5 Key Considerations When Purchasing a Pallet Jack

Following on from our previous post describing the full range of hand pallet jacks available for sale through our online store, in this week’s post we discuss five considerations that need to be kept in mind when purchasing a quality pallet jack that meets your needs.

Length of Tynes

It is important that the hand pallet jack being considered for purchase has tynes of an appropriate length.

Excessively long or short tynes may impact the jack’s ability to handle certain loads.

Long tynes can adversely affect the unit’s manoeuvrability due to its wider turning circle requiring a larger clear space for turning.

Depending on the size of the load tynes that are too short may not be able to fully and safely support the load when raised, becoming a safety hazard due to the unstable nature of the load and the increased possibility it could fall.

Load Capacity

The load capacity of a pallet jack is the most important consideration before making a purchase.

If the pallet jack is not certified to carry the weight of loads you require then it is not fit for purpose and should not be purchased.

Trying to use an overloaded pallet jack increases the likelihood of it being damaged or broken and presents a significant safety risk to the operator.

Overall Pallet Jack Weight

The overall weight of the pallet jack made up of the jack’s unladen weight plus the weight of the loads being lifted is an important consideration especially when the jack is to be used in certain weight critical areas such as:

  • Inside containers
  • Vehicle loading ramps
  • Ramps
  • Mezzanine flooring

It is imperative the operating surface for the pallet jack is reinforced to support the heavier combined weight of the jack and its load.

If a fully loaded jack is operated across a surface that will not support the fully laden weight it becomes a massive safety risk to the operator and other employees potentially leading to the following consequences:

  • Injuries
  • Fatalities
  • Damage to the pallet jack or surrounding racking or equipment
  • Damage to the load being transported

Raised and Lowered Height

Another essential consideration when buying a pallet jack is the raised and lowered height of the unit.

If the jack is unable to safely raise your load up to a desired height or lower the load to fit under any low lying doorways or racking then it shouldn’t be considered for purchase.

A jack rated capacity may decrease depending on the height it is being raised to.

An overloaded jack that has been raised is more likely to be a tip over risk increasing the safety risks to operators.

Wheel Type

Selecting a pallet jack with the correct type of wheels is important to properly support the load and provide smooth and easy manoeuvring of the unit.

Correctly chosen wheels will also protect the operational surface during manoeuvres.

Our Liftsmart Premium Pallet Jacks come in two variations with either nylon or poly wheels suited to operate on different surfaces.

  • Poly Wheels: lighter weight material resulting in a lighter pallet jack that is suitable for operating in areas such as mezzanine floors commonly constructed out of lightweight materials like particle or ply board. They also offer superior movement across tiled and vinyl floors found in showrooms where they are less likely to leave any marks.
  • Nylon Wheels: more durable than poly wheels they offer superior movement across standard concrete or hard floors commonly found in warehouses.

Our full range of pallet jacks can be viewed and purchased from our online store.

For assistance in finding the correct pallet jack for your application contact our MHE experts on 13 22 54 or submit an online enquiry.