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The D Stacker EU40 Pallet Dispenser (Photo via Meijer Handling Solutions)

The D Stacker EU40 Pallet Dispenser (Photo via Meijer Handling Solutions)

For many warehouses, docks and other businesses, the problem with pallets is stacking and storing them safely.

All too often, storing pallets are an afterthought. While some slotted, nesting plastic pallets are a little easier to store, wood pallets offer more of a challenge for many operations.

When not stored properly, wood pallets can break, splinter, or otherwise become damaged. Plus, haphazardly stacked wood pallets pose a potentially dangerous situation because they can topple over and injure or even kill somebody.

Like a Pez Dispenser for Pallets

But now a company based in The Netherlands has come up with a unique solution that safely stores wood pallets safely, neatly, and efficiently.

The D Stacker EU40 Pallet Dispenser from Meijer Handling Solutions is a mechanical pallet delivery system that can store dozens of wood pallets without the use of electric, pneumatic or hydraulic power. Instead, the innovative new pallet dispenser works almost like a Pez dispenser for pallets, except instead being spring loaded, the device is gravity fed.

A Low-Tech Solution

The D Stacker, which fits up to 40 pallets, can be used with both manual and power jacks as well as with forklifts. Simply enter the forks under the bottom pallet to extract one pallet at a time from the vertical magazine.

As each pallet is removed, the next-to-bottom pallet falls into position while all the other pallets are kept in place. Then a safety sensor powered by just a 12-volt battery allows the remaining pallets to safely lower down into position. The entire process of removing a pallet takes less than 10 seconds. And each battery can accommodate an estimated 6,000 cycles before it needs to be replaced.

Empty pallets are reloaded to the top of the stacker, providing a rotating distribution system.

Benefits of the D Stacker

The D Stacker keeps stacks of wood pallets neat, safe and out of the way until they are ready to be used, eliminating clutter from the work floor and protecting the pallets from damage.

The device also makes it easy to inventory pallets because you can instantly see how many are in the stack waiting to be used. Plus, the ergonomic design eliminates the need for manual lifting or stacking of pallets.

Prepping Pepsi’s Pallets

The D Stackers already have proven their value in at least one busy soda pop distribution facility in South Carolina. Dave Matthews, associate supervisor of operations at a PepsiCo distribution center in that state, said the devices have helped streamline operations.

“When it comes to warehousing, I’m sure there are some tools that we do not have and there are limits to tools that are available to handling pallets,” Matthews said in a Meijer news release. “But these D Stacker units are the best thing PepsiCo has put into this building in my 15 years here and I don’t see anything on the horizon that will one-up them.”


Steps for a Pallet Jack Usage

19 Jun 2012

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A Pallet Jack for your Convenience

A Pallet Jack is for lifting heavy objects or pallets off the ground to move them to your desired position and do it without breaking the backs of numerous workers. The operator though, must be knowledgeable and the pallet jack itself must have a great turning radius, a good set of loading wheels and strong loading arms.

So how can one use a pallet jack safely? Just follow the list below and you’re definitely on the right track.

  1. >Inspect the pallet that you want to load, keeping in mind its size and make sure that the load arms will fit snugly under it. You can make adjustments to get the perfect fit.
  2. >The load arms must be inserted into the slots under the base of the pallet, and be certain that the load rollers of the load arms are right in the space between the wood on the bottom of the pallet.
  3. >You can now raise the pallet by doing pumps of the jack handle. On the top portion of the assembly handle, start to switch the lever to a downward position to be able to lock the jack in a ‘lift’ mode. Then start pumping the handle going up and down in a levering action. With just a few pumps, you must be able to see the pallet lifting off the ground, if there will be no movement whatsoever, the jack might be broken or it must have not yet been turned into its ‘lift’ mode.
  4. >Use the handle to pull or push the jack and the pallet to your desired position and location.
  5. >You can now lower the carried pallet when you have arrived at your desired location. Right at the top of its handle assembly, pull its small lever towards you then hold or you can use its foot release pedal. While doing so, make sure that there are no hands, fingers, feet etc. under the jack or pallet.

Have a presence of mind while performing your duties with a pallet jack, this way any untoward incident can always be avoided.

Wesco Battery Powered Counterweight Lift Stackers

Wesco Battery Powered Counterweight Lift Stackers are great additions for making valuable space.

Whereas just a few years ago, they may have been thinking about expanding their operations and buying new forklifts and other big ticket items, now they are putting those purchases off. At the same time, they are ordering less of their regular supplies, such as boxes, packing tape and other goods. What can their supplier do at a time like this?

If at the same time that it continues to offer great service to its existing customer base, the company goes out and actively seeks to expand its customer contacts beyond its current borders, it can enjoy growth instead of contraction. It can take its decades of experience in its local market and branch out throughout the nation through its website. Because the industrial supply company already has the expertise in its field, it is just a matter of reaching a larger audience.

Pallet Jacks and Their Many Uses: Part 3

17 Sep 2010

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Powered Pallet Jacks

Powered pallet Jacks assist with the wear and tear from pushing, pulling, and twisting.

