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Powered Trolley Units - What and Why? June 09 2017, 0 Comments

Perfect for those awkward jobs

In the world of manual handling, sometimes a helping hand is needed. Our powered trolley units come as standard with an electric motor that allows you to control the speed of movement, a safety kill-switch to prevent unwanted accidents and a 1200 x 600mm usable bed area.

However, don't be fooled - this simple bit of kit can be utilised for as many applications as you need, and we are able to custom design a unit to best fit your purpose - whether this is through the addition of shelves, removable sides, a smaller or larger bed, or even a fully mounted security cage clad in mesh and galvanised sheet metal to prevent prying eyes.

We have companies all over the world using our products, most recently of which is EBC Brakes based here in the UK. EBC required a powered trolley to aid in the transport of heavy-items around their shop floors, such as brake components for trucks and other large vehicles.

Based on this requirement, and upon discussion with procurement, we are currently fabricating two powered trolleys with a secondary shelf, with the whole unit rated to carry up to 500kg UDL at a 200/300kg split ( 200kg Top Shelf, 300kg Base ).

If this is something you think your company may need, or would like to discuss options, please contact us at your earliest convenience and we will be more than happy to help!

Check out our Powered Trolley Unit today:

Custom Fabrication - 4 Sided Mesh Trolley with Additional Support and Wheels June 09 2017, 0 Comments

6 Wheels - When 4 Just Won't Do

We recently had a customer contact us regarding a very specific requirement for a trolley to be used for transporting large, heavy items. We had a look at his requirements, and initially suggested a trolley from our Four Sided Range.

After a look at the trolleys, and the options that were available, the customer decided that he needed something more, so working together with them, we modified the design of a Four Sided Mesh trolley to suit his needs.

Set on a 1500mm x 750mm base, we got to work reinforcing the underside, with extra bracing and a second set of swivel casters based centrally across it's length, and extended the height of the sides to be nearly double the usual measurements.

Whereas the concept was functional, the sides would have proved cumbersome to remove, so we modified them to instead be two panels, halved in height. This makes it far easier to remove them, and allowed the customer the option of using lower sides when the situation may arise.

The next stage is prototyping, all of our products are fabricated by us, here in the UK - once the prototype has been completed, it will be sent off to the customer and any further modifications, or adjustments that he would like can be added for the final run.

Custom Four Sided Mesh 4 WheelsCustom Four Sided Mesh 6 Wheels

Custom Four Sided Underside 4 WheelsCustom Four Sided Mesh Underside 6 Wheels

Pick and Pack Trolleys and Carts November 18 2016, 0 Comments

Pick and Pack Trolleys and Carts

With the internet changing the way every company operates, Handle-iT are spearheading design techniques in pack and pack trolleys and carts. Long gone are the days of a picker trundling around the warehouse consolidation the orders at a packing bench, and waiting for the packing team to do their bit.

Pick and Pack means that small items are packed on the run by the picker operatives, reducing the need of designated packing areas, and the need in some cases for the packers themselves. 

Handle-iT have worked closely with some of the biggest and best know web based companies, and web fulfilment warehouse in the industry, helping maximise pick rates, and pack on the run rates, while reducing pick and pack errors.

"Handle-iT's design team are providing some truly unique solutions to some crazy new problems not experienced in many warehousing situations before, the need to hit an ever increasing numbers of smaller single line orders and less bulk pallet orders, is something that a lot of warehouses are just not geared up for, trying to take "off the shelf" platform trucks and tiered service trolleys to pick 1000's of items per day is just nonsensical, and terribly inefficient". Said Handle-iT's Group Operations Director, Daniel Farrar. "Every company out there work with different methodology, this is what gives them their competitive advantage, every warehouse layout and stock map is different, and product range vary the old adage of "One Size Fits All" just will not work with pick and pack." He added.

