with OEM parts for Hyster forklifts:



On the 17th of March 2014 Van der Vlist Transportation, moved a complete Hyster reach stacker for us from the middle of the country to Nijmegen. The model is a RS46-36CH (A222 model) which has been transported as one complete machine, without dismantling the boom and the spreader. The total weight of the Hyster reach stacker is 80.000 kg (176,000 lbs.) and the dimensions are 14.60 x 4.20 x 4.40 m, you can call this ‘Convoi Exceptionnel’. With the later Hyster reach stacker models like the B222 and the C222 it isn’t possible anymore to transport the machines as one piece because the total height is 4.70 m and 4.76 m. The Hyster reach stacker in this blog post is for sale, please visit our stock page for more information.