Hand carts, also known as hand trucks, are used for moving heavy objects, without placing any unnecessary strain on your back. They are most frequently used when a person moves to a new house, purchases new furniture or appliances, or loads, and unloads, warehouse, or stockroom, items. There are several types of hand trucks, to include folding hand trucks, platform carts, convertible hand trucks, appliance hand trucks, furniture dollies, and service carts.
The folding hand cart is one of the most popular type of dollies, as it is easily stored in a closet, garage or stockroom, leaving it conveniently accessible. There are four different weight capacities for the folding hand cart. They are 130 pounds (58.9 kg), 200 pounds (90.7 kg), 275 pounds (124.7 kg) and 440 pounds (199.6 kg). Due to the folding ability of the cart, it can't handle more weight without the wheels collapsing. This style of hand cart costs between $60 and $200 US Dollars (USD), depending upon its weight capacity.
Platform carts are found at many warehouse stores, such as Costco and Sam's Club. They are used to move heavy boxes, furniture and appliance. One style of the platform cart, known as a modular platform cart, has removable sides, for carrying smaller items with the larger ones, or for protecting fragile items from falling off. These hand carts range in price, from $100 to $250 USD.
Convertible hand trucks are used for carrying very large or heavy items. They can be converted to carry items on two wheels, four wheels and in the 45 degree tilt position. This style hand cart can handle up to 1,000 pounds (453.6 kg). It varies in cost from $130 to $300 USD.
Appliance hand trucks are used for moving heavy appliances, such as washers, ovens and refrigerators. The appliance dolly has a solid aluminum or steel frame, and pneumatic wheels, making it capable of handling up to 800 pounds (362.9 kg) on two wheels. This variety of hand cart also features two belts to secure the appliance in place and prevent tipping.
Furniture dollies are flat, four-wheeled dollies. They are often carpeted to prevent damaging precious wood finishes. Due to the solid frame and locking casters, the furniture dolly can handle up to 900 lbs (408.2 kg). These dollies cost between $50 to $100 USD.
Service hand carts, also known as tiered carts, are used in the automotive business for storing frequently used tools. Its solid metal frame allows it to hold numerous tools without collapsing. This style hand cart also has drawers, or sides, for storing small items. These hand carts range in price for $100 to $200 USD.