Safer. Many packing boxes have poor handles, making them difficult to carry and at risk of being dropped. Pallet trucks offer better carrying grip with less weight at the handles.
Boxes last longer. Boxes stored directly on the floor will pick up dampness and are more likely to rip when the shoe of a regular hand truck is wedged underneath. With the pallet system, boxes are stored off the floor, keeping boxes dryer.
How much time and energy will it save me?
A hand pallet truck will increase your efficiency relative to hand carrying by cutting in half the number of times you handle a box. If you would normally carry three or four boxes at a time, you can cut your total number of trips by 75% to 82%. A hand pallet truck will also cut the time you spend carrying boxes by 60%.
A custom-made hand pallet truck and pallets costs approximately $750. At $7.00 per hour, you’d need to save 107 hours for the system to pay for it self. If you saved 30 minutes per weekday (10 hours per month), the system would pay for itself in less than 11 months. The pallet truck system also saves money in reduced back pain and therefore fewer visits to a chiropractor or a massage therapist. If you saved yourself 15 visits (at $50/visit), the system would pay for itself.
Where can I find a hand pallet truck?
Hand pallet trucks are commonly used for feed and seed sacks. Look in feed mills and coops for used hand pallet trucks which you can retrofit with a larger back frame to support two stacks of boxes. Valley Craft custom makes hand pallet trucks with the wider frame. Look under “materials handling” in your phone book or contact the following companies.
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