Material handling is what happens to any product or material during the manufacturing, warehousing/storage, distribution and consumption stages. The movement and storage of these goods is what we refer to as material handling.

In this blog post, we will have a closer look at what material handling equipment is and what it can be used for. By the end, we hope that'll you'll have a much better understanding of what material handling is. 


what is material handling

What is material handling equipment?
Material handling equipment is the machinery used to move and store various materials. Whatever the handling requirements of the product are, there will be a useful piece of equipment suited to the task. The equipment is specifically designed for the tasks which greatly reduces the risk of injury to workers. Not only does material handling equipment make the job much faster, but safer too.

What kind of material handling equipment can I get at PalleTruck-Trolleys?
Whether you need machinery for a warehouse or for just moving furniture around your home, we have something for you. We've put together a selection of material handling equipment to give you a better idea of what material handling is below:

matertial handling equipment


It’s all in the name. This piece of material handling equipment is perfect for moving pallet loads around the warehouse.

Pallet Trucks >


Designed to easily lift and stack heavy goods. This piece of equipment makes heavy lifting smooth and easy.

Stackers >


Our garden carts and trolleys are ideal for gardening or even for festivals. Save yourself a number of trips lifting back and forth.

Outdoor Carts >


If you are moving or redecorating, furniture moving equipment can make the job a breeze. Don’t risk injury by attempting moving heavy furniture yourself – buy or hire the right material lifting equipment.

Furniture Moving Equipment >

If you have any other questions about material handling, our helpful team is here to help. Feel free to give us a call on 0117 9381 600.

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.

Find out more about this LoadSurfer portable trolley below:

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At, 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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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.

For all of your tasks and jobs that require pallet pump trucks, be sure to visit our extensive range below, all of which are available to both purchase and hire. If you have any questions regarding our collection of pallet trucks, be sure to contact us today!

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The process of moving machinery can be not just a very strenuous and demanding task but a dangerous one. Being able to transport your machinery from point A to point B in the fastest and safest possible way is something that we would all like, as this eliminates the risk of serious injury. Here at Palletrucks-Trolleys, we like to pride ourselves on our ability to provide the best possible equipment in allowing you to do just this, with our range of Machinery Moving Skates. These are excellent when it comes to moving your goods that weigh between 8 and 36 tonnes, coming with an effective steering handle that provides fantastic manoeuvrability by controlling the two trailing skates. In order to prevent damage to floors, these skates are manufactured with polyurethane wheels, allowing you to move heavy duty and industrial machinery without having to worry about the impact on the working environment.

Despite having the equipment to move machinery, it is still imperative that you use our Machine Skates in the right way, utilising the correct safety measures. For more information on the safe use of our Machine Skates, read our blog here on How to Move Machinery.

Our Machine Skates range


32-tonne SWL Machine Moving Skates

Set comprised of:

- 1x 16-tonne steering unit

- 2x 8-tonne trailing skate

- 32 tonne Safe Working Load

- 1 Year Warranty


24 Tonne SWL Machinery Skate Set

   Set comprised of:

- 1x 12-tonne steering unit

- 2x 6-tonne trailing skate

- 24 tonne Safe Working Load

- Equipped with high-quality polyurethane wheels which help to prevent damage to floors

- Machinery Moving Skates are made for Heavy Duty / Industrial Use

- 1 Year Warranty


These are just two of our very effective and efficient Machine Skates products that we offer here at Palletruck-Trolleys. As you can see, they are able to carry and transport loads weighing up to 32-tonnes, so no matter what machinery you need moving, we are confident that you will get the job easily done with our skates. Just be sure to check that the SWL of your skate is enough to carry the load that you would like to transport. We understand that not everyone is able to commit to purchasing our Machine Skates. This may be due to not having the finances, the storage space or simply because you need them temporary for a one-off job. As a result, we offer a Machine Skates rental service on a number of our Machine Skates that allow you to hire the desired product for a short period of time. To complete a hire enquiry, simply select the ‘Hire Me’ option below the product that you want to hire and follow the easy on-screen instructions until your enquiry is complete. To view our full range of Machine Skates, hit the button below!

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If you’re struggling to get your machine skate rental quotation or have any questions regarding our range of Machine Skates or hire service, then please do not hesitate to contact a member of our customer service team by calling 0117 9381 600 or emailing today!

What is a Sack Truck Used For

Here at Palletruck-Trolleys, we aim to make your manual handling jobs far easier. Sack trucks are some of our most popular products because they do just that. We have several different types of sack trucks that suit a wide range of applications. To see our full range of sack trucks click here, or to learn more about what a sack truck is used for, keep reading. 

What are Sack Trucks?

A sack truck is a piece of equipment that is essential in may moving operations within any warehouse environment. Sack trucks are an 'L' shaped trolley with two wheels that enables one person to transport goods that would difficult or impossible without extra equipment. The load is placed on the platform that can then be wheeled around with ease. This allows the wheels to bear the weight of the goods making the whole moving job far easier. 

What is a Sack Truck used for?

Sack trucks are used frequently within warehouse environments (or similar) and often become an essential part of moving applications once implemented. It allows employees to move several items at once with ease which allows your company to become much more efficient. By increasing this productivity, the addition of a sack truck can actually save your business money as well as making heavy lifting/moving jobs safer for the individual.

What Sack Truck do I need?

Not all sack trucks are made equal and for the same jobs. All the sack trucks we supply are of the highest quality and differ to accommodate whatever task you need to complete. Here are some things to consider when choosing a sack truck:

  • Weight capacity
  • Tyre type
  • Handle type
  • Back height
  • Special Features

You also need to know what is required from your sack truck, will a standard sack truck be enough? Do you need to carry loads up or down a staircase? Do you need a sack truck that folds and can be stored easily? We have a diverse collection of sack trucks for a range of applications. Click the links below to take a closer look at our sack trucks:

All Sack Trucks

Adjustable Sack Trucks

Folding Sack Trucks

Stair Climbing Sack Trucks

Powered Sack Trucks

If you have any questions about what a sack truck is used for or about any of our other products we are more than happy to help. Don't hesitate to ask our team of experts, contact us today.