Is An Industrial Pallet Jack A Heavy Duty Pallet jack

No.  Many people use the two terms synonymously, but the term industrial really means that these material handling products are used in storage areas, factories, and warehouses.  Both light weight and heavy duty models feature the same basic design: two forks that slip under a pallet, lift it off the ground, and allow it to be moved to another location.  Most pallet trucks now have forks that adjust laterally so that pallets can be gripped from the inside prior to being lifted.
What types of power do they use?
Some are completely manually powered, with a hydraulic jack that is pumped by a handle, and the unit is pushed or pulled by hand.  However, newer designs now feature power assisted units that get the wheels moving so that the operator does not have to strain to create sufficient force to start them rolling.  Many powered units operate on gas or electric power and do all the lifting, forward motion, and reverse motion automatically.
Which type is better?
If you invest in an ergonomic manual model, you can easily move a load weighing over two tons safely.  The advantage of using an industrial pallet jack that has no motor is that it has fewer complex parts that can fail.  However, no matter how ergonomic such a unit is, there is still a certain amount of physical force that is required to move the jack and the load.  With electric and/or gasoline powered pallet trucks, you never have to use any physical force to lift or push the unit.  Also, the user friendly controls make maneuvering the pallet more like driving a vehicle than pushing a large load with a tool.
Are the powered, heavy duty models worth the investment?
If you have very large loads, or oddly sized loads, yes.  You’ll find that electric or gas powered units are easier to maneuver in all directions.  This improves process flow by minimizing collisions, and it is far safer for the operator as well because there is no need to apply muscle power to moving the load.
Do you have industrial pallet jacks for specialized applications?
Yes.  Some industries, like the food distribution industry or the pharmaceuticals industry, require clean rooms for storage and processing.  We recommend using stainless steel pallet trucks for these areas.  There are also pallet jacks made for moving long materials safely in a lateral as well as linear direction, and units that feature built in scales.

Is an industrial pallet jack a heavy duty pallet jack?No.  Many people use the two terms synonymously, but the term industrial really means that these material handling products are used in storage areas, factories, and warehouses.  Both light weight and heavy duty models feature the same basic design: two forks that slip under a pallet, lift it off the ground, and allow it to be moved to another location.  Most pallet trucks now have forks that adjust laterally so that pallets can be gripped from the inside prior to being lifted.

What types of power do they use?Some are completely manually powered, with a hydraulic jack that is pumped by a handle, and the unit is pushed or pulled by hand.  However, newer designs now feature power assisted units that get the wheels moving so that the operator does not have to strain to create sufficient force to start them rolling.  Many powered units operate on gas or electric power and do all the lifting, forward motion, and reverse motion automatically.

Which type is better?If you invest in an ergonomic manual model, you can easily move a load weighing over two tons safely.  The advantage of using an industrial pallet jack that has no motor is that it has fewer complex parts that can fail.  However, no matter how ergonomic such a unit is, there is still a certain amount of physical force that is required to move the jack and the load.  With electric and/or gasoline powered pallet trucks, you never have to use any physical force to lift or push the unit.  Also, the user friendly controls make maneuvering the pallet more like driving a vehicle than pushing a large load with a tool.

Are the powered, heavy duty models worth the investment?If you have very large loads, or oddly sized loads, yes.  You’ll find that electric or gas powered units are easier to maneuver in all directions.  This improves process flow by minimizing collisions, and it is far safer for the operator as well because there is no need to apply muscle power to moving the load.

Do you have industrial pallet jacks for specialized applications?Yes.  Some industries, like the food distribution industry or the pharmaceuticals industry, require clean rooms for storage and processing.  We recommend using stainless steel pallet trucks for these areas.  There are also pallet jacks made for moving long materials safely in a lateral as well as linear direction, and units that feature built in scales.  round a store or warehouse.

