Pallet jacks can be a real asset

Virtually all workshops, warehouses and light manufacturing businesses have the use of pallet jacks for moving things around. Pallet jacks can be manual or electric and areparticularly useful for moving small loads. Having a basic understanding of how each works will give you the best information on which will be best for you.

Manual pallet jacks are great when a single pallet needs to be moved a short distance. This is because they are very safe and easy to use. All you need to do is insert the forks inside the pallet – make sure they are all the way in, pump the handle until the pallet is lifted off the floor and manoeuvre the pallet jack to where it is required. When you get to where you need to be, release the lever which lowers the pallet and remove the jack.

Electric pallet jacks must be operated by someone who has had proper training as these jacks can be dangerous if not operated correctly. There are various controls that need a bit of skill in order for it to work safely and correctly. Many electric models have a mast which is similar to a forklift truck and this allows you to reach higher stacked pallets or be able to remove pallets from lorries. In these particular models, loads will be transported above head height, so great care must be taken when moving loads. However, once the operator has been trained, these jacks are a real boon and make the work so much easier.

As a general rule, if you only need to lift and move single pallets at floor level, then a manual pallet jack will do the job. However, if you have to move heavier loads or move loads from a height, then an electric pallet jack will be better suited. Always try and choose the equipment that will be best for your individual requirements and train your employees in its use