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What is a stacker and why do I need one?

A stacker lift truck is a pallet truck that combines the right angle stack functions of larger, more expensive trucks like reach trucks and counterbalance trucks with the economy and ease of use of pallet trucks. It is a unit load storage and retrieval truck used primarily in product staging or for temporary storage.

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A stacker lift truck is considered most appropriate to use for lower duty cycles or lower throughput applications when the need to stack pallets or unit loads is less than about 16 feet. By throughput we mean pallets moved per hour or per shift.

Common applications where one would see a stacker include retail stock rooms, automotive part stores and manufacturing production lines for moving work in process or finished goods near the end of the line. These jobs all have the same characteristics of requiring a truck that is used for short runs, usually around 100 feet or less, low speeds and carrying a low volume of product in low to moderate duty cycles.

Stackers are deemed as an inappropriate lift truck when loads are stored at heights above about 16 feet, high throughput and when a lift truck is required to be used as a primary means of storage and retrieval in a warehouse or distribution facility.

Stacker trucks are always &ldquo:walkies”, or lift trucks where the operator walks behind, and never rides. There are many customizable options and trucks that include: adjustable baselegs, straddle, counterbalanced and reach.

An adjustable baseleg stacker lift truck has a top speed of 3.3 miles per hour while loaded, capacity options of 2,000 pounds and 2,500 pounds and a maximum pick height of 143 inches.

A straddle stacker lift truck has a top speed of about 2.9 miles per hour while loaded, capacity options of 2,200; 3,000; and 4,000 pounds and a maximum lift height of 183 inches.

A reach stacker lift truck has a top speed of about 2.8 miles per hour while loaded, a capacity of 3,000 pounds and a maximum lift height of 189 inches.

A counterbalanced stacker lift truck has an average speed of 3 miles per house while loaded, capacity options of 2,000; 3,000 and 4,000 pounds and a maximum pick height of 189 inches.

Before purchasing a stacker lift truck, it is important to know the following information:

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