An appliance dolly is a hand-operated vehicle that helps you move other objects around. There is a wide variety of usage of dolls ranging from the industrial ones to household ones. These machines can come really handy in your home especially if you are moving.
There are a few variations of dolls, ie Shoulder, body, and the above mentioned appliance dolls. Generally speaking: the larger the more weight it can help with. Appliance dolls are wheeled and usually “L” shaped although there are some that have a carpeted wood panel with four wheels. These are usually used for towing.
Advantages of an Appliance Dolly
- They can hold up to 800 pounds of weight.
- Using them is safe since it's not you who has to bear the weight.
- Applying a safety strap (that comes with every dolly) makes it impossible to hurt you or anyone else around.
- Usually they have rubbed rails that can protect the objects that you carry with them. It's especially important when you carry sensitive things (like furniture).
How to Choose a Dolly
Obviously there are a lot of important things to consider when you buy something big like a dolly. It does matter how much it is, how safe it is, how big it is, and only secondary how it looks. Of course the most important question of all is this: how much weight can it carry?
The bigger this capacity is the better – but do not go over the top! You do not want to buy a too big dolly finding yourself in a situation where you can not actually move because of its size! For an average household a dolly with a 600 pound lifting capacity is good enough.
For your own an other's safety it's vital that the dolly have a safety strap – this is what holds the object against the dolly so it can not fall off from it.
Choose quality! One great trick to get the best quality for your dollars is to check online reviews of the vehicle in question. Just do a Google search and look up the first 5 spots. Note down what brands come up often in the reviews and look them up further online. Choose the one that is near to your budget and then search for specifically for that brand and type. If you are lucky your local hardware store has it – if not, just order them online. Usually the appliance dolly will be delivered to your door in a matter of a few days.