What Are The Uses And Benefits Of Ride On Pallet Trucks
There are many different types of equipment and machinery designed to help you run your business smoothly. At times understanding what equipment you require to be able to safely lift, transfer and store goods can be a little confusing and sometimes overwhelming.
How can you move the boxes and the pallets safely? How do you move and store multiple pallets? The ride-on pallet truck is a popular piece of machinery in the warehouse environment. Below we explore exactly what a pallet truck is, where a pallet truck can be used, the benefits of using a pallet truck, if any special training is needed to operate a pallet truck and we look at EP's range of pallet trucks.
What Is A Pallet Truck?
The pallet truck is also known as the pallet jack, the pallet stacker and the pallet lift. It is, as the name suggests, a truck that transports and lifts pallets. The pallets are lifted by a long tapered fork placed below the pallet, allowing it to be moved, lifted and transported to where it is needed. This is achieved by user operation.
What is important to note is that every pallet truck comes with its own weight restrictions. So it's critical to choose the right pallet truck for your unique needs. You should never surpass the maximum weight, because not only could this damage the pallet truck, but it could also potentially jeopardise the health and safety of your workers and the working environment.
Pallet trucks are designed to ease the workload, make transporting and stacking pallets easier for workers, while also saving a lot of time and improving productivity.
The Ride On Pallet Truck
A electric ride on pallet truck is operated by someone standing on the platform at the rear of the truck. This allows the operator to drive it to where it needs to be via a steering wheel, a button or a lever. It is designed to travel longer distances than a walk behind pallet truck. This is because the operator can move and navigate the pallet truck easily across a large floor area. The ride-on pallet truck is also the best type for loading pallets into a HGV. Ride on pallet trucks often come with folding platforms that allow them to operate as a narrow walkie pallet truck when needed.
How Pallet Trucks Can Benefit Your Warehouse Operations?
Pallet trucks are primarily used in warehouse environments to transport pallets from one location to another. They can move pallets from a storage area or warehouse to a waiting truck with ease. They can lift pallets to a certain height and can lift multiple pallets at any time.
They are especially useful in the warehouse because they are smaller than a forklift truck, which means that they are able to be used in smaller and narrow spaces, unlike a forklift. Electric ride-on pallets are also safe to use in indoor warehouse environments, as no harmful emissions are produced.
What Industries Might Benefit From Pallet Trucks?
There are so many industries that benefit from using pallet trucks. These industries include the manufacturing industry, the retail store, on the factory floor, the food service industry and chemical factories.
What Are The Advantages Of A Ride-On Pallet Truck Over A Manual One?
The manual pallet truck is operated by means of a handle that lifts and lowers the fork. This type of pallet truck is normally used to lift small quantities of pallets, or in a small warehouse. The ride-on pallet truck is far superior as it can cover a larger distance, lift heavier weights, so many more pallets can be lifted at any one time, and reach higher than a manual pallet truck. So if you need to move and stack large quantities of pallets in a large warehouse environment then you really need a ride-on pallet truck to do that job for you.
What Training Is Needed To Operate A Ride-On Pallet Truck?
Any employee who operates a ride-on pallet truck will need the training to do so safely. This training needs to comply with the safety standards set by PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations) plus following the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) L117, that is aimed at those who are involved in any type of lift truck operation, including site operators of rice on pellet trucks. Employees should be given basic training in how to operate the ride-on pallet truck, and how to do specific work-related tasks in the warehouse environment while using the pallet truck.
EP Equipment's Range Of Ride-On Pallet Trucks
EP Equipment is a well established and leading manufacturer of electric pallet trucks and ride-on pallet trucks.
Below we share these two ranges from EP.
The EP20 range
This pallet truck range features 3 pallet trucks: the EPT-20RA which offers manual steering, and the EPT-20RAS and the EPT-20RASH that both have electric power steering.
Features of this range
All three of these pallet trucks come with a foldable platform. This enables the pallet truck to be used as a ride-on pallet truck when the platform is extended, for covering large distances in the warehouse. Then when the platform is folded the pallet truck is converted to a walkie pallet truck suitable for navigating in narrow aisles.
The EPT-20RASH and EPT-20RAS both feature electric power steering. This not only creates smoother operation, but it also produces a more comfortable driving experience with less strain on the joints and muscles.
If you need a high-speed ride-on pallet truck because you operate in a large warehouse environment, then the EPT-20RASH can be fitted with a high-speed motor that can reach a speed of 12Km/h.
All of these ride-on pallet trucks offer you stable operation at high speeds. This makes the pallet truck incredibly safe when lifting and moving heavy loads at a set height.
The RPL201 Range
The RPL-201 and RPL- 201H from EP are ride-on pallet trucks that both have a Li-Ion battery. These machines have electric power steering and are quick to charge.
Features of the RPL-201 range
There are many useful features in this ride-on pallet range. As with the EPT20 range, these machines also come with a foldable platform to allow them to be used as a walkie stacker.
High speed maneuverability
The RPL-201 range has been built for speed and efficiency. These high-speed ride-on pallet trucks can reach a speed of up to 5.5km/hr, helping to increase productivity.
Tough and durable
These machines are heavy duty and designed to lift and move heavy loads safely. The RPL-201 is able to lift a maximum of 2000kg.
All moving parts on this range of EP ride-on pallet trucks are durable and move with ease, ensuring operator safety.
The EP li-ion battery technology
The RPL-201 ride-on pallet truck comes with li-ion battery technology. This type of battery charges extremely quickly. They will be fully charged in around two and a half hours and can reach 7% charge in 10 minutes. This is obviously a huge bonus when the pallet truck is used around the clock and you need the least amount of downtime as possible.
We are able to offer you a wide range of ride-on pallet trucks by to help you with your everyday warehouse tasks. If you would like to know more about the EP20 range or RPL201 range, then please get in touch with us today.