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Pallet Jacks: Pros & Cons

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

Electric pallet jacks can be a great investment for your business if you have the appropriate application or setting. Toyota offers a full line of electric pallet jacks, including: walkies, end-controlled riders, center-controlled riders, walkie stackers and reach pallet jacks. If you’re considering purchasing a pallet jack, take a look at the pros and cons of having one and then decide whether or not it’s right for you.

 

Pros:Toyota Forklifts Industries

  • Less expensive than a traditional, counter-balanced forklift

  • Great for smaller spaces where a traditional, counter-balanced forklift won’t fit

  • Typically, less overall operating costs than a traditional, counter-balanced forklift

  • Unlike traditional, counter-balanced forklifts, anyone with adequate training can operate an electric pallet jack.


Cons:

  • Limited fork vertical height

  • Slower with less flexibility

  • Not effective in rough surface applications such as crushed gravel or uneven pavement

  • Load handling requires additional planning when using pallets with bottom boards


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