Turning in Tight Spaces - "Hand Truck Tips and Tricks"

Posted by Contributing Editor on Fri, Jun 27, 2014


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Powered Stair Climbers Vs. Conventional Hand Trucks

Posted by Contributing Editor on Tue, Jun 18, 2013

Are you about to embark on a move or looking to install a new HVAC system for the summer and deciding on the best moving method? Of course, there are numerous systems and products available to help with relocation, including a variety of hand trucks. These hand trucks can range from your conventional dollies to powered stair climbing hand trucks, like ours. As experts in moving loads promptly, safely, and efficiently, here are some reasons to consider powered stair climbers versus the conventional hand truck:

  • Powered stair climbers not only can move loads up and down the stairs, on and off most service vehicles, but they can also negotiate curbs and thresholds, as well as act as a dock leveler.
  • Various models of the powered stair climbers act as powered tailgate lifts and vertical lifts; the one of a kind PowerMate model LE-1 even has stacking capabilities and no attachments.
  • How do you maneuver tight spaces, crazy corners, and rough terrain with a conventional hand truck? You can safely bring the load and machine to rest on flat surfaces, even on stairs. Deliver to old homes? With a Power Stair Climber, you can skip missing, broken, or suspect steps! Challenged with moving on landings? Raise the wheel to create a smaller footprint.
  • Looking for safety and protection for you and your workers? Powered stair climbers reduce the operator’s ergonomic effort by 87%, making moving more efficient, safe, and productive. Additionally, risks, injuries, and vehicle-related accidents become lowered. Complete more jobs efficiently and reduce your labor costs by 50% or more.
  • Why do all of the work with a conventional hand truck? With powered stair climbers, all you need to do is raise the wheels 10-18 in. and change the fulcrum, making the breaking of the load an easier and safer task.
  • One of the biggest concerns when moving is ensuring the load remains intact and unharmed. Cotton-coated nylon straps and safety ratcheting systems, as well as multiple and adjustable felt-protected strap bars, are added to the stair climber in order to protect the customers’ product.
  • Is another worry that of harming the floors on which the move is taking place? With some hand trucks, the wheels can rough up and scratch certain floors. Powered hand trucks, however, have non-marking wheels and rubber guards, so that it remains safe for all floor types.
  • Durable, long-lasting, top of the line stair climbers typically deliver a 10:1 return on investment (ROI) in the first year alone, and with routine maintenance, can last for years and years.

Keeping these points in mind, you should be able to determine that the higher ROI lies in powered hand trucks over conventional ones. As technology is beginning to invade the workplace, it’s time to ask yourself: “What’s my ROI on the conventional hand truck I am using today?”
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Equipment for Moving Season

Posted by Contributing Editor on Wed, May 01, 2013

The biggest season for moving companies or facilities managers is coming up, so now is the time to make sure your moving company has all the proper equipment on hand for safe moves or renovations.

Later this spring, college students will be moving out of student houses and back home, or to their own apartments. For building and facilities managers, the warmer weather also makes this time of year optimal for any move or making household alterations.

Appliances can get heavy and if you don’t handle them with the proper equipment, you risking causing damage to the appliance or physical harm to yourself and others. If you’re removing or installing heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) units, or just moving pails of paint or cleaning supplies, BBQ's, building supplies, floor polishers, floor sanders or garbage receptacles, using a handtruck or liftgate will make it simple.

What are some specific moving products you should have on your checklist? For those in rough terrains, the proper moving vehicles equipped for this type of environment are required. For those working in building locations and need to move pieces of equipment, a hand truck or load truck (if the equipment is large) is appropriate. For those attempting to move items out of a vehicle or full-sized van, an interior lift gate system will prove to be useful. For tight spaces and staircases, it’s important to have pivot accessories to help you move around.

More important than where you get these products is that you use them to your advantage. Lugging large appliances around won’t get the job done faster, and it could put workers at risk. With the help of products like these, you and team can be kept safe while staying efficient. Make sure to take measure to make your moves and renovations as productive and hazard free as possible.

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Playing It Safe with PowerMate

Posted by Contributing Editor on Tue, Apr 02, 2013

It seems that everyone’s talking about safety these days, and recent events in the news – from gun violence to the struggling economy – have a lot of people concerned and playing it safe in their homes and businesses. More and more people are storing their valuables and guns in heavy-duty safes. If you’re in the moving or locksmith industries, or if you’re retailing safes, you know how heavy these safes can be to move and deliver!

That’s where PowerMate can help you do your job: Our stair-climbing hand trucks can help you efficiently and safely move security safes and other heavy loads, including:

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