What Benefits Do Forklift Booms Offer

It is a tubular extension that converts your forklift into a mobile crane that can handle odd sized loads, rounded loads, and long loads.  Most booms are telescoping with two hook points.  Some models are designed for heavy duty application and have up to 13 hook points.
How does a forklift boom operate?
It attaches to a forklift and extends out in front of it.  Hooks on its underside attach to various objects, which it lifts like the arm of a crane.
Where are fork lift boom attachments used?
They are used in warehouses, construction sites, equipment yards, and loading areas.
What are they used for?
They are used to load logs onto flat bed trailers.  In many shipping yards, they are used to load and unload pipes and barrels that cannot be safely lifted with fork hooks or pallet jacks.  They are used to erect metal building walls and set roofs on top of those walls.  Many home builders also use them to set wooden trusses.  Inside of warehouses, any item that cannot be safely moved with a pallet rack or a fork truck can be lifted and moved with a forklift boom attachment.  In equipment yards, they are often used to quickly move things around to clear space for incoming loads or vehicle traffic.  Many shipping companies also use them to offload crates from flatbed trailers or flatbed railcars.
What benefits do fork lift boom attachments offer an organization?
They get many material handling jobs done faster and easier with a much lower risk of injury.  They save companies thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on the procurement of cranes because they basically turn fork trucks into mobile cranes.  One licensed forklift driver can do many different things with these and other forklift attachments, so a small crew can devote the majority of its workers to other tasks.  They also make it safe for forklift drivers to handle loads of varying height and odd dimensions.   On low-rise construction sites, they make it easier to complete projects on time by getting materials to higher floors and building roofs without having to wait for an available freight elevator and hope that whatever workers need to load on it will fit.
What is the weight capacity of the smallest fork lift boom attachment?  The largest?
That depends upon the intended application.  Businesses should carefully asses their lifting requirements before purchasing a fork truck boom.  Easy Rack representatives can help select a boom whose maximum weight capacity exceeds the largest object that a business needs to move.

What is a fork lift boom attachment?It is a tubular extension that converts your forklift into a mobile crane that can handle odd sized loads, rounded loads, and long loads.  Most booms are telescoping with two hook points.  Some models are designed for heavy duty application and have up to 13 hook points.
How does a forklift boom operate?It attaches to a forklift and extends out in front of it.  Hooks on its underside attach to various objects, which it lifts like the arm of a crane.

Where are fork lift boom attachments used?They are used in warehouses, construction sites, equipment yards, and loading areas.
What are they used for?They are used to load logs onto flat bed trailers.  In many shipping yards, they are used to load and unload pipes and barrels that cannot be safely lifted with fork hooks or pallet jacks.  They are used to erect metal building walls and set roofs on top of those walls.  Many home builders also use them to set wooden trusses.  Inside of warehouses, any item that cannot be safely moved with a pallet rack or a fork truck can be lifted and moved with a forklift boom attachment.  In equipment yards, they are often used to quickly move things around to clear space for incoming loads or vehicle traffic.  Many shipping companies also use them to offload crates from flatbed trailers or flatbed railcars.

What benefits do fork lift boom attachments offer an organization? They get many material handling jobs done faster and easier with a much lower risk of injury.  They save companies thousands of dollars that would otherwise be spent on the procurement of cranes because they basically turn fork trucks into mobile cranes.  One licensed forklift driver can do many different things with these and other forklift attachments, so a small crew can devote the majority of its workers to other tasks.  They also make it safe for forklift drivers to handle loads of varying height and odd dimensions.   On low-rise construction sites, they make it easier to complete projects on time by getting materials to higher floors and building roofs without having to wait for an available freight elevator and hope that whatever workers need to load on it will fit.
What is the weight capacity of the smallest fork lift boom attachment?  The largest?That depends upon the intended application.  Businesses should carefully asses their lifting requirements before purchasing a fork truck boom.  Easy Rack representatives can help select a boom whose maximum weight capacity exceeds the largest object that a business needs to move.

How Sturdy Is A Prefabricated Modular Office Building

Prefabricated Modular officeHow sturdy is a prefabricated modular office building compared to a conventional office structure?
They are at least equally sturdy. Manufacturers and material handling vendors like us seek to exceed building codes, fire safety codes, and accessibility codes so that our clients will not have to worry about the soundness of the structure. We want our clients to feel confident in the fact that even though they are paying drastically less for each square foot of their building, the quality of that building is every bit as good as one they would have paid a lot more money to build, and would have had to wait a lot longer to have been finished.

Inspectors have found that prefab buildings have consistently met the structural requirements necessary for weathering hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes without having to be reinforced with additional support structures.

