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A pallet stacker or a forklift Ė a necessity in storage
When in need of storage most workers can carry and lift small weights and a limited number of products. If you want to raise the efficiency of a worker and not use a large number of workers just to carry around big loads then you should consider purchasing a pallet stacker. The average weight of an empty pallet can reach 50 pounds but some reach even 80 pounds. The choices you make in the methods of gathering and managing pallets can determine the difference between efficient and non-efficient employees, not to mention the improvement that you can make in the working conditions and the safety involved in handling the pallets. Those are just empty pallets. Full pallets raise a bigger number of problems; one such problem is the damage you can bring to products and the drops in quality that can occur if the pallets arenít handled correctly. This is why a pallet stacker is indeed a necessity for your business. The pallet stacker you choose will make the difference in efficient storage and distribution and its employment will undoubtedly save your money and prevent injuries that might occur with the workers handling the pallets.
There are also a few features that need supplementary consideration when buying a pallet stacker. Considering your routine and storage set-up, you can choose the maximum height you need to lift at, up to 12 feet with a pallet stacker, and the weight of the loads that you must carry, reaching the point of 3300 pounds (the maximum weight of the best pallet stackers).
Another feature that you should consider when buying a stacker is how the drive should be, manual or electric. Manual drive is more economical when it comes to the purchase price and the repairs and maintenance needed. It is best suited for a worker to move a 2000 pounds pallet on a smooth floor, but if the numbers get too high you should consider buying an electric drive pallet stacker. This is best suited for high-duty use and places where the employees canít handle the weight properly.
The stabilization of pallet stackers is done using several designs: fork-over, straddle leg or counter balance, each with its advantages and disadvantages. For instance fork-over design allows the forks to lower exactly on top of the stabilization legs, making it occupy less space and it also costs less, but the disadvantage is that you canít lift closed bottom pallets directly from the floor. The straddle leg design allows the forks to be lowered at the floor level with the stabilization legs on either side of the forks, allowing you to pick up closed bottom pallets straight from the floor. However, this happens to the detriment of the space occupied and it is also more expensive to purchase and ship. The counter balance design has its own highs and lows. You can pick up pallets straight from the floor while the stabilization legs that get in the way lack, but the lift height and the weight limit are lower than the other designs.
If none of these designs of pallet stackers are suited for your routine and storage set-up, weights and heights needed to attain exceed those of pallet stackers, you should consider an electric forklift. Working in a warehouse can be a tough job and an electric forklift gets the job done easier and quicker, thus rendering the work time and cost-effective. The electric forklift is a vehicle that resembles a small truck with two metal forks attached to the front to lift the cargo. The operator of the electric forklift drives it forward until the forks are under the cargo and then, by operating the forks, he can lift the cargo up several feet in the air for maneuvering. Afterwards, he can move the cargo or raise it to the required place. Using an electric forklift in an indoor environment is necessary because it does not give off noxious fumes that harm the workers like other types of forklifts do.
About the Author: Working in a warehouse or in other storage facilities can be back breaking. Using a pallet stacker or an electric forklift can improve the efficiency of workers by significantly increasing the weights of the loads carried and lowering the time involved with handling those loads.