We have over 50 years experience in the team, of design and manufacture of cutting edge warehouse logistic and handling products. These are designed to be robust and increase pick and pack rate efficiency, this only comes from bespoke design solutions for bespoke customer warehouse and their operating systems, you just cant rely upon and off the shelf unit, and expect it to slot into the the new web driven ordering systems, that have to be there tomorrow.

Handle-iT have secured two great contracts for pick and pack bespoke design in October, so stay posted for the case studies which we will produce over the coming months, so you can gauge the numbers for yourselves.     




Handle-iT Export Team News June 13 2016, 0 Comments

Handle-iT Recently won the tender to renew the fleet of Airport Trolleys and Cart for baggage at the new terminal at Kasane International Airport in Botswana. Handle-iT CEO Daniel Farrar said "this is a great coupe for us at Handle-iT. This part of industry has been controlled for many years by just a couple on major European Manufacturers, and its a very difficult industry to crack. However with our product being comparable to the major player, and vastly cheaper in cost we hope that there will be many more to come"

The Trafficker Range of Airport Trolleys introduce by Mr Farrar into the UK market some 9 years ago, has had some quality tweaks introduced through the years to ensure that the company was in the right place to start attacking major airport build and refurbishments, and to ensure that the product would be right for the airports.


Mr Farrar added "we have used this style of Airport cart now for many years, and our design and engineering teams have worked closely with the sales team and our UK customer base to ensure that this product remains very competitive, while ensure a great quality product. Changing the material type to a harder based aluminium has been key to the longevity of this product, and now that it has been proven in some of the most arduous facilities available. We have thousands of these carts around most UK sea Ports and with the UK weather giving these carts a really good test, and the results have been very pleasing, and put us in a great position to attack more of the international airport trolley market of the next few years. We are strategically placed with a cheaper product than the Europeans but a better product than the Chinese.

I have discussed at length the plans with Mr Farrar, and the time seems very exciting for this young vibrant company, and i wish them well for the future..

Stainless Steel Trolleys August 19 2014, 2 Comments

With the ever growing necessity for hygiene, and the fast pace of technology meaning clean rooms are springing up everywhere, Handle-iT is ever growing it's Stainless production capacities. So much so that our usually obscure customer requests are now becoming the norm, this means that to offer some of these products in our everyday range is a must.

Its not just a stainless steel trolley............ all fixing, nuts, bolts, rivets, even the castor brackets are stainless steel.........

So you can jet wash it, steam clean it, or whatever you need to put this trolley through it will cope, and to that ends, we put our money where our month is, and give you a three year warranty, excluding the wearing parts. 


So whatever you need, whether it's stainless steel trolleys or aluminium trolleys, let us Handle-iT


Folding Trolley......... made in the UK so no more excuses to buy cheap Chinese Tat July 04 2014, 1 Comment

Folding Trolley, the HI-36-FFB is manufactured using the same high quality manufacturing process and materials as our now world famous Platform trucks Range. Single Piece Laser cut frames, provide unrivaled strength from a remarkable low self weight. With a very simple but effective folding mechanism, without any small springs or components to be lost. Mounted on a choice of either our standard high quality 200mm solid wheels, or a 200mm Pneumatic castor (**not BS-EN compliant**) to help negotiate rougher terrains. Topped with an 18mm weather proof plywood deck, and then finished in a epoxy powder coated frame which is not just very pretty but remarkably durable. As with all our made to order range these are available in almost any color as well as stainless steel, aluminum or galvanized finish, please talk with your account manager.


Kan Ban Trolleys or Parts Bin Trolleys July 04 2014, 0 Comments

Kan Ban or Parts Bin Trolleys for use with linbins and plastic boxes perfect for parts picking or production feeding. Strategically sized to maximize th
e storage of all the variations of bins available. Whether you need to stack side by side or front to back, this trolley will maximize the amount of bins to be transported, to assist in reducing time wasted in lean production facilities. the trolley is constructed from 25.4mm tube which offers fantastic strength but a low overall self weight, ensuring minimum effort to move maximum loads, you can reduce this still further by choosing the PU wheel option below, this will provide even less rolling resistance that the standard mounted rubber wheels. Use the trolley to ensure that all elements of your production line are feed and working efficiently. If you have a special requirement, click here and visit our made to order section of our site which will give you some additional ideas of how we can modify this unit, to be perfect for your job.

