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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.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
September 11, 2017

Rough Terrain Pallet Truck

Typically, Pallet Trucks are intended for use in smooth, even surfaced warehouses, and so for those in the agricultural and construction industries, the “typical” Pallet Truck, simply does not cut it.  So if you have a rough terrain Pallet Handling problem, then maybe you would like to consider - the Pallet-trucks Team.  Our Rough Terrain Pallet Trucks come in capacities from 500 – 1500KG, and have large Off Road Wheels, so when the Terrain gets tough, our Rough Terrain Pallet Truck gets going. For more information check out the link below, (you’d be a Crazy Fool not to):

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-trucks-special-application/rough-terrain-pallet-truck.html

Rough Terrain Pallet Truck

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
August 11, 2017

Weigh scale pallet trucks provide a quick cost effective means of weighing palletised loads, one that through its mobility and dual use as a pallet truck offers a flexible and versatile addition to your Manual Handling assets.

We have an extensive range and are often asked “which is the best one” – the answer is that it very much depends upon the requirements of the user.

The thing to bear in mind when selecting the right Weigh Scale Pallet Truck for you application is that, with Weigh Scale Pallet Trucks you pay for accuracy. So if you really need a high degree of accuracy then you have to be prepared to pay more; however if all you need is an indication of the loads weight, say for example to check a weight given by a supplier.

For example our CWSC is our best priced unit and is ideal for those that only need an indication of their pallet loads weight: https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-trucks-weigh-scales/compact-weight-indicator-pallet-truck.html

However, if you require greater accuracy to say obtain an accurate measurement of a high value item, then one of our Weighscale Pallet Trucks with a greater degree of accuracy, like our LTWPT: https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/pallet-trucks-weigh-scales/weighing-pallet-truck.html

When assessing the accuracy of a weighscale pallet truck, you need to be mindful that the steps that the scale goes up in is not the same as the Degree of accuracy, for example a pallet trucks with a scale that goes up in 5kg increments is not necessarily accurate to within 5kg. Therefore, it is important not to confuse the two.

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
June 05, 2017

When selecting a Powered Pallet Truck it is important to consider the environment and terrain that, it will be required to operate in. A point of key consideration is any gradients that the Powered Pallet Truck will have to handle.

Fortunately, for those of us, for whom Trigonometry and Pythagoras Theorem is a long distant School memory, there is a very easy way to work out the Gradient that you have on your site, which the powered equipment is required to handle. See the method and example below:

Slope percentage is calculated in much the same way as the gradient. Convert the rise and run to the same units and then divide the rise by the run. Multiply this number by 100 and you have the percentage slope. For instance, 3" rise divided by 36" run = .083 x 100 = an 8.3% slope.

So now you know the Percentage of the slope that you need a powered pallet truck to traverse, now you need to select a Powered Pallet Truck that can handle your slope.

To do this you simple need to take a look at the specifications of Powered Pallet Trucks that are of interest. Do note that Powered Pallet trucks with motors powerful enough to handle steeper slopes tend to be more expensive, so if you do have a steep slope, you have to be realistic and select the appropriate item that is capable of doing the job required.

The part of the specification sheet that you would find the Gradient of slope that the Powered Pallet Truck can handle is generally found under the “Performance” Section. See example below of our LTQX18 Electric Pallet Truck

Note that on this Spec sheet the term used for the Gradient Percentage relevant to the Powered Pallet Truck is “Max gradeability” and that there are two Percentage figures for this the “Max gradeability laden” (the slope that the Powered Pallet Truck can handle with a load within its Capacity) and “Max gradeability unladen” (the slope that the Powered Pallet Truck can handle without carrying a load).

 

If you are looking for a Powered Pallet truck that can handle more of a gradient that most of its rivals then it is recommended that that you consider our LTQX18 Electric Pallet Truck, see the link below for more details:

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/premium-fully-electric-pallet-trucks/ltqx18-electric-pallet-truck.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
May 02, 2017

For best part of a decade, we have been a proud Dealer of Pramac Material Handling Equipment and here’s why:

Pramac are a European Manufacturer of High Quality Material Handling Equipment as well as Generators, with a mission “to offer the best value for money products…”. This is something they have clearly been successful in achieving, as can be seen by their prices on Powered Pallet Trucks and Powered Stackers. See for yourself from the products below - European Quality at affordable prices is possible:

Pramac Powered Pallet CX12 Electric Pallet Truck from £2,188 Delivered. This 1200kg capacity CX12 is compact yet powerful, and ideal in confined environments, not just because of its size but also due to its MOSFET (metal-oxide semiconductor field-effect transistor) electric control, as it deliverers the flow of power with greater control, which is essential when operating in confined spaces. The MOSFET Control allows for better traction adjustment and a smoother more progressive speed control. This essentially means that there are no surprising jolts in the power delivery, which could be hazardous, especially when in confined spaces with little room for error. Therefore, if you need Power, control and the ability to operate safely in say the back of a lorry of a small, or extensively racked warehouse – then you need a Pramac Powered Pallet LTCX12 Electric Pallet Truck.

