If you work in a warehouse, factory or the distribution industry, you will understand the importance of pump trucks. Usually, they are used for transporting pallets but they can also be used to transport a number of things within the weight limit.
Pump trucks come under many different names, so if you haven’t heard of it, you may have heard of one of these;
- Hand truck
- Pallet trolley
- Pallet mover
- Pallet jack
This article will tell you what to look out for so you can choose the right pump truck, as well as where you can go to get one for your workplace.
What to Look for When Choosing Between Pump Trucks
When choosing a pump truck, look out got the following;
You need to first identify what the pallet truck is going to be used for, as well as what will be required of it to be able to carry out jobs to a high standard. Different pump trucks have different features including;
- Stainless steel – for spaces where hygiene is of high priority
- Noise reduced – for operation during the night, or to increase safety
- Built-in scales – for increased efficiency and to ensure that weight limits are not exceeded
- Different weight capacities
- Selection of frame widths and fork lengths
Ease of Use
Pump trucks are pretty easy to master, that is if you get one that is easy to use. Manoeuvrability and ergonomics are both essential when it comes to the selection of your pump truck. An easy to use pump truck can boost efficiency and productivity far more than a difficult one. Not only this, but a pump truck that is difficult to move can injure and strain employees, going against the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Even if you have a large workspace, it is likely that your pump truck will still need to manoeuver in tight spaces, such as in lorries.
As with anything in a busy working environment, you need to your pump truck to be durable. Ensure that it looks robust and that the joints are appropriately welded together. Unfortunately, with most things, price is a clear indicator of quality and pump trucks are no different. This isn’t to say that you can’t pick up a good quality pump truck at a reasonable price but if the price seems too good to be true, it probably is.
As well as the main part of the pump truck being durable, you also want to make sure that the wheels are durable. This is often an overlooked feature. The quality and type of wheels can affect everything from manoeuvrability to the amount of noise it makes.
Think Your Workplace Needs a Pump Truck?
If you’re just as convinced as I am that you need a pump truck for your workspace, then sooner is always better than later. Introducing pump trucks in your workplace can help boost efficiency, productivity lower risk of strain and injury to employees. There are many other benefits, but don’t just take my word for it, buy a pump truck for your work today and see for yourself!