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About Walkie Stackers


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Walkie Stackers are an easy and safe way to transport materials through warehouses and other facilities.

Walkie stackers are flexible tools that help many different types of businesses operate more efficiently. A “walkie” is a style of pallet truck or forklift the driver walks behind while operating it. Instead of sitting on it like a regular forklift, the operator stands, steering the unit with hand controls.

You can use a walkie stacker to move pallets in factories, warehouses, storage facilities, and other settings. The machine provides a safe, efficient method for lifting pallets and stacking them on shelves and racks. A walkie stacker looks like a forklift without a seat. These versatile units are particularly well-suited for facilities with narrow aisles, and for applications where there isn't enough room to maneuver a full-sized forklift.

This guide provides an overview of walkie stacker styles, features, and benefits, as well as details about some of the makes and models currently in use. You can also refer to this resource to learn about safety and training for operators. The information will help you decide which piece of equipment is best for your material handling application.

History of Walkie Stackers

Workers from diverse industries need to be able to lift and stack heavy loads efficiently. In the past, laborers completed these tasks by hand. During the Industrial Revolution, inventors devised new tools to help workers do things faster.

Manually operated machines were invented first. Powered equipment came later. One example is the forklift, which helps modern workers efficiently lift, move, and stack pallets.

Forklifts save time and reduce the labor required to lift, raise, and transport loaded pallets for short distances. Workers don't always need a full-sized forklift, though, so walkie stackers play a vital role in modern material handling environments. Versatile walkies make it possible to move and stack pallets in small spaces. For example, you can use a walkie stacker to transport pallets in a narrow storeroom, where a forklift doesn't fit.

No License Required

A forklift is a useful piece of equipment, but it has one important disadvantage. You must obtain a license to operate it. A walk-behind stacker effectively performs many of the same tasks accomplished by a forklift, but the driver doesn't need a license. Also, walkies come in many different styles, so it is possible to precisely match the type of walkie pallet stacker you are using, to the particular job at hand.

Whether you need to move pallets from one area to another, or raise and lower loads for racking, a walk-behind stacker furnishes a flexible non-licensed alternative to conventional forklifts. Because walkies are smaller and more maneuverable than other machines, they outperform forklifts in tight quarters. Even If you regularly use forklifts at your facility, you may benefit from having a walkie stacker on hand for special applications.

Walkie Stacker Patents

Hand trucks and pallet lifts are early, manually operated versions of the electric walkie stackers used in modern industrial settings.

George Raymond, Jr. and William House developed some of the first hydraulic hand pallet lift trucks. The technology was patented in 1939. Their invention changed the material handling business forever. To this day, Raymond Corporation still manufactures equipment in Greene, New York.

Manual walk-behind pallet lifts are widely used on loading docks, in warehouses, and in other general commercial applications. Although they don't lift loads very high, they are effective for moving pallets short distances. You should only use a manual pallet jack for light-duty jobs.

Electric Innovations

You may prefer an electric walkie stacker for lifting, lowering, and stacking pallets at your workplace. Electric walkie stackers are used in many industries. They are faster and more efficient than manual units, and they are specifically designed for vertical stacking.

Electric pallet trucks first earned patents during the 1940s. Companies like Caterpillar Industrial and Jungheinrich added new features in the 1950s. Since then, inventors have earned many new patents on different types of walkie stackers.

Drivers control electric stackers with shafts called tillers. The operator stands behind the tiller and holds on to it, manipulating a series of controls located on the shaft. Some pedestrian walk behind forklifts are also equipped with small built-in platforms. To operate this type of walkie stacker, the user stands on the platform and rides the unit.

Types of Walkie Stackers

Various types of walkie stackers have unique functions and features you should be aware of, including a wide range of load ratings.