Is there a limit on the size of our prefabricated modular office building?
There is no limit to the actual size of the overall building, but there are size limits to the individual modules used to create the building. For example, if you are building a research and development wing for your company, you may want to create offices for your managers, cubicle spaces for your laboratory technicians, one or more actual laboratory areas for development and testing, and one or more storage areas. Each of these areas will be composed of at least one module that will need to be safely transported overland. These size limits vary from state to state and are determined not by us, but by the Department of Transportation.

What are some industries that are using prefab office space?
One of the biggest industries we are starting to work with is the medical industry. Hospitals that need to add on to their facility find that prefab buildings can be used for a variety of purposes including outpatient centers, general clinics, operating rooms, and psychiatric facilities.

How long does it take to build a prefabricated modular office building?
Experience has shown it saves as much as 40% on time to project completion. The efficiency of the design, transport, and assembly process is responsible for this. Safety equipment, wiring, plumbing, and interior architecture are manufactured into the building prior to shipment. Your site will be prepared early for its arrival during the construction process so that when the modules arrive they can be rapidly assembled and ready for use as soon as possible.

Industrial Pallet Rack Will Maximize Space

Industrial Pallet RackEasy Rack account managers will work with you on a consultative basis to build you a custom industrial pallet rack that will maximize space, safety, storage efficiency, and process flow in your facility. The following list itemizes the many results we have generated for clients over the past years.

Custom pallet racking will give you direct access to every individual pallet on the rack without your employees having to move other pallets around it. This dramatically reduces product damage and product drop rates.

Custom racks also let you create staging areas in your facility that will make much better use of your existing floor space. The key to doing this is to design your pallet racking storage system in a way that will make the most use of your vertical cube so you have more wall space and floor space available for other needs.  This makes it easier to store, find, and retrieve pallets without mishap or injury.

If you have planned to expand your facility or move, consider the enormous cost that both of these options represent. In our company history, we have saved this expense for so many companies like yours by building industrial pallet racks that created more aisle space and work areas in their existing facility.  Typically companies can forestall a move for several years.  Some of our previous clients now believe they may not ever have to move to a new building thanks to the storage systems we built them.

The way our team works is to listen to you, examine the data you provide, and calculate the optimal measurements for your racking system. If we are selling used pallet racks, we go one step further.  Since no one can guarantee the weight capacity for a used beam, we will build the rack with longer beams if necessary and configure the system to have additional supports at mid span.  Also, we test each beam prior to shipping to make sure it is in the best working condition possible.

Used industrial pallet racks can save you up to 40 percent on the cost of a rack system, so if you are facing a very tight budget, call Easy Rack for a quote on a used system.  Once the system is designed and the parts are tested, we will ship it to your location and facilitate installation with a team of trained specialists who will work on our behalf to help set it up in your building.

The Many Uses Of Conventional Pallet Rack

Pallet Storage RackConventional Pallet Storage Conventional pallet storage is useful for warehouse operations characterized by the following inventory control needs:

  1. They have to store pallets by individual sku numbers.
  2. They must have quick individual access to each pallet.
  3. The must have plenty of aisle space to facilitate fork lift access to any point on the rack.

In bigger warehouses, most conventional pallet storage is built single-depth.  In smaller warehouses, pallet racks can be built double depth to compensate for limited space.  Double-depth pallet storage allows one pallet to be stored behind the other. Drive-In Pallet Storage Drive-in pallet storage allows pallets to be stored inside the rack itself, and for forklifts to drive into the rack to retrieve them.   Warehouses require drive-in style pallet racks whenever they face the following circumstances:

  1. They must convert anywhere from 70-85% of existing floor space and vertical area into organized pallet storage space.
  2. They have low turnover rates, and tend to leave pallets on the rack for extended amounts of time.
  3. There is no available floor space to use for aisles.

Live Pallet Storage Live storage racks use gravity to move pallets to waiting forklifts by means of a slight incline in the rack When one pallet is retrieved, another one slides in right behind it.  Food and pharmaceutical companies use this design a great deal.  Other warehouses may also benefit from this type of pallet storage if they face any of the following circumstances:

  1. A need to minimize pallet retrieval time.
  2. A, non-motorized method of moving the pallets to forklifts
  3. A low-maintenance system.

