Boost efficiency with the right jacks
Jacks come in all shapes and sizes and can be completely customized to your particular needs. Offering all the additional lift power you need, a jack can make light work of the most inconvenient load.
The type of jack you choose will depend on the work you need it to do, the space you have available, and the product that you're lifting. There are a number of different types of jacks, including air jacks, scissor jacks, ladder jacks and screw jacks. You may also look at a hydraulic jack or a floor jack. Each type of jack is designed for a particular type of load.
Scissor jacks are the original heavy lifting tools. The operation of a scissor jack is simple and involves merely turning a crank that fits onto the end of a screw in order to operate the jack itself. The screw is just like a gear with teeth, and pushes the jack up and down, depending on the direction you turn. As long as you're not applying direct pressure to the crank, the jack won't move, which means it's great for quick fixes and awkward spaces.
Scissor jacks are the most common model of jack, and you can find them everywhere – just check your spare tire. They are easy and convenient, requiring no technical knowledge and very little maintenance. However, the scissor jack relies on your own strength to operate, so you will only be able to lift the jack as far as you can push it.
An air jack provides you with additional lifting capabilities by using the power of compressed air. Air jacks are a favorite for pallet trucks and automotive lifts because they are especially powerful and easy to use. In general, an air jack can handle anywhere from 500 to 5,000 pounds in a single load.
Air jacks are reliable because they require little maintenance. With fewer moving and working parts than a traditional jack, air jacks can handle a large load for a long time. People in the shipping industry also like air jacks because they provide a smooth ride when moving large loads, such as pallets. The easy handling makes for a reduced chance of damage to the shipment.