Turret trucks and reach trucks are often utilized to handle palletized loads while order pickers are designed more to handle individual cases or items. Order pickers are also sometimes referred to as order selectors or stock pickers. The equipment includes a platform wherein the operator stands. The order picker lifts the operator together with the forks so that he or she could pick things from the shelves and place them onto a pallet on the forks. The machinery can move forward whilst 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 an average pallet, no more than around 1.5 meters long. The higher lift and travel speed helps improve efficiency, but training is necessary to avoid accidents. Employees must be trained on the specific kind of unit they would be utilizing.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
Non-powered pallet trucks are a less pricey alternative. These basic lift trucks are also called hand pallet jacks and hand pallet trucks. These kinds of trucks make use of a hydraulic device to be able to lift pallets no more than a few centimeters off the ground. The person operating it pulls the load using the handle of the truck.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Built for easy maneuvering, the electric-powered pallet trucks are cheaper. The size of the fork can hold two or three pallets. These trucks come in two kinds: the "rider" includes a platform on which the operator rides in a standing position; the "walkie" kind is meant to be operated whilst the operator walks alongside. These trucks are commonly found in warehouses, with operators order picking while moving down the aisles. Both powered and non-powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.