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The Best Tools for Home Health Care Delivery

There probably aren’t any unimportant delivery jobs. Needless to say, missed deliveries, damaged goods, or otherwise can have any number of detrimental effects on businesses and people’s personal lives. That being said, home healthcare deliveries are in a few ways uniquely important. For instance, they require quite a bit of caution. That’s because a great deal of what’s being delivered, including gas cylinders and medical equipment, are often very heavy, very valuable, or both.
Additionally, the cargo being delivered can be dangerous. Cylinders full of a highly-pressurized, highly-flammable gas aren't anything that any delivery driver wants to take any chances on. Most importantly, however, is the fact that the health, and possibly even the lives of the recipients, depends on a successful home health care delivery. All of which is why it's imperative that home health care delivery personnel are equipped with the best tools for the job, to ensure that the cargo, the deliverer, and the recipient remain as safe as possible.

Stair Climbing Hand Truck

The stair climbing cart (or stair climbing hand truck) is also a powered hand truck. Once again, it’s just what it sounds like—a hand truck specially engineered to climb up and down stairs. Navigating staircases, particularly with heavy and fragile loads, is one of the most labor-intensive and dangerous features of the delivery process. Stair climbing carts include an extra set of motorized wheels that climb up and down staircases, making the process exponentially easier for the delivery person and less dangerous for everyone involved. If you or your staff have home healthcare delivery stops that require dealing with staircases, a stair climbing cart is a must.

Curved-Back Hand Truck

Once again, the name ably describes the product. Curved-back hand trucks are hand trucks with a curved-back frame rather than a straight one. The curve allows cargo like cylinders of oxygen, dewar tanks, and the like to rest more securely than they would on a straight-back frame models. Depending on the make and model of your hand truck, curved-back frames can often be ordered to swap out for the traditional straight-back frame to ensure cylinder deliveries go as smoothly as possible.

Self-Stabilizing Hand Truck

Magline, once again, offers a hand truck design that can make home healthcare delivery that much easier. Their Self-Stabilizing Hand Truck, like the stair climbing cart, features an extra set of “Rotacaster” wheels in front of the traditional wheels. The Rotacasters allow the hand truck to rest stably at a slight angle to accommodate one person loading it ergonomically. It’s a particularly helpful feature if there’s only one member of the delivery staff. The Rotacasters are also incredibly helpful for navigating over curbs and thresholds, as well as keeping the hand truck up and rolling over transitions from hard to soft ground (such as from concrete to a lawn).

When it comes to the material handling of any cargo, in home health care delivery and beyond, it’s important to do your research to ensure that you’re utilizing high-quality tools to get the work done safely and efficiently. Magliners are valued across a wide range of industries and by homeowners and business owners alike. After more than 70 years in business, you can count on a Magliner, whether you’re operating a stair climbing cart, motorized hand truck, appliance hand truck, traditional hand truck, or any other dependable model they provide.

About Magline

Magliners are such valued and trusted staples of the material handling industry that many in the business refer to all hand trucks, regardless of brand, simply as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other hand trucks, there’s just one Magliner. Fortunately, they’ve designed and produced the toughest, most reliable, and most user-friendly material handling tools and equipment in the business for more than 70 years. In addition to their renowned hand trucks, Magline also produces more specialized equipment, including their hand lift truck line, appliance hand trucks, stair climbing cart options, and a great deal more.

Ensure that your business is more efficient and safe with Magliners, at Magliner.com

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Practical Tools You Should Gift to New Home and Property Owners

Home ownership among millennials has begun to increase recently, after a slump. As such, more younger people are moving from apartments, condos, and other rental units into their own homes on their own property. That’s great news for the economy and for the new homeowners.
It also means an introduction into a world of cleanup, maintenance, repair, landscaping, home improvement projects, and the many other little labor necessities that accompany having your own place. And while buying these new homeowners a high-end table saw or electric hand cart is probably not necessary as a housewarming present, practical equipment is often the best gift you can give.

Drill and Bits

Generally, it’s suggested that those without them be given a cordless drill. And while cordless drills can be incredibly convenient, it’s also nice to have a corded drill and not have to worry about it running dry on you. Either way, a high-quality, reliable drill can be purchased at virtually any hardware or big-box store fairly inexpensively. Be sure it comes with a full bit set and a set of heads for the different types of screws—slotted, Phillips, hex socket/Allen, and so on.

Hand Truck

A hand truck is an incredibly helpful, all-around useful piece of equipment to have on hand. It's also one people can tend to forget about when considering the tool/equipment basics. Select a dependable, high-quality model, and consider choosing a convertible hand truck. Also known as a collapsible hand truck, convertible models generally operate in two positions, vertical or horizontal. That versatility can increase the options of what can be conveniently transported.

Digging and Gardening    

New homeowners can be surprised by how much of the house and property maintenance takes place outdoors. That’s especially true if they plan to change the landscaping, alter the design of the garden, or simply start a new garden of their own. However, new homeowners have often not invested in the necessary tools for this outdoorsy work and find they’re purchasing on the fly as work needs to be done.

Providing them with the basics can be a great leg up. A spade can come in handy for many applications, as can other tools like a square shovel and garden and leaf rake. Edgers, weeders, trowels, shears, and tillers can also be beneficial. A terrific and also often-overlooked tool is the “horihori” knife. It’s a sort of multipurpose Japanese gardening implement that usually features a serrated-edge blade on one side and a straight edge on the other that seems to do it all.

Personal Protective Equipment

Even the most thoroughly-equipped homeowners aren’t going to have a good time if they start in on the work around their home only to find that they don’t have the proper personal protective equipment (PPE). The most basic PPE is a good pair of gloves. Better yet, a few pairs of gloves for different tasks. A heavier pair of canvas or leather gloves as well as a thinner nitrile-lined pair for more detailed work will prove very helpful. Knee pads for gardening, both wearable or actual pads to kneel on, can also save a good deal of discomfort. Safety glasses come in handy for a number of different kinds of outdoor work, and, depending on the sort of work they’ll be doing, dust masks or respirators can be a necessity.

About Magline

Magliners are such valued and trusted staples of the material handling industry that many in the business refer to all hand trucks, regardless of brand, simply as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other hand trucks, there’s just one Magliner. Fortunately, they’ve designed and produced the toughest, most reliable, and most user-friendly material handling tools and equipment in the business for more than 70 years. In addition to their renowned hand trucks, Magline also produces more specialized equipment, including their powered hand truck line, appliance hand truck selection, stair climbing cart options, and a great deal more.

