Pedestrian pallet and stacker trucks have become a staple in warehouse operations, retail operations, and other places where larger ride-on forklifts don’t fit into the mix. One of the main reasons is safety of operation while also being affordable for smaller businesses. The compact footprint of these trucks also contributes to their popularity.
Versatility in performance and lift capacity makes the pedestrian and reach stacker trucks a better option, they are no longer just for lighter palletized loads. Our friends at Combilift are on the forefront of design and technological advancements in pedestrian range trucks making them more versatile for multiple applications. Many of the trucks produced by Combilift can now lift and carry longer, heavier loads like that of a larger forklift. Combilift now provides the pedestrian range of trucks listed here.
- Combi-WR Reach Stacker – The Combi-WR, winner of the FLTA Award for Ergonomics 2014, is the only Walkie reach stacker with the ability to operate in a VNA or very narrow aisles down to an aisle-width of 2m pallet to pallet. Capacity 3,000 lbs
- Combi-WR4 Reach Stacker – The first purpose built 4-way pedestrian reach stacker combining multi-directional travel, innovative features and effortless operation,
even in the most demanding environments. Capacity 3,000 lbs
- Combi-CS Counterbalance Stacker – Safety was a chief consideration for the Combi-CS. The multi-position tiller enables push-button rotation of the rear wheel, allowing the operator to remain in the safest possible position when placing and picking in narrow aisles. Capacity 2,000 – 3,300 lbs
- Combi-PPT Powered Pallet Truck – Powerful, economical and thoughtfully-designed, Combilift’s Powered Pallet Truck is a highly versatile option, suitable for small to medium-sized warehouses and production facilities, with a lifting capacity up to 16,000 lbs. Capacity 6,600 – 36,000 lbs
Operating these trucks at a walking or slow pace makes the pedestrian pallet trucks a safer option than ride-on forklifts. Operators are closer to the loads they are handling and are more aware of their surroundings in the workplace. Being in the cab of a forklift higher off the ground removes the operator from close proximity to the load and less aware of their surroundings.
As with any piece of material handling equipment, proper training should always be provided to all operators. Appropriate training on a consistent basis encourages your workforce to be more vigilant and ensures risks are kept to a minimum. No matter how large or small your material handling equipment may be, there is no substitute for proper training.
Safety rules that apply to ride-on forklifts, also apply to pedestrian trucks. Here are just a few rules to follow:
- Loads should be carried close to the ground.
- Operators should not move around with elevated forks.
- Do not lift more than the specified capacity.
- Never allow unauthorized personnel to operate equipment.
- Start your shift with an equipment inspection to ensure the equipment is in safe working condition.
- Never allow personnel to ride on the forks unless special equipment has been fitted and approved for that purpose.
The Combilift Design
In 2019, Combilift was recognized and won the Industrial Vehicles Category of the BITA (British Industrial Truck Association) Design4Safety Awards for their contribution to safer working practices. Combilift developed a unique, patented multi-position tiller arm which is a key feature of all their pedestrian models. The tiller arm reduces the risk of an operator being crushed or trapped between the truck and racking as can happen with some other brands.
The tiller can be turned to the left or right of the truck and enables push button rotation of the rear wheel parallel to the chassis and back again. It allows the operator to remain in the safest possible position when picking and placing products in narrow aisles – at the side of the truck rather than at the rear. As well as keeping the operator safe, their sight line is not impeded by having to look through the mast, guaranteeing full visibility of the load, the forks, the surroundings and of course any people. The tiller arm also incorporates a monitor which clearly displays the rear wheel position.
If you are in the market for an affordable option in lift equipment for your business, look at the pedestrian trucks from Combilift. Safety should always be forefront in your operation and Combilift has proven that they can provide a safe option for you. Our representatives at Gregory Poole Lift Systems are available to show you how this line of pedestrian trucks can work for you. Contact us today!