How to Choose the Perfect Pallet Jack?

The health and safety of your employees is of utmost importance in every business today, not only to protect them from personal injury but also to reduce costs to your bottom line. Undoubtedly the most common place for injury is in the warehouse where most of the lifting and movement of stock takes place.This means that if you stock a warehouse, you must have a cost-effective way of moving stock in and out with minimal risk of injury. By far the cheapest and most reliable way to move stock is by using a pallet jack.

There are two different types of pallet jacks Perth commonly used today, the simplest manual jack is ideal for use in warehouses where pallets are primarily stored at ground level, the manual pallet jack looks like a dolly with a front end but has forks. The operator walks behind the manual jack, controlling the direction of the jack with a simple steering mechanism. The forks are slid under the pallet, and the operator uses a lever to gently activate the lifting mechanism on the device. A manual pallet jack is then used to move the elevated pallet to a new location on the warehouse or plant floor.

Questions to ask for buying pallet jacks

There are a few questions you should ask yourself when purchasing the pallet jacks Brisbane. The first would be how heavy the stock you are lifting is. As a guide most jacks on the market are designed to lift 2500kg which generally covers most warehouse uses as anything over 2500kg will be beyond most storemen.

The next question would be “What floor surface will it be used on?” The main reason I ask this question is because pallet jacks are available with either polyurethane or nylon wheels. Polyurethane wheels are suitable for shopping centers, tiled floors, marble floors, wooden floors as these wheels will not mark. Nylon wheels are tough and suitable for concrete and warehouse floors, but they will get marked.

Finally, you will notice that if you look around the warehouse you will see that the pallets themselves come in two main different widths. These are often classified into Euro or Standard pallets. Euro pallet jacks are designed with the forks close together (typically 450-570 mm), while the standard is 685 mm apart.

If you intend to use popular cheap or cheap pallets then you will find standard jacks perfect but if you are using Euro pallets then Euro jacks will be more useful. The only exception would be when the jack is used in the back of a truck where space is at a premium. Euro would probably be the best option in this case.

Dealing with pallet jacks

When dealing with palletized loads it can be difficult to get the exact weight of the load. Sometimes you will have a weight limit on how many pallets you can place in the area you are placing them. It is at moments like these that pallet jack scales come in handy. Ultimately, when dealing with weight limits you need to know what the weight of the load with the pallet is. There are many types of tools in the market and each has its own advantages.

You don’t have to have an electric pallet jack to have a built-in scale. There are manual pallet jacks equipped with scales. So, when tackling surfaces that aren’t suitable for an electric jack, you can still get the benefits of a jack equipped with a built-in scale. The advantage is that the pallet is able to be weighed automatically and as soon as the pallet is lifted onto the pallet jack. Since the scale is built-in, you don’t need to buy additional equipment.