Hand Pallet Trucks - A Buyers Guide

Let's get back to basics! You are looking for a pallet truck to move your palletised goods, however not all hand pallet trucks can be used on all pallet types.....

What is a pallet?

A pallet is a flat structure that is used for shipping and transport, also makes it possible to move unit loads more cost effectively, safely and ergonomically. The use of the pallet as we know it today, was developed during the Second World War. Pallets are usually made of wood, plastic or metal and the choice of pallet usually depends on the load and the environment it is being used in.

What is the standard pallet size?

International standard sizes don’t really exist because pallet definitions, construction standards and terminologies vary enormously from country to country. However National standards and unofficial branch standard sizes are common so make contact with your local association or organization.

Not all industrial forklift trucks types work with all types of pallets – be sure to check pallet dimensions and load size (including overhang) before specifying your requirements on forks.

Weight and content of unit loads effects the centre of gravity, and the residual capacity of the industrial forklift truck required for stacking.

Sizes of wooden pallets often vary from country to country, depending on usage. However, the most common pallet size used in Europe is 1200 x 800 mm.

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