How high can a pallet jack lift?

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Pallet jacks are used to move palletised goods around warehouses and lift them onto shelves for stacking and storage. How high a pallet jack can lift depends on the type of pallet jack you have. They can lift pallets anywhere between 3 inches to 8 feet high. 

High lift pallet jacks. Low profile pallet jacks. What’s the difference? We’ll look to outline the different types and uses of pallet jacks below.

High lift pallet jacks

high lift pallet jack, such as a scissor lift pallet jack, is ideal for lifting loads to higher spaces and can load/ unload from locations that typical pallet jacks can’t. The ‘scissor lift supports loads whilst pallets are being raised to hard-to-reach areas with added stabilisers to keep the jack in place. They also help to increase the amount of storage available as they may be stored on additional warehouse shelving and racking; this means you benefit from increased storage space.

High lift pallet trucks are robust and can lift loads vertically, eliminating the need for ladders, towers or scaffolding. Here at Manutan, we have a range of scissor lift pallet jacks, including ones that can lift loads up to 833mm in height in a matter of seconds. If you’re looking for a safe way to raise your palletised goods to higher areas in the warehouse, high lift pallet jacks are the product for you!

Low profile pallet jacks

On the other hand, low-profile pallet jacks are designed to lift with low clearance pallets so cannot lift as high as a scissor lift pallet jack. They are, however, still great for transporting heavy loads from one location to another in a warehouse and for situations where a standard pallet jack does not fit in a pallet or is unable to go under. 


Of course, there are many models of pallet jacks available and they all vary in their weight capacity and how high they can lift loads. Ultimately, you will need to choose a pallet jack depending on your business needs. If you’re feeling unsure, you can send an email to our friendly sales team at, or, if you’re interested in a particular product, we have a Q&A section at the bottom of our product pages for you to get some advice. 

Why is a pallet jack’s lift height important?

When looking for pallet jacks, you need to consider what they will be used for, as this will determine how high your pallet truck needs to lift. If you purchase a pallet truck that doesn’t have the load capacity for the job required, this is an issue because it could pose a health and safety risk when lifting heavy loads – for instance, the pallet jack could tip over, potentially damaging goods and injuring employees. It is therefore important for you to look into the capacity of pallet jacks for different heights so you know whether it is fit for purpose. 

Looking for pallet jacks?

Whether you’re looking for a high lift pallet jack or manual pallet jacks to easily transport heavy goods at lower heights, Manutan has a range of durable pallet jacks to suit your business needs. Why not take a look at what’s in store today? Alternately you can contact our customer service team on 0800 652 6000.

Victoria Vaughan