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What is the Difference Between a Hand Truck and a Dolly?

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What is the difference between a hand truck and a dolly?

Knowing the differences between hand trucks and dollies can help you make an informed decision about which type of warehouse equipment will work best for your particular needs. At Commander Warehouse, we know that having the right equipment for the job cannot only keep employees safe but also increase overall efficiencies. That is why we offer a wide range of hand trucks and dollies that are perfect for transporting goods from one location to the next.

What is a Hand Truck?

While hand trucks are often miscalled dollies, they are actually quite different, as they feature two large wheels and stand upright. Since hand trucks also feature an L-shaped design, they can easily slide underneath the item that needs to be moved without having to lift the item by hand. Once the item is in place, the hand truck can then be tilted backward to allow the item to rest up against the back of the truck.

Some of the different hand trucks available include:

The Benefits of Hand Trucks

Compared to dollies, the hand truck’s vertical design allows you to easily lift and move tall and heavy items. Hand trucks are also the ideal option for moving smaller items, as they can easily be stacked and moved at the same time. In some cases, hand trucks may even come with an additional attachment for climbing stairs or extra wheels that can transform the hand truck into a dolly.

What is a Dolly?

A dolly is a platform with four wheels and two axles that can be used to transport heavy items from one location to the next. Dollies are available in a selection of different designs and sizes, making it easy to select the right type of dolly for your specific needs. Unlike hand trucks, which can slide under the item on the ground, items have to be lifted onto the dolly in order to transport them.

Some of the different types of dollies are:

The Benefits of Dollies

Since dollies are available in a selection of different sizes, they are the ideal option for easily transporting larger items. All dollies also feature a four-wheel design that provides a higher level of balance and maneuverability than hand trucks. With you use of a dolly, you will never have to worry about items falling off and becoming damaged.

If you would like to learn more about the differences between hand trucks and dollies, or if you are interested in one of our products or services, please contact Commander Warehouse at one of our four locations across Western Canada or by filling out a contact form on our website.


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