How to Use a Sack Truck

A sack truck is a useful and efficient way to transport heavy loads, which is why you will find them in most material handling workplaces. A high percentage of workplace injuries are a result of manual handling, so it's important to use the equipment correctly. To help avoid workplace injuries, we've put together a guide on how to use a sack truck correctly. 

  • Check before using

Before using you place items on a sack truck and attempt to use it, be sure to check the following things are in working order. 

  • Do the brakes work? 
  • Are the wheels working well? 
  • Is any part of the sack truck broken? 
  • Will the wheels cope with the terrain? 
  • Are you loading it with the correct weight? Will it go over the weight limit? 
  • Do you need to secure the load? 

Once you have answered all of these questions and ensured the sack truck is working efficiently, it should be safe to use. 

  • Using a Sack Truck

Sack trucks are relatively simple to use and do not require formal training to operate. First, load up the sack truck by placing the load on top of the toe. Ensure the items are stable and do not exceed the weight limit. If it is required, use a restraint to secure the load to the sack truck. A restraint like our 400kg Endless Cam Buckle Lashing Load Restraint Strap is ideal for this job. 

Once the load is secured to your sack truck, use the handles to gently pull the top of the sack truck backward and push. The sack truck should move with ease (if it doesn't, you may have exceeded the weight limit or there's something wrong with the wheels). If you feel like the sack truck is dragging, your wheels may not be suitable for the terrain. To avoid this, follow the steps above before using your sack truck!  

  • Precautions to take

Before any heavy-duty moving operation is conducted, an assessment of the hazards should be taken to ensure safety. Things to look out for include: 

  • Will there be any uneven surfaces? If you will be going uphill or downhill or working on a platform, it is necessary to keep the wheels away from the edge and make sure you are able to push/pull the load without straining. 
  • Will there be any obstacles? There will typically be many other workers in your workplace, so work out where everyone will be to avoid any collisions. 
  • Have you assembled the load correctly? Be sure to always place the heavier items below the lighter items. This will prevent any items falling. 
  • Can you see where you're going? Make sure no objects are obscuring your view on the sack truck. 

We hope this guide has helped provide you with some help on how to use a sack truck. We stock plenty of sack trucks here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys - if you'd like to browse our range of sack trucks, click here. Alternatively, we have sack trolleys which can also be found here!

Pipe Handling Equipment

Pipe handling equipment stops working with pipes being a difficult task. Not only can pipes be heavy, their rounded shape can make them awkward to transport efficiently. The right material handling equipment changes this. 

Pipe Handling Equipment ensures all of your pipes can be transported safely and securely. With unique shapes built to fit rounded materials, our pipe handling equipment can carry up to 500KG. Not only do they have a strong frame, our pipe handling equipment also reaches up to six meters long. 

As many warehouses and construction sites work with pipes, we stock a varied range here at PalleTrucks-Trolley. Keep reading to learn more about our pipe handling equipment. 

Our Pipe Handling Equipment


Pipe Handling Equipment 500kg

500kg Tube & Pipe Trolley

£277.33 (inc VAT)

As our most heavy duty piece of pipe handling equipment, this pipe trolley is ideal for construction sites. If you are continuously moving pipes and heavy materials, this 500kg tube & pipe trolley can make all the difference. 

As it also comes with a steering handle, this trolley is easy to manoeuver and can be used by just one person. The handle also allows the trolley to be tipped with ease, increasing worker efficiency. 

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Pipe Handling Equipment 250KG

250kg Tube, Pipe & Carpet Trolley

£126.05 (inc VAT) 

Slightly smaller than our 500kg pipe handling equipment, but just as efficient. This 250kg pipe trolley is ideal for those working in larger warehouses. With solid cushion wheels and a strong structure, this piece of equipment is built to last. 

It can also be used for other tubular materials such as carpet rolls and tubes, making it a versatile piece of equipment for businesses which work with a variety of materials.

