Why would your business consider a Walkie Stacker over a forklift?

A walkie stacker combines the portability and manoeuvrability of a hand pallet truck with the functionality of a forklift in a cost-effective solution to lift and move pallets of goods. Read More!

Product innovation and new solutions continue to move the materials handling and logistics sectors forward in efficiency. Whilst new solutions are often seen to be focused on large businesses, several simple solutions can have a big impact on businesses of all shapes and sizes. The improvement of walkie stackers squarely fit’s this scenario. So, what is a walkie stacker and how may it assist your business? 

A walkie stacker combines the portability and manoeuvrability of a hand pallet truck with the functionality of a forklift in a solution to lift and move pallets of goods. Instead of an operator riding on top of the equipment like in a forklift, the operator is manually directing the truck and usually walking alongside it (hence the name ‘walkie’ stacker). Walkie stackers are today powered by rechargeable batteries making them friendly on the environment and for use in enclosed spaces. They allow operators to effortlessly move and stack palletised goods in the tightest of spaces.


What are the benefits of Walkie Stackers?

1. Wider range of employees can operate them with no Forklift License required! In Australia regulations require forklift operators to be licenced for the class of equipment they operate. For walkie stackers there is no licence required meaning a wider array of your employees can utilise a walkie stacker to get the job done. Of course, correct operator training and safety measures are always needed! 

2. Improved Safety: Walkie stackers are designed with safety features like speed control, emergency stop buttons, and stability features to ensure operator safety. They also allow operators to maintain a lower profile, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. When compared to a manual pallet jack, they also reduce the risk of injuries from pulling and straining loads.

3. Cost-Effectiveness: Walkie stackers are a cost-effective alternative to traditional forklifts. The upfront purchase price can be over 50% cheaper than a traditional forklift. Furthermore, they require less maintenance and have lower operating costs, making them a viable option for small to medium-sized businesses.

4. Increased Efficiency: Walkie stackers allow operators to move pallets quickly and easily without the need for a separate forklift or pallet jack. This significantly reduces the time and effort required to complete tasks, increasing overall efficiency.

5. Versatility: Walkie stackers can handle a wide range of pallet sizes and weights, making them suitable for various applications. Whether you’re moving lightweight items or heavy pallets, a walkie stacker can handle the job.

6. Environmental Friendliness: Walkie stackers are powered by rechargeable batteries, making them environmentally friendly. They do not release exhaust pollution, making them ideal for indoor use. Cleaner air for the local environment and less carbon for the global environment!

7. Manoeuvrability: This is a point that clearly separates a walkie stacker from a traditional forklift. Walkie stackers are much smaller in their smaller size, meaning they can fit in narrower spaces and are easy to manoeuvre in tight spaces. Operators can handle loads with better visibility, especially in storerooms and smaller specialized warehouse sections.


Clark has a great range of walkie stackers from the cost effective WS10 to the premium model WSRX15 with pantographic reach function. What is important is matching the right solution to your business! Proper training and understanding of the machine’s controls, safety features, and best practices ensures safe and efficient operation. Contact us at Clark Equipment to speak to you on the right solution for your budget and application today!

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