King Materials Handling has a released a new range of pallet handling solutions incorporating a pump with the handle pivoted at the pump housing.
According to the company, some other types have a pivot point attached to the cylinder housing – which is prone to fracturing then leaking due to straining of these points.
All new HI-EX Trucks feature a single, large diameter hydraulic cylinder. Other types still use double and even triple telescoping cylinders, which are prone to bending and leaking at the many seal points, as bending moment stress is applied to the cylinder- especially at height, according to the company.
The battery version features a moulded plastic ‘comfort handle’, push button up/down and separate on/off switch. With the ability to use the machine in either manual or battery lift modes, which can be very handy if the unit was not plugged in the night before.
High Lift Pallet Trucks are very popular with companies wanting to feed product into machinery at bench high level. Printers use them for paper feeding into presses. Furniture manufacturers simply pump up the load and slide a single sheet into a moulder or edger.
If there are goods coming down the conveyor or from the work bench, then the operator simply pumps up the pallet to the right height, and loads the pallet without having to bend.
The safety feature on all trucks, is that the rear outriggers come to rest on the floor, when the height of the truck exceeds 300mm. The truck cannot now be moved, unless taken down below that point.