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Used Platform Trucks for Sale

  • Platform trucks are ideal for transporting bulky items.
  • Trucks move on rubber casters which allow the truck to turn on its own radius for added maneuverability.
  • Reliable and sturdy by design, making them great for transporting any kind of load effortlessly.
  • Able to perform a variety of functions, thus making them ideal for many industries.
  • ASI pays top dollar for used platform trucks: Learn More About Our Purchasing Program
Used Load-Securing Platform Carts
Used Load-Securing Platform Carts
  • 3-Sided Wire Panel
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  • Single-Side-Access
Used Platform Truck
Used Platform Truck
  • Rubber Casters
  • Wood, aluminum, or steel
  • Rugged Construction

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We Buy Used Warehouse Equipment

Are you moving or liquidating your facility and looking to sell your used warehouse equipment or material? American Surplus Inc. can help! American Surplus Inc. offers a purchasing program for new and used warehouse and material handling equipment. Learn more about our purchasing program online or call our sales office at (800) 876-3736 to get started.

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About Platform Trucks

Platform trucks, also known as utility carts or warehouse carts, are adaptable and efficient heavy-duty carts designed to transport heavy loads across various environments. These trucks typically consist of a flat platform or bed mounted on four wheels, along with a handle for maneuvering. They are widely used in industries such as warehousing, manufacturing, logistics, retail, and hospitality, where the movement of goods and materials is a regular occurrence.

The platform of a platform truck is regularly made of sturdy materials like steel, aluminum, or reinforced plastic, guaranteeing it can withstand the weight and impact of heavy items. They can transport a wide range of items, including boxes, crates, equipment, and even furniture. In warehouses and distribution centers, platform trucks are invaluable for moving goods between storage areas, loading docks, and delivery trucks. In retail settings, they aid in restocking shelves and moving merchandise around the store floor. Moreover, platform trucks are commonly used for transporting catering supplies, cleaning equipment, and other heavy items in the hospitality industry.

Platform trucks are a universal cart for manually moving a large variety of material and inventory to an in-process or storage area. The basic platform truck design involves a deck with a handle attached on one side with 4-6 eight-inch casters. Typical capacities average 2000 pounds. ranging up to 2500 pounds.

Common platform trucks include one or more of these features: flat bed, aluminum deck, steel deck, nesting, narrow aisle deck, hardwood deck, plastic decking, decking with rails for panel/sheets and various types and sizes of casters. They are typically narrow enough to fit through a standard doorframe, or any aisle of shelving or pallet racking.

It may be somewhat difficult to pick the right truck(s) for your application. Call and speak with one of our warehouse technicians to review your needs with our inventory of carts and trucks. There are many options for manually moving material. Call (800) 876-3736 today. Properly maintained used platform trucks have a long-life cycle and provides added value when purchased at up to 50% off the price of new.

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Advantages of Platform Trucks

Platform trucks offer several advantages in various industries and settings. Here are some of the key rewards of using platform trucks:

  • Versatility: Platform trucks are highly versatile and can be used in a wide range of environments, including warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail stores, airports, and more. They are designed to handle a variety of materials, equipment, and goods, making them suitable for diverse applications.
  • Efficient Material Handling: Platform trucks provide a convenient and efficient means of transporting heavy or bulky items. They typically have a large, flat platform that allows for easy loading and unloading, and they can handle significant weight capacities. This helps streamline material handling processes and reduces the need for manual lifting and carrying, thereby enhancing productivity, and reducing the risk of injuries.
  • Maneuverability: Platform trucks are designed with maneuverability in mind. They often feature swivel casters or wheels, allowing for easy navigation through tight spaces and around obstacles. This maneuverability is particularly useful in crowded or confined areas where larger equipment may have difficulty operating.
  • Durability: Platform trucks are built to withstand demanding working environments. They are constructed using sturdy materials such as steel or heavy-duty plastic, ensuring they can withstand heavy loads and regular use over an extended period. This durability translates into a longer lifespan, reducing the need for frequent replacements and repairs.
  • Safety Features: Platform trucks often come equipped with safety features to protect both the users and the transported goods. These may include non-slip platforms, handle grips, wheel locks, and bumpers to prevent accidents, collisions, or damage during transportation.
  • Cost-Savings: Investing in platform trucks can lead to cost savings in the long run. By reducing the reliance on manual labor for moving heavy items, businesses can enhance productivity and save on labor costs. Moreover, the durability of platform trucks minimizes the need for frequent replacements, reducing maintenance and replacement expenses.

