Uses and Advantages of Pallet Trucks

Author: MHA Products  Date Posted:13 August 2021 

Advantages of Using Manual Pallet Trucks

Manual pallet trucks are designed to lift and transport pallets from one location to another safely. The need to safely load and unload pallets in workplaces has been recognised since the 19th century. MHA's range of Manual Pallet Trucks have become more prevalent and efficient for workplace and factory use, over the years. 

These days, pallet jacks are one of the most versatile material moving equipment in the industry. These can; 

  • Easily move smaller and bigger goods from one location to another. 
  • Stack goods on top of another.


As effective methods of handling various heavy goods, these are used in: 

  • Manufacturing plants 
  • Specialty and retail stores  
  • Factory floors 
  • Warehouse facilities


Injury probability is higher in manual pallet trucks than electric ones, since the former are manually operated. Therefore, you should adhere to loading specifications at all times. 


Types of Pallet Trucks

Standard Size Pallet TruckExtra Long Pallet TruckEuro Sized Pallet Truck

MHA's Pallet Trucks are cheap, and the steering depends on the operator control mechanism. They are suited to warehouses where pallets are stored at ground level. They are best for lifting comparatively small pallet stacks. 

Pallet trucks keep workers safe from injuries. Statistics show that most workplace injuries are due to handling heavy loads which can be avoided with: 


  • A few pallet trucks; 
  • The right sized trucks; 
  • Trucks with the right capacity to safely move goods

Electric/Powered Pallet Jacks

In compariosn to manual Pallet Trucks/Jacks, Powered Pallet Jacks are sophisticated and require experienced operators. These trucks are used extensively in warehouses where pallets are raised and stacked in multiple layers. They are designed for lifting and moving bigger quantities of pallets. Electric pallet trucks require special attention when moving palettes: Up and down inclined surfaces, and through narrow spaces.

Some of MHA's range includes; The Edge Electric Pallet Truck and the electric pallet truckIn addition, pallet trucks with scales come with attached weighing scales that are located on the pallet truck and displays a pallet's weight. 

Pallet Truck with Scale UnitStainless Steel 2000kg Pallet Truck with Load Scales

 Other pallet trucks are high lift pallet trucks, that are designed to: 

  • Lift pallets to a safe working height;  
  • Reduce injury complaints in the workplace; 
  • Greatly assist packing and assembly workers.


Uses of Pallet Trucks

The Edge Electric Pallet TruckThe Edge Electric Pallet Truck Application

Bigger facilities have both the manual and electric models. In a warehouse, the right material handling equipment is extremely important. Available pallet trucks can easily move loads from 500kg to 2000kg.

Manual pallet trucks are the most commonly used materials handling equipment where single pallets are moved over short distances in small workshops and manufacturing businesses. As mentioned, some pallet trucks come with integrated weighing scales and other accessories. These pallet trucks need to be extremely strong and functional as most carry heavy loads. Preferred in industries that deal with heavyweight equipment such as; retaiul stores, food service industries, warehouses and chemical factories. Usually made from stainless steel, some pallet trucks are galvanised to make them resistant to moisture. These are also used in: laboratories, clean rooms and for handling corrosive material.


Advantages of Using Pallet Trucks

In warehouses or factories, simple tasks such as lifting and organizing goods consume a lot of time. However, with high-quality pallet trucks in various sizes and load handling capacities, time is saved, and heavy goods are efficiently moved and organised.

In a warehouse with not enough space for bigger material handling equipment or forklifts, pallet trucks (also known as walkies or walk behind trucks) come in handy. Their hydraulic system has these features:  can be operated manually or by battery, and include built-in safety features. 


How to Safely Use a Pallet Truck

stand-on electric pallet truck





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