Look around any busy warehouse, industrial site, or retailer and you’ll no doubt see workers using hand trucks to move loads and inventory from one place to another. These important and highly functional devices are important tools for a wide variety of businesses, large and small. Not only do hand trucks allow one person to do the work of several when moving products and equipment from one point to another, they are cost effective due to their versatility.
For most businesses, whether you operate a warehouse or a retail store, convertible hand trucks are an excellent tool to help get the job done. There are a few factors to consider before you decide which type of hand trucks you really need.
There are reasons why aluminum is a great choice for hand truck construction. Aluminum is the most common metal found in the earth’s crust. It’s plentiful and inexpensive, and that allows manufacturers to keep the price of aluminum hand trucks reasonable. Aluminum is also durable, lightweight, fireproof, heat-resistant, and it doesn’t rust. Aluminum hand trucks have a long service life, which is a cost-saving measure for any business.
Every hand truck has a weight capacity limit, and most aluminum convertible trucks are designed to handle 500 pounds–although some do have the capacity to hold up to 1500 pounds. For small businesses, organizations, or residential use, a hand truck with a lighter capacity will likely handle most loading and moving jobs. But for larger businesses, warehouses, or industrial sites, you should always choose the truck with the largest weight capacity. If you consistently move loads that exceed 2000 pounds, you’ll need a heavier duty hand truck.
Convertible Truck Features
The more versatile a tool is, the more cost-efficient it is. Convertible hand trucks have the option of being used as a traditional dolly, but can also convert to a platform moving device as well with a simple push of the release bar. Convertible trucks are great for businesses or organizations that move a variety of load sizes, with varying shapes and weights.
The type of surface your hand truck will be used on is important for choosing the right convertible hand truck. Hand trucks come in a variety of wheel styles which work better on specific surfaces. Some work better on flat surfaces, others are better suited for moving loads up and down stairs. For example, the Magliner Glyde model is specifically designed for moving loads down stairs, due to its one-hand operation capabilities and the gas spring technology. If you know where you’ll be using it, take that into consideration.
Matching up the tire type with the job should also include choosing the right tires and wheels. Larger wheels allow you to move heavier loads easier, and they work well on uneven surfaces. The tire construction is also important. Look for wheels that have features such as lifetime lubrication, and a high coefficient of friction which offers greater rolling capacity.
- Pneumatic wheels are air-filled tires, and work well on rough or smooth surfaces. They also provide protection for loads through increased shock absorption, which provides a smoother ride. If you move loads over loose gravel, grass or other terrain, pneumatic wheels are a good choice. Care must be taken to maintain proper air pressure.
- Semi-pneumatic wheels look like the pneumatic wheel on the outside, but on the inside, they’re constructed of dense, molded rubber with a hollow core. It’s heavier than the pneumatic wheel, but cannot be punctured or lose air.
- Microcellular wheels are manufactured using polyurethane foam, then mounted on a one-piece steel hub. They are puncture resistant. Unlike some other materials, microcellular wheels won’t mark up the surface as you move across it with heavy loads.
- Solid rubber tires require no maintenance, and cannot go flat. However, they lack the cushioning and shock absorption found with other tire styles.
- Balloon cushion wheels are puncture-resistant and non-marking. They can be changed out without the use of tools.
Always choose a convertible aluminum hand truck that is covered by a warranty against defects in the materials used in its construction and workmanship. Bear in mind that most warranties won’t cover issues if you are using the hand truck outside of its recommended weight capacity, in case you get any ideas while you’re on the job.
For more information about our high-quality, aluminum convertible hand trucks, visit our website to view our inventory. For questions about our products, to find replacement parts for a Magliner product, or to find a specific hand truck for your business or organization’s specific needs, call us at our toll-free number to speak with a representative, or fill out our convenient online form and we’ll get back to you with an answer to your question quickly.