Reach trucks and turret trucks are usually utilized to handle palletized loads whereas order pickers are designed more to handle individual items or cases. Order pickers are also sometimes known as stock pickers or order selectors. The equipment includes a platform on which the operator stands. The order picker lifts the operator along with the forks so that she or he can pick stuff from the shelves and put them onto a pallet on the forks. The equipment moves forward while in an elevated position. Wire guidance systems are offered.
Order pickers come with certain lift and travel speeds, fork size, reach limitations and weight limit. Most have a fork size designed to load a standard pallet, no more than around one and a half meters in length. The higher lift and travel speed helps enhance productivity, but training is required to be able to prevent accidents. Personnel must be trained on the particular units they will be using.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
Non-powered pallet trucks are a less pricey option. These simple lift trucks are also referred to as hand pallet jacks and hand pallet trucks. These types of trucks make use of a hydraulic mechanism to be able to lift pallets no more than several centimeters above the ground. The individual operating it pulls the load utilizing the truck handle.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Electric-powered pallet trucks are quite inexpensive and built for easy maneuvering. The size of the fork could hold two or three pallets. These trucks come in two types: the "walkie" kind is designed to be operated whilst the operator walks next to it; the "rider" includes a platform on which the operator rides in a standing position. These types of trucks are usually found within warehouses, with operators order picking as they move down the aisles. Both non-powered and powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.