Forklifts and pallet jacks both serve a multitude of functions in warehouse environments, yet they are very different tools, in terms of size, use and cost.
Warehouses require a lot of lifting, handling, and transporting of freight. Not every warehouse space may have a need for a tool as large and expensive as a forklift.
So, what are some of the ways that a pallet jack can serve as a manual forklift?
3 Ways a Pallet Jack can Serve as a Manual Forklift
Your pallet jack may be more versatile than you think. Read on to learn how you can use this tool in lieu of a forklift, and use it as a manual forklift.
Even the smallest forklifts are bulky machines. They are tall and very heavy. These machines are perfect for lifting palletized loads for storage in pallet racks in a warehouse, but forklifts are bulky, require fuel and a license to operate, and are expensive.
Forklifts have a turn radius that requires a certain amount of space to operate in. When warehouses become cluttered or aisles become narrow, it can be difficult to navigate with a forklift.
There is also a danger factor with forklifts. Because they are so heavy, it’s important for a warehouse to implement strict safety guidelines in order to prevent workplace accidents.
When No Lifting is Required
Some warehouse environments have no need for the lifting or stacking of palletized loads. These situations require only that a pallet be unloaded from the truck and moved to a designated area.
If the cargo area of the truck is flush with the loading dock, a pallet jack can be easily used to unload the cargo and transport it through the warehouse as needed.
The design of pallet jacks makes them very efficient at moving loads up to 5,000 to 5,500 pounds.
Ease of Use
One of the huge benefits of using a pallet jack instead of a forklift is that very little training is required. Even electric pallet jacks can be mastered in a small amount of time. An electric pallet jack makes moving extremely heavy loads a breeze.
There is no certification required, so a warehouse employee can be up and running in as little as only a few minutes of instruction. Though it’s still important to operate with care, pallet jacks can be a much safer option for moving palletized freight around the warehouse.
When to Choose a Pallet Jack Over a Forklift
Selecting which tool to use comes down to need. Most huge warehouses have both forklifts and pallet jacks. Forklifts are still needed for outdoor use when unloading a truck that can’t be backed up flush to the loading/unloading dock, or when pallet loads need to be loaded into, or out of pallet rack systems.
Using a pallet jack instead of a forklift can be a great option for many warehouse employees. There is limited training needed, and most palletized freight can be moved about without the need for a forklift. This can save money and create a safer work environment.
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