  • Standard Walkie Stacker – Standard walkie stackers are designed to lift and stack certain types of pallets. The legs sit under the forks, so this style of stacker works best when used with bottomless pallets.
  • Walkie Straddle Stacker – Walkie straddle leg stackers have a different design, which makes them more stable. The units' legs straddle pallets as they are raised and lowered. This allows operators to safely move the machines closer to the pallets they are lifting. This type of walkie works well in storerooms and small warehouses, and it is one of the most commonly used electric stackers.
  • Walkie Reach Stacker – Walkie reach stackers are similar to straddle stackers, but they have an added feature. A reach stacker is outfitted with a scissor mast. This device makes it possible to extend the load outward in front of the body of the unit.
  • Ride-on Walkie Stacker – A ride-on walkie stacker is equipped with a small platform that extends off the back of the body. Operators must get a license to use this type of machine. Users do not require a license to operate other walk-behind stackers.
  • Counter-balance Walkie Stacker – Counter-balance walkie stackers use counterweight to balance loads. These units operate well in narrow aisles because they are not as wide as straddle stacker lifts. Their weighted design makes them longer than other stackers, so they require a larger area to complete turns. Counter-balance walkies have tall lifting masts, ideal for lifting pallets high on to racks.

Current Manufacturers

Several companies make walkie stackers. Most manufacturers offer more than one model.

DW Engineers

DW Engineers makes forklifts and walkie stackers. The company was founded in 2009. It is one of the newest manufacturers in the material handling industry. For that reason, it is not as well known as some other brands. The company uses modern manufacturing equipment at its plant, located in India. DW Engineers makes affordable entry-level electric walkies.


Hyster W25ZA2


Hyster built a lift truck manufacturing plant in the United States in 1946. It expanded outside the U.S. within a few years, opening a plant in the Netherlands in 1952. Users like Hyster products, because they are well made and dependable. The company knows how to innovate and build heavy-duty machines. Hyster relies on consistent manufacturing and product testing to stay ahead of its competitors. Hyster makes walkie straddle stackers and reach stackers.


Jungheinrich began making lifts in the middle of the 20th century. The German company has an excellent reputation. It is known for making high-quality, reliable industrial machines. Jungheinrich makes several different kinds of walkie stackers. The company makes straddle stackers, standard stackers, and stand-on stackers. Jungheinrich factories also produce counter-balanced walkie stackers. All of their machines are powered by electricity.


Toyota manufactures electric and combustion-powered forklifts. Also, the company produces walkie stackers. Toyota stackers provide flexible solutions for lifting and stacking pallets. The company has a long history of making reliable machines. Their electric stackers also have a good reputation.


Mitsubishi Walkie Stacker


Mitsubishi builds dozens of different types of forklift trucks. The company's product line includes walkie stackers. The units stand out for being compact and reliable. Some Mitsubishi stackers include platforms for operators to stand on. The company also makes pedestrian walk behind forklift models that don't require a license to operate.

Popular Models

Stacker features and prices vary, depending upon the units' applications. Budget alternatives are available. However, you should expect to pay at least $10,000 to $15,000 for a well-appointed walkie stacker. Renting a walkie stacker makes more sense than buying one for many businesses.

Jungheinrich EMC B10

Jungheinrich EMC 110

Jungheinrich EMC 110

Jungheinrich's EMC B10 Straddle Stacker is a workhorse for various short lift height applications. This unit is a good choice for stacking loaded pallets on first-level racking. It is rated for loads up to 2,200 lbs and is very well-suited for operating in narrow aisles. This straddle stacker model features fast lift speeds for enhanced productivity. Its electro-hydraulic lowering speed can be controlled in two stages. This function helps operators gently deposit fragile loads on first-level racking.

Toyota 6BWC20

Toyota 8BWS10

Toyota 8BWS10

Toyota's electric counter-balanced pallet stackers are available with multiple maximum load ratings. Select the 6BWC20 If you regularly need to lift 4,000 lbs. If a maximum load rating of 2,000 lbs suits your needs, the 6BW10 model is the best fit. These units comfortably operate in 9 to 10-foot aisles and have a maximum lift height of 15 feet. These electric stackers have multifunction control handles. They operate efficiently using heavy-duty transmissions and a 24-volt electrical system.