Both standard and powered types of jacks are often referred to as pallet trucks. The powered style trucks allow the operator to walk behind or in some cases stand on or sit in the pallet truck while he operates it. Battery powered, these jacks are designed to move at slow speeds of around 2 mph. Models with forklift style masts for reaching stacked pallets are designed more for rearranging pallets than for moving them long distances.

Both manual and powered jacks come in both standard and a variety of specialty models. Some come with adjustable width forks. Others come with very precise scales. Still others are specifically designed for use in freezers, where a standard model would not stand up to constant drastic changes in temperature and normal hydraulic fluids would fail in freezing conditions.
The all-terrain pallet jack features large wheels and a wide wheel base. One of these units can travel safely over rough outdoor terrain, even in snowy conditions. For extra safety, it has wide outriggers that cradle the pallet, helping prevent slippage of the pallet or the payload when traveling over uneven and slanted surfaces. The extra-large pneumatic back wheels make it easy to get the truck rolling and keep it rolling on rough ground.

Pallet Jacks and Their Many Uses: Part 2

16 Sep 2010

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Manual Pallet Jack

An Adjustable Width Manual Pallet Jack is just one of many with special features available to assist in completing the job!

In spite of its simplicity of design, an inexpensive yet high quality manual pallet jack can lift a payload of up to 5500 lbs and still be moved by a single worker. Because of the leverage offered by the long handle, the pallet can easily be lifted off of the ground to carrying height with only 12 strokes. Once aloft, the manual pallet jack can be swung around 180 degrees at a time, making it possible to maneuver tight corners.

Even more sophisticated models can swing a full 220 degrees and feature one handed control. Newer models have all the raising, lowering and neutral controls on the handle, while still others have dual controls with an optional foot pump for lifting the manual pallet jacks. Some come with extra long and/or extra wide forks for even more strength and versatility.

Pallet Jacks and Their Many Uses: Part 1

15 Sep 2010

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Pallet Jacks

Pallet Jacks are one of the most useful tools in the material handling industry.

Along with forklifts, pallet jacks are among the most indispensable pieces of materials handling equipment in the workplace. Virtually every type of business that requires the regular movement of large quantities and weights of goods has at least one basic manual pallet jack at its disposal. Larger warehouses, factories and other industrial workplaces often have a number of pallet jacks, ranging from lighter duty manual models to more sophisticated motorized styles with weighing scales or other extra features included.

The standard manual pallet jacks are a deceptively simple device. It consists of forks on rollers for inserting under a pallet and a handle that is used to lift the forks via a hydraulic jack and move the cargo from place to place. It is highly maneuverable and can fit into spaces where a forklift often cannot go.


Bishamon Pallet Jack
Bishamon Pallet Jack is essential to the Materials Handling industry.

Murphy’s Law is no joke – if it’s possible for something to go wrong, it is bound to go wrong at some time or other. Those who know this also know the value of risk management. No matter how reliable your forklift has been in the past, one day it will break down. It will break down a lot sooner if you don’t keep it on a strict maintenance schedule and if it’s getting old, it is going to break down sooner rather than later. Trying to save a few dollars by hanging on to an old forklift is like asking for disaster to strike.

How important is it that the parts you ordered from overseas arrive on the promised delivery date? Would it be catastrophic if they arrived late or not at all? If so, look into finding alternative sources for the parts and be sure you have enough in stock to see you through a crisis.

It is fascinating and educational to study the ways in which some companies manage risk so much better than others. Materials handling involves relying on a chain of supply. If you have only one chain to rely on or don’t have the strategic tools in place for quickly repairing broken links, apply some of the lessons they can teach you. There are times when you have to take risks in life, but you don’t want to make it a habit in business.


The term, “materials handling” covers a broad spectrum of industrial goods. The most obvious examples of these would be the equipment and containers that are directly involved with the process of moving items. In the industry, however, there are many other products that comprise a complete material handling system.

Pallet Jacks Pallet Positioners

Pallet Jacks & Pallet Positioners play a major roll in Materials Handling.

On the warehouse floor, any motorized or manually operated piece of equipment that facilitates the movement of materials is defined as materials handling equipment. A forklift is an example of this. In fact, the forklift is the backbone of the warehouse. All the pallet rack systems are designed to accommodate the forklift. The warehousing industry would not be what it is today without forklifts.

There are dozens of other tools that are used in the warehouse in order to make the moving of materials more efficient and safer for the workers. Once a pallet is on the floor, manually powered pallet trucks are needed to move single pallets from one place to another.

While pallet trucks can efficiently move a full pallet of boxes of goods from one location to another, they are not efficient for moving just a few boxes from the pallet. That’s where hand trucks are needed. With a hand truck, the materials handler is able to stack several boxes and easily move them from place to place – out to the loading dock, for instance.

Aside from those pieces of equipment that are needed for moving goods, there are many other things that are needed. In any warehouse, every inch of available space is maximized. This means that many things are stored out of reach. In order to get to them, you may need an assortment of ladders or electronically powered personnel lifts. These, too, are classified as materials handling equipment.

