Welcome back to our "Focus On" series, the latest update to give you the quick run-down on a useful piece of equipment. Today we're introducing the Crown RR/RD 5700 series. Pictured above is the RR 5700, a standup counterbalance truck with single reach (the double reach part of this series is the RD 5700). You can read what Crown has to say about it here.
The RR 5700 series isn't limited to just the RR 5700 of course. It's actually a group of 7 closely related units, all with their own benefits, strong points, and options. The different sub-units are divided based on capacity (from 3200-4500 lbs (1450-2000kg)) and type (RR for reach, RD for double reach, and RR S and RD S for reach and deep reach with sit down option).
Keeping control close at hand
If you've worked with a Crown stand-up unit before, you've probably used this control stick or something really close to it. Putting together tilt, reach, raise/lower, horn, and drive functions, Crown calls it the "Multi-Task Control Handle." It puts every control except steering in a single hand, in an intuitive and well labeled package. Also kept close at hand (literally) is the bright and obvious red emergency cut-off button that kills power right away.
One of the best parts about this handle is how easy to service it is. As a "in use, all the time" component it gets a fair bit of wear and tear on it just from every day use. The handle is a two-part clamshell design that contains an independent thumbwheel sub-assembly that connects to a separate position sensor. Just one part broken? Just replace that individual part! Even the handle clamshells can be replaced if they get too worn for your operator's comfort, keeping the electrical guts intact for transfer to the new handle.
Other sensors built into the machined base of the handle unit (behind the orange cover in the picture) ensure precise control for movement and raise/lower functions, keeping your machine doing exactly what you want, day in and day out.
Technovation: reaching past the competition
Crown's Technovation is about discovering the fusion of technology and innovation, and that fusion drives what sets the RR/RD 5700 series apart from the competition.
If you're thinking about a reach truck it's because you want to get the most out of your racking and storage space, doubly so if you go for the deep reach model. Being able to use your racks from the floor up without having to drive into the racks can be a huge space savings, as the reach function means you never need to put your wheels into the racking. If you're already using drive in racking however there are some models available with minimum straddle OD ranging from 42"/106.5cm to 53"/134 cm and with an overheard guard to match that drive in need.
With up to a 53"/134 cm reach (RD models) you can even stack pallets two deep if your racking will support it, letting you get more racks with less aisle! This means you can get more storage space from the same building without having to expand your footprint.
Working with the load in a racking environment can always be a challenge, even with the best operators. Lifting up to 442"/11.2 m on some models, even clearly seeing that high can be hard, but Crown is there for you with a couple of neat features. Rack height select lets your operator select the next pre-programmed level in the rack with a single button push to get the height right every time, and Tilt position assist makes sure the forks are level with the floor to take the guess work out of positioning.
Not quite sure you trust the machine to do the thinking for your operators? You can give them an eye in the sky with a FAMOS 80 degree camera and a 7" full color monitor! This camera is rated for -40F/C to 185F/85C and with chemical hardening, anti-dust, and anti-condensation coatings, it is built to stand up to life on a forklift. Feeling like a spy (or just not enough lighting in your space)? There's even an infrared option you can add on after-factory.
Much like the SHR 5500 we talked about in a previous blog post, the mast on the Crown RR/RD 5700 series is built to take the kind of abuse a working truck puts itself through day in, day out. Rolled steel outer mast channels and inner "I" beams combine with a nested design to keep overall truck length down, and several patented Crown systems help to improve load handling both on the way up and down. Adding to the package is heavier mast cross bracing that gets reinforced even more above 270"/6.8 m lift heights.
Where the wheels meet the work
It happens sometimes. There's a rush order, something needs to be done NOW, or someone gets distracted for just a moment, and the machine meets some crunchy part of the world. Sometimes the machine is the crunchy part, and now you've got a bent outrigger wobbling every time you try to use it. This probably sounds familiar to most folks working in a warehouse.
So why doesn't it get fixed? In many situations it's just too expensive to fix. Testing, engineer approvals, repairs, more testing, more approvals... it starts to add up. That's why Crown gives the option for bolt-on outrigger tips, so you can just get it fixed without the worry. And unlike some of the competition with dozens of options with multiple overlapping measurements and two part clamshell construction, Crown's outriggers are simple to re-order if the unfortunate day comes, saving you time, money, and the headaches that come from both.
What about the wheels that go into those outrigger ends? Like the rest of Crown's units, the RR/RD 5700 series keeps to the same wheel selection we first talked about with the WP 3000. 100, 200, 300, and 400 series compounds are available in multiple hardness ratings and materials, with six sizes of wheel and 15 compounds to pick from. Odds are pretty good the perfect wheel for you exists to put on your reach truck.
Get and stay comfortable
Crown puts a lot of work into making sure that operators like their machines, and operators like being taken care of. To that end, the RR/RD 5700 series is packed with a suite of features to take care of your people while they work.
1 - Crown's trademarked Entry Bar safety switch helps operators keep their feet where they're safe, sounding an audible alarm and displaying a message when stepped on.
2 - A spring mounted suspension floorboard helps cushion the operator from shocks, and a dual pedal design makes sure the operator is standing safely on the machine before it can be used.
3 - An elevated footrest helps to reduce shift-long operator fatigue.
4 - The multitask handle keeps controls within easy reach.
5 - Full back support whether your operator chooses to stand, lean, or sit (in the RRS/RDS units)
6 - Variable side stance means that your operator maintains five solid points of contact, securing themselves while using the unit and making sure they have maximum visibility in both travel directions.
For freezer work it is even possible for some models to incorporate Crown'sThermoAssist comfort package with the regular freezer conditioning of the unit, providing heated armrest and backpads to help fight the chill for your people.
Topping off all that is Crown's usual variety of options to really zero in on how you plan to use your forklifts. Work and strobe lights, lift capacity monitoring, safety blue pedestrian warning lights and, of course, Work Assist and InfoLink options as well. The full list is available in the brochures at the bottom of this page but the list goes on a fair bit beyond what we've listed here.
That's a few of the major points for the Crown RR/RD 5700 lift trucks, one of our all time favorite versatile warehouse trucks. Like always if you want to know more you can always Click Here to see what Crown says about their product.
Better yet you can Get In Contact with one of our CSS Team Members to learn more about this machine and about your options for outfitting your business with some of the best warehouse forklifts on the planet.