For quick and easy transport of heavy loads, it’s hard to argue with the no-frills/no-fuss approach of the humble sack truck.

Typically comprising of two wheels and an L-shaped frame, sack trucks provide an uncomplex lifting solution that’s ideal for moving heavy loads with virtually no effort at all.

To operate, all you need to do is simply tilt and push. It’s really that easy!

However, not all sack trucks are created equal and there are a wide variety of specific models available, built with a specific job in mind.

To help you get better acquainted with each one, here’s a brief rundown of the various sack trucks you can find on the market.

 

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Types of Sack Trucks

In addition to the standard sack truck, there are a variety of speciality versions available, tailor-made to better suit particular jobs. Here’s a few of the most popular:

 

adjustable sack trucks

Adjustable Sack Trucks

While traditional sack trucks are extremely handy, their solid frame and simple design can make them somewhat limiting in terms of their versatility.

From a flexibility standpoint, an adjustable sack truck can remedy that issue in an instant, providing additional variety in terms of how you approach the load.

These are particularly handy if you are habitually required to move loads of varying size and shape.

For example, our Folding Toe Sack Truck comes equipped with an extendable toe length should you need to lift a larger item.

Adjustable sack trucks are often used in travel services, mail companies and construction.

 

folding sack trucks

Folding Sack Trucks

For ease of storage, foldable sack trucks are a fantastic space-saving solution, typified by their ability to reduce their size.

Common features include telescopic handles and a foldable toe plate, allowing the equipment to shrink down to more manageable size for transport and storage.

Folding sack trucks are particularly handy for jobs where you are required to move around and change location on a regular basis, e.g. deliveries, etc.

 

aluminium sack trucks

Aluminium Sack Trucks

Boasting enhanced durability, resistance to rust and a lightweight frame, aluminium sack trucks provide a tougher, more hard-wearing solution to load moving.

As a result of its aluminium frame, these products are also far more resistant to bending and chipping – both of which are common issues associated with lesser sack trucks.

Aluminium sack trucks also typically come with solid rubber wheels for enhanced traction and easy manoeuvrability that’s suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.

 

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Stair Climbing Sack Trucks

When lifts are absent or unavailable, transporting heavy goods up and down flights of stairs can be an arduous endeavour.

Luckily, you can step up your sack truck game with stair climbing sack trucks – specifically designed to tackle stairs one step at a time and make stair transport a breeze.

Specifically designed for tackling stairs head-on, stair climbing sack trucks typically feature a unique feature a three-wheel rotary system or a sled-like track that allows them to traverse steps with ease.

Stair climbing sack trucks often come in the form of electric-powered sack trucks for additional easy-of-operation, reduced strain and optimised transportation.

 

Cylinder Sack Trucks

Designed almost exclusively for transporting gas canisters, cylinders and bottles, cylinder sack trucks provide the perfect transportation method for these notoriously awkward items.

Cylinder sack trucks are typically fitted with an adjustable front plate for securing cylinders of all sizes, providing an additional element of security during transit.

Meanwhile, another common feature of cylindrical sack trucks is their tendency to feature hard-wearing tyres, allowing them to be used in industrial environments without worry of punctures.

 

For more information on any of the sack trucks mentioned in this article of for additional advice on what kind of sack truck is best for you, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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The PALLIFT 500kg Self-Lifting Stacker is guaranteed to make your pallet lifting, moving and removing tasks easier than you ever thought they could be!

This one, innovative product can do the jobs of a variety of equipment including, a tail-lift, a hand pallet truck, a stacker, a ramp and a wing lift. This means investing in a PALLIFT Self-Lifting Stacker will save you lots of money on unnecessary extra equipment.

The PALLIFT Self-Lifting Stacker is capable of loading itself onto the back of your van or lorry making it a great tool for travelling tradesmen. It is also capable of lifting up to 500kg meaning there are very few jobs it can’t complete.

Some of the key elements of the PALLIFT Self-Lifting Stacker include:

  • An easy to use lifting/lowering button
  • A useful battery indicator
  • Casters with breaks
  • Emergency stop and anti-tamper key
  • Built-in charger

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If you're looking for a stacker that's capable of lifting weights with minimal physical effort, look no further. We stock a range of semi and fully-powered stackers that are designed to make moving and lifting heavy objects easy.

Fully-Powered Stacker Trucks

These LoadSurfer electric stackers are ideal for loading and unloading HGV's because they can lift loads up to 2500mm into the air. Their powerful onboard batteries mean they can be used for up to 4 hours. They come with a 12-month warranty so you can be sure that your powered stacker will stand the test of time. You can choose to purchase or hire one of these powered stackers depending on your requirements, simply click 'hire' and fill out an enquiry form. 

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Semi-Powered Stacker Trucks

If you prefer, you can choose a semi-powered stacker truck option. Again, these powered stackers are sure to help make lifting heavy loads much easier. This LoadSurfer model is fitted with a 2.1 HP motor and can lift loads up to a maximum height of 3500mm. Like our fully-powered stackers, you can choose to purchase or hire the semi-powered models too! Click the button below to find out more:

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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.

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Risk assessments are a process whereby a thorough evaluation is made to identify situations, methods and environments that have the ability to cause harm to individuals. Once these risks have been identified, an analysis and calculation are made on their severity and the measures required to effectively eliminate or control these risks from occurring. When it comes to manual handling and manual handling equipment especially, risk assessments are imperative to keeping workers and working environments safe, creating awareness of potential hazards, determining whether an intervention is necessary and more importantly to meet specific health and safety regulations.

Due to pallet trucks being one of the most common pieces of equipment used for manual handling tasks, we will run through some of the most important factors needed for an effective pallet truck risk assessment.

Performing an effective pallet truck risk assessment

Before tasks involving a pallet truck are conducted, it is advised that a risk assessment is completed to achieve the things listed above. This involves making a suitable assessment of all manual handling operations, which consists of looking into areas such as:

The task

The questions that need to be asked when assessing the task involved with a pallet truck are, do they involve:

  • Long carrying distances?
  • Strenuous pulling or pushing?
  • Unpredictable movement of loads?
  • Insufficient recovery or rest?

The loads

The questions that need to be asked when assessing the loads involved with a pallet truck are if they are:

  • Bulky/unwieldy?
  • Heavy?
  • Unstable/unpredictable
  • Difficult to grasp?

The working environment

The questions that need to be asked when assessing the working environment involved with a pallet truck are if there are:

  • Poor lighting conditions
  • Variations in levels
  • Constraints on posture
  • Poor floor quality
  • Hot/cold conditions

The pallet truck

The most important questions that need to be asked before using a pallet truck concern the pallet truck itself. You need to:

  • Inspect the pallet truck to see if it’s in generally good working condition
  • Check steering, forks, brakes, controls, hydraulics and warning devices (if fitted)
  • Inspect wheels to ensure they are not worn out or have any cracks or damage

Once these areas have been assessed for any potential risks and the appropriate corrective measures have been taken to reduce or eliminate them, the task that involves the pallet truck can safely begin.

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