Deadman Brakes - How Do They Work?
Ever wondered how Deadman Brakes work on trolleys? There are several types of deadman brake that use different systems, however one of the simplest and most robust systems utilises a solid "breaking rod" that applies pressure to the wheels of the trolley with the use of a spring. Commonly used on Airport Trolleys, this braking rod is attached to the front of a handle, which when pressed down levers the back end up, pulling up the braking rod and releasing pressure from the wheel.
The brakes themselves are available in multiple types, such as a simple braking pad or a shoehorn brake. The simple braking pad applies pressure to the top of the wheel, whereas the shoehorn brake applies pressure to the sides to reduce wear, and apply a more reliable and efficient brake.