What to consider when buying a hand truck
Hand trucks in all three categories are available in a variety of different sizes and capacities. You should never ignore the capacity rating provided by the manufacturer, as overloading a hand truck can cause it to tip over, causing potential damage to the object and injury to yourself.
Standard size hand trucks are idea for domestic and office use. They are commonly made of aluminum, which makes them lighter and easier to manoeuvre than a steel hand truck. Heavy-duty hand trucks are usually made from steel, or a combination of aluminum and steel, and as a result are more durable and able to handle heavier loads than a standard all-aluminum hand truck.
Another important factor to consider when buying a hand truck is the surface/s on which it will be used. Hand trucks with rubber wheels can be used on all types of surfaces, however those with pneumatic wheels should not be used on hard or sharp surfaces as the wheels are easily punctured.
If you need to transport your hand truck frequently, consider buying a folding model. These can be collapsed to fit in a car trunk, in an overhead compartment in a plane, in an overhead storage space, or in a broom closet.
Hand trucks come with different styles of handles. Those with extending handles are useful because they can be used by people of different heights and can make some tasks easier. For example, extending the handles of a hand truck can make a heavy load lighter and easier to manoeuvre. For added comfort, look for a hand truck with rubber handles.