How To Choose The Right Pallet Jack Wheels For Your Work EnvironmentAfter deciding between a manual or electric pallet jack, the second most important decision you’ll make is what type of wheels you’ll use. Choose the wrong wheel, and you’ll end up spending way too much replacing the wheels again and again.  Learn how to choose the best wheels for your pallet jack and your workplace conditions.

Nylon Vs. Polyurethane Pallet Jack Wheels

Hand pallet trucks have four wheels. There are two small wheels recessed into the forks (called the load wheels) and larger, swiveling  wheels on the handle side (steer wheels).  For most operations, the choice will be between nylon or polyurethane (if you’re using the pallet jack primarily outdoors, rubber steer wheels are the way to go). 

How To Choose The Right Pallet Jack Wheels For Your Work Environment

Pros and Cons of Nylon Pallet Jack Wheels
The nylon pallet jack wheels engineered by Toyota are designed to handle rough conditions such as debris-filled semi-truck trailers, containers and cold freezers. The two main drawbacks of nylon wheels are that they are louder than other wheels and more likely to mark floors.

Nylon pallet truck wheels are:

  • Ideal for cold, rough or wet or floors
  • Chemical-resistant
  • Puncture-resistant
  • Durable
  • Louder than other wheel types

Pros and Cons of Polyurethane Pallet Jack Wheels
Polyurethane wheels are designed to be non-marking (won’t scratch floors) and quieter than nylon wheels. They are ideal for a retail-only environment. A few too many trips out to a wet loading dock or across rough pavement will cause polyurethane wheels to break down.

Polyurethane pallet truck wheels are:

  • Better for retail floors
  • Quieter than nylon wheels
  • Less-marking
  • Can be damaged by rough floors, debris

How to Choose Between Nylon and Polyurethane Wheels

What if you need your pallet truck to unload trailers and operate in a retail environment? If your budget allows, the best option is to get two pallet jacks – one with nylon wheels for your distribution area, and one with polyurethane wheels for your retail space.

The next best option is to decide whether your customers will be bothered by marks on the floor. If clean floors are a concern,  you might be fine with durable nylon wheels if you only use the pallet jack during off-hours and ensure there’s time for staff to clean up any marks left behind.  

Another important question to ask is how clean (and debris-free) are the floors in your warehouse or distribution area? The main concern with polyurethane wheels is that they don’t hold up well to rough surfaces. If your pallet truck will have to go through rough areas, don’t waste your money on polyurethane wheels because you’ll be replacing them a lot.

If you’re still feeling undecided, give us a call. We can make recommendations based on what customers in similar situations use. Contact one of our product experts online or by phone.

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Further Reading
Product Review: Toyota Electric Pallet Jack 
Review: Toyota Electric Walkie Stacker Pallet Jack 
Electric Vs. Manual Pallet Jacks