A walkie reach stacker is a type of equipment that is indispensable to business applications that require you to elevate, transport and store pallets of goods within a storage space. Walkie reach stackers are also known as pallet stackers. Since these machines will be used regularly in your materials handling operation, a lot of thought must be put into choosing the right reach stacker for your needs.
Types of Pallet Stackers
There are two main types of pallet stackers available today. It’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with both types so you can decide which one is better for you.
- Manual Walkie Reach Stacker
For loads that weigh one ton or lower, manual pallet stackers are the ideal choice. Manual reach stackers make use of hydraulic and hand-powered operation. In order to move the machine to its desired location, the operator will need to use muscle power to pull or push the jack. To raise the forks attached to the stacker, the operator will also have to pump the foot pedal and use the handle for navigation. Manual reach stackers are also best used in warehouses with smooth floor surfaces.
- Electric Walkie Reach Stacker
If your application involves lifting heavier loads that reach up to five tons then an electric pallet stacker is a better choice for you. Electric reach stackers are equipped with an electro-hydraulic system in order to lift pallets. To heave and lower the fork, all the operator needs to do is push the button. Moving the stacker forward, putting it on reverse or steering it towards any direction can be done by simply turning the handle.
Since operation of the electric walkie stacker is mostly automatic, the operator experiences less physical strain. Electric stackers are also ideal for navigating rough or uneven ground.
Finding a Walkie Reach Stacker Dealer
Once you have decided between a manual reach stacker and an electric one, it’s time to find a reputable dealer that can help you find the right stacker for your application. With over a decade of experience in the forklift industry, ForkForce carries a wide range of both new and used walkie reach stackers including their new Enforcer Walkie Reach Stacker range.
Aside from the usual buy or rent offers, Fork Force also provides customers with other options such as long-term hire, short-term hire, rent to own and hire-try-buy.