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 Pipe Handling Equipment 200KG

200kg Pipe & Tube Trolley

£100.83 (inc VAT)

Finally, our 200kg Pipe & Tube Trolley is ideal pipe handling equipment to use within a smaller warehouse. The angular design makes it easy to hold multiple pipes at once and easily stack one on top of one another. 

This piece of pipe handling equipment may look smaller, but it can certainly handle its weight! At 500m long x 600mm wide, this trolley can transport pipes with a maximum diameter of 450mm. 

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If you'd like to browse our full range of material and pipe handling equipment, just click here. Alternatively, if you'd like to get in touch with a member of our team you can get in touch on 0808 123 69 69. 

Moving Furniture

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Moving furniture can be an incredibly stressful process. Whether you are moving house, redecorating or just adjusting the furniture layout, it can be a massive pain. It's not until you try to move a wardrobe "a little to the left" that you fully appreciate how hard a job it can be - But it doesn't need to be! Furniture moving skates can completely change the difficulty of the job at hand, not only making it much quicker, but safer too. 

We have a range of furniture moving skates, so depending on what you're trying to move, you should be able to get what you need from us. Our high-quality furniture dollies and furniture movers will help you get the job done. Here's a look at some of the furniture moving equipment we have on offer:

Furniture Dollies

furniture dollies

A simple and affordable furniture moving skate that allows you to wheel your heavy loads around with ease. We have a range of furniture dollies that hold heavy loads securely, to see our full range, click here.


Furniture Movers

furniture movers

This furniture moving skate is slightly more elaborate. Robust and easy to use, you simply place the furniture between the skates so that you can push and pull it into place easily. These are easily manoeuvred so you won't risk injuring yourself. To see what we supply, click here.

If you have any questions about our furniture moving skates, or any of the other equipment we supply we are more than happy to help. Contact us today with any query. 

Principles of Material Handling

If you work in a material handling occupation, it is important that you know the principles of material handling. Material handling comes with a set rule of principles to ensure all material handling is executed deliberately and efficiently. 

All material handling workers abide by the following principles, so ensure you revise and understand the importance of these ten points.

The 10 Principles of Material Handling

  • Planning Principle

The planning principle states that all material handling operations should be the results of a deliberate plan. The performance objectives, the need of the operation and the functional specification should be defined from the very beginning. 

  • Standardisation Principle 

The standardisation principle of material handling believes that all methods, equipment, controls, and software should be standardised within the limits of achieving the performance objectives. This should not sacrifice the needed flexibility, modularity or throughput. 

  • Work Principle

The work principle of material handling believes that material handling work should be minimised without hindering productivity or the service level requires for the operation. 

  • Ergonomic Principle

The capability of humans and limitations should be recognised and respected. This should be considered when designing the material handling tasks and equipment in order to ensure a safe and effective operation. 

  • Unit Load Principle

This principle of material handling requires all unit loads to be appropriately sized. They should also be configured to achieve the material for and the objectives at each stage in the supply chain.

  • Space Utilisation Principle

Space Utilisation requires all available space is used effectively and efficiently. 

  • System Principle

The system principle states that all material movement and storage activities should be integrated to form a coordinated operational system. This should include the following things.

  • Receiving
  • Inspection
  • Storage
  • Production
  • Assembly
  • Packaging
  • Unitising 
  • Order Selection
  • Shipping
  • Transportation
  • Handling of returns 
  • Automation Principle

Wherever possible, all material handling operations should be mechanised or automated. This improves operational efficiency, increased responsiveness, improved consistency, predictability and decreases operational costs and/or potentially unsafe manual labor. 

  • Environmental Principle

The environmental principle of material handling believes that all environmental impact and energy consumption should be considered when designing or selecting alternative equipment and material handling systems.

  • Life Cycle Cost Principle

Finally, a thorough economic analysis should account for the entire lifecycle of all material handling equipment and resulting systems. 

We specialise in material handling here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys, so if you're in need of any material handling equipment just click here to browse our website. We understand the principles of material handling so if you have any questions about your project or any of our products do not hesitate to ask.