Push-back pallet storage The push back system works in a similar manner as the live pallet storage system, but it uses trolleys and rolling rails in addition to the force of gravity.  When a pallet is taken from one end, the others slide down slightly to fill the gap.  Loading and unloading is easily done from the central aisle. Mobile Pallet Storage This type of rack rests on a motorized base that can be moved either with manual controls or remote PC.  An operation needs this when:

  1. A warehouse has to reduce the number of aisles between rack
  2. The facility must increase its total capacity
  3. Process flow demands  direct, individual access to every pallet

All pallet storage systems are available in either new or used condition.  Used pallet racks can cost as much as 40% less as new storage rack.  Pricing depends on the availability of beams and uprights and shipping rates to your part of the country.  Easy Rack sells nationwide and will assist in designing pallet storage racking that is customized to specific facilities and industry types.

Wire shelves offer multiple benefits to material storage operations

Commercial Wire ShelvingWire shelves offer multiple benefits to material storage operations.

For beginners, they let air continually circulate so that dust will not accumulate.  In the event of a fire, wire will not burn, and it will not block sprinkler water. Each individual shelf can be adjusted to accommodate differently sized products and materials.

These storage units are ideal for converting the vertical cube and unused floor space into usable storage space.

As cliché as it sounds, organization is everything to an organization’s success.  With clutter and disorganization gone, order and management make operations safe and more efficient.  This improves employee morale and labor efficiency.

This also helps companies who feel pressured to move because they are running out of space.  More efficient use of space makes it possible to stay in the same building.

Who uses wire shelving?

  • Restaurants use them for continual stocking and inventory management.
  • Health care systems rely on them heavily for medical supplies and pharmaceuticals.
  • Offices use them for all types of supply storage.
  • Mobile units used to move things around that need frequent transport.

Any given shelf in one of these units can easily support between 600 lbs and 800 lbs of weight.

Depending on the number of shelves, then, and how well they are supported, your unit may support up to 1500 lbs.

This versatility can be beneficial to almost any business in any vertical market out there.

The key to such versatility lies in the amazing performance features found in our wire shelves.

  • All-welded construction.
  • Easy loading and unloading.
  • Numbered grooved posts on 1 inch increments make it possible to quickly assemble a unit without the assistance of tools
  • Adjustable foot levelers
  • Aesthetically pleasing and highly durable finishes
  • Optional accessories that make it possible to customize your storage system
  • Ideal for applications in Industrial, Health Care, Food Service and Retail Markets
  • National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) approved

Wire shelves are made in all kinds of different designs that will accommodate the many different business types they serve.

The cantilevered design attaches directly to the wall.

The Dunnage design is a simple wire frame with a mid-level shelf and a bottom shelf.

The sliding track design has bearings in the skate beneath each post and has a load capacity of 1,500 lbs.

Wire shelves come in multiple finish options to make them suitable to any environment.

Nickel based, chrome plated units are ideal for material handling duties.

  • Electropolished stainless steel resists corrosion in heavily polluted industrial areas.
  • Proform shelving (carbon steel treated with an iron phosphate base and antibacterial epoxy) is ideal for high humidity climates.

Double Tray/Basket Utility Mail Cart Sales

Double Tray/ Double Basket Mail Utility CartHow is a double tray double basket mail cart designed?

It has two trays that support two removable baskets.  The baskets can be used to sort, organized, and deliver letter mail.  Baskets are designed to accommodate both letter and legal sized documents. 

When the baskets are removed, packages or boxes containing parts or supplies can be moved on the trays.  This makes the unit much more than a simple mail delivery tool.

Is it easy to maneuver?

Yes.  It moves on swivel casters and features rear brakes.  It is easy to steer.  It also features an all steel construction to protect it against accidental collisions that can and do occur in crowded warehouse environments, small offices, public schools, and busy factories. 

Does the unit ship preassembled?

No.  It is easy to assemble, so preassembly is not necessary.    

How much more efficient will the double tray double basket mail cart make my business?  Do I really need one?

If the US Postal Services uses these carts, that should say something about the effectiveness of these simple, but remarkable tools.  Inside your mail room, your clerks will have a much easier task organizing mail prior to delivery.  The removable carts make it easier to separate packages and letters. 

