Electric Dolly Provides Relief for Technicians

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Thu, Feb 03, 2011

If you have been reading the articles in this blog you may already be familiar with some of the reasons for using a PowerMate®. Labor savings and safety are two big reasons customers agree are important. But did you also know that there are less tangible benefits to using a PowerMate stair climber for residential and commercial deliveries? Your technicians, the ones most likely to be using the machines on a regular basis, will thank you for making their job easier and safer.

The fact that you also bought the machine to improve your bottom line is incidental to them. From the technician’s perspective they will notice right away the difference in the physical effort required to move product in and out of buildings. They will be less tired at the end of the day, less prone to injury, less likely to make errors due to fatigue, more likely to show up for work without muscle aches and generally enjoy their job more knowing they have this powerful tool to back them up day after day.

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Tags: moving boilers, Injury prevention, powered dolly, hand truck, electric dolly, stair climbing hand truck, safety moving system, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers, appliance dolly

An Ergonomic Strategy for Moving Bottom Heavy Loads

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Fri, Jul 09, 2010

Moving bottom heavy loads like concrete grinders, wood or pellet stoves, electric motors or batteries takes special care. When using a PowerMate stair climber the operator uses the wheels as the pivot point when extending or retracting the toe plate. If all the weight is at one end, it makes it harder for the operator to pivot the load. PowerMate has come up with two neat solutions for this problem, one very simple, other more high-tech. Both work equally well.

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Tags: moving boilers, Injury prevention, powered dolly, hand truck, power hand truck, electric dolly, HVAC moving solutions, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers

Jobsite Injuries and Your Business

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Thu, Feb 18, 2010

All good employers take jobsite safety seriously as this makes good business sense. The cost of one lost-time injury can run an employer on average close to $29,000 in direct and indirect costs*. In the HVAC and plumbing industry, the majority of lost-time injuries are a result of physical strain resulting from moving heavy loads by hand or using a regular hand cart. Boilers, geothermal units, drain and sewer cleaners, AC units, heat pumps, cast iron bathtubs and large furnaces are usually the culprits. Some of these items can weigh over a thousand pounds and many need to be moved up or down stairs.

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Tags: moving boilers, Injury prevention, powered dolly, power hand truck, safety moving system, HVAC moving solutions, HVAC-R, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers

Moving boilers, a thankless job

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Thu, Feb 18, 2010

Today's post asks the question, Isn't there a better way to move residential boilers in and out of the basement other than by the sweat of my brow?" As luck would have it there is such a solution. The PowerMate motorized stairclimbing handtruck has been designed specifically to move heavy objects up and down stairs. A motorized stairclimber is an electrically powered dolly or hand truck that has one, or sometimes two drive screws that move the wheels of the dolly up or down the frame. This feature allows the operator to easily break the load back and rest it in a balanced position. What's more, the movable wheels are the key to the PowerMates ability to ‘walk' heavy loads up and down stairs and even on and off trucks.

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Tags: moving boilers, powermate blog, Injury prevention, powered dolly, power hand truck, safety moving system, HVAC moving solutions, HVAC-R, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers

PowerMate ROI

Posted by Carl Nattrass on Wed, Feb 10, 2010

What kind of return can you expect from your PowerMate®?

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Tags: Product Information, moving boilers, powermate blog, Injury prevention, safety moving system, HVAC moving solutions, HVAC-R, safety moving systems, powered hand trucks, motorized stair climbers

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