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Mover's Dolly

08/10/10 | by theprofessor [mail] | Categories: Uncategorized, Hot Buys, Material Handling & Safety

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Mover's Dolly
Item: Mover's Dolly
Item number: 93888
Retail price: $14.99
Frequent sale price: $7.99 (with coupon)
Target price: $7.99
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How complex can a mover's dolly be? All it takes is a solid wood frame nailed over four ball-bearing casters and you're off and running. Add a little carpet to the top to protect your furniture and you have your basic mover's dolly. Harbor Freight's basic dolly is rated to 1,000 lbs so you can haul even the largest furniture with ease.

Warning: This dolly has hard-rubber wheels which are NOT suitable for hardwood floors and other soft surfaces that can be marred by transporting heavy objects. You should use a more expensive dolly with soft-rubber wheels for those situations or you may regret the damage left behind by using the wrong 'tool.'

This mover's dolly can find a lot of other applications in the shop as well. For example, we have our Onan genset semi-permanently sitting on one and saved a hundred dollars or so on what the actual wheel-kit for the generator would have cost. We have other heavy equipment sitting on these dollies from time-to-time when we expect to slide them around the shop frequently. Buy a couple and you'll be surprised at the applications you find for them.

Warning: If you use or store this mover's dolly near moisture such as that found on a typical concrete garage floor, expect the casters to corrode after a couple of years. They're easily restored to working condition, but you might consider adding some light oil to protect their galvanized finish.

With two warnings in one review it might seem like this is not a good buy, but it is when purchased at our target price. This inexpensive dolly can find a lot of uses around the home and shop. We use to even keep one in our van for those unexpected heavy loads. It was supplanted by our foldable aluminum platform truck which serves as a mover's dolly as well as a platform truck. The latter collapses for easy storage, is as small as the mover's dolly, and is light weight. Of course it also costs nearly 4-times as much even at our target price, and the simple mover's dolly does transport nearly 3-times the weight as the foldable aluminum platform truck.

Bottom line: This mover's dolly works well to roll heavy objects such as furniture and even shop equipment. Buy at least a pair when Harbor Freight puts them on sale at our target price.

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330-Lb Capacity Foldable Aluminum Platform Truck

08/07/10 | by theprofessor [mail] | Categories: Hot Buys, Material Handling & Safety

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330-lb Capacity Folding Aluminum Platform Truck
Item: 330-Lb Capacity Folding Aluminum Platform Truck
Item number: 92624
Retail price: $59.99
Frequent sale price: $39.99
Target price: $29.99 or less
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This folding aluminum platform truck has a small footprint when stowed away but can carry a hefty 330 lbs when put to action. The handle collapses down and folds onto the base, and the base itself retracts to compress its overall profile. When fully extended, the base and handle lock firmly into position. The casters glide smoothly and the handle gives sufficient leverage for pushing or pulling heavy objects. With the handle down, it doubles as a mover's dolly which is probably the best configuration for moving the heaviest objects; the hinge on the handle is the weak spot on this item, although we haven't had any problems to date.

The lightweight, compact-profile of this platform truck makes it the perfect size for keeping with your vehicle for those surprisingly heavy, unplanned purchases. It doesn't do badly on the planned big-boys either, but its real asset is in its inconspicuous stowage. Its light aluminum frame makes it easy to carry and doesn't add much to the weight of the item being transported. The flat platform is also great for moving boxes and computers around the office. This ninja of moving devices is must have item for anyone who even occasionally moves heavy objects unexpectedly to and from their vehicle.

Hint: Using one of Harbor Freight's 20%-off coupons brings the sale price down to $31.99 which is close enough to our target price to make it a "buy" without waiting for it to hit its low mark of $29.99 again. Don't know about Harbor Freight's 20%-off coupons? You should read our Notes for the Novice Shopper to learn about this and other pointers for shopping at Harbor Freight.

Bottom line: The aluminum platform compacts neatly for storage but opens up to move over 300 lbs when put to action. It's a great bargain at the target price and not a bad buy at the regular sale price either.

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