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Manual Pallet Jack vs Electric Pallet Jack

April 7, 2022

Pallet jacks are the simplest form of a forklift and expected to move pallets throughout a warehouse. This resourceful warehouse moving equipment is often used in industries such as manufacturing plants, studios, loading docks, factory floors, warehouse facilities, distribution centers, and retail or specialty stores. Knowing the size and weight of the loads being moved will help you choose the type of pallet jack you may need as they come in two different styles. The first style is a manual pallet jack, which moves loads without any type of motor. Secondly, there is an electric pallet jack, which uses a powered motor to help move loads from Point-A to Point-B. In this blot you’ll learn a little bit about both designs so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing a pallet jack.

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Reach trucks make it possible for warehouses to utilize a multi-pallet racking system, meaning that instead of one pallet you can pack two or even four pallets together, giving you double the storage space without any harm to the stored inventory.

Manual Pallet Jack

Manual pallet jacks are a hand-powered jack most frequently found in retail or smaller warehouse operations. Some benefits of manual pallet jacks are that they are cost-effective and require little maintenance since they do not have electrical components. They smoothly transport heavy palletized loads without damaging inventory and can be used in an assortment of applications.

However, they can be strenuous on facility workers especially when moving dense palletized loads. This makes them limiting depending on if these loads are close to its weight capacity and the operator’s own capability.

Electric Pallet Jack

Electric pallet jacks, also known as electric pallet trucks, walkies, or power jack, are hydraulically operated lift systems used to lift and transport loaded pallets. A substantial benefit of powered pallet jacks is that it will help to reduce the injury of employees as there is no need for operators to strain or lift heavy weights. They come in an array of weight capacity capabilities such as light, medium, and heavy-duty. Therefore, facilities can pick the best electric pallet jack that will fit their own businesses needs. Workers will effortlessly be able to move palletized loads of various sizes (depending on the style) around a facility ultimately helping to improve productivity.

Although, unlike manual pallet jacks, electric pallet jacks are more expensive and have significantly higher maintenance costs. Unlike its counterpart these pallet jacks require some additional training to operate so that inventory isn’t damaged, and employees aren’t injured. These can be difficult to stop quickly since they are constructed to transport larger palletized loads. Finally warehouses with space constraints may not be able to benefit from all the features electric pallet jacks have to offer.

Nonetheless pallet jacks are an effective tool in moving palletized loads in a productive manner for businesses throughout working environments that moving heavy loads is expected. This can help boost facility workers morale and stop workers’ fatigue. They also help to reduce the amount of worker injuries that can lead to lost time or workers compensation.

For over 30 years, American Surplus Inc. has been assisting warehouses, manufacturing plants, storage facilities, and distribution centers create a productive warehouse. Our 530,000 square foot facility is your one-stop-shop for all your warehousing needs. Save with discounts of 40% - 60% off the price of buying new pallet jacks and warehouse vehicles. Our experienced and knowledgeable sales associates will make sure you get the best price for all your material handling needs.


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