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Which Type of Hand Truck is Right for You?

Hand Trucks
Types of Hand Trucks

Hand trucks are widely used for material handling tasks across various industries and within many types of facilities. From cylinder hand trucks to drum trucks, there are many options available to choose from. While this means that there is likely to be a perfect option for every situation, this can also make it difficult to determine which solution is best for your specific needs. As a leading provider of hand trucks for every application, the team at Commander Warehouse Equipment knows how difficult it can be to choose the right unit. That is why we have compiled some information on popular units to help you determine which type of hand truck is right for you and your needs.

Learn how to choose the right hand truck for your application.

4 Popular Types of Hand Trucks

The following types of hand trucks are widely utilized by workers across various industries:

1. Standard Hand Trucks

Standard hand trucks are an extremely versatile option that can be effectively utilized in various settings. From larger wheels to taller frames, hand trucks are available in many shapes and sizes. This allows you to select the ideal unit for the materials you will be handling every day. Some popular types of standard hand trucks include:

  • Commercial hand trucks
  • Off-road hand trucks
  • Bread tray hand trucks
  • Convertible hand trucks
  • Liquor hand trucks
  • Warehouse hand trucks

2. Cylinder Hand Trucks

As referenced by the name, cylinder hand trucks are purpose-built for handling heavy cylindrical items such as propane tanks. Each cylinder hand truck features a specialized frame and chain to securely hold cylindrical items in place, ensuring optimal safety during transportation. Some popular types of cylinder hand trucks include:

  • Large cylinder hand trucks
  • Medium cylinder hand trucks (front-to-back)
  • Medium cylinder hand trucks (side-by-side)
  • Single gas cylinder hand trucks

3. Appliance Hand Trucks

If you need to move heavy appliances across a lot or up a flight of stairs, an appliance hand truck is the perfect solution. These units feature taller frames, rub rails to protect appliances, and “V” belt stair climbers on roller bearings to make travelling up or down stairs easier. Many units also feature a strap to wrap around the appliance, ensuring optimal stability. Some popular types of appliance hand trucks include:

  • General-purpose appliance trucks
  • Professional appliance hand trucks
  • Rental industry appliance hand trucks

4. Drum Trucks

Drum trucks are specifically designed to allow for safe and effective handling of metal drums. Some units can also be placed on their side to allow for a different mode of transportation or to allow for dispensing, increasing efficiency without compromising safety. Some popular types of drum trucks include:

  • Drum dollies
  • Drum cradles
  • Dispensing drum trucks
  • Economy drum trucks
  • Plastic drum trucks

To learn more about our selection of hand trucks or to inquire about our other products, get in touch with the team at Commander Warehouse Equipment. We can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding our products.

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