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Mighty Lift Galvanized Pallet Jack

Mighty Lift Galvanized Pallet Jack

There are few pieces of equipment in warehousing, manufacturing and general business as ubiquitous as the pallet jack. Sometimes called a pallet truck it is the workhorse of any production or processing facility. Almost any product or material is at some point palletized. Those pallets are moved by either power equipment like a forklift truck or by a manual pallet jack. 

While the function of almost all pallet jacks is the same there are features and options that make one jack more suited for a job than another. Mighty Lift has done extensive field work to develop the features of its standard pallet jack line and the options necessary to adapt them for specific tasks. Here we discuss the options that make the Mighty Lift ML55GLV the right truck for a wide range of applications involving water, salt, chemicals and low temperature.

Features – Here is a list of features of the Mighty Lift galvanized pallet jack and reasons they make this jack a good investment.

  • The entire steel frame and handle assembly are hot dipped galvanized to stand up to corrosion brought about by humidity or chemicals used in an application. Here is a discussion on the benefits of galvanizing.
  • The hydraulic pump assembly is galvanized and uses low-temperature hydraulic oil. This will help prevent sweat of the pump being used in cold temperature for a period of time.
  • All wheels (steer wheels 8” x 2”, load wheels 3.75” x 3” & entry / exit rollers) are nylon. Here is a discussion on the use of nylon in these environments.
  • For extremely corrosive applications. the Mighty Lift ML55GLV is fitted with stainless steel bearings and chain. Mighty Lift is the only company in the market to offer such stainless steel upgrade on galvanized pallet jack.
  • Backed by 2 year warranty with replacement parts in stock.

 

Ergonomics

  • The handle completely protects the operator’s hands from impact. It is also cushioned where the user has complete control of guiding, raising, and lowering the jack.
  • The raise/lower function of the hydraulics is activated using the lever located inside the protection of the handle. The operator does not have to move his hand from its command position to raise or drop the load. Keep in mind that a quick and effective method of stopping a loaded pallet jack is to drop the load and this is easily done with any Mighty Lift pallet truck.
  • A toe activated hydraulic release is located on the side of the pump as a secondary way to lower the load.
  • Multiple grease fittings (zerks) located all over the frame allows easy lubrication of moving parts.

The benefit of galvanizing a pallet jack

Hot-dipped galvanizing is a process of applying a protective zinc coating by dipping product in a bath of molten zinc. This method is preferred on pallet jacks as it gives a much thicker coating than can be achieved by zinc plating (zinc is applied by using a current of electricity). It is the most common outdoor protective coating in use.

According to the American Galvanizers Association, carbon steel like the heavy duty steel used to build the Mighty Lift line of pallet trucks, can fall prey to corrosion by a couple of different methods. Atmospheric corrosion is the most common and happens when steel is exposed to the atmosphere. It reacts with the air and moisture to develop oxides. Rate of oxidation depends on temperature, humidity, rainfall or spraying, chemicals (among them sulfur dioxide in the air) and the salinity of the air. The more an atmosphere (working environment) has one or more of these present, the faster the oxidation will occur. Hot-dip galvanizing resists corrosion by providing a barrier and cathodic protection, as well as through the development of the zinc patina. These three levels of corrosion protection provide galvanized steel with maintenance-free longevity for decades.

The effect of low temperatures on hydraulic oil

Some applications like chillers and freezers require the equipment to be modified in ways that allow it to function in these colder temperatures. Hydraulic fluids have a viscosity range where normal operation is possible. If you use a pallet jack or any hydraulic pump in a temperature range outside the oils design you will get poor performance or downright failure. Some oils are designed to operate at these colder temperatures…these are the oils Mighty Lift uses in our ML55GLV galvanized pallet jack.

Nylon’s use on the Mighty Lift Galvanized Pallet Jack

Nylon’s toughness, low coefficient of friction, and good abrasion resistance make it an ideal replacement for wheel material in a corrosive environment. Nylon has a proven record of outstanding service in such diverse fields as paper, textiles, electronics, construction, mining, metalworking, aircraft, food, and material handling.

Applications where galvanized pallet jack is the best choice

  • Freezers or chillers
  • Operations with spray cleanup
  • Meat & Seafood
  • Outside storage
  • Sanitation management
  • Clean Room
  • Harsh chemical handling
  • ISO 3691-5:2014 requirement
  • Pickling
  • Tannery
  • Salt & brine industries
  • Temperature controlled food delivery truck

Real World Testimonials

  • Acadiana Casters & Wheels Co – Robert is the owner of Acadiana Casters in Louisiana for over 20 years. He has many customers in the seafood industry. He said he made a mistake in the past by repairing a standard PJ with rusty wheels from a seafood company. The wheels were so locked up that they had to use a torch to separate the parts. In the end, the parts were not reusable. Since then, they recommend to all their seafood customers to use the Mighty Lift galvanized pallet jack (Model ML55GLV).

    Another of his customers is an alligator farm that also used standard pallet jacks. The standard handle chain became rusty and corroded and the wheels locked up. Two things that most commonly occurred was the corrosion knocked out the lift chain and the wheel bearings. The customer stated that after one year of use, the pallet jack was unusable and discarded. He could not find any company to provide a galvanized pallet jack with a stainless steel chain and wheel bearings until he found Acadiana Caster & Wheel Co.

    Since discovering Acadiana and Mighty Lift, the galvanized pallet jacks continue to operate season after season and is the only pallet jack they will buy. Robert believes all customers in the seafood industry should use galvanized instead of the painted or powder-coated pallet trucks to save time and money in the long run.
  • Gingrich Animal Supply – Purchased back in Aug 2016, Lisa says, “We love the Mighty Lift Galvanized Pallet Jack”. She said they typically would go through 2 to 3 pallet trucks a year because they just didn’t hold up! This one (ML55GLV) has not only held up but also easy to use – they are getting ready to purchase another one soon! They use it for hauling live feed.

    She said her guys fight over it! They constantly pressure wash it and are extremely impressed that the wearable parts have all held up and still in good condition! WOW!
  • Maine Seafood Ventures – Process and wholesale Maine lobsters. They have had the ML55GLV they’re operating for over 2 years. The unit was purchased before the current manager started working there. Although they couldn’t remember the brand they purchased before, they claim it didn’t last more than 3 months. They fail and cannot be repaired and were thrown away.

    In two years of owning the Mighty Lift Galvanized Pallet Jack, the only thing they’ve had to change are the load wheels. Purchased replacement nylon wheels with stainless steel bearings.

In conclusion, if you are:

A material handling dealer – you need to make yourself familiar with the Mighty Lift ML55GLV. It serves a real need to a wide range of industries that have a real problem. By solving their issues, you will get a sale and you might just get a customer. Someone who trusts and depends on you to help solve other needs beyond the first transaction.

A business owner or manager with a corrosive problem – View more about our galvanized pallet jacks or call us at (877) 916-7600. You will be glad you did.

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