If the hand truck you are using today requires the operator to put their foot on the axle and pull, then there is an easier and safer way - the PowerMat® way! PowerMate® has been proven by independent reasearch to reduce the effort on the operator by as much as 87% versus a conventional hand truck. Use PowerMate® technology to help avoid preventable back injuries. Here is just one example: the unique 3 point back break system.
PowerMate® Unique 3-Point Break Back
The force required to break back a load when the dolly is loaded and at rest requires the operator to place their foot on the axle of the dolly and pull using thier legs, arms, and back. This exposes the operator to potential injury that can be avoided with the use of a PowerMate® motorized stair climbing dolly!
All PowerMate® L-, LE- and M-Series Stairclimbers feature 3 point "break back". Let your PowerMate® do the work for you! Simply raise the wheels 20-35cm, changing the fulcrum, and effortlessly break back the load without having to place your foot on the axle and pull, avoiding putting the operator at risk of injury.
For more information on the ergonomic advantages of PowerMate®, we invite you to review the PowerMate® Safety & Profitability Presentation.
Seeing is Believing!
After raising the wheels off the ground, changing the fulcrum, they try agiain. To the amazement of everyone, the volunteer completes the break back; safely placing the machine and load in a balanced position. At this time, everyone wants to try using the PowerMate® dolly. The difference is astounding and the safety and ergonomic value of PowerMate® is clear.
Following the same procedure as detailed above, utilizing the leaverage/hook bar found on all M-Series machines can further assist you in breaking back the heaviest loads up to 1 200lbs or 680kg!
3-point break back is just one ergonomic advantage PowerMate® has when compared to other hand trucks that have the wheels and base plate fixed.
For some of the heaviest loads, like customers moving larger safes, even with the PowerMate® unique 3 point break back, breaking back a load can be challenging. Here is another "trick" PowerMate® has used, over the years, to make break back easier with the heaviest of loads:
The "Trick" - The Wooden Block:
- Raise the wheels of the machine off the ground to fit a block of wood underneath.
Wooden blocks of various sizes can be used as tools to assist in completing a wide range of moving tasks.
- Lower the wheels down onto the block of wood and continue to lower them to tilt the load.
- Place another block of wood under the load as far away from the machine as possible, ideally beyond the center of mass.
- Raise the wheels to remove the first piece of wood and position the wheels to complete the break back process.
To experience PowerMate® 3-point break back for yourself, you are invited to or check out our NEW upcoming international PowerMate® Trade Shows and Events webpage for an oppoortuinty to see PowerMate® near you!