Operating a large warehouse is never easy, but there’s lots of equipment that can make the job less burdensome. The most helpful type of warehouse equipment is the one with the longest serving tradition – trolleys. The trolley has been around for centuries even before warehouses officially appeared, lugging and lifting heavy loads. And over the years, this basic idea of carrying loads on wheels, developed into many different types of carts that can meet the different warehouse needs.
Kind of like a handyman would never use a hammer to tighten a screw, a warehouse operator wouldn’t use a large platform cart to ship products to shops. The various tasks that a warehouse deals with on a daily basis, require a special kind of trolley to ensure maximum efficiency and safety. Here are the steps you should take when assembling the essential set of trolleys.
These are the basic model of a trolley and the workhorse in every warehouse. They allow you to transport small amounts of stock that is much heavier than what you can normally carry. Workers can unload deliveries, transport boxes around or load lorries and much more – all with a sack truck. If you need a sack truck to travel with you while shipping stock around, consider one that can be folded flat or has telescopic handles. Although its not a heavy duty cart, safety features like knuckle protectors are definitely a bonus which can improve handling.
A platform cart always comes in handy when you have large amounts of loads to deal with that simply can’t fit on the smaller carts. Their design is rather simple consisting of a wide platform on wheels supported by a strong handle on one or at both ends. Platform carts have a large weight capacity between 250 and 500 kilograms and can be either open or caged for preventing items from falling off during transport. Lightweight carts are made of aluminium, but if you want stronger support, look for ones with steel platforms.
Sometimes loads can be so heavy that even a platform truck can’t move them. In those cases, the best option is to use a wagon cart. It has a single-bar handle similar to a wagon and pneumatic wheels which help provide greater mobility indoors and outdoors. Many wagon truck have load capacities of more than 1000 kilograms.
Sometimes you’ll need to carry more than one type of item, and with the addition of shelving a warehouse truck can allow you to separate them conveniently. The shelves usually have backs with bars that prevent the items from falling off.