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Difference Between Forklifts and Stackers

Difference Between Forklifts and Stackers

In the market, there are various types of material handling equipment available in Singapore such as forklifts and stackers.

As to which type of equipment is more suitable for your business, it would depend on your operations.

Let’s find out what are some of the differences between forklifts and stackers.


Forklifts are possibly the most commonly used material handling equipment which you can find in industrial spaces in Singapore.

There are various types of forklifts available in the market such as diesel, electric and LPG gas forklifts. There are pros and cons for each type of forklifts and as to which type is better, it would depend on your business operations and priorities.

If space is not so much of a concern, forklifts are usually most commonly used as they are usually meant and built to be able to transport heavy loads.

Operators of the forklifts usually sit within the vehicle itself while operating.


Stackers on the other hand, tend to be narrower in terms of built and are suitable for industrial spaces or warehouses with limited space or narrow aisles. 

Stackers are usually also powered and operated by batteries and are suitable for indoor use as they do not emit smoke and are usually quiet.

Operators of stackers usually stand on the stacker to operate unlike forklifts where the operator operates from within the vehicle.

Which is More Suitable

As to whether forklifts or stackers are more suitable, it would depend on the purpose and usage of the equipment.

If it is mainly for loading and unloading of heavy equipment, forklifts may be a better option. However, if it is mainly for stacking, a stacker may be sufficient. Stackers are also usually narrower and are able to access narrower areas.