Sack Truck Buyers Guide

Find the ideal AluTruk® for your needs

We understand that ultimately you just want to purchase a sack truck that does the job intended. You want it to last the test of time, be lightweight and be capable of carrying the weight you require. We also know however that each variation of our AluTruk range is designed with the user and their requirements in mind.

This guide will hopefully explain some of the sack truck options we can offer, so you can really get a feel for which design would suit your needs best. Anything not explained may be answered in our FAQ section or alternatively feel free to give us a call on 01249 470433.

Sack Truck options – Steel vs Aluminium

There are a few good reasons we solely focus on the manufacture of our own aluminium style sack trucks – more commonly known as the AluTruk range – rather than suppling tubular steel trucks.

We pride ourselves on the quality in detail. This is not to say all steel sack trucks are low quality, in fact manufactured correctly some can be made to a high standard  but – due to the nature of steel  –  they are generally much heavier than an aluminium style sack barrow. This makes them harder to manoeuvre. A classic example is where they are stowed on a vehicle to be regularly used then – due to the lift required to get them on and off the lorry – this poses a real risk of injury.

With aluminium sack trucks being lighter they also become more agile when under load making them ideal for delivery drivers with multiple drop points. Being lighter they also adhere to many of our customers health and safety standards.

Our AluTruk sack trucks are tested and certified to a max load of 300kg and are almost weld free – meaning much fewer potential  points of weakness . Being modular is a major positive as you are easily able to replace individual parts whereas on many steel sack trucks a broken weld effectively ends the life of the sack truck. Although Aluminium is a more expensive product we believe it to be well worth the investment if you are looking for a longer standing and more durable product.

Sack Truck Wheels – Puncture Proof or Pneumatic Tyres?

Tyres / wheels are generally one of the biggest problem areas we are told about by new customers who have purchased many different trucks from many sack truck suppliers. We are constantly told  of their frustrations caused by;

  • punctures due to low quality inner tubes on Pneumatic wheels
  • bearing collapse due to incorrect tolerances between bearing and the axle
  • a general difficulty to push trucks whilst under load

As standard we aim to offer our customers our most popular and reliable wheel type which is a 260mm Puncture Proof tyre on steel centre.

This tyre is Polyurethane filled at 1500 grammes content to eliminate compression when under load. The tread of the tyre is crowned therefore under load minimal contact with the surface makes the truck easy to manoeuvre. Furthermore we use the highest quality bearings that sit flush on the axle – for greater efficiency – and these bearings are provided with a lifetime guarantee!

We do also offer a Pneumatic style wheel using the same bearings with lifetime guarantee and crowned tread. We use a 6ply tyre for additional durability. The primary benefit of a high quality pneumatic wheel is their natural ‘give’ over rough surfaces such as grass or gravel. The rim we use is three piece meaning that if a new tyre / inner tube is required then it can be easily replaced.

Sack Truck Footplates – Fixed or Folding?

The type of sack truck footplate you opt for comes down to how the truck is most likely to be used. As standard we offer four variants of footplate, all different in size.

The footplate is the loading point of the sack truck – so it is important the correct design is chosen for your application.

Three of our four AluTruk foot plates can be made folding and all can be fixed but what’s the difference?

A fixed footplate is set in place, will not move and will always be ready to use instantly. This is extremely beneficial for use in warehouses or around the yard when you have multiple movements to make for a particular task. In addition the fact that there are fewer moveable parts will naturally improve the durability of the sack barrow.

M24+23Y10A folding plate is advantageous if sack truck storage space is limited. For example if the truck is used predominantly out on the delivery vans then stowing it correctly and safely becomes important. A folding plate will allow the user to sit the sack truck flush against the side of the vehicle – some of our customers have a locking system or even a specially designed shoot on the under carriage of their vans for storage. With a fixed plate this limits storability options. When choosing a footplate design it is important to ask yourself the question ‘Do we have difficulty with storage?’ If the answer is yes then consider a folding plate, if no maybe fixed will suffice!

