Fully integrated material handling & storage systems for your business

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Established in 1989, J Pratley and Sons Ltd is a family run business that offers services for all your steel needs. From supplying beams and columns to fabrication and larger structural steel projects.


With over 30 years of experience in the building and construction industry, J Pratley and Sons Ltd know the importance of getting the products you need – when you need them. That’s why they established a fast and efficient delivery and collection service for all your steel essentials.

Their well-stocked – and competitively priced – trade counter holds everything you could ever need. From a range of welding consumables to safety equipment, diamond and abrasive discs, gas cutting equipment, tools, and more. They also hold a range of bolts, fixings and studding, which can be more difficult to source locally.


The root of all good projects rests in their foundation and structure. As a well-regarded metal supplier, J. Pratley & Sons know this all too well. Their steel beams and columns have supported some of the most recognisable local buildings in your area.

Better still, all their products are available to order online and can be collected in person from their trade counter. Alternatively, they can be delivered alongside your steel order or – if you’re passing by – you can pop into their Burghfield branch.

It’s here that their dedicated team’s reliable, efficient and friendly services ensure your job keeps moving. Yet, with business booming, J. Pratley & Sons had an inkling the increased workload would eventually stretch their staff too thin. To pre-empt this, they reached out to us to proactively make a decision and adapt to their best interests.


At Locators, we provide fully integrated materials handling and storage systems for your business. We had worked with J. Pratley & Sons Ltd in the past for their storage systems and their current fleet of Toyota Tonero forklifts. These trucks are perfect for speed, manoeuvrability and transporting awkward and long loads.

Upon returning to J. Pratley & Sons Ltd, their expansion was a welcome prospect amidst the turmoil of a global pandemic. However, when we assessed their yard, our inspection indicated that their fears were correct – and that they would be unable to keep up with demand. Growth necessitated more traffic, so we suggested bolstering their fleet with a new Tonero.

This versatile diesel-powered truck is capable of intensive operations – both inside and out. Safe manoeuvrability and fast acceleration make the Tonero range ideal for productivity. Happy with the solution, J Pratley & Sons Ltd agreed to purchase the truck, and we delivered it to their door in our covered transport.

Toyota Tonero 52-8FDF30

With Torque convertor

Compliant with the latest emissions regulations, Tonero diesel trucks are ideal for intensive work. Safe manoeuvrability and fast acceleration make the Tonero highly productive in a range of material handling applications.

Load Capacity

1.5-3.5 tonnes

Maximum Lift Height

7.0 m


“Due to a surge of orders before Christmas, we found ourselves somewhat overwhelmed. On the one hand, it was great for business but on the other, we needed a fast and reliable solution. As a business, we do our upmost to accommodate each and every customer and wanted to ensure that they got their goods. To facilitate this, we reached out to our trusted material handling partner. Having worked with them before, it’s great to see that – like us – Locators steel got it.”

Heidi Northway

Accounts Manager, J. Pratley & Sons