How To Choose The Perfect Manual Stacker

How To Choose The Perfect Manual Stacker

Manual Pallet Stackers provide an easy and simple solution for loading and unloading palletised goods and heavy loads up to 1000kg (1T) whilst lifting the load up to 3000mm in height.

These units are commonly used for unloading lorries and loading, unloading and rearranging pallets on pallet racking. 

There are 3 types of manual stacker available:

Hydraulic Stackers – in essence, the hydraulic stacker is like a very high lifting pallet truck which can reach a maximum height of up to 3000mm and a maximum weight capacity of up to 1000kg. 

Unlike pallet trucks, the hydraulic stacker comes with a fork width of 540mm as standard, which are designed for Euro Pallets (but can still be used for UK Pallets). Should your business mainly use UK Pallets then adjustable and straddle stackers are available with a maximum width of 900mm.

Hydraulic stackers use a foot pump to raise the forks and a hand lever to lower. 

The main benefit of the Hydraulic stacker is the speed which the forks are raised and lowered in comparison to the Winch Stacker.

Winch Stackers - are very similar to Hydraulic Stackers but unlike the Hydraulic Stacker which has a hydraulic foot pump, the winch stacker is wound by hand in one direction to lift and the opposite direction to lower. The forks are raised and lowered via a chain and can be locked into position at any height via the winch lever. 

The main benefit of the Winch Stacker is the low maintenance costs as they do not have any pumps or complex parts that the hydraulic stacker has.

Mini Stackers - offer a much lower lifting capacity (up to 300kg) but can be used for numerous things other than pallet management. The units usually come with forks and a removable platform which is ideal for numerous tasks such as work positioning.

What do I need to consider when choosing the correct stacker for your business?

1) Max Fork Lifting Capacity – How much will the unit be lifting?
2) Max Fork Lifting Height – How high to the pallets need to be raised?
3) Fork Length + Width Needed – This is to accommodate the pallet dimensions
4) The Frequency of Use – If it's in constant use then a Hydraulic stacker maybe best as it can raise and lower faster than the winch stacker so maybe worth paying extra for this solution. If the usage is low, then a cheaper winch stacker could be better suited.

Still Need Help?

If you would like any advice on which option would be better suited for your needs or should you need a bespoke build then please freephone one of the team on 0800 542 4512 or email