Ensure that your business is more efficient and safe with Magliners, at Magliner.com

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Starting a Community Garden? Don’t Forget These Things

The establishment of new community gardens and participation in existing ones is becoming increasingly popular. And it makes sense, as community gardens truly do bring a community together. They also instill the value of hard work, teach the satisfaction of that work yielding something tangible (and often delicious), and, most of all, they’re fun.
If you're considering starting a community garden, or contributing to one that already exists, the following covers some of the essential equipment necessary (shovels and trowels), and those items that are extremely helpful but that may not immediately spring to mind (hand trucks).

Gardening Basics

The basic tools are pretty much always welcome at a community garden but are particularly important when starting a new one. Essential equipment includes spades and shovels, trowels and forks, weeders, edgers, pruners and loppers, garden and leaf rakes, pitchforks, hoes, hoses, and anything else that’s useful for preparing and rooting in the Earth. Community gardens require bigger tools like spades and shovels for preparation and smaller tools like trowels and weeders for finer work.

Hand Trucks and Wheelbarrows

Wheelbarrows are hugely helpful and are rarely overlooked as gardening staples. However, less often thought of but often no less helpful are hand trucks. While wheelbarrows are better equipped for moving loose piles of soil, compost, mulch, or fertilizer, hand trucks are great for carrying heavy bags of soil, compost, mulch, fertilizer, sand, landscaping pebbles, and lumber for planting boxes, etc. And while something like a specialty appliance or stair climbing dolly is an excellent choice in other material handling applications, they aren’t typically necessary for gardening. However, you should definitely consider picking up a convertible hand truck (aka collapsible hand truck), or at least a traditional hand truck for the garden. Convertible hand trucks are particularly versatile as they can be operated vertically or horizontally.

Gardening Personal Protective Equipment

While gardening is a blast, nothing will make it less fun as quickly as not having the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Gloves—and lots of them—are perhaps the most important pieces of garden PPE. Both heavy leather or canvas work gloves and thinner, often nitrile-lined gardening gloves are a lifesaver when gardening (or at least a hand-saver). Heavier and thinner work gloves can be picked up relatively inexpensively. Also helpful are knee protectors, either in the form of wearable kneepads or pads that can be kneeled on while working. One of the most overlooked pieces of gardening PPE is a pair of gardening boots, the long rubber ones also known as galoshes.

Hori Hori Knives

Hori hori knives are a Japanese innovation that are becoming better known in the United States but still lack the mainstream recognition they deserve. They are a thick-bladed sort of knife-trowel combination that usually features a straight-edge blade on one side and a serrated edge on the other. They're a surprisingly multipurpose tool that works beautifully for digging, cutting roots, digging out weeds, cutting produce, trenching, making planting holes—you name it. If it involves soil and the plants in it, chances are good the hori hori knife can handle it.

About Magline

Magliners are such valued and trusted staples of the material handling industry that many in the business refer to all hand trucks, regardless of brand, simply as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other hand trucks, there’s just one Magliner. Fortunately, they’ve designed and produced the toughest, most reliable, and most user-friendly material handling tools and equipment in the business for more than 70 years. In addition to their renowned hand trucks, Magline also produces more specialized equipment, including their lift hand truck line, appliance hand truck selection, stair climbing cart options, and a great deal more.

Ensure that your business is more efficient and safe with Magliners, at Magliner.com

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Equipment That Every Trucking and Logistics Company Should Have On Hand for Drivers

Any truck driver who has been in the business for a while knows that there’s one thing they can count on: to expect the unexpected. As cliché as that may be, it’s a reality of the road. Quite often, of course, things do go as expected, but in either of these scenarios, it’s critical for a truck driver to have the right tools for the job.
There are certainly situations in which alternative equipment may be necessary, such as an appliance hand truck if they are hauling appliances or comparably-sized stock. But there are also tools that are typically helpful for truck drivers to have in general. A selection of these important on-the-road tools are included below.

Personal Protective Equipment

The personal protective equipment (PPE) truck drivers require depends on what they’re moving and what their responsibilities are. PPE could include a reflective vest, hard hat, hearing protection, safety glasses, and a back-bracing belt for heavy lifting. In general, wearing steel-toed boots is a wise idea. As is possessing several pairs of work gloves, from heavy leather pairs to a few thinner, nitrile-palmed pairs for work requiring more manual dexterity.

Tire Thumper

Maintaining proper tire pressure both makes for a better ride and can cut down on fuel use. Considering the number of tires present on a truck and trailer, using traditional pressure gauges can be really time-consuming. Acquiring a tire thumper and learning to, well, thump the tires to produce the appropriate sound a suitably-pressurized tire makes offers a great convenience.

Collapsible Hand Truck

Whatever hero invented the hand truck must have saved human beings millions of hours of labor, pounds carried, and countless sore backs. As truck drivers can haul a variety of different cargo, getting a collapsible hand truck (aka “convertible hand truck”) is a wise move. Collapsible hand trucks can be used vertically or horizontally depending on what position is best suited for the load being moved. When moving cargo becomes necessary, a dependable collapsible hand truck isa truck driver’s best friend.

Lots of Water

Getting a big five- or six-gallon jug of water with a spigot attached can definitely pay off on long hauls. Having a lot of water around for drinking, cooking, or a refreshing face-splash is great, and means one doesn't have to deal with endless empty water bottles rolling around the cab. It also means fewer stops for water and results in a better-hydrated driver, as well as being good for the environment.

Straps and Bungees

Loads are usually sufficiently secured for delivery, but as mentioned before, the unexpected is always a possibility. In the interest of being prepared, it can prove helpful to always have a variety of bungees, ratchet straps, and winch straps on hand. They’re great for securing anything in a pinch and are better to have and not need than the other way around.

About Magline

Magliners are such valued and trusted staples of the material handling industry that many in the business refer to all hand trucks, regardless of brand, simply as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other hand trucks, there’s just one Magliner. Fortunately, they’ve designed and produced the toughest, most reliable, and most user-friendly material handling tools and equipment in the business formore than 70 years. In addition to their renowned hand trucks and hand cart line, Magline also produces more specialized equipment, including their heavy duty hand truck line, motorized hand truck selection, stair climbing cart options, and a great deal more.

