Petrol and diesel forklifts. LPG forklifts. Electric forklifts. Reach trucks. And now walkie stackers. You’d be forgiven for thinking that pallet-racking options have gone through the roof.
And they pretty much have, which is great news for warehouses, factories and storage facilities of any kind. No longer do we need to just look down and around to assess our building’s storage capacity; we can look up.
As a result, we can now fit substantially more stock in substantially less floor space. That’s great news for manufacturers and distributors, even those at the small-to-medium end of the scale.
Such operators have the same storage maximisation needs as large operations where petrol forklifts can fly around with ease stacking pallets to the clouds. With walkie stackers, smaller operators can also turn every square metre of floor space into a far better vertical investment.
A walkie stacker is an electric walk-behind forklift that has a mast that can lift and lower goods onto and from warehouse shelving and racks.
When it comes to working indoors, walkie stackers and other electric forklifts are definitely safer. Petrol and diesel forklifts emit endless toxic fumes which can impact worker health if there isn’t sufficient airflow or automated extraction to remove them quickly.
Electric forklifts run solely on battery power and are therefore much better for the environment and worker wellbeing.
Prices vary as much as walkie stacker options. At the most basic end, $3,000 will be more than enough. At the top end, expect to pay around $16,000. A perfectly decent and versatile mid-range walkie stacker will cost less than $6,000.
Most walkie stacker maintenance should be undertaken by a trained technician during scheduled service checks. These services will check lights, wiring, brakes, acceleration, steering, lubrication, battery, terminals, hydraulics, hoses and fittings, as well as overall structural soundness.