Pallet jacks are the simplest form of the forklift. They are meant to move pallets in a warehouse or trailer. Pallet jacks are among the most common tools found in warehouses, and they are used for transporting small loads for short distances. Both manual and powered pallet jacks are typically used for loading and unloading trucks while riding electric pallet jacks are used for horizontal transport through warehouses.
- Pallet jacks are used for transporting pallets over long distances
- Easily fit into tight spaces compared to other types of lifts
- On average, it can handle 5,000 pounds, but some models can lift up to 8,000 pounds
- OSHA requires training for both manual and electric pallet jacks
- How Are Pallet Jacks Used: Pallet jacks offer a more convenient way to move palletized loads through a warehouse-especially when moving long distances. Pallet jacks can fit into tighter spaces even though they are slower than standard forklifts and lift less. Pallet jacks, also known as pump trucks, must be maneuvered on foot by warehouse staff. Both electrical and manual lifts are employed in the industry.
- Type & Size of Load: These machines can only transport pallets, as their name suggests. They feature two forks, typically 20 14.5 inches long. They can also be 27 inches long. There are also a range of lengths and heights available. Pallet jacks typically lift 5,000 pounds, but some models can lift as much as 8,000 pounds.
- Required Training: OSHA requires pallet jack training, as it does forklift training. Whether employees operate manual pallet jacks or electric pallet jacks, their training must be complete to ensure that they will be in compliance with the law. This type of training certification typically lasts three years.