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Warehouse Trucks & Trolleys - Types and Uses

Let’s be honest, warehouse work isn’t easy.

From receiving materials to processing stock, to packing and shipping orders as well as all the other endless jobs, without using the right equipment it could be difficult to manage such a busy environment.

Plus, when you have large amounts of pallets, bags and boxes that constantly need to be moved from one place to another, you want equipment that will help make your life easier and, most importantly, safer.

That’s where warehouse trucks and trolleys come in. We have an extensive variety of different ones that can help you carry out day-to-day tasks in a much more efficient manner.

Keep reading to find out which ones are the most common in warehouses, plus their uses and benefits, so you can decide which one is best for you.

 

Sack Trucks

These are our most popular choice because you can easily transport heavy materials safely and reliably. They are also suitable for all warehouses and require no special training to use.

With a simple design that runs on two wheels, they can move both lightweight loads - up to 100kg - and heavier loads which weigh over 100kg. (It’s important to note that this is just a frame capacity and the weight of the load moved is down to the ultimately down to the user.)

For example, our puncture-proof heavy-duty sack truck has a frame capacity of 200kg and features heavy-duty wheels, high-strength welded joints and a powder-coated finish.

All our sack trucks are also designed to prevent injuries with their innovative hand grips; and comply with all health and safety legislation so your workplace can run smoothly.

You can find our full range of sack trucks here.



 

Pallet Trucks

A step up from sack trucks, pallet trucks are designed with a fork-shaped frame that rolls underneath a pallet. The hydraulic pump is then used to raise loads just clear off the ground, so that they can be wheeled from A to B with minimum physical effort.

Pallet trucks make it possible to move very heavy loads with minimal effort, helping to save you both time and money. Their slim design means that they can also be used in congested and confined areas, perfect for warehouses of all sizes.

They also allow employers to meet their obligations under Manual Handling Regulations and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER).

We offer both manual and electric pallet trucks. However the latter option, such as our Fast Charging Semi-Powered Pallet Trucks, are becoming increasing popular due to the fact that they can carry heavier loads without increasing the risk of injury to the user.

View our full collection of pallet trucks for the complete range.



 

Platform Trolleys

Platform trolleys are available in an array of different types so it can be confusing sometimes to know which one is best for you.

In essence, platform trolleys are portable units mounted on heavy-duty castor wheels. They are designed for transporting heavy, bulky, and awkward items around your workplace with great ease.

Different types include Lockable Security Trolleys which are ideal for high-value goods, Large Volume Container Trolleys that can carry bulky items, and Single Handle Platform Trolleys which are considered the standard of platform trolleys, as well as many more!

To know which type is best for you to use, you first need to consider what items you will be moving. Large and heavy items will be best on open sided trolleys, whereas oddly shaped items will benefit from being carried on a trolley with mesh sides. Very small items may be best on a plywood-sided trolleys to stop them falling out and becoming damaged.

Regardless of type, all have one main purpose – to make the transportation of goods and parts around your business extremely easy and convenient. They are constructed from study welded mild steel and some have a powder-coated paint finish which includes a Germ Guard antibacterial compound.

This makes them ideal for use in all warehouses, industrial and commercial settings as well as manufacturing and even retail environments. You can view our extensive range of platform trolleys here.



 

Turntable Trucks

A similar concept to platform trolleys above, but these offer an added benefit: being highly manoeuvrable.

They operate on four air-filled wheels, separated by two axis. Their defining feature is that one of these two axis can rotate, allowing them to easily be towed by their operators. They also feature a long handle which makes it easy to pull large and heavy loads.

There are many variations of turntable trucks such as our Heavy-Duty Turntable Truck which has a maximum capacity of 500kg and drop-down mesh sides safe loading and unloading. This model is best for use in environments where hefty loads are required to be moved on the regular.

We also have a Plywood Base Turntable Truck with Puncture-Proof Wheels on which boxes can be quickly stacked for efficient movement whilst the rigid exterior grade plywood base keeps loads level and secure.

Turntable trucks are best for use outdoors or on uneven, rough ground as they feature puncture proof and REACH compliant wheels.



 

Shelf Trolleys

Shelf trolleys are simply a series of shelves mounted on swivelling castor wheels, that make transporting small to medium sized items around your workplace effortless. They can massively speed up routine tasks, like restocking shelves or picking orders in a warehouse or other environments.

They feature recessed metal shelves for enhanced load retention and are finished in top-quality powder-coated paint which includes a Germ Guard antibacterial compound. This improves health and safety in the workplace by helping to reduce the transmission of germs between workers.

To decide which is right for you, you must first know what size items will be transported. Smaller items require a trolley with more shelves, such as our 5 Tier Premium Shelf Trolley as this allows for maximum content storage without the need for balancing items on top of one another. This may be beneficial in workshops where mechanics can move their spanners, wrenches, air guns and oils from one vehicle to the next with ease.

For bulkier items, this Folding Heavy Duty Shelf Truck may be the perfect option as it has a maximum load capacity of 100kg and a two or three shelf size option. This option is ideal for use in warehouses and factories where space is limited as it features brakes to control movement.



 

Balance Trolleys

These are unique from other trolleys as they require goods to be balanced on the centrally positioned axle in order to be moved. This is beneficial because it allows loads to be moved safely as brakes aren’t needed due to the fact that they won’t roll when not in use.

They feature a strong frame and sturdy handles allowing heavy goods to be transported easily.

Long loads such as carpets and heavy beams can be efficiently moved with our Heavy-Duty Carpet Trolley as it features pneumatic tyres that provide a smoother ride. Whereas sheets of materials can be effortlessly transported with our Helicopter Balance Board Trolley as it has an adjustable support bar for boards of different sizes.

Balance trolleys are suitable for use in a wide range of applications from warehouses to retail shops.



 

Container Trolleys

Container trolleys are more specialised than the rest of the trolleys mentioned above. This is because they consist of  a selection of plastic containers or trays in various sizes which are ideal for storing and moving loose parts with ease.

They make a fantastic addition to workplaces such as production lines where various nuts, bolts, screws, and other small tools need to be on-hand regularly.

They also have an open design which allows items to be seen and replenished easily.

Options such as our Parts Trolley with 6 Tote Containers are ideal for warehouse use as they have a large maximum load of 150kg and are finished in a hard-wearing epoxy grey, making them durable and long-lasting.

You can see our full range of container trolleys here.

 



 

We hope you found this brief round-up of the most commonly used trucks and trolleys to be useful.

Don’t forget that this is only a quick summary of those used in warehouses. There are many more different types of trolleys available such as drum cylinder trolleys, scissor lift tables, cage trolleys, chair trolleys and more!

Our friendly and knowledgeable team are always on hand if you need something more which you cannot seem find. We will always be more than happy to help, so please do not hesitate to get in touch as we no doubt have the perfect option for your business.



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