The pallet truck – reliable workhorse for any industry
Goods are often stored on pallets – wooden platforms that enable easy movement of the stock. A pallet truck would be the obvious vehicle of choice to move these around with. It has two prongs at the front which slots into the pallet in order to lift it. This piece of equipment has become indispensable in most industries. You will find them being used everywhere – from warehouses to grocery stores, factories to farms. Wherever goods need to be moved, a pallet truck is the vehicle for the job.
The shape and size of stock that needs to be moved differ from business to business. For this reason, the pallet truck also comes in various sizes and with a variety of features making it suitable for specific functions.
The smallest in the range is the pallet jack, a manually powered pallet truck that can easily lift surprisingly heavy loads. It is very easy and safe to operate. The person using the jack pushes the forks into the pallet. At the back is a hydraulic jack which is used to lift the pallet of the floor to the required height. When the pallet is lifted, the operator can easily move the truck with the goods to wherever it is required. These are also available as powered trucks where the lifting mechanism is operated via a control.
Larger pallet trucks, or forklifts, are also available for the lifting and moving of larger and heavier goods. These are most often found in warehouses and factories. Because of their use indoors, they are more often than not electric trucks, eliminating the emission of harmful exhaust gases in the confined space. You can even opt for a pallet truck that is guided by rails on the floor. This is specifically convenient for storage areas with very narrow aisles.
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