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Pallet Jack/Trucks Comparison: Manual VS Battery Electric

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Pallet jacks are one of the most common materials handling units, they are common place in almost all warehouse or freight moving facility.

A common question warehouse owners and operators must consider is whether to utilise manual or battery electric pallet jacks/trucks.

This week’s blog highlights the key consideration that need to be taken into account when choosing which type of pallet jack/truck is best suited to an application, whilst also comparing the specific pros and cons of both unit types.

Key factors to consider when deciding to adopt manual or battery electric pallet jacks/trucks

The decision of which type of pallet jack/truck is best suited to your application can be based on four key factors:

  1. Operating environment
  2. Distance travelled
  3. Size and weight capacity requirements
  4. Budget

Operating Environment
A holistic approach needs to be adopted when considering the operating environment the pallet jack/truck will be asked to operate in. In most cases pallet jacks are designed for indoor operation where they are operated across relatively smooth floors in weatherproof confines. In some cases however pallet jacks will be asked to operate outdoors or across rough terrain. It is imperative for rougher outdoor operations that the pallet jacks are fit for purpose.

Distance Travelled
The required distance of travel being undertaken by operators when using pallet jacks is an important consideration. Due to the potentially strenuous nature of operating a fully laden manual pallet jack/truck for longer distances the aid of an electric unit will reduce the any strain on operators and will potentially move the load faster.
For short movements manual pallet jacks are ideal, however for longer movements the aid of battery unit may

Unit Size and Weight Capacity Requirements
Unit size and weight capacity requirements are a critical factor in considering if a pallet jack/truck is fit for purpose. There is no point in purchasing units that aren’t able to safely lift the load weights commonly lifted as part of your operations, the same can be said there is no point in purchasing a unit that it too large to manoeuvre in all required areas as part of its normal operations.

Another strong factor when considering which pallet jack/truck to purchase is the available budget. Pallet jacks can be viewed as long-term investments and the return on investment must be weighed up to find the most economical solution for the available budget.

An example of a budgetary consideration when choosing between a manual or electric pallet jack/truck is battery electric units cost more up-front, they also require on-going expenditure to keep running such a battery charging costs and on-going maintenance of the battery and electrical components.

This extra capital cost must be weighed against the potential improved speed and efficiency of operations with the introduction of electric units compared to manual units. Also the ability for electric units to ease the strain on operators and potentially reduce the risk of operator injury and costly down-time if an operator is absent from work due to injury or potential costly injury compensation.

Both manual and electric pallet jacks/trucks have a wide variety of purposes in all handling operations the pros and cons of each type are listed below.

manual pallet jacks/trucks pros and cons

battery electric pallet jack/trucks pros and cons

After considering all the pros and cons of manual and battery electric pallet jacks/trucks Adaptalift has a wide variety of manual, semi-electric and fully electric pallet jacks/trucks to suit all applications.

pallet jack/truck types manual, semi-electric & electric

To find the right pallet jack/truck to suit your application contact our MHE experts on 13 22 54 or email your requirements to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Published By: Paul Hinz

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