New Hospital Gas Bottle Trolley April 22 2014, 0 Comments

Hospital Gas Bottle Trolley from Handle-iT, loads into a recessed supporting cage ensuring that even if the trolley is dropped the load with stay safe, and retained inside the trolley.Suitable for ALL Oxygen cylinders up to 260mm diameter with a full steel strap ensuring the locking of the bottle. A beautifully balanced trolley which ensures that heavy bottle are as easy to handle as possible.Perfect for use in hospitals, surgeries, dental practices or where gas bottle movements are frequent or carried out by the fairer sex. Please note that this unit can be manufactured for your choice of gas bottle size if you have something that is not covered by the standard range.

Gas Cylinder Trolley New From Handle-iT April 12 2014, 0 Comments

Gas Cylinder Trolley New From Handle-iT, one of our re-seller customers has asked us to copy an Italian manufactured gas bottle trolley as they loved the product and loved the price, but were fed up with all the Mediterranean holidays and slow manufacturing times. Of course as always we obliged, whoever the customer was shocked when he found out the cost for us to manufacture here in Devon was less the price that he was originally paying in Europe, moreover with the 2 weeks turnaround our factory provided, we had delivered the consignment before the Italian manufacturer had even finished his pasta......... Addio il mio amico.............

Need some Extra Security In the Work Place............... March 26 2014, 0 Comments

Security Platform Truck With Locking Lid, great for moving sensitive documents, cash, or high value product, where you need just that little bit more security. With option on locking mechanisms from a standard pad lock, to a key entry lock, through to key-less entry swipe cards, the level of security is YOUR choice. The fully welded construction means that you would need to literally cut this trolley up to get at the contents. Offered as standard in 2 sizes, however as this is part of the made to order range talk to us if you need to make changes, or visit our made to order trolley pages for more inspiration. If you are looking for a secure trolley, with anti theft devices this is a great starting point.

Handle-iT Export Department News March 07 2014, 0 Comments

Handle-iT have added another country to it's ever expanding international data based. Exporting a batch of Heavy Duty Folding Flatbed Trolleys to Uganda. We can't tell you to who, as this is strictly confidential, however managing director Daniel Farrar Said "it's just more great work from the export team, we have always been strong in the US, Europe, The Middle East and Australia, however Africa has always been a very difficult nut to crack. this gives us a great starting point and an outstanding reference site for expansion into what we consider to be a great market, with massive potential. Whilst the UK market is still somewhat tepid we need to be creative in our visions for expansion"

After Handle-iT's export department had there most lucrative year ever in 2013 entering into Markets such as Iraq, Ukraine, and the Philippines as well as maintaining great relations in there historically strong international portfolio, whilst looking to increase business further still in Southern Europe with planned online, and warehousing presence planned in 2014/15 with opening of a warehouse and office facility in Northern Spain. Daniel added, "The only thing that holds us back is ensuring that our growth in these markets is not to quick."    

Platform Trucks from Handle-iT March 05 2014, 3 Comments

Platform Trucks from Handle-iT now conform to BSEN1757-3, with the addition of braked castors to our standard platform truck range, all standard sized and many of the non  standard sized platform trucks, whether they be mesh filled, ply filled or plastic clad conform to the rigorous high safety standards laid down under the BSEN1757-3. Managing Director, Daniel Farrar said "With our every growing data base including many blue chip international companies, this is a natural progression to ensure that our customers get what they need from our range. Moreover we are making slight adjustments to still more of our range to ensure that these standard are either meet or exceeded. With the additional of a deadman braking system to our turntable trolleys range these will also meet the required European standard. this has been a long and expensive process ensuring these higher safety standards, however this was a price worth paying for the additional safety factors, and coupled with our unparalleled 5 year warranty it makes our platform truck range some of the best value product in the industry."

