Definition of a Pallet Jack


Pallet jacks are devices that are used to move heavy packages and products from one area to another point with relative ease.


  • Pallets are used for product packaging and storage within a warehouse environment. Pallet jacks are specifically designed to move pallets.


  • Pallet jacks are used in warehouses, manufacturing plants and storage facilities as a part of the equipment that is needed to operate the facility. Department and grocery stores also utilize pallet jacks as well.


  • There are two common types of pallet jacks. One type is the manual pallet jack that uses a lever to lift and steer the pallet. Another kind of pallet jack uses a motor to accomplish the task of moving pallets. Both jacks use hydraulic power to lift loads.

Weight Capacity

  • There are some pallet jacks that have the ability to lift weight loads up to 3,000 pounds.

Pallet Trucks

  • Pallet trucks are pallet jacks that provide a seat for the user that is positioned in the back of the jack. These type of jacks have capabilities like a forklift except they're only used indoors.

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