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Industrial Pallet Jacks Make Moving Pallets Easy

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Industrial 4 Way Pallet Jack Industrial pallet jacks are light weight and heavy duty pallet trucks that are used in manufacturing plants, warehousing, and distribution centers. Many models can be used both inside and outside to move materials stored on pallets to and from loading ramps attached to vehicles, docks, and pallet racks.

All pallet trucks are built with the same basic design: two forks that slip into a pallet and lift it from the ground by means of a hydraulic, electric, or gas powered pump controlled from a handle that the operator uses to steer. Newer models sold now feature advanced ergonomic designs that eliminate the strenuousness of positioning, elevating, and steering the device. Most also have forks that can be adjusted laterally in order to more firmly grip the pallet from within prior to lifting and moving it.

Standard industrial pallet jacks operate with a hydraulic pump that is manually activated by a lever-action handle. The handle also acts as a steering mechanism as the operator manually pushes or pulls the load. Powered pallet jacks use a motor of some kind to raise and lower the forks and to also drive the pallet truck so the operator does not have to apply physical force to the load. Controls are located on the handle so that the operator can simply push a button to raise or lower the pallet, and to move forward or reverse the unit. Most powered jacks use electrical, rechargeable batteries. Some of the indoor/outdoor models use gasoline power.

Many people ask us, “Which is better, a manually propelled unit or a powered unit?” There is no pat answer to this question. Anything with a motor has a greater potential to break down, so manual units are typically lower maintenance. Also, they do not run out of power and fuel, so they can be used for long periods of time without the risk of becoming temporarily inoperable.

At the same time, very heavy loads can easily result in an injury to even the strongest of workers if they are improperly manipulated. Powered industrial pallet jacks greatly minimize this risk by eliminating the need for the operator to use personally push or pull a load. From the perspective of sheer ergonomics, this is always advantageous to an organization’s margin of safety. Some facilities prefer to blend benefits of the two designs by investing in a power assisted pallet truck. This model applies a burst of power to get a heavy load in motion, then lets the operator push, pull, or steer it manually under the force of momentum.

From the standpoint of the bigger picture, it is always better to consider ergonomics, safety, and efficiency alongside of unit cost and possible replacement costs. Oddly shaped loads, and very heavy loads, are better moved under the assistance of some kind of power. The less strain workers have to exert in the use of a material handling product, the more accurately and rapidly they can work.

For the best return on your investment, talk to an Easy Rack representative about the details of your operation. We have a wide selection of standard, powered, and specialized industrial pallet jacks that will no doubt meet the requirements of your process flow.

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