Supplier: King Materials Handling By: Ron Mileham
30 August, 2011

The MOBILE TABLE LIFTER never ceases to amaze me what clients use this product for!

Firstly, I should explain what it is and does.

As its name implies, it is basically a small stacker; a smaller version of a forklift truck, but one you push around.

It has small front wheels, usually fixed, which are around 70mm high. It has larger rear wheels, usually castors with a brake. This configuration allows the small wheels to be pushed under most machines. The rear castors allow steering in tight spaces.

The low start height makes the transferring of product from floor or pallet level easy. For instance, if you need to raise a 60 Ltr drum of liquid up onto a bench, then simply slide it across the pallet or lift it slightly onto the deck of the lifter, then, using either the foot pump lever or the 'up' push button on the battery / hydraulic version, the table rises to bench level, where the drum is slid off.

There are two versions available. One has a fixed table (tables are usually around 500mm square), and the other has a pair of forks, and a slip-on table top as an option. King has the latter style, where the forks are width adjustable. This allows some clients who have varying width skid pallets to adjust the forks to suit.

Lift height goes from 1100mm, 1300mm, 1500mm and 1700mm as standard. Capacity is 400 Kgs max. Unit weight starts at around 90 Kgs and can go to 180 Kgs for the battery lift version.

We have modified bases to allow the legs to straddle certain machinery, pallets or crates, and have even narrowed them in order that the legs fit between immovable stands.

Where you lift product in the office such as reams of paper or computers, or in the warehouse such as pumps or skids onto the back of a tray or ute, the Mobile Table Lifter has a role to play.

Next up is the LIGHTWEIGHT LIFTER. This term covers a range of small stackers that have one thing in common -- the ability to be handled into and from either a ute or van, in order to raise the product above ground level when at the destination.

Bearing I mind that the average person would probably not want to lift a product of more than say 30 Kgs, there is also scope for some of the lifters to be pushed over into the van, making it possible to achieve higher unit weights. Most of this type of lifter use a hand brake winch to raise the load. The winch holds the load in any position. To lower, simply turn the handle anti-clockwise.

The HIGHLITE LIFTER is a very popular lifter in as much as it has a two stage mast, enabling the load to be raised up to 2500mm. The low or start height is only 90mm, so the range is fantastic and it can carry up to 180 Kgs load.

Like all lightweight lifters, it has short forks approx 600mm long, but width-adjustable to around 450mm wide. The castors are on the front in this model, with large rear fixed wheels, meaning that it can be pulled back onto the large wheels and used as a regular hand trolley, to take the load over kerbs.

There are four wheels on the ground when it is tilted back to upright, which enables the load to remain horizontal, whilst it is being pushed along or into the tray of the van or ute.

It has an aluminium frame and removable steel legs and forks, so by removing the appendages, the frame becomes lighter and takes up less room in the truck.

This unit is very handy for raising air conditioning units whilst a single operator secures it. Great for air conditioning duct placement too. The forks can also be turned upside-down, making it possible to fit a sheet close to the ceiling without the carriage hitting first. Unit weight is 60 Kgs. Unit height when fully down is 1700mm.

The GENIE LOAD LIFTER also features a two stage mast. As the name implies, one mast fits inside the other, enabling higher lifts with a shorter frame -- up to 1700mm max lift in this case, with only an 1140mm high frame. It is smaller, lighter and has less capacity (90 Kgs). It is fully aluminium. The legs and feet fold up against the frame for compact stowing. Unit weight is just 20 Kgs. The unit is often purchased to raise servers into racks, paper onto shelves, etc. It has small castors at the front and large fixed wheels at the rear.

The PORTALIFT has two large wheels at the rear only. It looks like a hand trolley, but has a liftable deck. The winch is silent in operation and uses a seat belt webbing instead of wire rope. The deck comes off this very versatile lifter, which makes stowing easy. It can raise a 100 Kg load to around 1 Mtr high. Used mainly to get products to bench height. Purchased for lifting teller machines, slurpee/slushee machines, ovens, etc. Unit weight 28 kgs.

There are several other lifters in this category, but you get the drift. From forklifts through Walkie Stackers to this range of lifters, it is possible to not only pick up a load, it is also to raise it. The obvious advantage being to protect your back.