Ensure that your business is more efficient and safe with Magliners, at Magliner.com

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How a Motorized Hand Truck or Cart Can Help Your Business Grow

Whoever invented hand trucks has undoubtedly saved human beings millions of hours of work, a whole lot of hassle, and countless sore backs. Anybody who works in the material handling industry is well aware of how incredibly helpful they are, as they have been for centuries now. And while they're still incredibly useful, technology continues to march on for hand trucks as it does for all equipment.
There are now entire lines of motorized hand trucks, hand carts, and U-boats that are making all of that work even more efficient. And if you’re still relying on the classic versions, helpful as they might be, when there are motorized counterparts for them that could do the job better, you could be losing out on time, profit, and risking unnecessary expenditures. So it’s worth assessing the job and the tools to ensure that you’re using the best equipment for the task at hand. That said, here are some ways motorized hand trucks, hand carts, and U-boats can help your business.

Stair Climbers

Transporting loads up and down stairs is one of the most frustrating, time-consuming, and dangerous features of any material handling work. People can easily become off-balance, their vision can be obscured, and the risk for tripping and falling and/or losing the stock is significantly higher than on most other terrains. And that becomes more true the heavier or bulkier the load is.

Traditional hand trucks help a good bit but can still be challenging, and loads can still get away from people. A motorized stair climbing cart or hand truck, though, turns one of the most challenging load-transportation obstacles into a cinch. It also reduces the risk of twisted backs and other injuries to employees (or stock) considerably.

Hand Lift Trucks

Hand lift trucks are powered machines that function something like a hybrid between a powered hand truck and a scaled-down, hand-operated forklift. A hand lift truck is generally capable of lifting hundreds of pounds on a hydraulic lift. Many of them, like the Magliner LiftPlus line, for instance, have interchangeable forks, arbors, platforms, and even workbenches that can be switched out depending on the job. They’re incredibly helpful for both transporting heavy loads and for stacking them. Having the mechanized lifting apparatus of a hand lift truck do the heavy lifting instead of an employee saves a lot of time, and, like the stair climbing cart, can also save an employer a lot in workers’ comp payments by lessening the risk of injury.

Motorized U-Boat

For those unfamiliar with them, a U-boat is a long platform with handles for pushing and pulling set at either end. They’re capable of moving several times more cargo than most any hand truck. For any business that requires the ground transport of significant quantities of stock between locations, U-boats are a labor-saving must.

However, there are situations in which an employee shifting a considerable burden on a U-boat can be difficult, exhausting, or even downright dangerous. Being required to navigate up and down inclines and declines is a good example. If you’re already using U-boats and employees are required to muscle them up or down slopes, or over rough terrain, a motorized U-boat could be the perfect solution to allow them to move more with less effort, increasing efficiency while decreasing strain on the body.

About Magline

Magliners are such valued and trusted staples of the material handling industry that many in the business refer to all hand trucks, regardless of brand, simply as “Magliners.” Unfortunately for those other hand trucks, there’s just one Magliner. Fortunately, they’ve designed and produced the toughest, most reliable, and most user-friendly material handling tools and equipment in the business for more than 70 years. In addition to their renowned hand trucks, Magline also produces more specialized equipment, including their heavy duty hand truck line, motorized hand truck selection, stair climbing cart options, and a great deal more.

Ensure that your business is more efficient and safe with Magliners, at Magliner.com

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The Equipment Every Farmer Should Have on Hand but Might Not Have Considered

It’s assumed that professional farmers are already equipped with a hoe, hose, hand cart, and whatever other tools they need to do their farming. As such, this article is more geared toward the hobbyist or urban farmer who may not have considered some of the equipment mentioned here that will hopefully make their lives easier. Still, if you’re a professional farmer, it’s worth giving this a look. You never know, some of the following tools could be just what you’ve been needing that you didn’t know to look for.

 


Baby Monitor

A baby monitor may not seem like a worthwhile agricultural tool—and if the farming you’re doing doesn’t involve the raising of any livestock, it may not be the most useful tool in your arsenal. However, a baby monitor with a microphone and camera (preferably including night vision) can prove a huge boon for monitoring livestock. It’s particularly useful when looking after young or sick livestock and fowl. Positioned just right it can not only monitor poultry and other animals but can also be used to track how much food and water remains.

Hand Trucks

For many newcomers to the world of agriculture, particularly hobbyist and urban farming, it can come as a (sometimes daunting) surprise how many heavy things have to be carried. Lumber for coops, hutches, and gardening beds; heavy bags full of compost, soil, fertilizer, mulch, wood shavings, feed, seed, and the like; as well as hoses, tools, and eventually, the fruits (sometimes literally) of the farming. For moving anything heavy, bulky, or awkward, a dependable hand truck is your best friend. If you’re going to be moving really heavy appliances or equipment, consider investing in a heavy duty hand truck.

Tool Belt and the Gardening Tools for It

If you’ve never done it, you should be aware that there is something oddly but incredibly satisfying about wearing a tool belt and pulling from it the equipment you need for a job. More importantly, it’s incredibly convenient. Tool belts are virtually always associated with manufacturing, construction, and similar occupations, but dismissing them as a fantastic farming and gardening accessory is an unfortunate oversight. A gardening tool belt elegantly and efficiently holds your gloves, trowel or hand spade, hand fork, hand hoe, weeder, and even seeds. And it’s a far better solution than having them laid out awkwardly on the ground to be lost in grass, covered in dirt, or obscured by picked weeds.

Digging Tools and Attachments

Obviously, any gardening is going to necessitate a good deal of digging. To the unfamiliar, the solution to the necessity to dig is ably provided by a shovel. Those with more experience, however, are aware that not all digging is the same. Not all soil is soft and cooperative. Not all digging takes place in conveniently open spaces. These are issues that can be sorted out with the right tools, however. If significant digging is going to be necessary, for starters, be sure you have a spade and shovel, preferably a long- and short-handled version of each. Then consider a pick for rougher ground, a spring-assisted shovel for more efficient digging, and any specialized digging tools, like a post hole digger, if necessary.

About Magline

Magliners are so trusted and valued by those working in material handling, many in the field simply refer to any hand truck as “Magliners.” However, there is only one Magline, and they have been designing and producing the most reliable, toughest, highest quality material handling equipment available for over 70 years. Along with their revered hand trucks, they also feature more specialized tools, including an incredible appliance hand truck line, stair climbing hand trucks and carts, appliance hand trucks, motorized hand trucks, and much more. If the efficiency, growth, and success of your business is a priority, choose the best tools for the job—choose Magliners.

