Hydraulic Lifting Trolley

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In a warehouse or any application, you may well need to lift boxes. Now, one possibility of moving something is with a forklift, but obviously, that is not practical a lot of the time and within a packaging situation, it is not very practical either.

This is quite a large, bulky box and what we want to try and avoid with a trolley like this is having to bend down and physically lift it up. It would be much easier if we could lift the box up to the height that we are working on. So this trolley is what it does. So it is a normal trolley, a flat-bed trolley, it is very well constructed. You can push it, it has got quite a high handle on here, so you are not pushing it being stooped over. You can hold on to it nice and tightly no matter what height you are.

The main thing of it is this side here. So what we have got here are brakes at the start and at the bottom. So if you are going to be moving anything, the first thing you need to do is pop the brakes on. So there is one on each wheel. So that will just secure the brakes in place so the trolley's not going to then move. Here, we got the release handle, and this bit here is the part that we are going to actually pump on. So the first thing is to make sure that what load we are lifting is not going to exceed the rating. So down here, you have got a chart and these trolleys come in different ratings. And on here, it has the product number, the serial number, the year it was manufactured and the fact that this trolley will lift 150 kilos, which is quite a heavy-duty trolley. They do make them heavier and also lighter, so make sure you do not overload the trolley.

The box we have got on here is bulky and not particularly heavy. So to start with, just make sure the lever's down. To lift it with the brakes on is literally just a matter of pushing this handle down and you can put it up to whatever height you want. So if you were moving this box across onto a working surface, you can literally just lift it up to where you want. So we just take that right to the top, and show you how high it goes. As you can see, it is a scissor-type action inside. The more basic ones do not have the scissor-action, but you can see this is way over the height you would be looking at on a normal worktop. So that is pretty much it now, it is at the top of the height.

You could move this across to a racking system, so by just sliding it across. But it is so important to make sure that the trolley is secure before you start doing anything along that, but it will be much better lifting-wise if two of you are lifting from this height than it was from down the bottom. Also, just keep an eye on, while we have got it up, just look at any trolley like this. It is maintenance. So always before you are using it, push it up to its extremes, check everything okay, make sure there is no leakage around the hydraulics, and make sure there is no wear and tear on any of the parts. Also, around the wheels, they are solid nylon wheels.

In a warehouse situation, sometimes you get shrink wrapped-plastic caught around them, it can cause problems. So just do a good visual inspection of the lifting trolley and also you are going to need to do a proper LOLER test on it every year because it is a trolley used for lifting, so therefore we must have the LOLER testing. This particular one does not have the label on it because it has the original certificate that came of manufacturing, so a year after manufacture when we took delivery of it, it will have the test.

When it is up in this position, we can move the box off. To lower it down, we literally just pull this handle and the box will slowly go down. If you want to stop it, just let go of it, so it literally will just go down as much as you want it. And then when it is at the bottom, it is fully at the bottom now, it will not go down any lower. What you can then do is just lift up the wheels and then from there, you can just move it like a normal trolley.