How to choose the right pallet truck

To optimize the workflow in any logistics complex, to simplify the unloading, loading, moving and transportation of various goods, to maintain order in the warehouse, a pallet truck is used. The choice of a suitable rocker has a significant impact on the efficiency of the business and increases the safety of personnel. The trolley is used to move goods / materials of heavy weight and standard size on pallets inside the warehouse and load them onto the shelves. When choosing equipment, it is necessary to take into account the operating conditions. Only in this case it is possible to purchase a rokla that best suits the needs of the enterprise.

What are the types of warehouse equipment
Rokla is presented on the market with a wide range of models designed to transport pallets of all sizes. Depending on the control method, carts of the following types are distinguished:

electric. The peculiarity of the equipment is that the drive and lifting mechanisms are controlled by an electronic system. Rokla of this type provides an increase in labor efficiency and significantly reduces the burden on employees. The electric trolley, in comparison with the manual version, is designed to transport heavier pallets with a load;
manual hydraulic. The forks are raised and lowered thanks to a hydraulic jack. The trolley is moved by technical personnel.
Depending on the operating conditions, a distinction is made between standard equipment and special-purpose rockers. In the first case, trolleys are used in normal warehouse conditions. In the second, they can be used outdoors: on farms, construction sites, in the printing industry. It:

trolleys, which are used to move loads on uneven surfaces;
rockers for use with half-size pallets;
models made of galvanized or stainless steel, designed for operation in conditions of high humidity and frequent temperature changes;
low-profile rockers for installation under pallets that are below the standard level;
trolleys equipped with weights. This equipment allows to optimize the working process. The scales built into the trolley accurately determine the weight of bulky goods and display the parameters on the display. In more expensive models, this measuring device has the option of automatically zeroing the results and the function of storing the last values;
rokly with short forks (L = 800 mm). This is a compact equipment, characterized by maneuverability, due to which it can operate in confined spaces (in a wagon, an elevator, a railway carriage, narrow passages between racks, etc.). The presence of a shortened forks does not affect the lifting capacity of the model;
pallet trolleys with high lift;
rokly with extended forks (L = 1.5; 1.8; 2 m). This model is used for transporting both standard and large pallets (or for transporting two pallets at a time).
Attention! That is why, before choosing a transport trolley, you need to pay attention to its carrying capacity (from 1.5 to 5 tons), type of control (manual or electric), fork length, pickup height (standard or low-profile equipment), lifting height, structural features and availability of additional functions. Both the price and the performance properties of the rocket depend on these characteristics.


Wheel type - the feature that matters
This characteristic determines the operational properties of the transport cart. The link provides a large selection of rollers for rockla for various conditions of use. Depending on the material of manufacture, the following types of wheels are available:

with rubber contact layer. Operating temperature range - from –20 to +60 degrees Celsius. Products on rubber tires are considered versatile and inexpensive - they are suitable for any surface and can be used not only inside industrial or warehouse premises, but also outdoors, they work smoothly and quietly on uneven floors. The rubber layer well absorbs the resulting vibrations when hitting various obstacles. The only drawback of the products is that they are not designed for high loads and wear out faster than, for example, polyurethane rollers;
with nylon contact layer. The advantages of the products are exceptional wear resistance and high load capacity. However, wheels made of nylon are not recommended for use on uneven floors - they break. In addition, in the process of using the product, they create noise;
with polyurethane contact layer. Operating temperature range - from –20 to +80 degrees Celsius. Their advantages are tire resistance to wear, t drop and contact with various solutions and oils.
Important! In addition to the material of manufacture, the design of the wheels is also important - single or tandem (double). The first option is universal (for light loads), suitable for trolleys used to move Euro pallets (800x1200 mm) on flat floors. Tandem castors are designed for high loads