Learn more about these incredible Magliner products, at Magliner.com

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The Household Tools and Equipment You Need with Summer Right Around the Corner

With summer comes work. The good news is, it’s that rare kind of work that is often more fun and satisfying than work often is. It’s ornamental landscaping, gardening, planting, harvesting, and the rest of the property improvement and gratifying outdoorsy summer toil that some of us eccentrics wait all year for. However, there’s no shame in being someone who prefers less domestic pastimes but recognizes that work around the house and yard is a necessity. For either group, the following lists some of the tools and equipment, from a good pair of gloves to a collapsible hand truck, that you may not have picked up for summer work yet… but should.
Personal Protective Equipment

Personal protective equipment doesn’t only make work safer, but it can also make it far more comfortable. Work gloves are a must, but it’s good to have a selection of them for different tasks. Even if your work never takes you out of the garden, you’ll definitely want a pair of heavy leather gloves for dealing with thorny roses and prickly weeds. It also helps to have a thinner pair of cloth and nitrile gloves for more dexterous work. Consider investing in some kneepads for weeding and other gardening that can be rough on the knees. Safety glasses are always a wise move if any of the work involves sawing, pruning, or otherwise producing particles that could irritate or injure eyes.

Hand Truck

The hand truck is one of the most convenient and effective material handling, work-saving solutions there is. As mentioned earlier, a multi-position collapsible (or convertible) hand truck is perfect for carrying a variety of different cargo. However, for more specialized work, consider a more specialized hand truck. If your work involves traversing staircases with heavy loads, look for a lightweight, high-quality hand truck with a compatible kit that renders it a stair climbing cart. An aluminum hand truck (or dolly) with stair climbers will help the load (and your back) anytime stairs are involved in the transport of heavy, bulky items.

Hori Hori Knife

The hori hori knife is a Japanese innovation that, for some reason, is not yet all that well-known this side of the Pacific, and that is a shame. While a gardening knife may not be a familiar or intuitive concept, the hori hori (the rough translation being “dig dig”) knife does just about anything that needs doing in the garden. It’s a thick, almost narrow trowel of a knife with a traditional edge on one side and a serrated edge on the other. It can be used to dig, cut down plants, lever rocks and weeds out of the ground, scrape weeds out of cracks in cement, cut through tough root systems, and do just about anything else that needs doing in the dirt.

Wheelbarrow and Hand Cart

It’s a rare household with any sort of yard that doesn’t have a wheelbarrow. And if you don’t have a good, sturdy wheelbarrow, you should definitely get one. Whether or not you have one, though, look into picking up a reliable hand cart. Hand carts can work on virtually the same principle as a wheelbarrow but for any number of outdoor summer jobs, their construction makes them a far more practical and effective tool than the wheelbarrow for overall material transportation and handling. Take a look at one today and face the summer prepared.

About Magline

Magliners are so trusted and valued by those working in material handling, many in the field simply refer to any hand truck as “Magliners.” However, there is only one Magline, and they have been designing and producing the most reliable, toughest, highest quality material handling equipment available for over 70 years. Along with their revered hand trucks, they also feature more specialized tools, including an incredible LiftPlus hand lift truck line, stair climbing hand trucks and carts, appliance hand trucks, motorized hand trucks, and much more. If the efficiency, growth, and success of your business is a priority, choose the best tools for the job—choose Magliners.

Learn more about these incredible Magliner products, at Magliner.com

 
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The Tools and Equipment Ranchers May Not Have Considered but Still Need

Most ranchers are likely pretty well aware of the tools they need for their trade. Still, there are always oversights, alternatives, technological advancements, and additional conveniences that emerge. So, it certainly can’t hurt to consider tools and equipment—from a simple hand cart to a night-vision camera and microphone set up—that can make life easier for the average rancher. This may prove more helpful for those who are engaged in raising livestock, fowl, and animal husbandry but who are not necessarily doing so as their chief occupation. That applies to everyone from farmers who raise livestock as a sideline to urban farmers with a clutch of laying hens.

 


Hand Trucks

Hand trucks are the royalty of the material handling world. They have been making life significantly easier for anyone anywhere who needs to move anything heavy, awkward, or bulky. And ranchers are going to be doing quite a bit of that, moving bags of feed, building and fencing material, other tools, and an uncountable (and unpredictable) selection of other things. Hand trucks save work, save time, and can often save the back of a hard-working rancher. If you are raising or plan to be raising livestock and have yet to invest in a hand truck, now is the time to rectify that oversight!

Merck Veterinary Manual

Many who raise animals eventually reach the point where they can recognize the symptoms of many animal illnesses even before those illnesses wholly manifest. However, it is definitely not a good idea to assume that that kind of familiarity is a substitute for a more professional diagnosis or information. While it’s never a bad idea to take a sick or sick-seeming animal to the veterinarian, the Merck Veterinary Manual is among the best, most comprehensive source of information on the diseases and ailments of domestic livestock. It’s definitely worth picking a copy up.

Baby Monitor

A baby monitor may not be the first thing any rancher expects to see as a tool of the trade. However, they can prove to be an incredibly convenient, helpful, and labor-saving device. Find a reliable baby monitor with a microphone and camera, one with night-vision capability preferably. They can be set up in a coop, hutch, pen, barn, or wherever domesticated fowl or livestock are being raised. A baby monitor can be particularly helpful for monitoring young and sick animals. It can alert you to trouble in an enclosure, allow you to keep tabs on growing or ill stock, and help monitor food and water levels without you having to repeatedly check-in in person.

Union Shovel

The union shovel is one of those tools that virtually everyone who’s grown up in an even marginally agricultural situation is likely familiar with the sight, if not the name, of. The union shovel is a scoop shovel that looks something like a warm-weather snow shovel, but one with the broader, more shallowly-curved blade. They are perfect for shoveling anything loose. That includes soil, seed, feed, grains, wood shavings, and anything else you can pick up with it. No ranching outfit is complete without a solid union shovel.

About Magline

Magliners are so trusted and valued by those working in material handling, many in the field simply refer to any hand truck as “Magliners.” However, there is only one Magline, and they have been designing and producing the most reliable, toughest, highest quality material handling equipment available for over 70 years. Along with their revered hand trucks, they also feature more specialized tools, including an incredible powered hand truck line, stair climbing hand trucks and carts, appliance hand trucks, motorized hand trucks, and much more. If the efficiency, growth, and success of your business is a priority, choose the best tools for the job—choose Magliners.

