Sack trucks are essential in warehouses, factories, construction sites and anywhere where heavy items are moved every day. They’ll make your workplace more efficient and reduce the risk of injury from heavy lifting. But what kind of sack truck should you choose? Do you know your solid wheels from your pneumatic wheels? If not, don’t worry, here’s our simple guide to sack trucks.
Since its first use in 1835, the humble sack truck has come a long way. Advances in materials and technology mean that it’s easy to find the perfect one for the job.
Sack trucks come in a range of designs with different wheels, frames and handles. This makes them a versatile piece of kit but it also makes your buying decision a bit tougher. But we want to make your life a bit easier, so here’s a rundown of the things you have to consider.
Steel is robust and durable which means it’s great for heavy-duty work. A steel sack truck will last a long time if you look after it. Aluminium is also strong but it’s lightweight, which makes it easy to carry. This means it’s a perfect choice for delivery drivers who need a light but strong truck that’s easy to manoeuvre.
A fixed toe plate is usually smaller so it’s not suitable for large or bulky goods. However, a fixed toe plate is capable of bearing greater loads. If you are going to moving goods of various sizes, a folding toe plate might be better as it’s a bit more versatile.
Pneumatic wheels full of air and they glide over any kind of terrain. If you have to transport goods over bumpy ground, pneumatic wheels should be your #1 choice. On the other hand, because solid wheels aren’t full of air, they can’t get a puncture or go flat over time. If you need to transport goods over the smooth solid ground like a factory floor, choose solid wheels.
If you need a sack truck that can navigate stairs, opt for one with stair climber wheels. These type of wheels are 3 wheels joined together in a triangle formation. One wheel is always in contact with the step. Sack trucks with stair climber wheels are also handy if you need to lift goods up and down curbs.
When you are looking for a sack truck, you’ll notice that they come with different types of handles. There’s the P-Handle, Dual Handle and Standard Handle.
A standard handle sack truck has a handle on either side which makes it easy to support and manoeuvre a load. A P-handle has a loop at the back which is in the shape of a P. The design means that you can operate the truck with one hand, leaving your other hand free to steady the load or open doors. Dual handled trucks are a versatile option because they have standard handles and the top of the frame acts as a handle.
We hope we’ve cleared up some of the confusion around buying a sack truck in our simple guide.
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