Discover the Different Types of Trolleys

By Steven Harrisson, September 1, 2017

Maximum productivity level and optimum work space are definitely two of the top priorities for every warehouse manager or owner. The reason behind this is simple – it brings more revenue, thus profit. However, working in a warehouse is quite difficult, but luckily, there’s a lot of tools and equipment that make the job less taxing. The most helpful ones that are also some of the longest serving ones, are to many peoples’ surprise, the trolleys.


Even though there are many other factors that can play a significant role in making the job of the warehouse workers easier, smoother and quicker, nothing beats the trolley. The most popular types of warehouse trolleys include: hand, wagon, cage and tier trolleys. Depending on the type of products warehouse employees need to transport around, the type of trolley best suited for the job will vary.

Tier (Platform) Trolley

The most conventional trolley is the two tier trolley. It features a flat platform which is mounted on a 4 wheel chassis and features a single or two handles at each end. A two tier trolley has weight capacity between 250 and 500kg. Platforms can be either large or small and they can be either open or caged. Heavy-duty tier trolleys are made of quality grade steel, while lightweight models are made of aluminium.

Hand Trolley

Hand trolleys typically feature two wheels with a small base and a ruggedly-made back. These are the simplest type of trolleys. You can stack several boxes on top of each other, on the solid or forked base, then you tilt the trolley and push. You can’t really use these for heavy-duty loads and long distances. Typically, they’re able to carry up to 250kg.

Cage Trolley

Cage trolleys are pretty much the same as platform trolleys, except they have meshed walls that prevent items from falling during transport. This feature offers more worker safety and in terms of use, the cages can either be deparmentalised with shelves or rails, or multi-purpose and large. These trolleys are typically made of steel with sturdy chassis and wheels and are safe for transporting larger and heavier items.

Wagon Trolleys

Wagon trolleys are probably the most ideal option for transporting heavier items, simply because it features a single-bar handle which extends from one end. These models typically feature pneumatic wheels which provide more mobility both indoors and outdoors, even when carrying heavy objects. These trolleys have load capacities of about 1T and more.