For anyone in the shipping, industrial or warehouse line of business there is one piece of moving equipment that could be considered a staple. That piece of equipment is known as the pallet jack. It is possibly one of the most versatile, durable and useful pieces of material handling equipment available. The standard design of a pallet truck is a platform of some nature, usually characterized by two forks that is both supported and made mobile by a designated number of casters. It is controlled and maneuvered by a handle on one side of the platform. The platform itself is one that can be made to rise and lower to accommodate loading and unloading loads of pallets at different levels. The method by which the pallet jack is able to move and up and down can differ based on the technology used. However, the basic design is a generally useful piece of moving equipment that is made even more useful by designs of more specific variety. Therefore, no matter what the specific characteristics are of the individual pallet jack, it is still one of the most versatile and usable pieces of moving equipment for any business to have readily available for everyday use.
Many Different Workplace Uses
As can be imagined, there are many different industries and workplace environments in which pallet trucks can be used. For example, one place that a pallet truck is very useful is in a warehouse. A warehouse environment is one in which many items need to be moved and rearranged, going between different sections and departments of the warehouse on any given workday. It is also useful in circumstances where pallets need to be moved up and down according to the height of the storage shelves. Another place where pallet trucks are very useful and can often be found is in loading docks. A pallet truck can make moving pallets to and from the dock a much easier and more efficient experience. Yet, another place where pallet trucks can be useful that is often overlooked is in a retail work environment. Pallet jacks can be used to move pallets of new merchandise to the proper section where the merchandise needs to be put on display. Another workplace location that can utilize pallet jacks is factories. They can be used to speed up movement of items between different workstations This is just the beginning of some of the work places and environments in which pallet jacks can be useful and aid in increasing workplace efficiency and overall effectiveness.
Making the Right Match Equals Long-term Savings
It is always important to remember, when choosing the right equipment for the job, to take into consideration the elements of the job at hand, the workplace environment and the workers that will be manning the equipment. With the specificity that is available today in any type of tool, equipment and accessory it is easy to become overwhelmed with the many options. However, the options allow you to fine tune your choice and choose a tool or piece of equipment that is designed more specifically for a particular job. By matching the two it can increase the likeliness that the job will be done in a smoother more efficient manner, and it will also ensure that the tool or piece of equipment will last longer. If you use the wrong or mismatched tool or piece of equipment it can cause early break down and can cost you and your business more money in the long run. So, taking the time to carefully consider the options and making a wise choice now, can actually save you money later.
What Type of Power?
When trying to decide which type of pallet jack would be best for your business there are many variations to take into consideration. A major distinction to decide between is whether or not to go with a hand-powered manual option or to go with something that is powered in another way. Some of the available options to choose from include those powered by electric and those powered by hydraulic technology. Some of the models available include the following.
- Stainless Steel Pallet Truck
- CPII Pallet Truck
- Standard Deluxe Pallet Truck
- Electric High Lift Pallet Truck
Variations On the Standard Options
Each of these models has certain unique features that make them more or less suited to certain jobs and workplaces. Additionally, many of the standard models come available in differing sizes, where the overall size of the pallet jack is different or certain features vary, such as the size of the forks, or the space in between them. These are the details that can make all the difference in choosing the right piece of equipment. In order to understand better the full scope of the options available it is important to work closely with a supplier that not only knows the industry and available products, but that can also derive the much needed information from you to help determine the best possible option.
Help in Understanding the Options
We at Douglas Equipment make it our purpose to ensure that you get the service and products that you need. We understand the importance of keeping things moving in any industry. We have a full in-stock inventory of many different types of tools, equipment and accessories designed to make moving things easier and more efficient. We want to help match you to the pieces that you need that will ensure that the next time you need a new piece or a replacement piece you know who you can trust.
Please contact us Toll-free at 1-800-451-0030, or locally at 305-888-3700. You can also reach us by electronically through the Contact Us section on our website. We hope to hear from you soon, and we look forward to helping you make the best decision about the type and kind of tools and equipment that are best suited for our business and line of work.