If you operate a warehouse, you might have considered buying a pallet jack to improve the movement of items. However, you might still be on the fence as to whether purchasing a pallet truck is the right decision for you.
If you need some help making a decision, keep reading.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at benefits a warehouse can experience by investing in a pallet jack. We’ll look at how warehouses can pick the right jack and how they can avoid purchasing one that isn’t right for their needs.
By the end of this post, you’ll understand the benefits of a pallet truck and why your warehouse could operate better, by investing in one.
Why Invest in a Pallet Jack?
A pallet truck can make it a lot easier to transport goods from one side of the warehouse to another.
Jacks also make the transport of good a lot safer, because the people moving the items, avoid the strain that comes with having to manually lift heavy items and transport them.
The Different Models Available
There are many different kinds of pallet jacks available, and you might find yourself a little bit confused as to which one you should invest in.
If you are looking to transport loads that are generally under 5000 pounds, you should be okay with investing in a manual pallet jack.
However, if you are going to transport items heavier than this, you should think about investing in an electrical model.
If you want to make it very easy for the people transporting goods, you could even think about investing in an electrical ‘ride-on’ pallet jack.
This is almost like a little cart, that has a pallet jack attached. Instead of having to pull/push the items being carried by the pallet truck, the person can now just ‘drive’ items around.
The Importance of Knowing Your Needs
It’s worth mentioning that amongst the three ‘types’ of pallet jacks mentioned, there are still a number of variations amongst the individual types.
For instance, jacks can vary depending on:
- Fork length and width
- Raised and lowered fork height
- Weight capacity
- Material – i.e. standard steel, galvanized or stainless steel
To figure out which set up you’re going to need, review the kinds of materials you are going to be transporting in your warehouse and in what environment (wet, dry, sanitary). If you end up investing in the wrong model, you might find that you are going to be limited in what you can achieve with the pallet truck you’ve purchased.
Another brief thing we need to touch upon here is the importance of training. If you invest in a pallet jack, make sure you train your staff on how to operate it.
In doing so, you will be able to avoid mistakes that might lead to the pallet truck being damaged, or the staff being injured.
The right pallet jack can solve a lot of the problems you might be currently experiencing when it comes to moving goods around your warehouse.
In this post, we’ve taken a look at some of the benefits of purchasing a jack, as well as the different variations available.
Because there are so many variations, it is important you know what your needs are ahead of time. By doing your own due diligence, you’ll be able to avoid a situation wherein you waste money on the wrong kind of jack truck.
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