Pallet Jacks And Their Usage

27 May 2010

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A manual pallet jack is a “truck” that is used to move a load from one place to another. Your product is placed on a pallet and the two tines of the pallet jack slip into it. The tines support your product as you move the jack to the desired place. Because it is on wheels, your load will roll easily along on a smooth surface such as a cement floor or asphalt. When you arrive at the place where you want to store your load, the jack part of the device lifts your product up for placement on a rack or higher surface. Manual pallet jacks can be a boon to any business that needs to move heavy loads around their workplace.

LIFT-RITE Self Propelled Pallet Jack

LIFT-RITE Self Propelled Pallet Jack

There are two kinds of pallet jacks. A motor driven pallet jack usually has a platform for the driver to stand or sit on and it moves and lifts it’s tines via a motor. A manual pallet jack does not have a motor. You push or pull it where you want it to go. Several pumps on the jack handle will raise your load to the desired height, and a twist or a squeeze of the handle will lower it.

The raising and lowering of the tines is done by a hydraulic cylinder attached to the jack handle, very similar to the jack that you may use on your car when you have a flat tire. Some pallet jacks have a feature called “quick lift”. This feature allows you to reduce the number of pumps needed for raising your load so that you can easily achieve the desired level.

The tines on this device come in various lengths, so if you are looking into purchasing one that will be used in a particular area, think about how much room you have to move it around. Another consideration to be aware of is the length of the average load you will want to support. Make sure your jack is of the size that you can both support the weight and length of what you are working with and still be able to mobilize it in your work area.

You might also want to think about whether or not you will need a hand brake, which is available on some models. The hand brake is advantageous for stopping or slowing down the movement of your loads on slopes or slanted floors, where it could quickly get out of control. If your work area is a high traffic area the hand brake will be a great safety feature as well.

WESCO Adjustable Pallet Truck

WESCO Adjustable Pallet Truck

Some pallet movers also have built in scales. This feature gives the tool a dual purpose. You can move your load and weigh it at the same time.

Once you raise your product to the desired level and you are ready to place it on your surface, you will lock the jack in so that it doesn’t fall while you are working with it. The wheels will also have a lock on them so that the load doesn’t move around while you are trying to place it.

In the higher priced models there is also the feature of move-able tines. Perhaps one day you are moving a narrow item but the next day you need to support something that is wider. Simply slide the tines apart or push them together to match the width you need. Not all devices have this feature so decide if this is something that would benefit you.

A pallet jack can make your work much more efficient. You and your workers will be glad you have it when that heavy load needs to be moved and raised.

Bishamon Pallet Jacks Promotes Safety

13 May 2010

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Bishamon pallet jacks are some of the safest pallet jacks in the industry. Even though their safety features rank so high among business and consumers, it is important to practice safety and to fully understand all aspects of your Bishamon pallet jacks.

First, it is important to know what exactly a pallet jack is. A pallet jack is a small to mid-sized load handling device. A fork and hydraulic system lifts, lowers or keeps the device in a neutral position. Two steel forks are precisely moved under the load to be lifted and moved. The load is then lifted by the foot pedal which raises pressure. The operator can move the forks closer together or further apart to safely lift different sized loads without fear of it falling off. Two seven inch polyurethane wheels sit under the frame and a couple more sets of wheels are under the steel forks. Bishamon pallet jacks sold at Bahrns Equipment can lift up to 5,500 pounds in a single load.

Bishamon Pallet Jack

Bishamon Pallet Jack

Safety and proper procedures are vitally important when operating Bishamon pallet jacks, or any pallet jacks for that matter. If proper attention to the correct procedures isn’t paid, not only can the material being moved but the worker himself can be seriously injured. It is important that the operator takes the time to be fully trained in how to use the Bishamon pallet jacks. Bishamon designs their jacks to be incredibly simple, so this process shouldn’t take long.

The pallet jacks made by Bishamon are built with a safety loop handle and hand brake that make turning and maneuvering tight spaces easier than other pallet jacks. It is essential to evaluate a space before trying to maneuver a pallet jack through it. Take extra care to notice any objects that may pose a risk to the load, move any mobile obstacles and plan a route to avoid any immobile obstacles. This extra minute of checking may prevent major damage that can could occur if something were to fall on a load or if the load was to collide with anything that might be in the way. An overload bypass valve is included for extra safety measures.

Parts on Bishamon pallet jacks are known for their reliability and their extended life. However, a time will come when they need to be replaced. It is of the utmost importance to make sure that you use Bishamon parts on a Bishamon pallet jack. Other companies may offer lower prices on parts, however they are not designed precisely for a Bishamon pallet jacks as parts in the same manufacturing family are.

It does not take long to learn safety when operating Bishamon pallet jacks. Knowledge is power and the more operators know about the equipment, the lower the risk of accidents on the job. Of course, Bahrns Equipment is well versed in the operating methods that ensure the highest levels of security and safety.