Productivity isn’t just about working harder; it’s about working smarter – and that includes working with the right tools for the job. In a supply chain or in any Indiana warehouse, that means using the right material handling equipment. One common decision, whether you’re just starting a fleet or adding another mover to your existing fleet, is between forklifts and pallet trucks (pallet jacks). So does your Indiana warehouse need a forklift or a pallet truck?
Let’s break it down to help make the call a little easier.
The main benefits of a forklift are easy to see. First, a forklift can actually lift, rather than just moving loads on the ground like a pallet jack. A forklift is powered by a motor, offering more power and easier lifting. Forklifts are typically faster than a pallet jack, meaning less travel time and more time spent picking orders or moving product. Forklifts can also be outfitted with attachments or mods to move items other than pallets, such as drum barrels or baskets.
But there are drawbacks to a forklift as well. Forklifts require a lot more care and maintenance than most pallet trucks. They require a fuel source and regular refueling. They’re louder, more dangerous, harder to maneuver in tight spaces, and require operator training and safety standards for your entire workspace. And because they can perform more actions, they’re a bigger investment than pallet jacks.
The first benefit of pallet trucks for your warehouse is the cost of ownership. They’re less expensive than full lift trucks, don’t require as much maintenance, less operator training is required, and no fuel source or recharge time is required. Add that to the fact that they’re quiet, easier to maneuver, less accident-prone, and entirely easier to use.
The biggest downside of a pallet truck is that they’re fairly limited in the jobs they can perform. Forklifts can pick orders, rack and shelve products, and carry large loads in the air. Pallet trucks are more of a one-job tool to move pallets and other similar loads. There’s no lift, and unless you get a motorized pallet jack, they’re entirely hand-operated.
Like other material handling considerations, the choice between a powered forklift and a pallet truck will come down to your specific operations and your existing fleet. For instance, if you need a new piece of equipment, you might be able to purchase a pallet truck for a fraction of the price. This frees up one of your existing forklifts to do more order picking work while the pallet truck moves pallets around on the ground.
Conversely, say you notice your team spending a lot of travel time between destinations with the pallet trucks. Instead of opting for more pallet jacks, maybe it would make your operation more productive to introduce a mezzanine and forklift to create a more efficient and more productive process. As long as you’re thinking of your Indiana operation like a supply chain system, the qualities that are most important in your material handling equipment will become more evident.
If you’re still stuck on a decision, the experts Tynan can talk you through it. Call us at 317-597-4003 today for help with material handling products, general supply chain questions, or to get your existing forklifts and pallet trucks some much-needed maintenance.
We’ve seen and been part of a number of forklift rodeos in Indiana over the years. Here are 3 suggestions for forklift rodeo activities from our team! Learn More
For the same loadcapacity, forklifts differ in 3 main ways. Learn about the differences betweenelectric forklifts and internal combustion trucks in Indiana.
For the same loadcapacity, forklifts differ in 3 main ways. Learn about the differences betweenelectric forklifts and internal combustion trucks in Indiana.Learn More
Buying or leasingyour first forklift in Indiana? Planning an addition to your fleet? Here are 3things every warehouse manager needs to know. Learn More
Facilities managers want to keep their floor clean to meet standards and to maintain their equipment. Here’s your guide to floor cleaning equipment in Indiana. Learn More
It’s essential to keep your floor cleaning equipment functioning efficiently. Here are 3 tips to maintain your floor cleaning equipment in Indiana. Learn More
There are telltale signs that let you know that your business is ready for an upgrade in material handling equipment. Are you seeing any of these symptoms in your business? Learn More
Tynan offers a range of specialty forklift solutions—from narrow aisle forklifts & telescopic boom trucks to special orders like explosion-proof forklifts. Learn More
Tynan Equipment Company’s annual family picnic showed our appreciation for the hard work of our employees and their families on behalf of Indiana's forklift authority. Learn More
OSHA-compliant training is required for all Indiana forklift operators. Get the basics of forklift training with help from Tynan Equipment Co. Learn More
Depending on your forklift engine, age, or type its maintenance schedule can differ. Find out how often your equipment needs service with help from Indiana’s forklift authority. Learn More
Different forklift engine types can provide unique advantages. See how propane forklifts can make Indiana facilities more efficient today. Learn More
Walk-behind floor sweepers are efficient, quiet, and maneuverable. See if a walking sweeper is right for your Indiana business. Learn More
To buy or to rent a forklift? That’s the question many Indiana businesses face. Figure out your answer with help from Tynan Equipment of Indiana. Learn More
Warehouse Tugs and Indiana Personnel Carriers offer your warehouse several benefits, but you need to be informed before buying new or used material handling equipment. Learn More
Warehouse equipment isn’t all about forklifts and pallet jacks. Learn about the smaller equipment and warehouse accessories that Indiana businesses need. Learn More
Tynan Equipment Company makes renting a forklift in Indiana fast and easy. Here's how to rent material handling equipment in Indy, Lafayette, Ft. Wayne and beyond. Learn More
Combination sweeper-scrubbers are more efficient than most other floor cleaners. See why Indiana facilities choose them for their floor cleaning jobs. Learn More
Looking to rent a cherry picker in Indianapolis or another type of aerial lift throughout Indiana? Let Tynan help you figure out the right tool for the job. Learn More
Even though each Indiana retail warehouse is different, most need a forklift to manage their inventory. What forklift is right for your needs? Learn More
When a forklift goes down and out of commission, it can be a huge detriment to your Indiana warehouse. Here are some steps to minimize downtime. Learn More
Many Indiana forklift operators have health risks related to muscle strain, neck and back pain, or injury from accidents. Ergonomic design, proper training, and a good night’s sleep should lessen the problems. Learn More
Forklifts are becoming safer and more efficient with the help of technology. So how will the newest forklift tech trends benefit your Indiana warehouse? Learn More
Traditional battery charging may be the most predictable charging methods, but it can be cumbersome and dangerous. Opportunity charging is much more flexible but can shorten the lifespan of a battery. Which charging method is right for your Indiana warehouse? Learn More