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Efficient material handling is vital for businesses in a wide range of industries.

Hand pallet trucks or motorized pallet jacks are one of the most economical and popular lifting tools for material loading. With it, you can move heavy loads around the facility with ease.

However, over time, the wheels on a pallet jack can wear out or become damaged, making them difficult to use.

In this article, we’ll cover how to choose the right wheels for your pallet jack, as well as how to maintain them to ensure they last as long as possible.

Intro and Function:

The wheels on the pallet trucks are steering wheels and front wheels. Steering wheels are at the rear of the pallet trucks, bearing the most loading weight, so the wheels are bigger in diameter than the front wheels.

The steer wheels are controlled by the handler directly.

And two or four sets of front wheels are usually installed on pallet truck legs or straddles supporting loading.

Polyurethane wheels and nylon wheels are the two most common choices.

Polyurethane pallet jack wheels Structure Diagram

Polyurethane pallet jack wheels


Polyurethane wheels are softer compared to nylon wheels. They are not liable to leave marks or scratches on the floors. But too much use on rough floor or debris-covered road will damage the PU wheels.

Of course, Polyurethane wheels are chemical-resistant and puncture-resistant; Overall, polyurethane pallet jack wheels are a prior choice for businesses that require quiet, smooth operation on smooth floors.

Nylon Pallet Jack Wheels

Nylon Pallet Jack wheels are known for their strength and ability to resist wear and tear.
Nylon wheels resist rough surfaces and perform well on rough terrain.
Nylon is resistant to many chemicals, making it suitable for use in severe environments where exposure to acids, solvents, or other substances.

Common Pallet Jack Wheels  materials, PU and nylon

Maintaining Pallet Jack Wheels for Optimal Performance

A. Regular Inspection and Cleaning

To ensure that your pallet jack is always in good working order, it is important to inspect the wheels regularly and clean them after each use.

Regularly cleaning the wheels will help prevent sand and dirt debris from clogging the wheel gap, which can affect the overall performance and maneuverability of the pallet jack.

Daisy inspection and weekly cleaning is somehow necessary to prolong the life-span of the pallet jack wheels and other components.

B. Replacing Worn Wheels

The pallet jack wheels are often worn or damaged like :
Chunked out: The rubber on the wheel has come off in chunks.
Cracked: The rubber on the wheel has cracks in it.
Flat spots: The wheel has flat spots from being dragged sideways.
Worn: The rubber on the wheel is worn down to the metal.
Broken: The wheel is broken and no longer rolls.

When the wheel shows the above wear state, you must Replace the wheels so as to avoid potential hazards, reduces the operator’s work effort, and prevents damage to the cargo.

If you don’t know how to change the pallet truck wheels or components, please get help from local distributors or professionals in this field.

Pallet Jack Wheels Customization and Adaptability

C. Customization and Adaptability

Different working environments demand specific wheel types to optimize overall performance and maneuverability of the pallet jack

For example, warehouses with slippery surfaces may benefit from wheels with enhanced traction features.
Similarly, if the loading bulk are delicate or fragile, you may need pallet jack wheels have good shock-absorption, eg. Choosing pneumatic tire for forklift trucks probably is a good idea.
In cold storage or industries where extreme heat is a concern, nylon wheels are preferred over polyurethane because of their excellent temperature resistance

Pallet Jack Wheels All applications


Maintaining and replacing pallet jack wheels is an essential part of keeping your pallet jack in good working condition.

Always remember to inspect your wheels and replacing them when necessary, so that your pallet jack can be consistently safe and efficient to use.

When choosing replacement wheels, consider factors such as load capacity, floor type, wheel size, and wheel material to ensure that you get the right wheels for your needs.

If you have any questions about pallet jack wheels or need help choosing the right pallet truck replacement parts, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re always here to help!


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