Once delivery begins, everything is already organized, and fewer errors occur.

We don’t get that much mail.  Do we still need one?

You may have other paperwork that needs to be shuffled around.  If you work in an auto repair shop or small factory plant, you may also use these mail carts to move inventory around or keep track of inventory documentation.  Staying on top of you documentation is the key to getting inventory over with without mistakes or additional cost to your organization.  If you are in construction, these little carts can even be used to move around tools.    

Can these mail carts be used on warehouse floors?

That depends on what you are shipping and receiving.  If you have small trucks coming in with small boxes, yes, you can use them to load and offload smaller items. 

How many mail carts should a company buy?

Normally a small office needs only one.  Most of the mail coming in is going to be letter mail, and that is only going to go to executives.  Larger organizations will need several carts to separate package mail, supplies, and letters and send them to different floors.

Easy Rack carries a wide variety of commercial shelvingmaterial handling equipment,  new and used gondola shelvingused pallet racks, and modular prefab buildings installed nationwide. If you can not find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-888-776-3720 and we will find it for you. Our home office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states.

Advantages Of A Skid Steer Broom Or Skidsteer Sweeper

 Call For Quote Skid Steer Sweeper & Skidsteer Broom w/Manual AngleWhat is a skid steer broom sweeper attachment?

It is an attachment that goes onto the front of a skid steer loader.  It is shaped like a giant, round broom.  As it rotates, it pushes all sorts of debris out of the way.

Why is this beneficial?

Debris creates eyesores, obstructions, and safety hazards.  A device that quickly clears debris from a work area or transit area improves process flow and human safety. 

What kinds of debris can we clear with it?

The Skidsteer Sweeper/Broom Attachment can be used to dirt, dried mud, small pieces of trash, sticks, piled sand, broken stumps, metal scrap, and light snow.

Will this attachment work on any skid steer loader?

As long as you have a modern, full-sized loader, yes.  The skid steer broom comes with a universal mounting plate.

Will we be looking at ongoing replacement costs if we invest in skid steer sweepers?

You shouldn’t be.  The broom is a sturdy piece of equipment designed to handle all manner of garbage, scrap, and small, natural obstructions.  Skid steer broom life is also extended by a feature on the device that keeps bristles off the ground when you store it.

Could our community use this instead of a snow plow?

Yes and no.  For sidewalk areas, it is ideal because snow plows are too big to operate in sidewalks running through people’s front yard.  It can also be very effective as a street sweeper for light snow.   However, you do not want to push it through heavy snow drifts that block major roadways.

It’s best to use the skid steer sweeper as an accessory to snow plow operations in order to thoroughly clear both vehicle and pedestrian areas for traffic.

What does the term “manual angle” refer to?

The skid steer broom operates at an angle that can be manually adjusted up to 30 degrees.

Why is an angle desirable?

It is better than a right angled device because it pushes all the debris to one side of the loader where it can be more easily collected.  A straight broom would push debris to both sides, making more of a mess. 

What operates the broom?

A simple direct drive motor raises and lowers the skid steer broom.  It needs no chains or sprockets to operate.

Can we use the skid steer sweeper to cleanup new construction areas?

Yes.  That is one of its most popular applications, actually, because the skid steer broom can move all kinds of wood and metal scrap, along with dirt and paper, out of the way.

Easy Rack carries a wide variety of commercial shelvingmaterial handling equipment,  new and used gondola shelvingused pallet racks, and modular prefab buildings installed nationwide. If you can not find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-888-776-3720 and we will find it for you. Our home office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states.

Gas Powered Trailer Mover

Gas Powered Trailer Mover What it Is

Gas Powered Trailer Mover attaches to trailers or to other pieces of equipment so they can be moved around in places that vehicles can’t access. 

Challenges it Addresses

It may be easy to hitch a trailer to a vehicle, but it is not always so easy to get a vehicle to a trailer.  If your trailer is stored in a narrow alley, small storage building, or in a pile of other equipment, you can’t back up to it safely. 

It is also hard to get a trailer to such a storage location after you unhitch it from a truck or a van.

