How to Choose the Right Pallet Jacks

Pallet Jacks for sale

Pallet jacks are the most basic type of forklift available, and their capabilities are optimal for low-level order picking and unloading goods from trucks.

Pallet jacks are categorized as Class 3 Trucks, and they are typically used to handle load capacities around 4,500 – 6,500 pounds, depending on the product. They are typically used in dock work where the operator is loading and unloading trailers at short distances.

Though Narrow Aisle and Very Narrow Aisle (VNA) forklifts are often desirable for moving material in small spaces, there are times where even the narrowest of forklifts aren’t suitable for moving goods. This is where pallet jacks (also known as pallet trucks, pump trucks, walkies, etc.) are ideal.

We will discuss when to choose manual vs. electric pallet jacks, and what to look for when purchasing used pallet jacks.

Load Capacity

This is one of the most important questions to answer before choosing a used pallet jack. Overloading a pallet jack puts your workers and your product at risk. Make sure you know the weight limits of your products, and convey that to your trusted forklift wholesaler so they can help you choose the right pallet jack.

Length of forks

Forks that are too short or too long may inhibit your pallet jack’s maneuverability. If you have longer pallets, you’ll need longer forks. Providing accurate measurements of your pallets will help your forklift wholesaler guide you to choose the right forks for your pallet jack.

Weight of pallet jack

When you select a forklift type, you always want to know the total weight of the machine in relation to your product. Pallet jacks are no exception to this rule. Knowing exactly how much weight the forklift operator has to contend with will allow you to choose the right MHE to safely get the job done.

When should I choose a manual vs. an electric pallet jack?

Your trusted Pro will discuss your material handling needs with you to help you determine which model is best suited for your business. Setting and addressing parameters will ensure that you are using the right type of pallet jack for the task at hand. Here are some things to assess to help determine which type of pallet jack you should choose:

  • Facility, distance of travel, and aisle size
  • Size and weight of loads being moved
  • Budget
  • Maintenance budget

If you have questions about pallet jack types and/or are interesting in buying/selling used pallet jacks, let our pros help!