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How to choose the right pallet stacker

Right Pallet Stacker

You’ve bought the forklift, and the manual walkie stacker. So, do you even need a pallet stacker for your operations? The answer is more complex than a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ When choosing a pallet stacker, it’s important to think about what you need one for, as well as what your budget is. By answering these questions, you’ll be able to find an option that works best for your operation. Keep reading our blog to find out more.

What is a pallet stacker?

A pallet stacker, also known as a pallet truck, is a popular type of materials handling equipment that is suited to a range of uses within a warehouse, storeroom or facility. It’s essentially a pair of forks that help you pick up and move pallets within high-level areas. It differs from a pallet jack, as you can only pick up and move pallets at ground level.

If your space is too small for a standard forklift, a pallet jack is ideal as it is best suited for operations in tight areas. If you want to improve your efficiency when it comes to storing and relocating your stock, a pallet jack is a piece of equipment you definitely want in your arsenal. But not all pallet stackers are created equal. Here’s how to determine which pallet jack is best for you:

Load capacity

When considering the type of pallet jack you want to buy, ask yourself: what weight does it need to handle? What are the sizes of the pallets I’ll be moving? It goes without saying that overloading can put both your operator and stock at risk.

Length of forks

Having forks that are too long or too short will have an impact on how you maneuver. Ensure you get the best fit by providing the correct measurements of your pallets when choosing the length of your forks.


Consider the size of your pallet stacker and the environment you’re in. Is there open space to move around in? Will there be overhead obstructions, such as lights and beams?

Manual vs. electric

This comes down to personal preference: a manual pallet stacker will require more physical exertion but is cheaper than an electric pallet stacker. On the other hand, electric pallet stackers are generally easier to use, safer, and more efficient.

Pallet trucks for rent and hire in Melbourne

A great addition to any materials handling equipment business, if you are considering buying a pallet truck, look no further than Triwest. We are proud to offer a wide range of models, with affordable finance options available to our Australian customers. Whatever you need, we are sure to have it. Contact our friendly team for more information about our pallet trucks. 


At Triwest Forklifts, we have provided comprehensive material handling solutions to Melbourne based business for over 40 years. We would love to have you join our growing team!