Learn more about these incredible Magliner products, at Magliner.com

 

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The Equipment Every Farmer Should Have on Hand but Might Not Have Considered

It’s assumed that professional farmers are already equipped with a hoe, hose, hand cart, and whatever other tools they need to do their farming. As such, this article is more geared toward the hobbyist or urban farmer who may not have considered some of the equipment mentioned here that will hopefully make their lives easier. Still, if you’re a professional farmer, it’s worth giving this a look. You never know, some of the following tools could be just what you’ve been needing that you didn’t know to look for.

 

Baby Monitor

A baby monitor may not seem like a worthwhile agricultural tool—and if the farming you’re doing doesn’t involve the raising of any livestock, it may not be the most useful tool in your arsenal. However, a baby monitor with a microphone and camera (preferably including night vision) can prove a huge boon for monitoring livestock. It’s particularly useful when looking after young or sick livestock and fowl. Positioned just right it can not only monitor poultry and other animals but can also be used to track how much food and water remains.

Hand Trucks

For many newcomers to the world of agriculture, particularly hobbyist and urban farming, it can come as a (sometimes daunting) surprise how many heavy things have to be carried. Lumber for coops, hutches, and gardening beds; heavy bags full of compost, soil, fertilizer, mulch, wood shavings, feed, seed, and the like; as well as hoses, tools, and eventually, the fruits (sometimes literally) of the farming. For moving anything heavy, bulky, or awkward, a dependable hand truck is your best friend. If you’re going to be moving really heavy appliances or equipment, consider investing in a heavy duty hand truck.

Tool Belt and the Gardening Tools for It

If you’ve never done it, you should be aware that there is something oddly but incredibly satisfying about wearing a tool belt and pulling from it the equipment you need for a job. More importantly, it’s incredibly convenient. Tool belts are virtually always associated with manufacturing, construction, and similar occupations, but dismissing them as a fantastic farming and gardening accessory is an unfortunate oversight. A gardening tool belt elegantly and efficiently holds your gloves, trowel or hand spade, hand fork, hand hoe, weeder, and even seeds. And it’s a far better solution than having them laid out awkwardly on the ground to be lost in grass, covered in dirt, or obscured by picked weeds.

Digging Tools and Attachments

Obviously, any gardening is going to necessitate a good deal of digging. To the unfamiliar, the solution to the necessity to dig is ably provided by a shovel. Those with more experience, however, are aware that not all digging is the same. Not all soil is soft and cooperative. Not all digging takes place in conveniently open spaces. These are issues that can be sorted out with the right tools, however. If significant digging is going to be necessary, for starters, be sure you have a spade and shovel, preferably a long- and short-handled version of each. Then consider a pick for rougher ground, a spring-assisted shovel for more efficient digging, and any specialized digging tools, like a post hole digger, if necessary.

About Magline

Magliners are so trusted and valued by those working in material handling, many in the field simply refer to any hand truck as “Magliners.” However, there is only one Magline, and they have been designing and producing the most reliable, toughest, highest quality material handling equipment available for over 70 years. Along with their revered hand trucks, they also feature more specialized tools, including an incredible appliance hand truck line, stair climbing hand trucks and carts, appliance hand trucks, motorized hand trucks, and much more. If the efficiency, growth, and success of your business is a priority, choose the best tools for the job—choose Magliners.

Learn more about these incredible Magliner products, at Magliner.com

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Practical Tools That Will Save You a Lot of Hassle (and Pain) at Home

Whether you’re a new homeowner, practiced DIY pro, trying to prepare for a renovation or repair project, or you just want to be well-equipped, dependable tools are a necessity. Needless to say, compiling a list of all the tools that come in handy for home repair, renovating, and upkeep is a far too ambitious project for this article.

 


This is written with the assumption that some tools have found their way into your collection—tools like a hammer and nails, screwdrivers, wrenches and Allen wrenches, and similarly common equipment. Covered here are some practical tools that homeowners may not yet possess but would be extremely helpful additions to their toolkit.

Gloves and Glasses

Reliable personal protective equipment may seem like an obvious one, but it bears mentioning. After all, there’s nothing much more frustrating than being about to start a project, or just a day of productive work, and finding that you don’t have a pair of dependable work gloves. If you are doing any work that involves particulates being thrown off, or anything else that could result in something being flung or falling in your eyes, wear safety glasses. Even if you’re not used to them, at the risk of sounding like a nagging parent, it only takes one little piece of something thrown into your eye to demonstrate how incredibly important protective eyewear is.

Dependable Hand Truck (or Two)

Hand trucks are among the greatest inventions in the history of material handling. They’re one of those trusty innovations that just work. For around-the-house work and renovation, a dependable hand truck is an incredible labor (and back) saving solution. A heavy duty hand truck isn’t necessary as a reliable traditional or convertible hand truck is sufficient.

That said, if the work being carried out involves traversing any stairs, then a lightweight hand truck (or dolly) with stair climbers can be of great service. While a stair climbing cart may be overkill around the home—and more appropriate for commercial ventures—having the ability to more easily carry loads up and down stairs with a modified, trusty aluminum hand cart will definitely make it easier on both the load and the back.

Cordless Drill

A good cordless drill with both drill bits and screwdriver heads is simply an invaluable tool in the arsenal of any self-respecting DIY enthusiast. They are convenient, easily transportable, and can be used in places that are, at the very least, hard for plug-in drills to reach. They’re also less expensive than you might think. High-quality brand-name cordless drills can be had for under $100, sometimes under $50. They are definitely a worthwhile purchase.

About Magline

Magliners are so trusted and valued by those working in material handling, many in the field simply refer to any hand truck as “Magliners.” However, there is only one Magline, and they have been designing and producing the most reliable, toughest, highest quality material handling equipment available forover 70 years. Along with their revered hand trucks, they also feature more specialized tools, including an incredible LiftPlus hand lift truck line, stair climbing hand trucks and carts, appliance hand trucks, motorized hand trucks, and much more. If the efficiency, growth, and success of your business is a priority, choose the best tools for the job—choose Magliners.

Learn more about these incredible Magliner products, at Magliner.com

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The Equipment Every Upkeep-Minded Homeowner Should Have in Their Shed

There are, of course, far too many tools that a homeowner could and would likely find useful to be listed in entirety here. It would be next to impossible to do so with solely outdoor tools even. So this isn’t as much just pointing out that homeowners should have a good shovel, a few sturdy pairs of work gloves, rakes, and the like in their shed (though they should). Rather, this article is focused on the equipment that may be less commonly found in sheds but is still incredibly useful. So, if you are planning some landscaping, renovation, or are just focusing on upkeep, owning the following tools is always a good idea.

