Reach trucks and turret trucks are often utilized to handle palletized loads whereas order pickers are made more to handle individual cases or items. Sometimes, order pickers are also known as order selectors or stock pickers. The equipment includes a platform on which the individual who is operating it stands. The order picker lifts the operator along with the forks so that she or he can pick items from the shelves and place them onto a pallet on the forks. The machinery moves forward whilst 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 about one and a half meters long. The higher lift and travel speed helps increase productivity, but training is essential to be able to avoid accidents. Employees should be trained on the specific units they would be operating.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
Non-powered pallet trucks are a less pricey option. These basic lift trucks are also called hand pallet jacks and hand pallet trucks. These trucks use a hydraulic device to be able to lift pallets just several centimeters off the floor. The individual operating it pulls the load utilizing the handle of the truck.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Made for easy maneuvering, the electric-powered pallet trucks are cheaper. The fork size could hold two or three pallets. These trucks are available in two types: the "rider" has a platform on which the operator rides in a standing position; the "walkie" type is meant to be operated whilst the operator walks alongside. These trucks are normally found in warehouses, with operators order picking as they move down the aisles. Both non-powered and powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.