Sack Truck Mainframe options

The mainframe choices are purely designed around the application they are needed for. All our sack trucks are manufactured with high quality aluminium uprights and the cross members themselves are interchangeable.

As a standard we supply the uprights with three cross members creating our MFK frame, upgrade this to the MFL for a centre strip which is beneficial for carrying smaller boxes or parcels.

We also manufacture frames with a curved back, perfect for cylinder shape objects such as gas or water bottles or beer kegs.

For larger items such as flat pack furniture or for the taller users, we offer the MFKT frame which increases the overall height of the truck by 280mm. Overall the frame design most certainly comes down the application. If you are unsure what is best suited then feel free to get in touch!

Sack Truck Handles

H25BCOMPLETEWe offer many different handle configurations all of which are as strong as each other  but each have their own benefits.

Handle design is mostly on preference of the user. Some prefer the twin double grip handles while others prefer the more popular P-Handle design. Some handles such as the H25 (considered our most popular model) have knuckle guards for hand protection and also have a high loop to give support for taller loads.

For white goods delivery consider our H21B handles as they have a lower loop which, on request can be inverted allowing the user to maintain control of the product when tilting.

To view all handle configurations click here.


Sack Truck Optional Extras

Once the general specification of the truck is designed, you may wish to consider adding some optional extras. Below are a few options we offer and their uses. Follow the links for more detail or simply call us.

  • Stair Glides – Cast aluminium with replaceable plastic strips with a weight of 1kg per pair. Stair glides are perfect if out delivering and regularly having to negotiate small kerbs / thresholds. If you are going up flights of stairs on a regular basis you may wish to look at our stair skid and handle combination (click here) These may not be required for use over flat surfaces such as in warehouses.
  • Wheel guards – Wheel guards have two very beneficial uses. Firstly they give the load more stability as they provide a larger surface area when the load is reclined. They also protect goods against spray back in wet conditions. Wheel guards are of use to many and are widely recommended.
  • Tote / Keg hooks – The tote hook and keg hook have similar uses with the overall aim being to secure the load to the sack truck. The tote hook is designed for our home shopping trucks and is supplied to many companies such as Tesco, Sainsbury, Asda and more whilst the keg hook is designed to carry beer kegs and is generally used with the curved MFN / MFNS framed due to the shape of the kegs themselves. For products packed in boxes these extras are not likely to be required however for specific products they can be invaluable!
  • Load Assist Plate – The load assist plate is fitted through the stair glides although we are now able to supply if stair glides are not required by fitting through the axle brackets. The aim of the load assist plate is to provide a tilt assist. Whilst tilting the user would simply step on the plate using their own foot to help recline the load back. A good health and safety feature as it prevents strain / injury.
  • Frame extension – Maybe you are carrying taller loads that need some additional support? The frame extension could be the answer. It provides an extra height of 300mm and is easy to retro fit on existing sack trucks. Be aware that it is only compatible with some of our handle configurations. If you are looking at a handle that is not compatible then maybe the MFKT frame could be considered as an alternative to give the additional height.

Finally – Design your own Sack Truck using Design Online!

Now that you are more familiar with all the various sack truck types and options available why not design your own AluTruk to meet exactly your specific requirements?

We provide a design online capability to really help with designing your AluTruk! The design online option takes you through a step by step process allowing you to see the sack truck built in CAD format before you make a purchase.

You can add the optional extras, fit your preferred footplate and make choices on wheel and handle options.

As well as showing an image of the sack truck you have created, it also provides you with an instant price for the designed specification!

If at the end of this you are still have questions or concerns about which sack truck will best fit your needs then please just contact us – we are here to help and our sales team would be delighted to assist!

An innovative way of thinking! – TCT Show

Our Managing Director Mark Farrell and CAD Technician Matthew Walker recently visited the TCT Show at the NEC in Birmingham!

