You Won’t Believe How Much Weight a Supermarket Trolley Can Hold

By Andrew Liszewski on at

Worried about destroying a trolleyt because of all the instant ramen you’re stocking up on at the supermarket? Don’t be. The internet’s favourite Hydraulic Press Channel recently took a break from smooshing stuff to test just how strong a shopping cart really is.

After methodically loading a cart with random pieces of heavy steel, the trolley was able to easily support around 1,015 pounds (460 kilos). It wasn’t until an additional 418 pounds (190 kilos) was added that the cart finally succumbed to all the weight and collapsed. The max capacity for this particular cart was somewhere in-between—which is astonishing.

It might feel like you’re carrying well over 400 kilos of shopping home sometimes, but it would be all but impossible to fill a trolley past its weight capacity with what you can find in a supermarket. If you’re shopping for raw steel, though, you might want to grab something more sturdy to get your purchases to the checkout. [YouTube via The Awesomer]