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Paving is a heavy and durable building material which can be awkward to move around. A typical paving slab is around an inch thick and about 500mm x 500mm.
Typically made of either natural stone or concrete each unit requires some strength to handle. As paving is vulnerable to damage by chipping and cracking it should be handled with care.
Furthermore, lifting slabs awkwardly can lead to debilitating injuries of the back and joints. Therefore, finding safe ways to move and transport paving is of upmost importance.
Carriages for transporting paving must be easy on the body while protecting the paving from damage. In this article I will list the 4 main ways to transport paving safely and efficiently.
1. Builder’s wheelbarrow
The most common and typical method of moving paving is with a strong builders wheelbarrow.
This is a satisfactory method however it is difficult to shift many slabs at once. Very often paving has to be perched on top of the loading basin which can become unstable.
Abrupt stops can force paving to slide off the top scratching the surface and potentially breaking.
Builders wheelbarrow (Amazon)
2. The Stanley multi truck
The Stanley multi truck is based on a conventional sack barrow design but with a difference.
The truck has the ability to be loaded and lowered onto four wheels. The handle can then be extended and adjusted so the horizontal load can be pulled.
With good steering and a 200kg load capability the Stanley multi truck is ideal for moving paving.
The Stanley multi truck (Amazon)
3. Load surfer pallet truck
If you want to shift a serious load of paving why not invest in the Loadsurfer pallet truck. This pallet truck can lift and shift 2 tonnes of weight.
This Is ideal for loading up multiple pavers at once or moving whole pallets of paving. However even though pallet trucks can lift a lot of weight they are not very manoeuvrable.
These can struggle to navigate rough, uneven surfaces and awkward sideways. As they rely on man, pulling power they are not good for shifting weight uphill.
Loadsurfer pallet truck (Amazon)
4. Loadit heavy duty trolley
This heavy duty transportation trolley has a capacity of up to 300kg. Its robust pulling bar and swivelling wheels means it is easy to steer around heavy loads.
This makes it suitable for stacking paving for efficient transportation. The main drawback with this trolley is it becomes difficult to steer under heavy loads.
The small, hard, wheels also create a bumpy ride increasing the chances of paving cracking.
Loadit heavy duty trolley (Amazon)
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