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What are the different load capacities of folding hand trucks?

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Numerous companies offer folding hand trucks with varying load capacities ranging from 100 to 600 pounds or more, with several models available specifically for 150-, 175- or 300-pound loads. As of 2015, Uline.com lists three lightweight aluminum models with load capacities of 100, 175 and 275 pounds. Lowes.com offers a 300-pound capacity model. Grainger.com offers a model with a 550-pound load capacity, while HandtrucksRus.com lists a model that can handle a 600-pound load among its offerings.

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A hand truck, sometimes called a two wheeler or a dolly, is an L-shaped wheeled cart with handles above the wheels and a ledge on the bottom on which heavy items may rest. Working as a lever, hand trucks help carry and move large items for delivery, and other purposes, by balancing the weight of the heavy or bulky objects over the cart's wheels.

Folding hand trucks are excellent multipurpose moving tools that store easily since the frame folds down for easy storage. Most are made of tube steel, aluminum tube or aluminum extrusion, creating a safe and sturdy rolling platform for moving furniture, appliances, machinery and other heavy objects. Lightweight folding hand trucks can also be used as luggage carts or for smaller moving or delivery jobs.

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