Pallet Jacks and Forklifts

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06 Jan Pallet Jacks and Forklifts

A Forklift is not always the appropriate tool for every warehouse, and, in fact, in some circumstances a pallet jack is the most efficient tool; conversely, some warehouses are using a pallet jack when a forklift would be the more appropriate, and, more efficient, tool. So, here are a few of the reasons for when it’s best to use the pallet jack and when it’s best to use the forklift, and some of the upsides and downsides to both.

The most obvious difference between a forklift and a pallet jack is size. If you have loads to move that are over 3500 lbs., or are larger than pallet-sized loads, then you would obviously want a Forklift. But, there are limitations, mainly being the space in which the machine operates. If you are limited on space, if the aisles in your warehouse are narrow and your employees are many, then a pallet jack is likely your best bet. Also, a pallet jack can only reach to certain heights in the warehouse, whereas most forklifts can pick-up or drop-off a load on most any shelf.

Benefits to a pallet jack are many. In fact, many warehouses employ both pallet jacks and forklifts. When a load is small and it needs to be transported quickly and easily, then the obvious benefits of the pallet jack shine. It’s a simple and less obtrusive machine that can easily do the job without any, or at least very little, disruption to the other work going on in the rest of the warehouse. Choosing the best machine for the job means your company runs more efficiently, and when your company is running more efficiently, it’s performing at its very best.

If you have any questions as to which type of machine, be it a pallet jack or a forklift—or, in some cases, both—would be best suited to your business, then give a call to the experts at Anderson Forklift. Anderson Forklift understands that to have the right machine for the job will mean everything to workplace efficiency and business success.

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