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Manual pallet trucks for warehouses and industrial environments

Manual pallet trucks are incredibly versatile and can make the process of transporting palletised loads safer and smoother. Here at Manutan, we offer a wide range of manual pallet trucks, including heavy duty, low profile and high lift pallet trucks, which are available in different materials (such as galvanised steel and stainless steel), sizes (with long and short forks) and load capacities to suit your needs.

We stock warehouse equipment from top brands, such as Pramac, Warrior and BT as well as our own products - all of which are tried and tested by our teams for quality assurance.

If you have any questions about our manual pallet truck products or would like to speak to a member of our sales team for advice, please do contact us.

Looking for something a little different? We also offer a range of other pallet trucks, trolleys and stackers that may be of interest to you, including electric pallet trucks, scissor lift trucks, heavy duty pallet trucks, sack trucks and pallet trucks with weighing scales.

Why choose Manutan for your hand pallet trucks?

If you’re looking for equipment that you can rely on for transporting heavy loads in the workplace, you’ve come to the right place. We pride ourselves on the excellent level of customer service we provide, the quality of our products and the ease of shopping online with us. Moreover, you can also enjoy free delivery and returns on our products, saving you money and getting you the equipment you need quickly.


What is a manual pallet truck?

A manual pallet truck (also known as a pallet pump truck or hand pallet truck) is a hand-powered, basic form of a forklift which is designed to lift, lower and transport pallets from one location to another. They’re an easy and safe way to move goods in warehouses to shelving and racking where they can be stored and organised.

What are the benefits of a manual pallet truck?

Manual pallet trucks can be extremely useful in working environments that need to move heavy loads or pallets. Here are just some of their advantages:

  • They’re easy to use with their simple design.
  • They’re affordable - here at Manutan, we have hand pallet trucks to suit all budgets.
  • They’re robust - they have a robust build which makes them durable and damage resistant.
  • They’re capable of lifting heavy loads - you can find manual pallet trucks that have a maximum load capacity of up to 2500kg.

How much does a hand pallet truck cost?

The price of a manual pallet truck will depend on a few factors, such as the model, who it was manufactured by and any additional features it has. That said, you can find manual pallet trucks here at Manutan from just £249.00.

What is a standard pallet truck size?

The size of a pallet truck will depend on a number of factors, such as whether it’s manual or electric, its design and features (for example, you can get a manual pallet truck with longer forks). That said, a standard size of a pallet truck is around 27 inches wide and 48 inches long as this best accommodates a typical 48x40 inch pallet.

How to use a hand pallet truck

Operating a hand pallet truck is very easy and usually just involves the following steps:

  • Firstly, you’ll need to push the pallet truck’s forks into a pallet’s fork openings.
  • Usually you will just need to push down on the control lever and pump the handle in order to raise the loaded forks up from the ground.
  • Move the control lever back to its neutral position.
  • Push or pull the pallet truck to move the load towards its destination.
  • Once you’ve reached the desired location for the pallets, pull its lever up to lower the forks back down.
  • Put the lever back in its neutral position and pull the pallet truck out of the pallet’s fork openings.

And it’s as simple as that! Always make sure that you refer to the manufacturer’s guide to ensure you understand how to operate your hand pallet truck and remember to safely store the equipment away when it’s not in use.

Do you need training to use a manual pallet truck?

Employees may not need specialist training to operate a manual pallet truck as they are easy to use, however, it’s an employer’s responsibility to ensure that their staff know how to safely operate equipment in the workplace to prevent accidents from occuring. There are guidelines that will need to be followed (such as not exceeding the maximum load limit and trying to avoid ramps to ensure the pallets are balanced).

What is the maximum weight for a hand pallet truck?

Typically, manual pallet trucks can hold up to 2500kg in weight, making them ideal for safely lifting heavy loads in warehouses. If you need to lift heavier loads, you could consider looking at our electric pallet truck products.

How do I choose the right hand pallet truck?

When searching for new equipment for the workplace, you want to make sure that you make the right choice in order to improve your processes and boost productivity. Here are a few things you can consider to ensure you purchase the best manual pallet truck for your needs:

  • Load capacity - it’s vital that you never exceed a pallet truck’s maximum load capacity to prevent accidents from occurring. Make sure you consider the weight of what you’ll likely be transporting and choose a product that can support this safely. We offer both heavy duty and electric pallet trucks which carry heavier pallets.
  • Price - your budget will inevitably need to be considered. Here at Manutan, we offer hand pallet trucks and trolleys to suit a range of budgets.
  • Where you’ll store pallets - if you’re likely to store your palletised loads on racking, you may need high lift pallet trucks to reach these areas.
  • Additional features - some pallet trucks will have extra features that will smoothen your processes. For example, a pallet truck with weighing scales will make recording the weight of your products more efficient and reliable.
  • Size - consider the size of your pallets. Some pallet trucks may be wider to carry larger pallets or have longer forks.
  • Your workplace’s environment - if you’ll need to transport loads over rough terrain, you may wish to consider the wheels of the pallet truck so that they’ll be better suited to uneven ground.

Do you offer free delivery on pallet pump trucks?

We offer a free next day delivery service on all stocked products ordered before 4.00pm. Please note this service is for UK Mainland addresses only.

What is the difference between hand pallet trucks and electric pallet trucks?

A hand pallet truck is operated manually by a person who pumps a handle to raise and lower the forks, while an electric pallet truck has an electric motor that does the lifting and moving automatically. A hand pallet truck is more simple, robust and low maintenance, but it requires more physical effort and can only lift up to a certain height. An electric pallet truck is more efficient, powerful and easy to use, but it is more expensive, complex and needs regular charging.

Are pallet pump trucks subject to LOLER?

Hand pallet pump trucks are not subject to LOLER regulations due to their low risk of injury or damage if the load was to fall.

Can heavy duty pallet trucks be used on uneven or inclined surfaces?

Our range of heavy duty pallet trucks such as the Manutan 2000kg Capacity Hand Pallet Truck feature narrowed fork ends and double wheels which allow the truck to move easily over uneven ground or inclined surfaces.

If you’re not sure which hand pallet truck is right for you, or if you’ll need a different truck for your needs, please do get in touch - our friendly sales team will be happy to assist you.

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