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

Pramac RX10/16 Powered Stacker from £3,040 Delivered. The RX10/16 Pramac Electric Stacker shares in the CX12 ranges compact design but adds the ability to lift palletised good to 1.6m, making it ideal for use unload and loading goods in low level racking. It can also be used an adjustable worktable, allowing workers to pick goods to and from a pallet and racking, whilst maintaining a comfortable pallet height for the individual worker. Thus helping to prevent staff sickness due to back injury.

The RX10/16 is also ergonomic to use and relatively simple to maintain.

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/stackers-semi-electric-electric/pramac-electric-stacker.html

Pramac GX Range of Compact Stackers of 1200kg Capacity, from £3,897 Delivered.

For Applications that require greater capacity and Lift Height we offer the Pramac GX Range which has a capacity of 1200kg and a variety of lift heights from 2.5m to 3.5m - https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/stackers-semi-electric-electric/compact-stacker.html

A stand out Product among the GX Range is the GX12/29 Freelift Evo, from £5,187 Delivered.

This unit adds the key benefit of a Free Lift Mast (where the forks travel up the first stage of the mast before the mast itself raises). This makes it the go to Stacker in the range for applications where loads need to be taken from or to a low ceilinged area, such as under mezzanine flooring. Whilst still offering the versatility of the high capacity and lift heights that the GX Range offers.

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/stackers-semi-electric-electric/compact-stacker-with-freelift.html

All prices are plus VAT, and inclusive delivers are for UK Mainland only. 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
April 03, 2017

Keep on Pallet Trucking!

Get excellent Value for Money by getting as much use as you could need out of your Powered Pallet Truck.

Our high quality T20-12EZ Full Electric Pallet Truck offers this, through its quick charging time and the option to purchase spare quick-change batteries at low cost. This takes away the down time associated with battery charging as you can always have a battery charged before the one in the Powered Pallet Truck runs out.

So how quick, can a quick charge battery, charge?

Answer: The batteries of the T20-12EZ Full Electric Pallet Truck can charge in just 2.5 hours, and each charged battery can last up to 3 hours, making it possible to use the T20-12EZ Full Electric Pallet Truck, 24/7. Furthermore changing the batteries over can be done quicker, than changing the batteries in a TV remote, and is just as easy to do.

See details of this product via the link below:

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

This ability to keep your pallet truck in a ready state; is vital for applications where you have shifts throughout the day, and applications where not having a charged Powered Pallet Truck can cause costly delays.

The tight turning radius (just 1350mm), compact size, yet 1200kg capacity of the T20-12EZ Full Electric Pallet Truck make it the ideal companion for Lorries and other areas where space is limited.

If getting outstanding value for money on you Powered Pallet Truck purchase is your goal then give us a call on Freephone: 03333 207208, or simply place your order securely online, via the above link.

Posted By Bryan Mattock
March 01, 2017

Pallet-trucks.co.uk is proud to announce that we are now offering Powered Pallet Trucks from two acclaimed global brands: Hyundai and STILL.

Both of these brands have built a reputation for manufacturing high quality products with reliability and durability, clearly being the nucleus of their product development.

This is seen in Hyundai, from the success of their Hyundai motorsport team in the WRC (World Rally Championship); to the popularity of Hyundai Heavy Plant Machinery in the construction industry. Both are arenas where ruggedness, durability and reliability are not just preferred, but essential. These qualities are at the core of the Hyundai brand and so have carried over into their Material Handling Equipment, their 15EP Electric Powered Pallet Truck being a prime example of this. The EP15 has a capacity of 1500kg, and boasts a highly reliable AC Motor, which is resistant to dust, and moisture; and has a tough chassis that features torsion resistant forks. See link below:

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/premium-fully-electric-pallet-trucks/hyundai-electric-pallet-truck.html

STILL is a German brand known in the Material Handling Industry for being synonymous with High Quality build, offering durability and reliability that results in high levels of “up-time” (time where the product is up and running well as opposed to broken down and out of action) for their customers. The STILL ECU-14 is an excellent example of a rugged STILL Powered Pallet Truck that has successfully undergone rigorous Durability testing by the German manufacturer: The use of robust materials in the chassis mean that it can withstand severe impacts without being deformed. The ECU-14 is also compact despite its capacity of 1400kg. These attributes make it an ideal choice for use on Lorries and in other areas where space is limited. See link below:

https://www.pallet-trucks.co.uk/premium-fully-electric-pallet-trucks/still-low-lift-pallet-truck.html

As you would expect well-known brands typically cost a little more, but the extra value that they offer in terms of their reliability and the added work that this offers to keep your operation running and with less hassle is priceless.

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