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The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Gas Cylinder Trolley

Choosing the right Gas Cylinder Trolley can feel like a daunting task, given the array of options available. However, making the right choice is fundamental to ensuring safety, reducing operator fatigue, and streamlining operations in your establishment. This comprehensive guide aims to ease this process by detailing the key factors that necessitate consideration when deciding on a gas cylinder trolley.

Gas Cylinder Trolleys

Understanding Your Needs

Before venturing into specific models, it's crucial to understand your unique requirements. The type and size of gas cylinders you frequently handle, the environment you'll be operating in, and the frequency of use should all influence your decision. Are you in need of a trolley that can handle multiple small cylinders or a single large one? Is the trolley intended for indoor use within a warehouse or outdoors on rough terrain? Do you require a trolley for occasional use or one for heavy, daily operations?

At First Mats, we pride ourselves on offering an extensive range of high-quality Gas Cylinder Trolleys that cater to various needs

Are there any UK Regulations around the Movement of Gas Cylinders?

In the UK, there are a number of regulations that govern the movement of gas cylinders. These regulations are designed to ensure the safety of those who are handling and transporting gas cylinders.

Some of the key regulations that you need to be aware of include:

  • The Pressure Systems and Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 (PSP). These regulations set out the requirements for the design, construction, testing, and maintenance of gas cylinders.
  • The Carriage of Dangerous Goods (CDG) Regulations 2009. These regulations set out the requirements for the carriage of dangerous goods, including gas cylinders, by road, rail, sea, and air.
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This act sets out the general duties of employers to ensure the health and safety of their employees.

It is important to ensure that you are familiar with these regulations before you move any gas cylinders. You can find more information on the UK government website.

Here are some additional tips for ensuring the safe movement of gas cylinders:

  • Always use a gas cylinder trolley that is designed for the type and size of cylinders you are moving.
  • Never overload the trolley.
  • Always secure the cylinders to the trolley with restraining chains or straps.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when moving the trolley.
  • Do not move the trolley in wet or slippery conditions.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure the safe movement of gas cylinders and protect yourself and others from harm.

Types of Trolley

Based on your specific needs, you can decide on the type of gas cylinder trolley best suited to your establishment.

  • Single Gas Bottle Trolleys are typically utilised for general purposes. They accommodate one cylinder and come in two or three-wheel options, offering a balanced mix of mobility and stability.
  • Tandem Gas Cylinder Trolleys, on the other hand, can carry two cylinders simultaneously, ideal for operations involving larger volumes of gas.
  • Specialised Trolleys such as the 2-Wheel Propane & Calor Gas Cylinder Trolley or the T-bar Calor Gas Bottle Trolley are designed for specifically for Calor gas cylinders, making them an optimal choice if you predominantly handle certain types of gas cylinders.

Safety Features

Safety is paramount when handling gas cylinders. All trolleys should incorporate basic safety features such as restraining chains or straps to secure the cylinder, and an open-frame design for easy visibility and ventilation. However, certain models come with additional safety features like locks on the wheels to prevent unintended movement.


The type of wheel on your trolley affects its mobility. Larger, pneumatic wheels are more suited for outdoor environments with rough surfaces. For smoother indoor surfaces, smaller, solid wheels would suffice. Some trolleys also come with castors for enhanced manoeuvrability in confined spaces.


Given the weighty and often hazardous nature of the items being transported, a robust and durable trolley is non-negotiable. Look for trolleys with a sturdy steel frame that can withstand heavy use. Additionally, a durable epoxy coating can protect the trolley from corrosion and prolong its lifespan.

Load Capacity

Different trolleys have different maximum load capacities. Be sure to check the load capacity of the trolley to ensure it aligns with the weight of the gas cylinders you typically handle.

Price and Customer Service

While price shouldn't be the sole determining factor, it's essential to find a trolley that offers value for money.With free delivery to all mainland UK destinations on orders over £45 and a top Trustpilot rating, we ensure you'll get the right product at the right price.


Choosing the right gas cylinder trolley can seem like a daunting task, but by following the tips in this guide, you can be sure to find the perfect trolley for your needs. With so many factors to consider, it's important to take the time to do your research and choose a trolley that will keep you and your employees safe while also ensuring efficient operations.

If you have any questions about our Gas Cylinder Trolleys or any other products, don't hesitate to contact our friendly and helpful team.

Additional Tips

  • When using a gas cylinder trolley, always follow the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Never overload the trolley.
  • Always use the restraining chains or straps to secure the cylinder.
  • Be aware of your surroundings when using the trolley.
  • Do not use the trolley in wet or slippery conditions.

By following these tips, you can help to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of gas cylinders.


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Richard O'Connor is a Director at First Mats. He has deep knowledge in areas like Manufacturing, Warehousing, Marine, and Health & Safety. Richard's insights have been featured in well-known publications such as Bloomberg Business, The Sun, and Reader's Digest. His blend of industry expertise and passion for sharing makes him a sought-after voice in his fields.

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