Hyster W25ZA2

Hyster's walkie straddle stacker lift trucks are ideal for various applications. The company offers models rated from a 2,500-lbs maximum load weight to units capable of lifting 4,000 lbs. Hyster's W25ZA2 2,500-lbs straddle stackers share some of the same advanced features as the rest of the company's lift line. Hyster models have a heavy-duty welded construction, plus advanced features. Examples include a creep speed setting for precise maneuvers and bottom-mounted steering controls. Hyster walkies also have operator selectable performance modes. This feature enables users to access preprogrammed settings easily.

Equipment Reviews


The Toyota name is synonymous with reliable, long-lasting cars. It's not surprising that the company's electric walkie stackers also earn praise from users. You may need a counter-balanced unit like the one mentioned above or just a light-duty walkie stacker. Either way, you can find the perfect model for your needs in Toyota's line of lifts.

Users like the company's 8BWS10 because it offers good value and features for around $12,000. This model is equipped with adjustable base legs. You can use the onboard programming to achieve the best possible performance for your job.


Raymond Corporation has roots dating back to some of the original lift truck patents. The company makes order pickers and other industrial machines. Their products range from light-duty models to heavy-duty models for harder jobs. Users consistently give high ratings to Raymond machines. They are easy to maneuver and boast low maintenance costs.


Jungheinrich helped develop early material handling equipment. Today, the company distributes worldwide. Units may be branded under different names in the U.S. Jungheinrich machines are well-reviewed and serviced through a wide U.S. network. The same network also takes care of Cat products and other brands' walkie stacker service needs.

When Should Businesses Use Walkie Stackers?

Forklifts and walkie stackers perform some of the same functions. However, walkies have distinct advantages under certain work conditions. The units are smaller than forklifts. They perform better in tight spaces, where forklifts are hard to maneuver. Although their functions overlap, you shouldn't view forklifts and walkie stackers as identical. Even if your facility regularly uses forklifts, you may benefit from renting a walkie stacker.

A walkie stacker is a good choice for warehouses and storerooms with narrow aisles. Walkie units operate within a smaller turning radius than forklifts. They also require less clearance to move through aisles. Walkies are designed for indoor use and specialty applications. They work best in storage rooms, warehouses, and distribution centers.

Before making expensive forklift commitments, do your homework. Measure your material handling needs and explore various rental options. Walkie stackers have lower upfront costs than forklifts do. Manual walkie stackers are available for rent, but electric units offer some benefits. They are faster and more efficient than traditional hand trucks. Also, electric walkies don't emit pollution, fumes, or noise. Their running costs are lower than expensive forklifts fueled by LPG, CNG, or diesel.

Potential Hazards

Workers use forklifts and walkie stackers to lift and move heavy items. These machines carry loads that can be hazardous to operators and other pedestrians in the workplace. You must be careful while operating a walkie stacker. Careless driving increases the risk of causing harm to yourself and others.

Machines and pedestrians move at a fast pace in plants and warehouses. Workers don't always pay attention to their surroundings. Forklifts and walkie stackers pose hazards to these pedestrians. You are responsible for your safety when operating a walkie stacker. You must also protect your coworkers from harm.

Most forklift and stacker accidents happen when workers don't meet basic safety standards. You must always be aware of your surroundings. Pedestrians being struck is one of the most common workplace accidents involving walkie stackers. These collisions can cause serious injuries.

Avoiding Accidental Injuries

Adequate clearance distances are required to operate walkie stackers safely. A cluttered work site makes operating stackers and other equipment more dangerous. When you use a walkie stacker, pathways should be clear. Aisles should also be wide enough to move the unit forward safely and in reverse. You must be able to turn the stacker without contacting racks and equipment safely.

You should never raise or lower the lift platform when a walkie stacker is moving. The load could become unstable, resulting in an accident. Operating a walkie at unsafe speeds can also lead to injuries. You should always operate at a speed that allows you to bring the unit to a safe stop quickly. When you come to cross aisles and blind corners, you should slow the stacker and sound the horn. This gives pedestrians time to react and helps avoid workplace collisions.

