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Review of Cosco 3-in-1 Aluminum Hand Truck

Product Review:  Cosco 3-in-1 Aluminum Hand Truck

About the Brand

Cosco has been an established brand since 1939 and has over 65 years of “recall-free” product innovation and manufacturing. Each product is carefully designed with the user experience in mind in promoting trusted utility tools and quality. 

About the Product

This 3-in-1 product is a hand truck, assisted hand truck, and flat bed cart all in one. It features an ergonomic design for stress free usage as well as a heavy-duty aluminum build to handle a weight capacity up to 1000 lbs. It also has an easy-to-use one handed conversion handle that helps the user switch from each setting with only minor adjustments. Product Measurements: Height: 33.25″, Width: 46.88″, Depth: 19.75″

PROS: 3-in-1 design creates multiple options for user, assistance features gives it better balance for heavier loads, sturdy frame build overall packaged into a light design

CONS: joints may be weaker than advertised for heavier weight, wheel attachment can be a weak point in managing heavier loads over different terrains

FINAL VEDICT:

Although it is advertised for a 1000 lbs load capacity, we do not recommend it for anything more than 500 lbs. The 3-in-1 design is its most innovative feature and it will come in handy to ease the burden of use for the user. The structure however is not a steel frame but aluminum, which can make it susceptible to extreme heavy weight. We recommend this for those looking for a versatile hand truck. We do not recommend this for those looking for a rugged and put through its test type of hand truck. 

What Others Are Saying

There are others reviews that this dolly has a poor build and the quality does not seem to live up to the Cosco brand. However, you need to keep in it is an aluminum frame and not steel. That means it is meant for easier usability making it lighter with different weight bearing positions for better maneuverability.

Does that mean I should not get this for heavier loads? Not necessarily. The product can be used for heavier loads however, we do not recommended for maximum weight capacity and for rugged use. It will get the job done however, not in the way a heavy-duty steel frame dolly will.

For clarity, this dolly can be beneficial for those who are careful with their usage of it. Once again, we do not recommend this if you need a more rugged all-terrain type of dolly.  

 

Purpose of Innovation

In a product category that has a predicable design and functionality, it can be great to see innovation and something new.

This product has been out for a while now and it has certainly stood the test of a proven concept among its users.

If there is one catch, it would have to be the mind set that users generally have when it comes to using a dolly or hand truck. The mind set is that a hand truck is an assistant. Therefore, its versatility is not so much taken into consideration but more of its functionality. That seems to be what Cosco kept in mind when designing the 3-in-1. Their innovation incorporates both versatility and functionality 

Food for Thought

We have to keep in mind that with innovation comes the need for change in user mindset. There are expectations put on this style of hand truck that could not be fair when compared to other rugged steel frame designs. It still carries with the same functionality however, it differs in how its new innovations can be applied to its user.

That is not to say this products needs to be babied all the time and cannot take care of tougher jobs. It can handle tough jobs however, the main thing to keep in mind is that the innovative design is meant to bring different options available to the user rather than making sure every weight load is a successful one. 

Who Is It For?

If you are someone who adapts well to innovative products then this is the hand truck for you. It will broaden your options in how different load bearing jobs can be done.

If you just want a tough sturdy hard truck that can take anything you throw at it, then we do not recommend this item. You will quickly be disappointed and think less about its innovation and rate it based upon performance.

Please do not think that it takes a special kind of person to use this hand truck. If the innovations are interesting and you’d like to see how it can expand your work options then this is the product for you. 

Final Comments

With any product review there will be different opinions. The 3-in-1 Aluminum Hand Truck by Cosco is an innovative product backed by long established innovative company. With that in mind, not every user will find it 100% satisfactory. Like any hardware tool, only a closeup, hands on look will help determine if this can be a good fit for you. 

To keep things practical, do not take the weight capacity at its fullest advertised. If you are looking for a 500lbs capacity hand truck that incorporates an innovative design for better user experience then try to demo this product before making a final decision.

Remember, innovation brings innovative options. This hand truck can certainly help with that. 

Here is a helpful video to give you a better idea of the 3-in-1 Hand Truck. 

Video Credit: Cosco’s Products

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Top 5 Stair Climbing Hand Trucks and Dollies

Yes, dollies can climb stairs too. 

Whether it’s a tall climb or a short one, a stair climbing hand truck or dolly will save you hours of hard work and probably a lot of back pain.

(FYI, If your building has an elevator, please consider using it before moving up and down anything more than 2 or 3 flights of stairs. Otherwise your move will not be practical.) 

The following list is our top recommendations all ranging from the cost efficient and light weight all the up to heavy duty and still cost manageable. Of course, with any list there are other recommendations that could be available. This list will give a better idea of what to expect with a stair climber dolly. We hope your search will lead you to the right fit for you. 

Here is our list:

Top 5 Stair Climbing Hand Trucks and Dollies

1. Magline 86006 C5 Stair Climber Kit

IMPORTANT!  This is a kit that attaches to a Magline Dolly. 

Not only is it famous for being the main featured dolly kit on our homepage but, this is the expectation of what a stair climber dolly should generally look like. 

The overall setup includes two cast aluminum sliders with replaceable low friction polymer skid bars. It is designed for easy movement while climbing stairs and helps to avoid damage to stairs or curbs. It’s sleek, has solid wheels, and can easily be attached or removed for convenience. 

