What to Look for in an Appliance Truck

Hand Trucks | March 16, 2021
Appliance Hand Truck

Appliance trucks are an efficient and safe method of transporting heavy appliances. When the job requires the transportation of a refrigerator, washing machine, or oven, an appliance truck is the best way to get the job done right. When choosing an appliance truck, it is important to know what to look for and how to determine the best option for the job.

Key Features of an Effective Appliance Truck

If you are looking for a high-quality appliance truck, understanding its key features and characteristics will help you make an informed decision. The following features are important indicators of the quality of any appliance truck.

Lift Capacity and Height

Before handling an appliance, it is crucial to ensure that the hand truck can handle its weight and size. This is especially true for handling refrigerators, washers, and other exceptionally heavy units. If an appliance truck is not rated for the weight of an appliance or is too short, it can bend the frame, cause flat tires, or lead to dropping the appliance during transport.

Sturdy and Non-Marking Frame

A quality appliance truck features vinyl non-marking bumpers at all contact points to protect appliances during transport. If a unit does not have bumpers, the appliance directly contacts the metal frame which can lead to dents and marks. Another sign of a high-quality appliance truck is a durable powder-coated frame. These frames are specifically engineered to endure heavy loads and use in all types of weather conditions.

Stair Climbing Capabilities

Transporting heavy appliances up or down multiple flights of stairs is often difficult and has a higher chance of operator strain or appliance damage. To ensure easier and safer traversal of stairs, choose an appliance truck that is equipped with a “stair climber” feature. This consists of a pair of roller belts on the back of the unit above each tire. By utilizing a stair climber, operators can lift heavy appliances up a flight of stairs with less resistance, reducing strain and the chance of dropping the unit.

A Security Strap

When it comes to handling tall or wide appliances, the use of a security strap can greatly increase stability. These straps are often built into the centre of the frame on an appliance truck and sometimes feature a separate tightener. Utilizing this feature is a great way to limit the movement of an appliance, especially when moving up or down an incline.

If you would like to learn more about our selection of appliance trucks and other products, please contact our team at Unitran Manufacturing. Our knowledgeable team will work with you to provide the ideal solution for your needs.