 


Chainsaw

It’s not that chainsaws are a piece of equipment to be taken lightly. However, many homeowners, if they consider chainsaw ownership at all, consider them excessively expensive, dangerous, or even unnecessary. That said, if you are considering doing anything more than the lightest and most basic tree and shrub maintenance, a chainsaw can be an incredibly useful tool. And when used properly, like virtually all equipment, a chainsaw can be safe as well. Plus, small gas and electric chainsaws can be had for a surprisingly modest amount.

Collapsible Hand Truck

Hand trucks aren’t exactly a rarity in sheds but they can surprisingly be overlooked. Anyone who’s ever used a hand truck is well aware of how incredibly labor-saving they are, but they may not be familiar with collapsible hand trucks. Also known as “convertible” hand trucks, a collapsible hand truck can be used vertically, horizontally, and often in a diagonal position between the two. For something like carrying compost, fertilizer, cement, or anything else heavy that comes in bags, a collapsible hand truck that can be used horizontally can be a life- (and back) saver.

Lightweight Hand Truck

Though a stair climbing cart isn’t something you’d find in the shed of a homeowner, there are aspects of it that can prove useful around the home—the ability of it to climb stairs being one of them. An ideal tool for a homeowner is a lightweight aluminum hand truck (or dolly) with stair climbers, especially if going up and down stairs is a fairly common part of your property work, or you foresee it being one. A classic hand truck to help with tasks around the home makes an excellent gift or addition to any shed. And, if work involving stairs is not all that common but still might be a feature or upkeep, consider attachments to an existing hand truck that optimize it for stair climbing.

Shop Vacuum

Shop vacuums, like chainsaws, can sometimes be dismissed by homeowners, even the more DIY-oriented, as unnecessary, overpriced, or overpowered. But the fact is that a good shop vac—particularly a good wet/dry shop vac—is one of those tools for the handy homeowner that, once you have it, you’re not sure how you ever did without it. And they’re less expensive than you may think. Any number of decent wet/dry shop vacs can be found for well under $100, and strictly dry shop vacs are more affordable still.

About Magline

Magliners are so trusted and valued by those working in material handling, many in the field simply refer to any hand truck as “Magliners.” However, there is only one Magline, and they have been designing and producing the most reliable, toughest, highest quality material handling equipment available forover70 years. Along with their revered hand trucks, they also feature more specialized tools, including an incredible LiftPlus hand lift truck line, stair climbing hand trucks and carts, appliance hand trucks, motorized hand trucks, and much more. If the efficiency, growth, and success of your business is a priority, choose the best tools for the job—choose Magliners.

Learn more about these incredible Magliner products, at Magliner.com

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How to Optimize Labor Efficiency and Safety for Craft Breweries

For those working in a craft brewery, and definitely for those who have founded and are running one, it’s usually as much of a labor of love as it is an occupation. Breweries are often the realization of years of dreaming, saving, planning, hobbyist or semi-professional brewing, and business management research, etc. As such, craft breweries are perhaps more likely to be businesses founded by those whose expertise is in the crafting of great lagers, stouts, and ales rather than the managing of a financial enterprise. Fortunately, there are ways to optimize labor efficiency and safety for craft breweries that can save these passionate people a good deal.

Of course it’s never a good thing when employee accidents and injury claims reduce profits. These can even send a business under. For a brewery, however, there seems to be the added tragedy of the culmination of a dream to bring good beer to good people being damaged or destroyed by an accident or injury that might otherwise be avoidable. The good news is that the risks of those injuries and accidents can be reduced considerably, or even nullified, with a bit of judicious planning and implementation of safety features. And sometimes that implementation can be something as simple as investing in a good collapsible hand truck and proper training.

The Right Tools for Personal Load Moving

As mentioned, sometimes the best tools for optimizing safety are as simple as making good use of hand trucks. The aforementioned collapsible hand trucks, also known as convertible hand trucks, are great for brewery work. They can be operated in the traditional vertical position and switched over to a horizontal one (great for sacks of grain, malt, barley, yeast, sugar, etc.) as well as a sort of diagonal position between the two. A sturdy hand truck with a curved frame is perfect for moving kegs and can prove to be a brewer’s best friend, particularly when paired with keg hooks to help keep the keg in place. And if the work involves hauling heavy sacks or kegs up and down stairs (like up to a fermenter), picking up a stair climbing cart or other reliable hand truck will prove a tremendous boon.

Avoiding Slip and Fall Hazards

Trips and falls are the most common source of injuries across virtually every occupation by a considerable margin. That risk is particularly pronounced for craft breweries. The presence of liquids and grains that can serve as a slipping hazard alone significantly increases the risk. Brewery work also often involves working from a height—up and down stairs and on elevated walkways and work platforms, for example. Managing that risk involves a policy of immediate spill cleanup and weekly or monthly walk throughs to ensure that there’s no dangerous clutter or tripping hazards, as well as installing handrails and slip-resistant tape or tread on stairs and walkways.

Vehicle Safety

Depending on the size of the brewery, there’s a good chance that forklifts and other powered equipment will be operating in the workspace. Vehicle injuries are among both the most common and the most serious of workplace injuries. Given this, require that anyone who operates any powered machinery is fully trained on and licensed for use of that machine. And don’t assume skill-crossover. Someone being proficient on one vehicle or machine doesn’t mean that skill translates to other vehicles or equipment, even if they may seem similar. Ensure that employees are fully trained in vehicle safety, including the risks associated with getting in and out of vehicles, with intermittent retraining to keep safety top of mind.

About Magline

Magliner products are so trusted and valued in the material handling industry that many of those working in the business refer to all hand trucks as “Magliners.” As indicative of Magliners’ quality as that may be, the fact is: There’s only one Magline. And for over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, sturdiest, and most trustworthy material handling equipment available. Their lifting and transportation tools and solutions also include more specialized equipment, like stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and their always-dependable LiftPlus hand lift truck line. If you consider efficiency, growth, and success as priorities for your business, choose Magliners.

To learn more about Magliner hand trucks and other material handling products, visit Magliner.com


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Material Handling Best Practices for the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing jobs come with their own unique hazards. This can include vehicle risks, the chance of electrical shock, the same slip and fall threats that accompany virtually any other occupation (particularly labor-based ones), and then the myriad ways in which the machinery and equipment used in manufacturing represents a potential threat.

