This article will show you how to operate both a manual and electric pallet jack.
How To Use A Manual Pallet Jack
Manual jacks are much easier to operate than electric pallet jacks. They are also more affordable and require less upkeep, overall. These jacks are a wise choice for construction sites and mid-sized warehouses.
Step 1. Locate Release Lever
- Stand behind the jack with your hands on the metal steering handle towards the outward prongs.
- These prongs are two horizontal pieces in charge of lifting the pallet.
- Find the plastic release lever on the handle, which is attached to the center bar.
- The release lever should be a different color to make it stand out.
Step 2. Move To The Pallet And Press Lever
- Move the jack in any direction and engage the lever to lower the prongs.
- Push the pallet jack over to the pallet you wish to move.
- Press the release lever up and inward.
- This will lower the prongs close to the ground.
Step 3. Slide Prongs Under The Pallet
- After the prongs have been lowered completely, slide them beneath the pallet.
- If the prongs are too high, press the lever again to lower them further.
- Next, push the prongs all the way through the underside of said pallet.
- Ensure the wheels are resting on the floor.
Step 4. Jack Up The Pallet
- Once the prongs are in position, pull the metal handle and the center bar toward you at an angle.
- You should feel some resistance as the prongs slowly lift the pallet.
- Repeat the motion several times so the pallet is completely off the floor.
How To Use An Electric Pallet Jack
These pallet jacks are undoubtedly more convenient for the user. Many of these jacks feature a “ride on” to make it easier to move around a large warehouse.
Step 1. Unplug And Store Cord
- Start by unplugging the pallet jack plug.
- Store the cord inside the machine, as marked.
- This jack must be plugged in and charged when not in use.
Step 2. Identify Controls And Lower Prongs
- There should be buttons to control movements on the pallet jack handle.
- Push the button labeled “down” to lower the prongs toward the floor.
- The prongs should rest one to two inches from the floor.
Step 3. Load The Pallet
- Use the controls to move the jack towards your destination.
- Use the buttons to maneuver the prongs underneath and through the pallet.
- Press the “up” button to lift both the pallet and prongs off the ground.
Step 4. Use Control Buttons To Move
- Once the pallet is loaded and secure, use the buttons to move.
- After you have arrived at the desired location, press the “down” button, lowering the pallet all the way to the floor.
- Make sure to plug the jack in and charge it after every use.
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