Aluminium Turntable Trolley / Industrial Trailer - HIAT500 or HIAT1000 - Blog Post January 09 2014, 0 Comments


Aluminium Turntable Trolleys, from Handle-iT, as we are able to manufacture most of our range in either aluminium or stainless steel, here is an aluminium industrial trailer, moreover this unit was manufactured using plain bore polypropylene centered wheels so that there no parts could corrode as this particular unit went offshore. However again we can manufacture exactly what you need, just ask your account manager, or the general sales team.


NEW PRODUCT - Picking Trolley with Adjustable Height Shelves HI-JD-PT-ADJ December 02 2013, 0 Comments



Picking Trolley With Adjustable Height Shelves, Finding impossible to cater for a multitude of box sizes, nothing uniform…….. Here is your solutions, with shelves being adjustable every 150mm, this trolley will cater for all sizes, and shapes…….. Remove the shelf and you can even pick and pack clothing using the reinforcing bar as a clothes rail. This trolley is constructed from heavy duty 25mm box section for the uprights, and 50mm box section for the base. The wheels are in a diamond configuration or also call “easy Steer” for ultimate manoeuvrability, and finish with a polypropylene which is light weight and easy to adjust.

Capacity 200KG
Bed Length 1200mm or 1500mm
Bed Width 700mm or 800mm
Base Height 290mm
Wheel Size 200mm
Wheel Type 2 Fixed 2 Swivel

Sainsbury's shed a few pounds with an Aluminium Flatbed Trolley November 26 2013, 0 Comments

Uk's Leading supermarket approached Handle-iT recently to discuss their options on buying a flatbed trolley that was light enough for their disabled staff to use but robust enough to take the strain of the stock they were trying to move.

Handle-iT's design team came up with the perfect solution, a flatbed trolley, made from aluminium which vastly reduced the overall weight but also a a lightweight polypropylene base to bring the weight down even further.

The end result was exactly what the customer needed, a nice light trolley with the strength of one of our more heavy weight and heavy duty, steel flatbed trolleys.

We are due to be speaking to The Customer in the near future to hear their feedback on the trolley and will update this blog post accordingly to let you know exactly how satisfied the customer was with the product.


In the meantime, if you'd like to discuss a bespoke solution for your business, please feel free to browse our site for a starting point and/or give us a call on 01803 814522. One of our expert sales team will be glad to discuss your idea no matter how bespoke, non-standard, weird or wonderful it might be!


Another 'fresh' idea from Handle-iT 'rolls' off the production line.. November 20 2013, 0 Comments

Handle-iT were asked by Subway, the UK's leading sandwich company to solve a 'menu' of problems that stores were facing, our design team put together a solution mixing up the 'ingredients' of a mobile rack trolley topping, served on a base of a balance trolley, with and extra serving of puncture proof wheels, and topped with a branded tarpaulin waterproof cover.

This bespoke item nicely shows Handle-iT's ability to design, prototype, manufacture and supply bespoke products..

For more information on our bespoke, made to order trolleys, sack trucks and sack barrows, please visit our 'Made To Order' page on the main store.


The HI1890 Heavy Duty Sack Truck range is the number one choice for breweries.. November 15 2013, 0 Comments

The HI1890 Heavy Duty Sack Trucks range is the number one choice for the brewery, drinks and dray trade once again!

We asked a number of breweries again this year what their choice of keg truck was and as ever, the HI1890 range, exclusive to, came out on top..

Breweries such as Carlsberg, Matthew Clark, LWC, Hunters and Teignworthy voted the HI1890 range as their number one choice for keg trucks, heavy duty sack trucks and hand carts.

