Posted By Bryan Mattock
October 30, 2018

Quick Start guide to using our CWSC Weight Indicator Pallet Truck.

NOTE:  This is a short guide based upon our own knowledge and experience of using the CWSC Weight Indicator Pallet Truck; and is not intended to replace of correct any information in the guide itself (see guide attached).

Zeroing/resetting/calibrating the CWSC Weight Indicator Pallet Truck

Firstly, you need to zero/calibrate the scale, this needs to be done on a level surface with the pallet truck raised to a level where the spirit level (see side of pallet truck) is central.
If the scale does not read 0, then it may display a minus figure; if this is the case, simply press the button labelled “Zero/Reset”, for approx. 5-10 seconds or until the display reads “0”.
Lastly check the accuracy of the scale by using a known weight.

Bear in mind that the CWSC is a Weight Indicator Pallet Truck (thus it gives an indication of weight with an approx. 20kg degree of accuracy, and goes up/down in increments of 5kg); unlike one of the highly accurate scales that we have in our range (see link below).

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-trucks-weigh-scales.html


Using the CWSC Weight Indicator Pallet Truck


1. Firstly make sure that the Scale has already been calibrated (see above)
2. For improved accuracy only measure weights when the pallet truck is on a level surface, even then only take weights once the Spirit level bubble is central (see side of pallet truck)
3. As much as possible have loads central on the Pallet Truck forks
4. Turn the Scale on by pressing the “ON” button, and see the display show the weight (keep pallet truck and load still whilst weighing)
5. Ensure that nothing else is pushing down on the load being weighed (eg the operators foot – we have seen this happen)
6. Remember to take into account any additional weight on an expected load, for example Pallet and Packaging


IMPORTANT NOTE:  As with all Material Handling Equipment we would always recommend that all organisations have their own Health & Safety Risk Assessment conducted, prior to use.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
August 08, 2018

There is a well-known saying in the Warehousing, and forklift industry “You Pay for down there. Up there is Free.”

This becomes more poignant when you consider increasing Warehouse site costs; and so more of our customers are coming to us to see if we can provide a Lifting Equipment solution that will enable them to plan for the enhancement of their warehouse: adding more Racking and going up to great heights to capitalise on that “Free Space”.

This type of application presents a particular set of requirements as the customer wants to make the most out of the ground space that they are already paying for whilst capitalising on the free space above

Therefore, they need Lifting Equipment that is as compact as possible; whilst being able to lift high enough to reach high Racking, and have suitably high capacity to lift goods to increased heights.

So what ticks these boxes without costing the large sums of money required for a Reach truck or Articulated Forklift?

The answer is of course the Counterbalance Stacker; and as an added bonus it is a simpler piece of equipment to maintain than the more expensive alternatives, and one which does not require the Operator to have a licence to operate (however they must have suitable familiarisation with the lifting equipment used).*

*As with all Material Handling Equipment we would always recommend that all organisations have their own Health & Safety Risk Assessment conducted.

Our LTIBC Range of Counter Balance Stackers is a popular solution for such applications; of course you need to check the specifications to ensure suitability for your particular application or simply give us a call on 03333 207 208 for some guidance.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
July 19, 2018

Recently we have seen an increase in the demand for Powered Pallet Trucks with Quick Change Batteries to enable customers’ operations to keep moving, and delivering optimal productivity.

Our T20-12EZ Full Electric Pallet Truck, and Spartan Powered Drive Pallet Truck – 1150x540mm, 1500KG Capacity; are excellent examples of high quality Electric Pallet Trucks that meet this requirement.

 

T20-12EZ Full Electric Pallet Truck

T20-12EZ Full Electric Pallet Truck

 

Spartan Powered Drive Pallet Truck

Spartan Powered Drive Pallet Truck

 

However, when these units are being used on vehicles to aid drivers fulfil their deliveries there is a potential downfall and that is that even with a spare battery, you still need to ensure that staff have the discipline and forethought to charge the batteries, or you Driver could end on with two flat batteries. An option that circumvents this is the LTCX12 Electric Pallet Truck, which is still compact enough to use on the back of Lorries but also has the option of on Vehicle Charging, via an On-Board Battery Charging Kit (Inverter).

If you are in need of some advice on which option best fits your application, then give us a call on Freephone: 03333 207208.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
June 05, 2018

SPARTAN-15L Powered Drive Pallet Truck with 1500kg Capacity is a true Driver’s Mate.

The SPARTAN-15L Powered Drive Pallet Truck, combines an impressive 1500kg Lifting Capacity with compact and ultra-reliable design concepts, to make the movement of loads much easier especially if they are particularly heavy and need to be moved over significant distances, or up slopes.

