How to select a good quality trolley

Trolleys keep Australia moving. They are a critical component of the materials handling process and help countless workers shift important goods with speed and efficiency.

However, despite being a relatively simple concept, not all trolleys are identical. In fact, trolleys can come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, and are constructed from a huge range of materials using a number of innovative engineering techniques.

Finding the right trolley for your needs will depend on a variety of factors, in particular, the industry and purpose for which the trolley will be used. However, there are a few key questions you can ask yourself before making a final decision, in order to ensure your next trolley purchase is one that will pay off in the long run.

Caged or uncaged?

Caged trolleys are trolleys which feature protective bars along the sides, front and rear to prevent spills or accidents. They make loading and unloading slightly more difficult, but offer the return of added reliability and safety.

A caged trolley is a great investment if you know it will be used for transporting lightweight, fragile material. They are most often found in retail industries, where workers are required to move quantities of smaller, more vulnerable goods.

Manual or powered? 

If you have a slightly higher budget to invest in your trolley, and will need to shift large quantities of heavy materials, it may well be worthwhile considering the benefits of a powered device.

Manual trolleys are fine for most applications, but powered trolleys offer a number of key advantages. Perhaps most importantly, they are ideal for reducing the risk of manual handling injuries, as they reduce strain and effort for employees.

Single-deck or multi-deck?

Looking to get more value out of your trolley? Need to transport a large quantity of smaller, lightweight goods? Then a two, three or even four deck trolley might be ideal for your purposes.

Make sure to select a strong, sturdy multi-deck trolley as budget versions are less reliable and potentially dangerous. If you have any questions about the right trolley for your needs, make sure you talk to the experts at Sitecraft today.