If you’re in the middle of moving, like I am today, then you’ve probably rented a hand truck (what some people incorrectly call a dolly). We have our own, partially because we move around a lot and partially because we have boatloads of “stuff.” Ours is a Milwaukee D-Handle Hand Truck, with the 800-pound capacity.
The truck has a tubular steel frame with a coarse mesh of straps across the bottom. The frame is 50 inches tall and 18 inches wide, with a solid steel plate seven inches deep at the bottom to support the load. There are two ten-inch pneumatic tires set behind and outside the frame so that they don’t rub on the load, which increases the width to about 18 inches. When not in use, the truck stands upright on the tires and the steel plate.
It’s designed for moving stacks of boxes and other smallish but heavy loads. It isn’t suitable for appliances and large furniture because of its narrow base. When used for stacks of boxes, the design is balanced so well that you can guide it around with one hand. The large pneumatic tires allow you to move across uneven surfaces without problems.
I’ve moved four times with this hand truck, and I expect it to still be tough enough to carry a corner of my casket one day. Not only do we use ours in our moves, we also find plenty of other uses – like trucking full garbage cans to the curb and moving other heavy objects. For convenience, everyone whoudl have a Milwaukee Hand Truck.