The reliability of the SPARTAN-15L Powered Drive Pallet Truck in part comes from a focus on targeting key requirements – like providing powered drive to help the operator with the more difficult part of moving heavy loads; whilst using simple and robust mechanical engineering for the lifting of the load. After all a Powered Drive Pallet Truck is an upgrade on using Manual Pallet Trucks, and the pumping of a manual Pallet truck is not the difficult part of using them with heavy loads, but the pushing and pulling of those loads is.

As for Compact design, this comes from making the best possible use of of the space within the “A” Frame, as this is where the Quick-change Lithium battery is held.

The reliable and compact nature of this Powered Drive Pallet Truck makes the SPARTAN-15L ideal for use on Lorries.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
March 01, 2018

Pallet Dollies – what are they and why would you use them instead of a pallet truck?

As you can see from the below photo, a Pallet Dolly is as the name suggest a dolly for a pallet, they come in various options based on pallet type (Euro or GKN Pallet), and typically of either 500 or 1000kg capacity, and then there is the option to have braked castors or not.

 

Pallet Dollies

 

A Pallet Dolly to some extent performs the same basic function as a Pallet Truck (ground level movement of pallets), except that Pallet trucks are able to go into the pallet and lift the palletised load; whereas Pallet Dollies require the palletise load to be placed onto it. This is of course unless the load is made up of smaller lighter items in which case the pallet can be handled onto the pallet dollies and the load then place on top of it.

So if a Pallet Dolly does not do everything that a Pallet Trucks does, then why would you buy one?

This answer to this of course depends upon the requirements of your organisation, for the following applications a Pallet Dolly is can be the best fit:
Limited space applications where you need to be able to make the most of every bit of space available, and there simply is not room to manoeuvre Pallet Trucks. This may be particularly the case on smaller or tightly packed vehicles. Where there is not room to use a pallet truck but the load still needs to be positioned without backbreaking effort to enable a forklift to unload the vehicle.

High efficiency operations where speed is the key to operational success (whilst remaining safe of course). The Pallet Dolly can be stored with the palletised load at ground level ready straight away to be moved into position, without the need for the operator to find or wait for a pallet truck to become available, and of course the need for numerous pallet trucks to be stored.

On top of this a Pallet Dolly is a simpler piece of equipment than a Pallet Truck and so there is less to potential go wrong, and to maintain.

Our Pallet Dollies are high quality British made products and are competitively priced – please see the link below:

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-dollies/1000kg-pallet-dolly.html

As with all Material Handling Equipment we would always recommend that all organisations have their own Health & Safety Risk Assessment conducted.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
February 05, 2018

It is not often that we use our blog to promote a Special offer, but this one is so good, we just had to tell you all. January, has come and gone – did we give our customers a price increase as many others often do at the beginning of the year? No, instead for February we have decided to give our customers a price decrease on two of our most popular Powered Pallet Trucks.

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-trucks-fully-electric/full-electric-pallet-trucks.html

FULL ELECTRIC PALLET TRUCKS - T20-12EZ - £1311 (2-3 DAY LEAD TIME)

FULL ELECTRIC PALLET TRUCKS - T20-12EZ - £1311 (2-3 DAY LEAD TIME)

and also...

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-trucks-semi-electric-electric/semi-electric-pallet-truck-374.html

SEMI-ELECTRIC PALLET TRUCK - LTSPR15L - JUST £1161 (3-5 DAY LEAD TIME)

SEMI-ELECTRIC PALLET TRUCK - LTSPR15L - JUST £1161 (3-5 DAY LEAD TIME)

 

If you have any questions give us a call on 03333 207208.

As with all Material Handling Equipment we would always recommend that all organisations have their own Health & Safety Risk Assessment conducted.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
January 03, 2018

Our customers can operate in very competitive markets and so they need products that tick the boxes for their performance requirements yet can be obtained with relatively little expense.

This is why we have been busy sourcing a Pallet Truck with High Lifting Capacity; Powered Drive, a Quick Change Battery, and in a compact package, able to operate in tight spaces. These key attributes are not often seen together but we have been successful, and now we can offer our customers the LTSPR15L Semi-Electric Pallet Truck with 1500kg capacity and Quick Change Battery system.

Thanks to the quality of its design and manufacture, this Powerful Semi-Electric Pallet Trucks, can handle over 11 times its own weight (1500kg Lifting Capacity and just 135kg weight); is reliable and economical to maintain, plus incredibly easy to operate.

The best bit, is the low price!

Posted By Bryan Mattock
December 18, 2017

Firstly, Seasons Greeting to you all!

 

Coming soon in 2018, after much searching, product testing and negotiating, we will be able to offer you a Semi-Electric Pallet Truck of high capacity, yet compact and light in weight, with the flexibility of a quick change, rechargeable battery.

Also we will be launching our latest sister site www.lifttable.co.uk which specialises in all thing Lift Table related.