Despite the fact that those more “exotic” threats are present, the most common injuries across almost every occupation, including manufacturing, result from more mundane factors. These include the earlier-mentioned slips and falls, heavy-lifting injuries, and those resulting from distracted work, particularly when dealing with material handling. In addition to proper training, a great deal of these risks can be greatly lessened or eliminated by having access to (and utilizing) the proper equipment. Sometimes the best way to keep yourself safe and uninjured can be as simple as using hand trucks (or selecting the right kind of hand trucks to use) rather than trying to carry something solo and unassisted.

Know Your Limits

As mentioned, simply knowing your limits is a great way to avoid any number of injuries. Manufacturing work often requires the moving of stock, heavy machinery, empty pallets, etc. Particularly when tools like hand trucks or pallet jacks aren’t around, it can be tempting to just muscle something from one place to another yourself. That’s a recipe for back injuries and a number of other very unpleasant repercussions. In cases like these it’s worth finding a hand truck or, if the load to be moved seems too ambitious for a traditional hand truck, employing a powered hand truck and perhaps a teammate to lend that additional bit of help.

Appropriate Storage

It’s not just the moving of heavy loads that can present a risk, storage of inventory can as well. That’s particularly true when the stock is being stored high off the ground. Beyond the risk of falls from attempting to move stock off the ground, it also creates the threat of that stock falling on those beneath it. Fortunately, one can use pallet dollies to move materials that are stored on wooden pallets. This eliminates the need for forktrucks, as in most cases, the loads can easily be pushed by hand or moved using a tugger.

Slips and Falls

Slip and fall injuries are far and away among the most common form of workplace accident. The risk of these sorts of accidents can be significantly increased due to unsafe material handling practices. Moving something, whether it’s being carried or transported via hand truck or other material handling equipment, occupies the hands and often the focus. Even when the person moving the stock is being safe, that split focus can result in slipping on sawdust or spilled fluid, tripping over cords, etc. That risk is obviously increased if the mover of the stock is not being safe and the rest of the team isn’t being mindful of their actions or the workspace isn’t being properly cleaned up. To avoid slip and fall injuries, or at least decrease their likelihood, minimize unnecessary distractions across the team and familiarize yourself with the route beforehand. Note any particular obstacles, wires or cables across the floor, slipping hazards, etc. and ensure any excessive or unwarranted obstacles or messes are tended to.

About Magline

Magliner products are so trusted and valued in the material handling industry that many of those working in the business refer to all hand trucks as “Magliners.” As indicative of Magliners’ quality as that may be, the fact is: There’s only one Magline. And for over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, sturdiest, and most trustworthy material handling equipment available. Their lifting and transportation tools and solutions also include more specialized equipment, like stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and their always-dependable hand cart line. If you consider efficiency, growth, and success as priorities for your business, choose Magliners.

To learn more about Magliner hand trucks and other material handling products, visit Magliner.com

 

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Safe and Efficient Lifting and Moving of Heavy Stock for Moving Companies and Furniture Stores

If you are either a mover or work in a furniture store, chances are you’re already familiar with the best way to safely lift heavy loads. Just in case: Plan every lift of something heavy beforehand and know your limits. You need to adopt a stable stance with a wide base; squat down first, adjust your position accordingly, be sure you have a good grip, and then lift. When you do so, keep this time-honored, classic advice in mind: Lift with your legs, not your back. Not to downplay the importance of that advice. It’s so often repeated for a reason: It works.

 


However, sometimes the focus on the mechanics of lifting can overshadow a number of other legitimate health and safety concerns relevant to professional (or amateur) movers and furniture store employees or delivery drivers. Some of those concerns are pretty straightforward, such as the appropriate employment of a heavy duty hand truck, for instance. The fact is: Work that involves the repeated lifting and transportation of heavy items requires prioritizing and optimizing health and safety best practices to ensure those involved stay healthy and to lessen the risk of any incidents.

The Best Tools for the Job

As mentioned earlier, sometimes the best way to be safe is being sure to use the right tools. That doesn’t just mean to use a hand truck if something seems particularly heavy. It means using the right hand truck. If you’re required to carry anything heavy, awkward, or bulky up and down stairs—which is pretty much everything if you’re a furniture deliverer—utilize a stairclimbing hand truck or cart. If you’re moving heavy, bulky, and awkward loads in general, have an appliance hand truck on hand. They’re specifically engineered to transport heavy, harder-to-move loads.

Proper Securing of Loads

One of the (many) reasons why an appliance hand truck is so important is its inclusion of straps. Among the greatest risks that accompany transporting anything heavy is a load getting loose. It’s a threat to the cargo being transported, of course, but far more importantly it’s a risk to those moving the load and anyone in the path of something heavy that falls off of a hand truck, tips off a ramp, etc. Even if no one else is around and the load is undamaged, lunging, twisting, and pulling against something heavy to try and keep it from falling is a great way to throw your back out or otherwise injure yourself, which will prove miserable. So even if employing outside straps is necessary, always secure loads.

Driving and Health

Movers and furniture delivery drivers share a commonality beyond the lifting and transportation of heavy cargo: They spend a lot of time in delivery trucks. It may seem strange to include spending time in a truck as a health risk, but it can be in a few different ways, both direct and indirect. Indirectly, constantly being on the move, on a schedule, and on the clock often isn’t conducive to healthy eating habits. It can encourage a lot of fast food and snack food consumption. Taking the time to plan out healthy meals that can be prepared the night or morning before a shift (or even on the road) can be really helpful. Directly, make sure that your seating situation is ergonomic. Whether driving or in the passenger seat, ensure that your seat comfortably accommodates you and doesn’t require unnecessary stretching to reach anything. Adjust your seating as necessary and consider modifying the seat’s settings or adding items as needed to offer better back support while on the road.

About Magline

Magliner products are so trusted and valued in the material handling industry that many of those working in the business refer to all hand trucks as “Magliners.” As indicative of Magliners’ quality as that may be, the fact is: There’s only one Magline. And for over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, sturdiest, and most trustworthy material handling equipment available. Their lifting and transportation tools and solutions also include more specialized equipment, like stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and their always-dependable hand cart line. If you consider efficiency, growth, and success as priorities for your business, choose Magliners.

To learn more about Magliner hand trucks and other material handling products, visit Magliner.com

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Improve the Performance, Safety, and Profit of Your Rental Business with Delivery Efficiency

Running a rental business can be an incredibly profitable enterprise. But it can also have a very thin profit margin with equipment purchase and upkeep overhead that’s considerably higher than that of many other businesses. As such, improving the performance, safety, and profit of a rental business in whatever ways are possible will be necessary for running a successful business. And sometimes, perhaps more often than not, those areas in which a business can be optimized and streamlined to guarantee success are the ones less often considered, the small—but ever so important—details.

