What is a Pallet Truck ?
A pallet truck is a very basic type of forklift truck and it`s function in the material handling industry is to assist in lifting and moving pallets around the warehouse facility. Manual pallet trucks have existed since the late 19th to early 20th century. They are also sometimes referred to as pallet jacks, pallet pumps, and pump trucks. There are two predominant types Hand Pallet Trucks and Electric Pallet Trucks. There are also Semi Electric Pallet Trucks which have the driving features of the electric pallet truck at a lower price, but the lifting is done manually
Hand Or Manual Pallet Trucks:These are manually operated by hand and are designed to lift lighter size loads and move them over short distances. They are also referred to as Hand Pallet Trucks. These are the most common type of pallet truck in use in most industries today.
Electric Pallet Trucks:
Electric Pallet Trucks use a battery powered electric motor to assists the operator in lifting and moving heavier or stacked pallets. They are occasionally referred to as electric pallet jacks, powered pallet trucks, power jacks, and electric walkies. Some contain a platform for the user to stand while moving pallets. The powered pallet jack is generally moved by a throttle on the handle to move forward or in reverse and steered by swinging the handle in the intended direction.