Turret trucks and reach trucks are commonly used to handle palletized loads whereas order pickers are designed more to handle individual items or cases. Sometimes, order pickers are also called stock pickers or order selectors. The machinery includes a platform wherein the operator stands. The order picker lifts the operator along with the forks so that he or she can pick things from the shelves and place 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 travel and lift speeds, fork size, reach limitations and weight limit. Most have a fork size intended to load an average pallet, no more than around one and a half meters long. The higher travel and lift speed helps enhance production, but training is really essential to prevent accidents. Personnel should be trained on the specific units they will be using.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
If you want a less costly choice then you could use non-powered pallet trucks. These basic lift trucks are also called hand pallet trucks and hand pallet jacks. These types of trucks make use of a hydraulic device to lift pallets just several centimeters above the ground. The operator pulls the load utilizing the truck handle.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Made for easy maneuvering, the electric-powered pallet trucks are cheaper. The fork size can hold two to three pallets. These trucks come in two types: the "walkie" kind is designed to be operated while the operator walks next to it; the "rider" includes a platform wherein the operator rides in a standing position. These trucks are usually found within warehouses, with operators order picking while moving down the aisles. Both non-powered and powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.