In line with one of our virtues of being an innovative forward thinking company, the TCT show gave us the opportunity to improve on our already extensive CAD and 3D printing capabilities!

Our CAD technician Matthew has already produced high resolution images for most of the range within our extensive castor and wheels catalogue and has already began work on variations of our AluTruk range. With literally thousands of combinations available to us, Matthew is looking at ways we can continuously develop our ever growing CAD facility and 3D print department. We are now focused on developing this area of the company and utilising it to improve our design online section where you can currently see the design of the AluTruk as you build it to your own specification!

The TCT Show is one of the world’s leading design to manufacturing events that focuses on 3D printing, design and engineering technology! The show is a perfect fit for us as a company with our continued investment in these areas and natural progression of the company.

We are already utilising our two 3D Robox printers by manufacturing our very own prototype parts, including castor brackets, sack truck components and axle fittings some of which have already gone to full production  and have been supplied to our valued customers.


We have recently taken delivery of our brand new additional Pro 3D printer courtesy of Robox CEL.

Over the past year we have been designing and printing our own prototypes and samples for both our Material Handling and Castor and wheel divisions!

Investing in this excellent piece of technology means we are now able to produce samples in a higher volume and to a larger scale!

It also means we are able to ensure dimensions of the prototypes are suitable and compatible with the application before we push forward to full production!

AluTruk Sack Trucks Deliver Tesco to your Door

BIL Groups Customised Sack Truck delivers for Tesco – 2 million times a month!

With well over 500,000 home deliveries made each week  Tesco needs a reliable way of getting the groceries from the delivery van to the doorstep. BIL Group were able to help with a customised AluTruk solution.

BIL Groups relationship with Tesco goes back over 15 years, so understanding their need for a reliable, robust, quality engineered sack truck  BIL Group created a custom built sack truck to meet all of Tesco’s requirements. Consequently you will find one of our customised Aluminium Sack Trucks on every one of Tesco’s 3,000 delivery vans.

Lightweight Aluminium Folding Sack Truck

Our Tesco Sack Truck is easy to handle but robust, being made of quality lightweight aluminium. It comes with crowned tread tyres for ease of movement when loaded. These sack trucks also have a tote hook assembly to ensure the load is stable when being transported. In addition a folding footplate means our sack truck takes up the minimum amount of room in the van.

The customisation was completed with personalised Tesco side strips and unique serial number hard stamped into each sack truck.

While meeting all of Tesco’s stringent health and safety requirements the AluTruk is still capable of a 300 kg load capacity.

Steel Barrel Trucks

Roll Out the Barrel!

AluTruk Help Murphy and Sons supply the Brewing Trade.

The AluTruk division of the BIL Group have been working with Murphy and Son for many years.

As Murphy & Son, based in Nottingham, are brewing consultants and manufacturing chemists. They provide brewers throughout the country with all the processing kit and ingredients required to make quality beers.

As part of their business Murphy and Son provide their customers with Manual Handling equipment. And the relationship with BIL Group started after they approached us looking for a company who could provide them with better engineered, more robust, quality sack trucks for one of their customers.

Steel Sack Trucks for Heavy Barrels

We were able to show Murphy and Son our heavy duty steel sack truck range which was especially adapted to meet the needs of the brewing trade. Our steel barrel / keg trucks come complete with Keg hook attachment, twin grip handles and a choice of Pneumatic / Puncture proof tyres. Murphy and Son were delighted with these high quality, robust sack trucks and since then they have sold this Steel Keg and Barrel Truck into some major international brewing companies such as; Heineken and Carlsberg as well as many other smaller brewing businesses.

Aluminium Beer Trucks

We also provided Murphy and Son with a lightweight Aluminium sack truck option. In fact they liked this one so much they immediately replaced all their existing sack trucks with our AluTruk. This aluminium based beer truck provides the user with a unique 300kg load capacity. It is lightweight and has a modular design which enables quick and simple repairs to be undertaken if necessary so extending its life.

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