It is not a good idea to move even a small trailer by hand.  You can throw out your back or shoulder very quickly by dragging even a small, empty trailer. 

You need a device that will safely maneuver your equipment into such locations. 

Equipment Features

The trailer mover has a service range of 17 to 27 inches and comes with a 6HP gasoline engine and hydrostatic transmission.  It has an engine powered lift, and it features variable speed control in forward and reverse. 

It has a service range of 17 to 27 inches, low speed torque for precision positioning, a safety kill switch, a horn, and directional controls on the handle

The foam-filled front tires feature an aggressive tread pattern that enable excellent traction on any unpaved surface area.  A three ball hitch converts easily to common sizes.  Ball sizes are 1 7/8”, 2”, and 25/16”. 

With the handle upright, the entire unit measures 51”W by 66”L and 40”H.

Solutions and Results

With a trailer mover, your employees can move trailers and other similar pieces of equipment into storage buildings, tight corners, and into spaces between buildings.   Thanks to the engine powered lift, you can hook the unit up without hand jacking.

The unit can lift 1,000 pounds, and it can pull 12,000 pounds.  While it is ideal for moving around docks, storage buildings, and tight squeezes, we do not recommend it for use on steep grades.  Trailer movers are designed for use only on flat paved and unpaved surfaces. 

Thanks to engine powered trailer movers, any factory, fabrication shop, warehouse, storage yards, or salvage yard can quickly, safely, and effortlessly maneuver equipment into the most confining of spaces.  This improves process flow, worker safety, and maximizes space utilization, particularly for small facilities that have extremely limited space to begin with.

Easy Rack carries a wide variety of commercial shelvingmaterial handling equipment,  new and used gondola shelvingused pallet racks, and modular prefab buildings installed nationwide. If you can not find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-888-776-3720 and we will find it for you. Our home office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states

Adjustable Height Gantry Cranes Can Save You Time & Money

An adjustable gantry crane is a smaller, portable version of the huge cranes you see in shipyards and massive warehouses.  Whereas these large cranes can sometimes be the size of buildings, smaller, portable versions can be so lightweight that they can be moved and adjusted by hand.

The basic design consists of two vertical supports and a top horizontal beam known as an I-beam.  The I-beam can be adjusted on larger portable units with the help of a come along or a fork truck.  On the smaller units, it can be adjusted by hand.

In the middle of the I-beam is a hoist that can move to either side of the beam.  When an object is lifted with the hoist, it can either be moved a few inches to the side along the length of the beam, or it can remain suspended from the beam while the entire crane is moved on casters.

The adjustable gantry crane is, in fact, one of the most stable crane designs thanks to the presence of the I-beam.  Objects that are suspended from a cable on an arm can and often do begin to swing in an arc when the crane starts moving.  Operators have to be very careful to prevent collisions with other objects, walls, machinery, and people.

However, the I-beam design on an adjustable height gantry crane keeps the object centered and stationary while the unit is in transit from one location to another.  By utilizing a center of gravity suspended between two supports, the crane keeps the cable stationary between the supports and prevents it from swinging in an arc. 

This makes adjustable gantry cranes ideal for repair operations where large pumps, motors, engine parts, pipes, and other equipment must be lifted and moved to a work area.  The design of the frame makes it easy to center the hoist over equipment that is mounted below the floor.  Once it is lifted above the floor, it can be moved to other areas simply by moving the crane.

In outdoor applications, adjustable gantry cranes are used to lift water pumps and pipes out of the ground and to carry them to repair facilities.  Smaller objects in warehouses can also be moved onto and off of pallets with the help of smaller adjustable height gantry cranes designed for two operator use. 

Aluminum adjustable gantry cranes are corrosion resistant.  They are ideal for use outdoors, and they can be assembled and adjusted by hand without the need of a forklift. 

Larger steel cranes can handle up to10,000 pounds and require a fork truck to adjust the I-beam in six inch increments. 

Easy Rack carries a wide variety of commercial shelvingmaterial handling equipmentcommercial lighting, new and used gondola shelvingused pallet racks, and modular prefab buildings installed nationwide. If you can not find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-888-776-3720 and we will find it for you. Our home office is located in Houston, Texas with warehouses located throughout the United States that enable us to service all 50 states