When someone mentions warehouse equipment, the first thing that comes to mind is a forklift. Forklifts are great, but sometimes they just don’t fit the bill as they are either too robust or too expensive. Then there is the fact that you need to hire someone that is a certified forklift operator.
Those are the major issues that many small businesses have with forklifts. In most cases, small businesses prefer to use a mini hand stacker instead of a forklift. Whatever the reason, the next logical question is how to choose the best one for your warehouse.
Platforms or Forks
If most of your inventory is packed in cartons, you will be better off with a platform. On the other hand, if you will be lifting pallets, then forks should be your first choice. The best thing about forks is that they are easily adjustable and can be fitted with all types of skids and pallets.
Electric or Hydraulic Stackers
If it is a hydraulic stacker, you will need to use your hand continually. That can be tiresome after some time. That’s not the case with the electric-powered stackers as everything is done with the touch of a button. If the workers work long shifts and the workload is always massive, choosing an electric one is for the best.
However, there is also a third type of stackers – hybrid stackers. They combine the best of the two worlds and are very economical.
This is about how much weight you expect your hand stacker to lift. There is a wide selection of stackers with different capacities.
In this regard, you need to consider the available space in your warehouse and whether the stacker can maneuver in even the tightest areas.
Sturdy and rigid construction is always a good sign that you are looking at a great hand stacker.
Same as with most things, the longer the warranty is, the better. The best ones often offer even an extended warranty.
Service and Spare Parts
This is important once the warranty period is over. The best brands can provide the best possible support even after the warranty period is over. That means that they can provide you with spare parts at good rates and can ship them whenever you need them.
Once you know which technical characteristics you want to see in your new hand sacker, you need to focus on the brand. There are plenty of brands on the market, and each one of them claims that they have the best products.
You can tell a reputable brand by its certificates. The good ones own an ISO9000 quality certificate. Then there are the truly excellent ones that also own GE or Gs certificated by the TüV Rheinland Group. Those certificates are a pretty strong hint that you are looking at a top-rated brand.