They are tools used to lift and move pallets (sometimes

by:JPSK     2020-08-17

They can be made from a number of different materials, including galvanized steel, stainless steel, aluminum, special alloys, zinc plating, etc...

Types of Pallet Trucks

1. Powered

Also known as electrical pallet jacks, walkies, power pallet trucks or pallet jacks these can come as single or double pallet jacks and are motorized to allow lifting and moving of heavier stacked pallets. The way that a powered pallet jack is moved is by using a throttle on the handle to move forward or reverse. The device is steered by swinging the handle in the intended direction.

Plugging is a system where the driver turns the throttle from forward to reverse (or vice versa) to slow and stop the machine. Some power pallet jacks contain a dead man's switch, which is an important safety feature that is used instead of a brake to stop the machine if the operator needs to stop in an emergency, such as to stop quickly or leave the machine while it's still in use.

2. Printers

Include a weighting mechanism to allow you to weigh goods and then print out the weight or other specifications.

3. Scissor

These types use a lifting mechanism to lift goods and pallets to higher areas. They are used to stack the highest shelves and are excellent to use when space is limited because they manoeuvre so well. This type is often used to take goods off of a truck or van as well.

4. Walk Behind Trucks

These are called walk behind trucks because you literally walk behind them while pushing the load. Hydraulic systems manually pump the truck or it is pumped by some sort of electromotor.

Pallet Truck Safety

Safety is of the utmost importance in all industries. They are designed with safety in mind. The powered ones are very safe but the disadvantage is sometimes they can't handle the heaviest of loads. The deadman switch is another key safety feature and is really a necessary safety precaution.

New Innovations in Pallet Truck Technology

There are a number of these that have been designed with safety, durability and practicality in mind, however the industry is continuously changing and so is pallet truck technology. Two new innovations include developments by Walmart and Mitsubishi.

Walmart has recently completed trials for a hydrogen-powered electric pallet truck. This new-zero-emission trucks have exceeded uptime, fuelling, environmental and safety targets.

Mitsubishi has used an AC motor in its new pedestrian power pallet trucks, which has greatly increased power when compared to pallet trucks using a DC motor. As well, the AC motored pallet truck has improved traction and ramp performance, maximum torque and comes with excellent safety features, including the ability to auto brake on slopes, ensuring safe gradient handling.

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