Order pickers are made to handle individual cases or items, whereas reach trucks and turret trucks are for handling palletized loads. Sometimes, order pickers are also called order selectors or stock pickers. The equipment has a platform wherein the operator stands. The order picker lifts the operator along with the forks so that she or he can pick things from the shelves and place them onto a pallet on the forks. The machine moves forward whilst in an elevated position. Wire guidance systems are available.
Order pickers come with certain travel and lift speeds, fork size, reach limitations and weight limit. Nearly all have a fork size designed to load an average pallet, no more than about 1.5 meters in length. The higher lift and travel speed helps increase efficiency, but training is essential in order to avoid accidents. Personnel must be trained on the specific kind of unit they will be utilizing.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
If you want a less costly option then you can utilize non-powered pallet trucks. These simple lift trucks are also referred to as hand pallet jacks and hand pallet trucks. These types of trucks utilize a hydraulic mechanism to lift pallets no more than a few centimeters above the ground. The person operating it pulls the load using the handle of the truck.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Electric-powered pallet trucks are somewhat cheap and made for easy maneuvering. The fork size can hold two to three pallets. These trucks are available in two kinds: the "rider" has a platform on which the operator rides in a standing position; the "walkie" type is meant to be operated whilst the operator walks alongside. These trucks are usually found in warehouses, with operators order picking as they move down the aisles. Both non-powered and powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.