The Difference Between an Electric Pallet Lift and Manual Pallet Stacker


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Electric pallet lifts and manual pallet stackers aren’t all too different, there are, however, a few differences that set them apart. Continue reading to find out what they are.

Static Electric Pallet Lift

An electric pallet lift is used for low-level lifting and moving pallets. They are most useful in a warehouse or in an industrial or distribution setting, although, uses can be found for them in a number of different industries. Electric pallet lifts go by many different names, if you are unsure, please use the image below for reference.

Movable Manual Pallet Stacker

A manual pallet stacker is similar to an electric pallet lift, but uses oil and various mechanisms to allow it to work.  A manual pallet stacker may seem more old school, however, many companies still produce a variety of new and improved manual pallet stackers.

Which Is Better?

Deciding if an electric pallet lift or manual pallet stacker is better for you can be tricky. There are many benefits to both but there are some drawbacks, so depending on your needs, one may be better for you than the other.


Cost will be determined by a number of factors, including brand, age and whether it is first or second-hand. In most cases, an electric pallet lift will be more expensive than a manual pallet stacker on the initial payment. An electric pallet lift, however, is usually cheaper to run as it does not require oil. They generally require less maintenance than a manual pallet stacker, which can save you a lot of cash in the long run.


Both manual and electric pallet lifts are easy to use and well designed. Electric comes with the added bonus of very little physical effort going into its operation – this can reduce the risk of strain injuries amongst employees. Manual stackers are less technical and therefore some may find them easier to use.


Both manual and electric stackers are extremely durable. They can withstand heavy loads and can lift to great heights. Durability in these are essential, so luckily, the majority of them step up to the mark.


Both manual and electric stackers can help increase efficiency in your workplace. They help you get from point A to point B quicker. Employees will tire less quickly, especially with the electric stackers and larger amounts of stock can be moved at the same time.

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