Moving Furniture

(Image by S STEEL on Flickr)

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.

material handling equipmentsack trolleygarden cart

Material handling equipment is the machinery used for the transportation, storage and control of goods. The mechanical equipment used makes what would be a difficult job for someone, one that can be completed with ease.  Material handling equipment doesn't just allow you to complete jobs faster, it also allows you to complete jobs without the risk of injuring yourself.

As you can imagine, that covers a huge range of different equipment and we supply diverse types of material handling equipment to accommodate various tasks. To view our full range of material handling equipment, click here. To learn more about the different types of material handling equipment we supply, keep reading. 

Pallet Trucks

Made for transporting palleted loads around the warehouse and other spaces.

Sack Trolleys

Trolleys are easy to work with and sturdy enough to make moving jobs much faster. 

Material Lifts

Need to lift heavy goods? A material lift drastically changes the difficulty of this task. Lightweight and easy to manoeuvre. 

Portable Lifting Platforms

If you need to raise the height of goods or equipment, a portable lifting platform can be of help. Hand and foot operated for quick control.

Outdoor Carts

Whatever you need moving on an outside terrain, an outdoor cart is a great help. Save yourself multiple trips with this cart. 

Furniture Moving Equipment

Moving house? Rearranging furniture? Don't risk injuring yourself lifting heavy furniture, that's what furniture lifting equipment is for!

Platform Trolleys

Compact and lightweight, platform trolleys allow you to move lots of heavy goods with ease.

Manual Stackers

These heavy-duty machines allow for you to stack heavy goods without ever breaking a sweat. Control lifting easily with hand and foot controls.

Moving Skates

Skates allow you to move heavy machinery around with ease. Don't risk damage to yourself or the equipment you are trying to move. 


Each of our types of material lifting equipment has its own height and weight limit. Be sure to read the product descriptions carefully before buying or hiring any material handling goods to make sure it fits your requirements. 

If you have any questions about the types of material handling equipment we supply, or any of our other products feel free to get in touch. Our expert team is happy to help you find whatever you need, so give us a call on 0808 123 69 69.

Cabel Drum Manual Handling

A Birmingham company has been fined £170,000 after an employee narrowly avoided death when a one and a half tonne cable drum and rolled over him. The employee suffered broken ribs, a collapsed lung and temporarily lost sight and spent eight days in the hospital after the accident. 

The accident happened when the employee attempted to move a drum filled with a 'significant' amount of cable from a weighing scale to a ramp. He was unable to push the drum and so attempted to pull it. This caused his foot to become stuck and the employee fell backward as the drum rolled down the ramp, causing severe crush injuries. Luckily, there was a cap which the employees head passed through, only just avoiding a fatality. 

It was said that the company in question had carried out this unsafe system of working for around seven years. The prosecutor stated that the company should have had a system in place which removed this type of manual handling from the job. He believed it was an 'accident waiting to happen'. The judge agreed and believed that the employee had been given a 'substantial weight to manipulate'. 

Manual handling of this sort should have the right equipment and procedures in place to avoid this type of accident occurring and hefty fines. Handling of substantial weight such as this may require drum handling equipment to move it safely and efficiently. 

One of our main aims here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys is to make every working environment as safe and efficient as possible. From manual handling equipment to lifting gear, we have plenty of items which will make your warehouse a safer workplace for everyone. It's never worth putting your employee's safety at risk!

If you need any manual handling equipment, we stock plenty of different equipment here at PalleTrucks-Trolleys. You can get in touch with us here or give us a call on 0808 123 69 69 for any enquires. 

Forklift accessories can be used in conjunction with a forklift truck to extend its functionality. A forklift truck is, of course, a very functional and versatile machine, but with our accessories you can make it so much more useful, for example, you can add our forklift extensions to enable it to tilt, crane, pull, push, hoist a platform, etc

Here at SafetyLiftinGear, we supply a wide range of forklift accessories to ensure you can find the one that best suits your requirements, to see our full range of attachments click here. Whatever the job at hand is, we aim to have something that fits the bill. All of our forklift attachments are made to the highest quality so that you can be sure of their performance time after time.  

All of our forklift accessories are available both to buy and to hire so that you can have it for the amount of time you need it for - here's a quick look at some of the attachments we offer: 

  • Forklift Extensions - Perfect if you need to add a little extra reach to your forklift.
  • Drum Handling Equipment - A range of accessories to aid with lifting and tilting large drums.
  • Forklift Tipping Skip - Simplifies the holding, movement and disposal of materials via forklift truck.
  • Forklift Access Platform - Provides a safe environment for working at height (e.g. for maintenance and inspections).
  • Bulk Bag Carrier - Designed to safely move sacks, ballast and similar items.  
  • Battery Lifting Beam - Designed for the safe and easy removal of battery boxes.
  • Bottom Empty Skips - These skips come with a bottom-empty function that allows you to dump waste/refuse without leaving the driver's cabin.


If you need any advice about which forklift accessories best suit your requirements, our helpful team of experts are always happy to help. Give a call on, 0808 123 69 69.