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The 5 Main Differences Between a Standard & Industrial Hand Truck January 20, 2017

Garment District, Manhattan
The 5 Main Differences Between a Standard & Industrial Hand Truck, Manhattan, New York

When you need to move things safely and efficiently, Casters, Wheels, and Industrial Handling offers an impressive selection of hand trucks to suit your operations. With so many options, they know it can be tough to choose the ideal hand truck for your business. Here, this industrial handling supply company offers a brief explanation of what to expect from standard and industrial hand trucks.

The Standard Hand Truck

The standard hand truck, commonly known as a dolly, refers to any basic metal cart used to move light boxes. Its convenient L-shape is perfect for stacking multiple boxes and transporting them without physical strain. However, while standard hand trucks are useful for the occasional project, they won’t withstand the stress of heavy-duty jobs.

The Industrial Hand Truck 

Industrial hand trucks can handle heavier loads and tougher terrains than a standard dolly. A few key differences between these two choices include:

  • Weight Capacity: While a standard hand truck can only support up to 150 pounds, industrial hand trucks with lattice backs are designed to handle large objects. Some models support as much as 1000 pounds!
  • Extended Nose: The flat bottom of a hand truck where items rest is known as the “nose.” A standard hand truck may only have a short nose, but the industrial variety features an extended length. Some industrial hand trucks have adjustable or folding noses for greater versatility. That way, you can stack and carry wide items that would quickly slip off a standard dolly. 
  • Versatility: Many industrial hand trucks can be folded and adjusted to cater to a variety of different needs. For instance, some fold out into utility carts, which are perfect for hauling backstage equipment.
  • industrial handlingWheels: A standard hand truck has two fixed wheels that can limit your motion. An industrial model, on the other hand, may have wheels with heavy-duty casters for a greater turning radius. Stairclimber wheels are also available to help you lift goods up multiple flights with ease.
  • Larger Frame: If you want to carry more, an industrial model built to support large, cumbersome items will come equipped with an extendable frame for a higher back.

When you’re ready to purchase or customize an industrial hand truck, Caster, Wheels, and Industrial Handling offers a variety of high-quality options from top manufacturers, including Magliner and B&P. Visit the website to browse all their industrial handling equipment, or call (631) 650-0500 to place an order.

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