A walkie stalker operator should never lose sight of what's ahead. As you operate the unit, always keep your vision trained in a forward direction. Riders are prohibited on all types of walker stackers. A stand-on model is equipped with a platform for a licensed driver. However, walkie stackers are not designed to carry passengers.

Safety Protocols

Walkie stackers are easy to use in many different settings. The equipment is safe to operate as long you follow the rules. You must understand how a walkie stacker works to use the machine safely. To avoid workplace accidents, pay attention to the following safety concerns.

  • Load Ratings – Each walkie stacker is rated to lift a certain amount of weight. You must not exceed the load rating, or the walkie can become unstable. The maximum amount of weight a walkie stacker can carry is printed on each unit.
  • Protective Gear – Safety gear should be worn when operating forklifts and walkies. This includes hardhats, protective glasses, and gloves.
  • Walkie Controls – A control tiller is used to drive a walkie stacker. It should move freely and easily snap back to the upright position. A safety button on the control handle protects the operator from accidental injury. It is called a safety reversing switch. You can reverse the direction of the walkie stacker by pressing the button. Walkie stackers have rear wheel steering.
  • Operating Distance – When you operate a walkie stacker, you should stand close enough to grasp the control handle. You shouldn't stand too close, though. Your feet or legs could get run over or tangled in the wheels, causing injury.
  • Safety Inspection – You should always conduct a safety inspection before operating a walkie stacker. Start by checking the wheels for damage, then look at the forks. Before you turn on the unit, make sure the width of the outriggers is properly set. You should always secure the battery plates and make sure the batteries are fully charged. Continue the inspection by checking the hydraulic system and take-up wheel for damage.
  • Powered Inspection – After the unit is turned on, you should check all the operational controls. The unit's horn and brakes are essential safety features, so they should be in proper working condition. The brakes should engage when the control handle is all the way up and when it is positioned all the way down. Brakes controlled with the hand grips should also be fully functional. The battery disconnect switch should be tested before using the machine.

Training Required for Walkie Stackers

You don't need a license to drive an electric walk-behind stacker. However, you should be properly trained before operating one. Training courses can be completed in as few as three hours or may take a whole day. The timing depends on your experience level and the training program you select. Most courses require English literacy, language, and numeracy (LLN).

The best training includes lessons tailored to the machine you plan to operate. For example, walkie straddle stackers are the most common pedestrian stackers. The units are stable because they have outriggers that extend on each side. The outriggers carry some of the weight when the stacker is in use. This keeps the walkie from tipping to the side. Training on this machine prepares you to safely operate it in the workplace.

Walkie stacker training covers health and safety, preventative maintenance, and operating practices. Although you don't need a license for most walkies, you cannot legally operate a ride-on stacker without one. This type of stacker carries the operator on a platform, so a license is required.


How do I rent a walkie stacker?

Anytime you need equipment for your facility; it is only a phone call away. BigRentz representatives are prepared to answer your questions and arrange your next walkie stacker rental.

How long am I able to rent a walkie stacker for?

BigRentz offers daily, weekly, and monthly rental solutions. You can rent a walkie stacker today and keep it for as long as you need it.

How much does walkie stacker rental costs?

BigRentz daily walkie stacker rentals start at $142 per day. Special rates are available for long-term rentals. You can rent a walkie for a full week for $370 or pay only $983 for a full month.


Walkie stackers provide flexible material handling solutions for businesses of all sizes. These adaptable units are perfect for moving and stacking pallets in a variety of commercial settings. This includes storerooms, warehouses, distribution centers, and retail staging areas. A forklift may be more machine than you need to get the job done. In that case, a walkie stacker offers an efficient, easy-to-operate alternative. Renting a walkie stacker can save you time and money.

If you are ready to explore the benefits of a walkie stacker rental, contact BigRentz at (888) 325-5172 or Experienced agents can help you select the best machine for your material handling project.


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