Platform Trucks Applications

Platform trucks find applications in numerous industries and settings due to their versatility and efficiency in material handling. Here are some common applications for platform trucks:

  • Warehouses and Distribution Centers: Platform trucks are widely used in warehouses and distribution centers for moving and organizing goods. They are ideal for transporting pallets, boxes, and other materials within the facility, facilitating efficient order fulfillment and inventory management.
  • Manufacturing Facilities: Platform trucks are essential in manufacturing environments for moving raw materials, components, and finished products between different production stages. They enable the smooth flow of materials on the factory floor, improving productivity and reducing downtime.
  • Retail Stores: In retail settings, platform trucks are employed for stock replenishment, store layout changes, and moving large items such as appliances, furniture, or heavy merchandise. They help employees efficiently restock shelves, rearrange displays, and transport goods within the store.
  • Airports and Transportation: Platform trucks are commonly used in airports and transportation hubs for handling baggage and cargo. They aid in loading and unloading luggage from aircraft, transferring cargo between terminals and storage areas, and facilitating efficient logistics operations.
  • Hospitality Industry: Hotels, resorts, and event venues utilize platform trucks for various tasks, such as transporting equipment, supplies, and luggage. These trucks enable efficient setup and breakdown of events, expedite housekeeping operations, and assist with guest services.
  • Construction Sites: Platform trucks play a crucial role on construction sites, where they are used to transport tools, equipment, and construction materials across the site. They aid in moving heavy loads, such as bricks, lumber, and cement bags, while improving overall efficiency and reducing physical strain on workers.
  • Gardening and Landscaping: In gardening and landscaping applications, platform trucks are useful for moving heavy pots, soil, plants, and other landscaping materials. They provide a convenient means of transporting bulky items across gardens, nurseries, or outdoor spaces.

Platform Trucks Manufacturers

  • Rubbermaid Commercial Products (RCP)
  • Little Giant
  • Wesco Industrial Products
  • Magliner
  • B&P Manufacturing
  • Cushman (Textron Specialized Vehicles)
  • Akro-Mils
  • Harper Trucks
  • Valley Craft Industries
  • Pucel Enterprises Inc.
  • Roura Material Handling
  • Meco Omaha
  • Jamco Products Inc.
  • Raymond Products
  • Fairbanks Scales
  • Hilman Inc.
  • Rousseau Metal
  • Morse Manufacturing Co.
  • Bahrns Equipment Inc.
  • Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co.

Platform Trucks are Also Known As

  • Platform Carts
  • Utility Carts
  • Warehouse Carts
  • Hand Carts
  • Material Handling Carts
  • Flatbed Carts
  • Industrial Dollies
  • Transport Carts
  • Trolleys
  • Movers
  • Pallet Dollies
  • Utility Trolleys
  • Heavy-Duty Carts
  • Cargo Carts
  • Equipment Carts
  • Stock Carts
  • Warehouse Trolleys
  • Distribution Carts
  • Service Carts
  • Hand Trucks (some variations can function as platform trucks)

Platform Trucks Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is a platform truck?
A: A platform truck is a wheeled cart or dolly with a flat, usually rectangular, platform used for transporting heavy or bulky items. It typically has wheels or casters for easy maneuverability.

Q: What are the weight capacities of platform trucks?
A: Weight capacities of platform trucks can vary depending on the specific model and manufacturer. They typically range from a few hundred pounds to several thousand pounds. It's important to check the weight capacity of a platform truck to ensure it can handle your intended load.

Q: Are platform trucks suitable for narrow spaces or tight corners?
A: Many platform trucks are designed with maneuverability in mind. They often feature swivel casters or wheels that enable easy navigation through narrow aisles and tight spaces.

Q: How do I choose the right platform truck for my needs?
A: To choose the right platform truck, consider factors such as the weight and size of the loads you will be handling, the type of terrain or flooring in your environment, the maneuverability required, and any specific features or customization options you may need.

Q: How should I maintain a platform truck?
A: Regular maintenance of a platform truck involves keeping the wheels clean and lubricated, checking for any loose or damaged components, and ensuring the platform is free of debris. It's also important to follow any specific maintenance guidelines provided by the manufacturer.

Q: Can platform trucks be used on stairs or inclines?
A: Standard platform trucks are not designed for use on stairs or steep inclines. However, there are specialized stair-climbing or inclined platform trucks available for such applications.