 

Posted By Bryan Mattock
November 28, 2017

Pallet Truck Troubleshooter Guide: 101

This is the first in a series of Pallet Truck fault finding and problem solving

If your pallet truck does not lift/raise try the following:

  • - Ensure the ‘Trigger’ on the handle (this looks a bit like a bike hand brake) is in the correct position for Lifting. This is usually in its lowest positon (thus when it cannot be flicked down any further). Do not use excessive force when doing this. Once down pump the handle to see if the issue is resolved.
  • - If your pallet truck still does not lift, progress to the following procedure without a load on the pallet Truck: Squeeze the ‘Trigger’ and pump the handle 20 time, as though you were lifting a load, this will bleed air out of the pump. Once you have done this release the ‘Trigger’ and place it into its lowest position for Lifting, then pump the handle again.

 

The vast majority of queries about Pallet Trucks failing to lift are resolved by the above simple, quick and easy procedure.

 

You can view our Pallet Truck Troubleshooter Guide: 102 right HERE.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
October 11, 2017

Battery Maintenance – The key to getting the most value from your Powered Pallet truck or Power Stacker Purchase.

All Powered Pallet Trucks and Powered Stackers like any other type of Handling Equipment require maintenance in order to increase the amount of time that they are up and running well, and so being a valuable working asset. A key element to this for Battery Powered Pallet Trucks and Stackers is of course the battery itself.

We would always recommend customers consult their instruction Manual for their particular product for guidelines on how to look after the Battery of their Powered Pallet Truck or Powered Stacker. If any information given by us somehow contradicts the instruction manual, then go with the guidance on the instruction manual, as this will be specific to your purchased product. Remember that there are different types of batteries that need to be maintained in a way appropriate for their type.

Below is our broad basic guide on the handling of forklift Batteries and battery maintenance (again, this is not to replace or supersede your product’s instruction manual guidance on battery maintenance). 

  • - Firstly familiarise yourself with your Health & Safety Risk assessment for the handling/ working with batteries, and wear appropriate Chemical-resistant protective gear including Gloves and Safety Glasses, when handling batteries. And do not forget to remove all metallic jewellery when either handling or charging batteries.

Fork Lift trucks and some Powered Pallet Trucks and Powered stackers have large, specifically designed traction batteries. These provide large amounts of electrical power and use substantial electric currents during recharging. Many batteries and charger units have special fittings to reduce the chance of poor or incorrect connections.

Remember the following points:

  • - Use a charging unit recommended by the manufacturer of the vehicle/battery.
  • - Raise the lid or open the doors of the battery enclosure to aid ventilation before starting to charge the battery.
  • - Switch off all electrical circuits before connecting or disconnecting the battery.
  • - Leave the battery to stand for at least 20 minutes after charging to allow any flammable gases to disperse

 

Battery Charging

Battery Charging is fundamentally about charging at the right time and for the right amount of time. With this in mind, please see the useful general tips below:

  • - Only charge Batteries in a area that has been deemed suitable for this purpose and has been designated as your Battery Charging Area.
  • - As a general rule, the time to start charging your battery is when it is at 80% depth of discharge. NOTE this relates to Lead Acid Batteries. Charging too late, or too soon can negatively affect battery life.
  • - Do not overcharge your battery, as with charging too soon or too late this can have a negative effect on battery life.
  • - Avoid both charging and operating batteries in extreme temperatures (refer to your battery manufacturer’s manual for the correct temperature range). This should be considered when selecting a Battery charging area, as this can reduce battery life.
  • - Remember to check and add water when needed after the charging cycle. This helps to get the batteries electrolyte levels at a suitable level for effective charging. NB Use Distilled water. 
  • - In the event of battery overflow, carefully rinse it as this will help avoid corrosion
  • - Only use the charger than was supplied with your unit, and even then check its suitability for the battery you are charging; likewise, if a replacement Charger is supplied. The person checking suitability and doing the charging should be suitably trained to do so.
  • - Always ensure the charger is turned off before connecting or disconnecting the battery.

 

Once your batteries have come to the end of their life and can no longer be charged – they need to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way, for example recycling. Again, please refer back to your manufacturer’s manual on appropriate disposal for your battery type. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: A totally discharged battery retains some stored energy and could cause a fire if the terminals are shorted out.

On a final note, due to human error batteries may not be charged correctly or may not be charged at all due to busy staff forgetting to do so, leaving you with a valuable asset that you cannot use (this typically tends to happen when you need it the most). So to guard against this eventuality, we would recommend purchasing a spare battery. For some Powered Pallet Trucks with smaller lithium batteries, this can be a relatively inexpensive thing to do. As can be seen via the link below for our T20-12EZ Powered Pallet truck:

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-trucks-fully-electric/full-electric-pallet-trucks.html

As with all Material Handling Equipment we would always recommend that all organisations have their own Health & Safety Risk Assessment conducted.