Dollies and hand trucks are extremely useful tools for moving. There are many different kinds of each device, but they all serve the same purpose – moving those heavy items more easily! We all know lifting items can be hard on your back, and a dolly or a hand truck will help relieve that stress. Both dollies and hand trucks have certain advantages. Read below for tips on how to use each device:
Dollies come in different shapes and sizes. Some dollies have 4 wheels, some have 8. Some dollies are circular, some are rectangular. The options go on and on. You can use them to move everything from a 5 gallon pail to a dresser. If your item is small enough to fit on one dolly, have one person use proper lifting techniques to hold the item, until another person can slip the dolly underneath. If the item is very large and heavy, you will need two dollies. Simply have one person tilt the heavy object, as another person slides the dolly underneath one side. Do the same thing for the other side.
Hand trucks are a must-have for any professional mover. When using hand trucks, it’s very important that you don’t stack uneven objects. Use boxes if at all possible. Classic aluminum hand trucks are great because the plate that holds your boxes is already sitting on the floor. Simply have one person tilt your heavy box back, and have another person push the hand truck until it is underneath the box. Set the box down on the hand truck, and use proper lifting techniques to stack more boxes. Heavy boxes should always be at the bottom. Don’t stack the boxes too high – it only makes the process more dangerous. Move slowly forward and keep the hand truck in front of you while pushing. The only time a hand truck should be behind you is when you’re going up a hill. Most of those rules apply to a four wheeled hand truck as well. Always make sure your load is balanced. Always push the truck, unless it has a handle and a fifth wheel that is specifically designed for pulling.
For both hand trucks and dollies, injuries can almost always be avoided by working slowly and safely. Try to avoid operating these devices if your hands are wet or sweaty. Uneven surfaces should also be avoided if possible. Lastly, use moving straps everywhere you can. You won’t need to worry about all of your boxes toppling over. Good luck!