When you hear the word “forklift”, a hulking machine with a big engine might come to mind. But not all forklifts have to be big to be powerful. Pallet trucks, whether walkie or driven, are just as reliable as their big brothers in the warehouse.


Pallet trucks, or pallet jacks, are machines that are used to transport materials the same way a forklift would. The “pallet” part of the name comes from the blades slotting into the trays that goods are stacked on. Once secured, the operator can move items with relative ease.


There are two types

Manual and electric. Manual pallet trucks rely on old fashioned human strength to move the machine around. There is a small hydraulic system to help lift the load on and off the forks, but they aren’t equipped with much else. The manual types are cheaper and smaller than their electric counterparts.


The electric model is powered by a battery that runs for several days. This model carries heavier loads and is easy to drive. They are pricier than the manual model but pay off in their efficiency.


They have their benefits

These little machines pack a lot of power. Manual pallets are capable of carrying five hundred kilograms and the more powerful models can carry close to three thousand. Thanks to their size they don’t take up much space. Pallet trucks can maneuver between spaces more easily, unlike the forklifts you’d see hauling large loads.


Electric models are small and speedy, moving across warehouse floors in good time. They are useful for getting products to where they are needed quickly. This also means increased productivity. KPIs and deadlines are consistently met because employees are using the right equipment.


On the more human side of benefits, pallet trucks lower the risk or workplace injuries. Muscle strain from lifting heavy loads is a common complaint. The machines will take most of the risk away. Less injuries, less hospital bills and less incident reports all around.