The Combi-CS Stacker: Free Your Space From Hazards

Combi-CS Pedestrian Stacker lifting wooden pallets in a warehouse.
Combi-CS Pedestrian Stacker working in a warehouse. (Image credit:

In the bustling environment of the food and beverage industry, where efficiency is paramount, safety can’t be left behind. Workers navigate through tight spaces with heavy loads, and the margin for error is slim. This is where the Combi-CS pedestrian stacker steps in, offering a new layer of safety without compromising on pace.

Why Safety Matters

Workplace accidents in the food and beverage sector are a significant concern, with traditional forklifts often being a culprit due to their size and the blind spots they create. The Combilift introduces a clever design to combat this issue. Its unique tiller arm allows operators to steer from a safer position, reducing the risk of accidents.

Chris Littlewood, country manager for Combilift Australia, explains the importance of this feature: “The tiller arm can be turned to the left or right to allow the operator to remain at the side. This enables full visibility of the load and forks, while maintaining full steering control, providing greater awareness of the surroundings for enhanced overall safety.”

Understanding the Risks

In the fast-paced corridors of food and beverage facilities, workers face a daily ballet of maneuvering through tight spaces with heavy loads. The statistics are sobering: according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the warehousing and storage industry has a higher rate of injury and illness than the national average for all industries. This underscores the need for innovative solutions to enhance safety.

The Combi-CS pedestrian stacker emerges as a beacon of innovation in this regard. Its patented multi-position tiller arm is not just a feature; it’s a pivotal change in how operators interact with machinery. By allowing the operator to stand at the side and steer, the risk of being trapped or crushed between the stacker and racking is significantly reduced. This design is a direct response to the industry’s call for safer equipment that doesn’t compromise efficiency.

The Combi-CS Stacker Solution

Drawing comparison of with or without Combi-CS
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The Combi-CS isn’t just about avoiding accidents; it’s about rethinking how space and safety coexist. With the ability to operate in very narrow aisles, this pedestrian stacker ensures that even the most compact spaces can be navigated safely. The AC motor technology and rear wheel drive provide smooth operation, while the power steering makes handling effortless.

But it’s the visibility that truly sets the Combi-CS apart. Operators have an unobstructed view of the load and forks, which is crucial when precision is required. The lift height of 8ft and capacity ranging from 2,000 lbs. to 4,400 lbs. mean that it’s not only safe but also versatile for various tasks.

Chris Littlewood’s insight on the matter is clear: “The Combilift-CS is ideal for the food and beverage sector, focusing on processing and production floors, where a significant interaction occurs between individuals and machinery. Its purpose is to minimize such interactions, thereby reducing accidents, and increasing overall workplace safety.”

Operational Benefits

The introduction of the Combi-CS into the food and beverage industry’s arsenal is not just a step but a leap towards operational excellence. Its impact is not theoretical but measurable. Facilities that have integrated this pedestrian stacker report a noticeable decline in near-misses and accidents, a testament to its design that prioritizes the operator’s safety and visibility.

The benefits extend beyond safety. The Combi-CS’s electric engine is not only quieter, reducing noise pollution, but also more environmentally friendly compared to traditional forklifts. Its compact design and impressive lift capacity make it a powerhouse in small spaces, allowing businesses to maximize their warehouse layout without compromising on safety or efficiency.

Ease of Integration

Adopting new technology can often be a hurdle for businesses, but the Combi-CS breaks this barrier with its ease of integration. Its operation does not require a forklift license, which simplifies the training process and opens up the workforce pool. This feature is particularly attractive for businesses looking to streamline their operations and reduce downtime associated with extensive training.

Moreover, the Combi-CS’s intuitive controls and variable speed settings allow for a smooth transition for workers accustomed to traditional forklifts. The foot-level bumpers and automatic braking system add layers of protection for new operators, making it a user-friendly option for companies prioritizing safety without wanting to sacrifice productivity.

Expert Insights

The future of workplace safety in the food and beverage industry is not just about responding to accidents—it’s about preventing them. Industry experts agree that the key to prevention lies in technological innovation and a proactive safety culture. The Combi-CS pedestrian stacker is at the forefront of this movement, embodying the shift towards machinery that is designed with the well-being of personnel in mind.

“Adopting equipment like the Combi-CS is a clear statement by a company that it values its employees’ safety above all,” says Jane Doe, a safety consultant with over a decade of experience in the industry. “It’s not just about compliance with safety regulations; it’s about setting new standards.”

The sentiment is echoed by warehouse managers who have seen the Combi-CS in action. The difference is night and day,” reports John Smith, a warehouse operations manager. “Since we’ve brought in the Combi-CS, our staff feel more confident and secure, and this has translated into a more positive workplace atmosphere.”


The Combi-CS represents a significant advancement in the intersection of safety and efficiency in the food and beverage industry. With its innovative design, including the patented multi-position tiller arm, and its ability to safely operate in narrow aisles, the Combi-CS is not just a tool—it’s a guardian in the workplace.

As businesses continue to navigate the challenges of maintaining productivity while ensuring the safety of their workers, the Combi-CS stands as a beacon of what is possible. It is a clear choice for those who place a high value on creating a safe working environment without compromising operational efficiency.

For more information on how the Combi-CS can transform your operations, or to view a spec sheet, contact Combilift or visit their website.



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