 

There are any number of excellent guides to watching cash flow, taking advantage of equipment and product purchasing deals, analyzing your market and buying accordingly, knowing when to sell and upgrade equipment, etc. As those have been well-covered, this article is focused on a specific area in which that optimization can be accomplished: delivery. It covers not only practical equipment concerns, like when a stair climbing cart is a better choice than a traditional hand truck, but also why a well-trained and customer service-savvy delivery driver is so crucial to a rental business’s success.

Plan the Most Efficient Routes

Planning the most efficient delivery routes may seem like a relatively minor detail but it can make a big difference. Having the most efficient route provides a number of benefits. Primary among those benefits are basic practicalities: A more efficient route means less spent on gas, delivery vehicles being monopolized for less time, and more productive delivery drivers. This results in quicker delivery for customers—and keeping customers happy and pleased with the service is the name of the game. There are a number of apps and software programs that can be employed to optimize route efficiency. Familiarizing drivers with them makes good sense.

Use the Right Tools

Using the right tools for deliveries, particularly heavy rental equipment, saves time, saves labor, increases the efficiency of the delivery process, and most importantly, makes those responsible for the delivery safer. The key is having the tools that are best for the job. As mentioned earlier, almost every delivery driver is well aware of how incredibly helpful a hand truck is, but if the delivery driver has to navigate stairs during their deliveries, a stair climbing truck or cart is going to make the process far easier and safer for all. Likewise, if your rental equipment involves heavy, bulky, awkward loads, consider investing in a heavy duty hand truck with straps or employing an appliance hand truck. Investment in the right tools for the job can increase efficiency, safety, and pay huge dividends.

Delivery Drivers as Customer Service Ambassadors

It’s surprising how often the importance of the delivery driver as a customer service ambassador is overlooked. For many customers, the only personal interaction they’ll have with a representative of the company is interacting with the person doing the delivery. Their experience with the delivery person, good or bad, can absolutely shape or even solidify their decision regarding whether or not toutilize your business services again. It’ll also certainly influence how they’ll describe your business to friends and review it online.

Drivers are often the point of contact for customers who experience issues such as a mixed up order.How the delivery person reacts, how helpful and understanding they are, and everything else about their response to a customer’s problem will also very likely contribute to their opinion about your rental business. Therefore, it’s best to ensure that every member of the team, including people carrying out deliveries, have the tools, resources, and proper customer support training necessary to handle any situation effectively and professionally.

About Magline

Magliner products are so trusted and valued in the material handling industry that many of those working in the business refer to all hand trucks as “Magliners.” As indicative of Magliners’ quality as that may be, the fact is: There’s only one Magline. And for over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, sturdiest, and most trustworthy material handling equipment available. Their lifting and transportation tools and solutions also include more specialized equipment, like stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and their always-dependable LiftPlus hand lift truck line. If you consider efficiency, growth, and success as priorities for your business, choose Magliners.

To learn more about Magliner hand trucks and other material handling products, visit Magliner.com

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Optimizing the Safety and Efficiency of Retail Route Delivery

In the route delivery profession, the best practices for lifting and moving heavy stock are crucial, yet often are overlooked. After all, route delivery drivers often have a set circuit, a route with which they’re familiar, and carry presumably the same or similar stock for businesses on that circuit. Therefore, it’s reasoned that those drivers will be familiar enough with the stock and the delivery terrain to have established a safe, reliable, and static stock lifting and transportation strategy.


The reality, of course, is quite different. For both route drivers and those delivering food or whatever else on an unplanned request basis, the job is accompanied by certain risks, issues, unwelcome surprises, and a variety of challenges. Some of these issues can be solved relatively easily, like with the incorporation of a good collapsible hand truck, while others require a little more planning and preparation. Of course, there’s no way that every possible problematic scenario can be addressed here, but some of the more common issues can at least be touched on.

Use the Right Tools

One of the right tools, a collapsible (aka “convertible”) hand truck, has already been mentioned. Hand trucks are a delivery driver’s best friend, but the capacity of collapsible hand trucks to perform vertically, horizontally, and usually at an in-between diagonal position, makes the transport of different sorts of packages far, far easier. Specialized hand trucks are also incredibly helpful. For instance, if you’re required to move loads up and down stairs with some regularity, a stair climbing cart or truck not only makes work easier and more efficient but also considerably safer.

Route Planning and Apps

This may seem like an obvious one, but it’s surprising how many drivers will attempt to “wing it” with their route, relying on their understanding of their city or the route. And whenever one gets behind on a route, the temptation to make up the difference with speed is a compelling one. It’s also a very bad idea. Obviously a collision is going to cost considerably more time, and, quite possibly, the job itself. And that’s all in addition to the potential harm that could be done to others and the driver, as well as to the equipment and cargo. Fortunately, there are now a variety of route-planning apps and software that can help plot out the most efficient path. Consider using those that are community-informed. They can be far better at providing an accurate, on-the-ground, real-time picture of traffic and obstacles. Knowledge which can improve efficiency on the job and help avoid any situation that makes improper driving a temptation.

Customer Service and Troubleshooting

For better or worse, being a delivery driver of any kind requires having at least some faculty for customer service and troubleshooting customer problems. One of the best ways to preemptively avoid, or at least mitigate, customer service issues is being familiar with who can be called if escalation is necessary. The great majority of customer service issues for delivery drivers involve damaged, missing, or late packages. Unfortunately, when that’s the case, the delivery driver is likely to be the one who bears the brunt of their frustration. When that happens, the driver should stay calm and remember to not take it personally. They’re angry at the situation and simply expressing that by venting to the driver. It is important to remain friendly, listen to what the customer is actually saying, and finally, offer a solution. If that resolution is escalating the concern to another department or pointing the customer to a helpful resource, it’s best to have the proper information ready.

About Magline

Magliner products are so trusted and valued in the material handling industry that many of those working in the business refer to all hand trucks as “Magliners.” As indicative of Magliners’ quality as that may be, the fact is: There’s only one Magline. And for over 70 years, Magline has been designing and manufacturing the most reliable, sturdiest, and most trustworthy material handling equipment available. Their lifting and transportation tools and solutions also include more specialized equipment, like stair climbing carts, appliance hand trucks, and their always-dependable hand lift truck line. If you consider efficiency, growth, and success as priorities for your business, choose Magliners.

To learn more about Magliner hand trucks and other material handling products, visit Magliner.com

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