When I was I little boy, I thought the pallet trucks they used around the grocery store were the coolest toys. Now that I’m older and my dreams of being a stock boy have been crushed, I still think they’re pretty neat. You can buy your aspiring little stock boy or girl his or her very own pallet truck from Northern Tool for $190.
Whichever foreign manufacturer built this pallet truck made the forks of 11ga reinforced steel and welded all the joints — which means this pallet truck should stand up to it’s 4,400lb capacity rating. The forks extend 48″ and are spaced 27″ apart. The truck rolls on 6-5/16″ diameter rear wheels and 2-3/4″ polyurethane wheels under the forks.
The handle works in three positions: lifting, neutral, and lowering. It only pumps the forks three inches high, but you only need to lift a pallet enough to move it — stacking pallets is best left to fork lifts.
One final thought: You have to wonder how bad these things leak when they put a line like “reliable leak-proof oil hydraulic system” in the description.