Low profile mast to improve Pedestrian Safety

I've reached my limit, and need some help. We've had another pedestrian hit by a forklift attributed to impaired vision, i.e. the mast blocking the driver's view. Thankfully the person will be fine, but it could have been a fatality.
My question for you is: Who is making a forklift or retro-fit type mast that is below the line of sight of a seated operator? I'll buy 100 of them if I can find them!
My local vendors for Linde and Hyster tell me there are none. Surely you all are dealing with this issue, are there any solutions?
  • Posted 19 Dec 2014 03:27
  • Discussion started by Guido
  • Washington, United States
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Have you thought about the JCB Teletruk range? as compact as a FLT but with the boom of a Telehandler. they start at 5500lbs.

  • Posted 29 Sep 2017 01:33
  • Modified 29 Sep 2017 01:34 by poster
  • Reply by hall_l
  • Staffordshire, United Kingdom
I know Nacco ( Yale / Hyster) made a mast for the Trucking Industry
Truckers Mast, Just talk to the Sale Manager at Fairchild In Green Bay, and they just sold a fairly new one they got in Used. If a dealer doesn't know or salesman. The need to check with the factory to see if that sped is still available. By request. Some sales people only go by the Spec sheet.
  • Posted 22 May 2015 23:54
  • Reply by Techhelp
  • Wisconsin, United States
Dear Guido:

I am Tailift sale manger.

You can contact with me at 909-930-9801 for special order.

  • Posted 22 May 2015 02:49
  • Reply by Tailiftjames
  • California, United States
Thanks to all again. Linesman and WJL24 offered some constructive help, and I really appreciate that.
  • Posted 9 Jan 2015 03:25
  • Reply by Guido
  • Washington, United States
Yale makes a stand up with a short truckers mast. Model ESC030AC and ESC040AC with 48" overall ht. lowered and 40" of lift with 12" free lift.
  • Posted 8 Jan 2015 23:54
  • Reply by WJL24
  • Ohio, United States
See the JCB Teletruk in action on YouTube (jcbfilms).
No mast = no visibilty problems.
  • Posted 7 Jan 2015 21:09
  • Reply by linesman
  • Staffordshire, United Kingdom
to see what the RXX telescopic mast LOOK LIKE GOOGLE SEARCH FOR

it is only 1 meter tall
Unless they hire baby midgets the driver sees everything when empty
  • Posted 7 Jan 2015 06:05
  • Reply by darryl_w
  • Quebec, Canada
Parts finder expert
Maybe take a look at the JCB Teletruk, which has a telecopic boom instead of a mast and therefore offers unrivalled forwards visibilty
  • Posted 7 Jan 2015 03:41
  • Reply by linesman
  • Staffordshire, United Kingdom
nope wont work
what he is asking for does not exist
no such thing as a forklift mast with 'no' blind spots

he can comm scotty and have him manufacture some transparent aluminum masts and beam them down to him ;o)
  • Posted 7 Jan 2015 02:56
  • Modified 7 Jan 2015 02:56 by poster
  • Reply by swoop223
  • North Carolina, United States
You've been swooped!

  • Posted 7 Jan 2015 02:26
  • Reply by darryl_w
  • Quebec, Canada
Parts finder expert
My company (Liftking) makes short masts with this specification but we only put them on Liftking trucks.
Two other companies that can make you special mast for any truck are: Lift-Tek (USA), Tailift (Taiwan).
  • Posted 6 Jan 2015 00:23
  • Reply by gramatik
  • Ontario, Canada
I know all about Toyota material handling thanks.

The point I was making was the BT RRE Reflex would be a rare sight in the US & the newly launched O series version even rarer.
  • Posted 4 Jan 2015 04:08
  • Reply by Forkingabout
  • england, United Kingdom
There are many BT's in North America now.

Guido, you can always try out other machines. Many manufacturer's will DEMO their trucks at no charge. You would need to give the demo trucks to your best employees, who will give an unbiased opinion on new their performance. Plants that converted from sit down counter-balanced trucks to stand-up 3 wheelers report less driver injuries and a higher comfort level to driver's. Specifically back and neck damage. Faster loading is another bonus. I'm not trying to promote one brand over the other, but you have some better choices out there to consider. If you're considering a large purchase, Any lift truck provider would be hungry to provide free demo's of their trucks. You can make a positive change to your operation without committing to huge truck purchases, before trying them out.
  • Posted 4 Jan 2015 00:30
  • Modified 4 Jan 2015 15:42 by poster
  • Reply by EasiTek
  • Ontario, Canada
How about a BT Reflex RRE 160 - O series?

Reach truck designed for inside & outside use, the mast blocking your drivers visibility wont be a problem as you drive with forks trailing so the mast will be behind you.

Only issue being in the US it would make your Toyota dealer likely to scratch there head as they most likely wouldn't have ever seen one before.
  • Posted 3 Jan 2015 06:41
  • Reply by Forkingabout
  • england, United Kingdom
It is indeed hard to give good advise when we do not know more about your usage and the other factors that are influencing your decisions. My immediate suggestions would be:
1/ Crown RT3500 (Only low lift sit-down rider that I know of, but I think it is only marketed in Europe?)
2/ Maxtruck.se - ugly looking beast, but no mast!
3/ Jungheinrich EFG D30 - with a rotating operator cabin. Not sure if they still market it, but if you offer to buy 100 perhaps they will??
4/ Have a mast supplier engineer a custom mast for you - can't be too difficult to replace the standard masts?
5/ Add laser scanners as used on AGV. Suppliers like Sick, Keyence, Omron and others have multi-segment scanners that can be set up to slow the truck down as something enters the scanned field in front of the truck. It is a pretty idiot-proof solution, but in reality you will likely then also need to limit the top speed of your trucks. If you are to be able to safely bring the truck to a stop within the scanned field, that field becomes unpractically large if you go 15 mph...
6/ Replace the forklifts and its operators with a fleet of AGV

Hope this gives a few ideas to explore..?
  • Posted 3 Jan 2015 03:28
  • Reply by benny_f
  • Virginia, United States

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