If one of your vehicles has ever broken down or gotten stuck in a space that’s impossible to move from with none of the necessary equipment or gear, you’d probably wish you had a set of tow chains to make the job a whole easier. If you are prepared, however, and are equipped with a set of tow chains, it is important to know how to use them correctly to avoid creating further problems for yourself. To make things a little easier for yourself, we take a look at the essential information on how to use tow chains.

What is a tow chain?

Our range of tow chains is made up of a grade 80 chain with a tow chain hook and oval ring at either end. Due to their small and lightweight nature, they are able to be easily stored and should be a part of a vehicle emergency kit, particularly when driving in climates where the chances of becoming stuck are increased e.g. in snow and mud. When used correctly, tow chains can be a lifesaver, but when used incorrectly, you can cause severe damage to your vehicle.

8000kg M.B.S Tow Chain with Latch Hook

 

Attaching the hook to the towing vehicle

To begin the process of getting your vehicle removed from being stuck, the first thing you will need to do is attach the tow chain to the towing vehicle, using the hook end. This is often attached to the rear bumper of the vehicle or to a trailer hitch, which will have loops for a mounting hook. No matter which you have, both will provide an adequate amount of support for most towing tasks. These are the only places in which the hook should be properly and securely attached to. As an extra step of precaution, it is advised to give the tow chain a few tugs while making your way to the vehicle that is being pulled to ensure the hook is firmly fastened.

Attaching the tow chain to the vehicle being towed

Before you attach the opposite end of the tow chain to the inanimate car, you need to make sure that the tow chain has not become twisted. This will not directly the abilities of the tow chain, but it will affect the length of the chain and may cause some wear and tear on the chain over time. Once you’ve checked the chain is all good, you can now proceed to attach the other end to the front of the vehicle that is being towed. This is usually attached to a tow hook or a sturdy steel loop mounted underneath the front bumper or near the centre axle. A number of vehicles may have plastic covers over the hooks or are hidden in recessed nooks, either way, it is important to not attach the tow chain directly to the axle or any other part of hanging from under the front of the vehicle.

Begin to pull

Once both ends of the tow chain have been securely attached, you are now ready to pull. Ensure that both vehicles are manned at all times. If the towed vehicle is in full working order, it should be put into first gear with the handbrake off. If it is not in full working order, however, it should be left in neutral. The driver of the towing vehicle should drive very slowly, creeping forward until the tow chain becomes tight. Once this has happened, the vehicle is now able to be pulled. It is important to remember to keep all movements slow and controlled, as anything abrupt will be felt by the towed vehicle and may case the tow chain to become free.

By following these simple steps, you will be able to tow any vehicle with ease. If like some, you do not have a tow chain and would like to purchase one, we have a wide selection of high-quality Tow Chains available to buy right here at PalleTruckTrolleys, suitable for a number of various tow operations. Simply click below to browse our collection. If you have any questions regarding our range of Tow Chains, do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Moving heavy goods around can be difficult at the best of times. If you work in a profession that requires you to move around to different locations for work you should invest in a portable trolley so you always have the equipment you need to hand! The portable trolleys we stock here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys are lightweight, foldable and incredibly convenient – take a look:

 

LoadSurfer 120kg Compact Aluminium Portable Trolley

This portable trolley is ideal for use in any location and has been designed with practicality in mind. The trolley itself weighs a measly 5.8kg, so with a maximum capacity of 120kg, it can carry over twenty-times its own weight!

This portable trolley has telescopic handlebars that can be extended or retracted making it easy to use and to store quickly – take a look at it in more detail here:

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LoadSurfer 150kg Lightweight Foldable Portable Trolley

Another excellent portable trolley, this design combines a lightweight plastic platform with handles that discreetly fold away meaning relocation and storage are no problem!

This innovative space-saving design, combined with an incredible maximum capacity of 150kg makes this trolley suitable for almost any job.

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At PalleTrucks-Trolleys.com, we want you to have a stress-free and pleasant experience. If you have any queries regarding these portable trolleys or any of our products for that matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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From large warehouses to small workshops, many businesses rely heavily on hard-wearing and robust pallet trucks to complete their day-to-day operations. They offer not just the ability to complete tasks but facilitate the enhancement, simplification and instilment of high productivity levels with the workforce. Making them an essential piece of equipment to keep businesses operating. For this very reason, it is imperative that when a business decides to order a pallet truck, whether it’s a single truck or a fleet, that they order them with the correct width in mind.

Pallet trucks are used for a number of material handling tasks such as transporting pallets from lorries to warehouses and the shop floor, filling up containers in shipping bays and manoeuvring inventory within stock rooms. So, it is extremely important to know which size pallet truck best suits your needs. The pallet truck width will be determined by the size of the pallet which is most commonly handled by the business and is usually split into three main categories;

  • UK Pallets
  • Euro Pallets
  • Printer’s Pallets

UK Pallets

Typical UK pallets, also known as Blue, GKN or CHEP pallets, measure 1000 x 1200mm and are ideal for pallet trucks that are 680mm wide. The length of the pallet truck’s forks can also be chosen with 1000, 1150 or 1200mm available. 1000mm is the most popular choice due to the increased manoeuvrability of the pallet without the fork sticking out on the opposite side. The larger 1200mm forks are used when pallets are heavier and further support is needed to avoid sagging. The third length of 1150mm is chosen as a compromise between the first two lengths.

Euro Pallets  

The standard Euro pallet measure 800 x 1200mm and are ideal for pallet trucks with a width of 540mm. Extra caution must be placed when ordering pallet trucks if Euro pallets are regularly used as pallet trucks 680mm wide will NOT fit into their narrow sides. If both UK and Euro pallets are used within a business, it is advised that a pallet truck width of 540mm with 1150mm forks is chosen as this is the most universal size and will work with both types of pallets.

Printer’s Pallets

There are a number of pallets that are smaller than the previous two mentioned, such as Printer’s pallets, which are commonly used within the printing industry. These are approximately half the size of the standard Euro pallet and require even narrower forks. A pallet truck width of 450mm and fork length of 1000mm is the most common to use for these types of pallets, however, lengths from 500 – 1200mm are regularly used.

Here at Palletruck-Trolleys.com, we strive to meet all of your needs, no matter what they are. We offer an extensive range of pallet trucks, available in a number of various sizes – to see our full collection, hit the button below! If you have any questions or require further information regarding our range of pallet trucks, do not hesitate to contact us today!

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