Welcome to Pallet Jack Hub!
Purchasing a pallet jack is an important investment for any business that deals with material handling. A pallet jack is a cost effective solution that can greatly streamline workflow, save time and reduce risk to employees. The decision to purchase a pallet jack is easy, but finding one that is affordable and meets the needs of your business can be a challenge.
Pallet Jack Hub streamlines the buying process by consolidating all your pallet jack information in one place. Our site helps shoppers meet two goals. First, find the pallet jack that meets your specific business needs. Second, find that pallet jack at the lowest price.
Buyers Guide: Find The Right Pallet Jack
Our product specific buyer’s guides cover in detail all pallet jack types and variations. The guides provide you with the information necessary to make informed and educated decisions when deciding which type of pallet jack is right for their business. Our overviews include:
- Product Details
- How To Operate
- Functional Advantages
- Considerations Before Purchase
Find Your Pallet Jack At The Lowest Price
Once you’ve determined which type of pallet jack is right for your business, our Pallet Jack Comparison Chart will help you find it at the lowest price. Our interactive shopping chart let’s you sort a wide selection of pallet jacks by the following categories all in one place.
- Load Capacity
See our Top 5 Pallet Jack Guide Below (Coming soon). Click here for our full Pallet Jack Comparison Chart.
Pallet Jack Shopping Checklist
Trying to decide between a narrow pallet jack and an adjustable pallet jack? Not sure if about the difference between a galvanized and stainless steel pallet jack? Use our Pallet Jack Shopping Checklist to help you quickly understand the key factors you need to consider and how to assess them when buying.
Pallet Jack Safety
We don’t stop at the point of purchase. We have a variety of resources dedicated to helping you get the most out of your pallet jack. The Pallet Jack Safety document will help you make sure your operators have the information necessary to operate the pallet jack, safely and properly. Be on the look out for upcoming resources for Pallet Jack Maintenance.
Pallet Jack Basics: Form, Function and How-to
Manual Pallet Jacks, often referred to as pallet trucks, are the most common type of pallet jack. The manual pallet jack relies on human energy to elevate unit loads and transport them.
A standard manual pallet jack consists of two steel forks attached to the base of a frame. The fork width is determined by measuring the total distance between the outermost point of the two forks. The fork length is determined by measuring from the end of the fork to where it meets the base of the frame. The typical dimensions are approximately 27 inches in width by 48 inches in length, but there are multiple size variations available. Wheels, called load rollers, are mounted at the end of each fork and are typically 3 inches in diameter. The hydraulic jack and corresponding lever are located at the rear of the frame. The steering wheels, 7 inches in diameter, are located directly below the hydraulic jack at the base of the frame. Most stock wheels are polyurethane but there are a variety of options available. A standard manual pallet jack typically has a load capacity of 3,300 lbs – 5,500 lbs.
Because manual pallet jacks rely primarily on the strength of the operator, they are best suited for use on hard flat surfaces and for loads that need to only be elevated a modest height between 3 to 8 inches. This makes them ideal for transferring pallets horizontally to end-point locations around a warehouse, or off a truck to a warehouse floor
How to operate:
The operator stands behind the manual jack and controls the direction of the forks with a two handled steering system, called a loop handle. There is a lever located inside the loop handle that has three functions; raise, lower and neutral. To put the jack in place, the operator inserts the forks into the slots underneath the pallet. Once the jack is set, using the handle as a lever, the jack is pumped vertically until the pallets are raised vertically away from the floor to the required elevated height for transport. The load is then pushed and steered to its destination by the force of the operator alone. Once the load is in its final location, the operator puts the lever into the lower position, releasing the pressure of the jack and returning the weight of the load safely from the jack back to the floor.