Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Hand Truck

A dolly, cart, or truck can make it much easier to transport heavy objects using only muscle power.

Hand truck that converts into a dolly
A hand truck that converts to a dolly or cart lets you customize how you move heavy objects.Harper Trucks

We’re waiting, like you, for the next round of new Olympic events like hand truck assisted weightlifting, interpretive hand truck dancing, and speed dolly skating. But in the meantime, you can practice in your driveway and impress your neighbors doing handstands on your moving hand truck. Here are three things to consider when choosing one.

Cosco Shifter 300-Pound Capacity Multi-Position Heavy Duty Folding Hand Truck

Power Frame

This can carry major loads and stores easily when not in use.CoscoProducts

Your hand truck is rated for a maximum load, which may differ based on whether it is used as a hand truck or is able to be converted to a dolly or cart (using four wheels). Look for larger wheels and longer handles for easier lifting and movement.

Harper Trucks 700 lb Capacity Glass Filled Nylon Convertible Hand Truck

Versatile Option

This can transform into a cart that can carry up to 600 pounds. Harper Trucks

Many hand trucks convert to dollies or carts, a helpful feature when your load-carrying needs vary from boxes to refrigerators. Some conveniently fold up for ease of transport or storage.

Magna Cart Personal 150 lb Capacity Aluminum Folding Hand Truck

Compact and Portable

The handle on this can telescope to 39 inches long.Welcom

Today’s options in hand truck features include padded grips and load-bearing surfaces, stair glides for operating on stairs, telescoping handles for greater leverage and ratchet straps for load control.