For those who don't know, the HI1890 range is a modular design system that allows you to choose your parts individually..
Choose from five handles, four frames, five foot plates and two different styles of wheels to design your very own, personalised, heavy duty sack truck. 
To Design Your Own Sack Truck please visit our Sack Truck Designer, it'll take a second to load but as soon as it does, you'll realise what all the fuss is about!

Whether its a Keg Truck, P Handled Short Toe Hand Truck or a basic Drayman's Sack Barrow, the HI1890 range designed by you on Sack Truck Designer is the sure fire way to find a sack truck to suit your needs, exactly.

As ever, if you have any questions, would like any advice or would simply like to know more, please feel free to call our expert sales team on 01803 814522 and we will be happy to help.

Rittal June 06 2013, 0 Comments

Rittal, wanted a Bespoke Sack Truck for moving Server Cabinets around the production lines..

This sack truck need to have 3 positions so the Cabinet could be lowered so the staff could move and be able to see over the top of it. They also need a ratchet Strap to support the Product on the Sack Truck. They customer also wanted this trolley in their own company colour.

This is a very intense production line as Rittal make cabinets for all the major hardware manufacturers, producing hundred of 1800mm plus high cabinets, the cabinet are weighing in at 120kg and the size makes them awkward to handle within the necessary time constraint of the production facility. Handle-iT re-enforce the back struts on appliance trucks with 25mm solid rod, so that they were able to take the abuse.

Wilts Electrical Wholesalers September 07 2007, 0 Comments

Handle-iT look after the Wilts Electrical Group right throughout the UK, at the last count 69 depots..


Recently they purchased 30 roll cages with integral shelves to meet their specific needs in wholesale and product stocks.

Also 10 one hundred liter shopping trolleys for their central warehousing moving such products as: cable reels, light switches, light fixings etc. They also had 10 custom modified cash and carry trolleys based around the 
HITC106B stacking cash and carry trolley. They purposes of these items were as follows:

  • For small items stacked into stack and nest baskets.
  • Medium sized items into bottle baskets.
  • Large items onto a sturdy 500kg flatbed trolley. 

Pets At Home September 06 2007, 0 Comments

Pets At Home have purchased 23 trolleys so far for 23 different depots...

Every time Pets At Home open a new store now the trolleys will be ordered from us here at Handle-iT.

The 23 trolleys ordered so far were 
3 Sided Filled Cage Trolleys with mesh sides in a size of 1000mm x 700mm. The distribution trolleys were also powder coated in the specific shade of green that Pets At Home  use on their logo's etc.
The cage trolleys are now being used to move cat and dog food sacks. Now that the contract is in place 
Pets At Home will be opening around 4 new stores a year with 4 new trolleys a year!

News Retail Services and Associated News September 01 2007, 0 Comments

News Retail Services and Associated News Own the UK's tabloid papers..

They came to handle-iT, in various form to have a newspaper vending trolley with a folding footplate and folding side panels.
The trolleys had to be nestable / stackable for storage purposes, and have the facility to house a marketing umbrella.

Handle-iT designed the perfect trolley for their needs and presented it to them and they purchased altogether 2000 of them! The trolleys can now be seen in use in the city of London where they are used to hand out the London Today and the London Light news papers...... (SORRY)

Thru-Vision August 06 2007, 0 Comments

Handle-iT designed and built a trolley for a cylindrical x-ray machine.


The trolley needed a dead man breaking system to prevent damage to sensitive electrical equipment. The trolley was designed completely from scratch by our team here at Handle-iT.

SMT Development May 15 2007, 0 Comments

Are moving electric pumps from outside the warehouse to the inside.

There is no way the pumps can risk getting wet. Also they are very big and bulky and so very awkward to handle. We suggested massive mumma as it has drop down sides, so if needs be they can drop them down to put the pump inside and raise them to make sure it stays inside.

We have also provided a tarpaulin cover that would ensure that the pump would never get wet inside the truck.