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​Pallet stacker vs forklift

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In this article, we put the forklift head to head with the pallet stacker to help you decide what machine you need. Which piece of equipment will come out on top? Here we dive in deep to learn about the differences between a stacker and forklift. Find out more about the different types of forklifts and pallet stackers available to buy as well as their main features and advantages.

Difference between a pallet stacker and forklift

To ensure you are purchasing the right lifting machinery for your application, you need to understand where each piece of equipment stands. When we compare a pallet stacker vs a forklift, which one comes out as the most suitable for your needs? Let’s take a closer look.

What is a pallet stacker?

Up first, we have pallet stackers from Bluetruck. The first major difference between stackers and forklifts is the wide range of functionality available with stackers. Choose from manual, semi-electric or electric pallet lifting equipment, depending on the demands of your industry. They are all able to lift a wide array of weights, adaptable to your requirements.

Manual stackers or pump trucks come in a multitude of options, such as mini versions, those with tilting capabilities or straddle designed pallet stackers. They are also a lower priced solution for lifting, distribution and transportation needs. A semi-electric lift table can provide a solution for applications where manual stackers don’t provide enough support but an all-electric pallet stacker isn’t necessary.

An electric lift table ensures that all of the labour of lifting is taken away from you. If you have heavy loads that need to be lifted to a height, an electric lift table is perfect for the job. A selection of our pallets stackers are able to lift your load to a height of 5.5 m with a weight of up to 2000kg.

Pallet stackers are also very easy to manoeuvre. They provide smooth and stable movement even when stacked with heavy loads. This ensures the safety of your staff and products.

What is a forklift?

For extreme loads, a forklift takes on the challenge without breaking a sweat. With the ability to reach a height of up to 6.5 metres for lift loads between 1000kg and 7000kg this is the piece of equipment necessary for big jobs. Each different type of forklift has a low maintenance AC motor and is easy to manoeuvre with heavy loads.

Another major difference between a pallet stacker and forklift is the hands-on, sit-on control of the forklift. At Bluetruck, we have four different types of forklifts available for rental depending on your application’s demands.

Pallet stacker vs forklift: the key differences

For lighter loads, a pallet stacker is the perfect pallet lifting equipment. However, for industrial level loads, it is time to enlist the help of a forklift. Ensuring you choose the piece of lifting equipment that can support your requirements is highly important. If you don’t know what piece of equipment would suit your application best, please don’t hesitate to contact our team.

Call Bluetruck today on 01704 898950 or email sales@bluetruck.co.uk for more information. 

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