Pallet jacks are a widely implemented type of materials handling equipment. They are used to haul large loads in and around warehouses, factories, and department stores. They are usually used in combination with loads stored on wooden pallets. The pallet jack features a two pronged fork that can easily slide into place under a pallet. The fork is attached to a mast that operates a hydraulic lifting mechanism. The lifting mechanism allows the fork to be raised so that the pallet clears the fork wheels. Once the pallet is in the raised position, the pallet jack operator can maneuver the pallet and the load around the warehouse, factory, store or other facility to storage or loading dock for transport.
The manually operated pallet jack has been around since the early twentieth century. It use has allowed workers to more efficiently manipulate and store large loads of merchandise and other inventory. With the advent of the commercially available electric motor, electric pallet jacks have given workers and warehouses even greater efficiency when moving and storing objects.
Like the manual pallet jacks, the electric pallet jack provides a mechanical advantage to the operator. The electric pallet jack, also known as a walkie, pallet trucks, or a power jack has a hydraulic pump powered by either an electric motor or manual pump. Instead of the operator being required to pull or push the load, the electric pallet jack is powered by the electric motor. The power palled jack is able to handle very heavy pallet loads. The electric power keeps the worker from having to strain to move a heavy load and can prevent a runaway situation, where a heavy load builds up too much speed on a manual pallet jack, causing its operator to lose control. Because of this, the electric pallet jack is safer for the worker and prevents any damage to material while being maneuvered.
On some models, the operator stands on a small platform and uses a throttle to control the speed. In this design, the electric pallet jack is an intermediary model between a small, manually operated pallet jack and a full scale forklift.
To determine whether you need an electric pallet jack or a manually powered one, consider the type of loads you or your employees will be manipulating, the space in which they will be working, and the maintenance costs of the equipment.
Generally, electric pallet jacks are suited for heavy loads in a large warehouse. Due to the electirical motor and other
mechanical parts, the electric pallet jack is more expensive to buy and maintain. These costs, however, are often counterbalanced by the savings in manpower derived from the efficiency of the electric pallet jack.
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