Chiltern Cold Storage Contracts Director, John Davidson, opted for the Yale trucks after a visit to the manufacturer’s 35,000 square metre warehouse truck production facility at Masate, in Italy, where he says he was won over by the impressive build quality and testing processes in evidence.
“The build quality was the thing for me. They’re very solidly built trucks,” he confirms. “There was also a very robust testing process in place at the factory, like the rumble strip test – it was really quite intense! I’ve gone to other manufacturers’ sites and not seen anything like that.”
Davidson says the thickness of plate used in the construction of the new MR reach trucks along with the minimal use of vulnerable plastic panels commonly used in other makes of equipment were two key issues for him. “The older version MR reach truck we’d used really set the benchmark for us – it was really robust and we were impressed with the build quality of the earlier model. So we knew that if Yale had improved on that, then the new MR reach truck had to be even better,” he says.
He has also been impressed with the moisture protection built into the trucks – obviously a vital issue with the kind of condensation that occurs when trucks are repeatedly entering and exiting different temperature zones. “The biggest issue on any reach truck in and out of a cold store is the condensation, which often leads to electrical problems,” he comments. “But with the Yale trucks, we’ve had no major problems.”