PROS: easy attachment, aluminum build makes it strong enough for small or medium size jobs, helps protect stairs
 
CONS: kit does not come with dolly, will require the physical strength of at least someone beyond puberty to use correctlyr, polymer skid bars may wear and tare over time but are replaceable
 
FINAL VERDICT: The kit with the dolly has a weight capacity of 500 lbs. However, you do not want to using this dolly to lift 500 lbs items up and down the stairs. We suggest anything less than 100lbs to be safe up to 200lbs if you have the strength to handle it.
 
Definitely recommended for boxes with heavier items to move up and down the stairs at home. For businesses, it’s a great goto dolly for packages and deliveries.
 

Hand Truck Stair Climber with Glide Bars and Aluminum Material, Mounting Hardware Included, Silver

Overall Height 17 In., Overall Width 1-1/2 In., Overall Depth 6 In.
Includes: Mounting hardware
Material: Aluminum

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Price: $47.56

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 2UpCart The All-Terrain Stair Climbing Folding Cart

If portability fits your stair master needs, then this is a great option for you. The UpCart All-Terrain, that’s right, all-terrain, “folding” cart. It can climb stairs and fold for your storage convenience. The last thing we need is another big bulky piece of hardware filling our already crowded garage space.

This dolly includes a foldable design with a 3-wheel chasis that provides more stability and confidence while moving up and down your stairs. It comes fully assembled and is great for everyday around the home stair climbing needs.
 
PROS: lightweight, portable, foldable, takes up less space, easy to use
 
CONS: lightweight, portability and foldability makes it suitable for less than 100lbs. (we recommend less), not a sturdy handle design.
 
FINAL VERDICT: It’s perfect for around the house smaller items. Just like any foldable hardware tool, it has a lot of moving parts so it’s not as sturdy as a solid frame dolly. The 3-wheel design will provide a unique experience compared to a solid bar kit. The usability is much more user friendly. Do not let children play with this if you have stairs in your house for they will treat it like a transformer or a make shift sled. Recommended for light weight house hold items.
 

UpCart The All-Terrain Stair Climbing Folding Cart

Reduces effort going up and down steps & stairs
Decreases pressure applied on supporting surfaces
Improves stability

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Price: $89.95 $85.81

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If you’re moving appliances, then this is right for you.

This hand truck features a heavy gauge steel frame with double-stitched webbed straps to keep your larger items in place and balanced. The 6″ rubber wheels are designed for long term use and prevent puncture wounds or going flat. It has a 600 lbs load capacity and the rubberized traction wheels help to assist in heavy lifting.

PROS: great for small to medium sized appliances, secure fit for added stability with straps, balancing larger items assisted by secure straps, thin design for less storage place

CONS: not motorized, not recommended for the total 600 lbs, requires user knowledge to use properly, whoever is using needs to know what they are doing, straps must be secure otherwise the wife gets a new frig or washing machine

FINAL VERDICT: It will save your back when moving larger objects and appliances. The straps need to be double checked before operating so user must be knowledgeable of the product before use. It says 600 lbs but, not recommended for total limit. We always suggest taking a third off the total capacity for safety reasons. The whole assembly does not take up much space and is a heavy gauge frame that can support large capacity loads. Recommended for medium to heavy items. Extra safety precautions for new appliances. 

 

600 Lbs. Capacity Appliance Hand Truck Stair Climber Steel Frame by Haul Master

Equipped with heavy duty double-stitched webbed strap with buckle
Fold-out box lifter extends toe plate to handle oversize cartons
Stair climbers

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Price: $73.99

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4Barrow Hand Truck for Home and Garden Home 200 kg

A very good mid-range hand truck for both the home and garden. It features a durable tubular steel frame with barrow style design. It is meant for heavy duty projects and the 3-wheels on either side are ideal for support heavier loads up and down the stairs. It can also be stored with the front plate folded up.

PROS: best bang for the buck with this heavy duty hand truck/ stair climber combo, protruding handles give a solid grip with added weight support on the front plate and sides, max weight 200 KG or 440 lbs.

CONS: on the heavy side itself about 36 lbs or 16.5 kg, it can lift up to 440 lbs however will require physical exertion for max weight

FINAL VERDICT: It can handle anything comfortably recommended up to 300 lbs. The added stair climber wheels are a plus over different floor surfaces. We recommend this for medium to heavy projects. The front plate is not a solid piece and also foldable which will come into consideration with different weight options. All in all, best deal for the price for a well rounded dolly truck with a handsome color combo.

Stair Climber Hand Truck,200Kg Heay Duty 6 Wheel Sack Truck Hand Sack Cart Barrow Trolley Cart Garden Tool Home,Rubber Wheel

MATERIAL: MADE OF STAINLESS STEEL - High quality and sturdy steel frame, secure with high efficiency, strong loading capability about 200kg. Waterproof and anti-rust, durable for long and easy to maintain.
TWO WHEELS TO BE CHOSEN FROM: SOLID RUBBER WHEELS - The wheels adopted with premium rubber. The triangle-shaped bearing wheels make it more flexible and durable for less bumping. WIDEN FOAM WHEEL:More convenient to use.For a high toughness and good wear-resistance and anti-slip.
EASY STORAGE - Folds down simply for easy storage in your garage or shed. Easy to fold for a convenient carry and store, save more space and strength.

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Price: $85.99

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5. Foldable Stair Climber Trolley Dolly with Seat

Sometimes you may not need a stair climber just for moving. This 3-in-1 shopping/ storage dolly can climb stairs and doubles as a utility cart. It has an all weather proof large bag compartment, 3-wheel stair climbers, and a fold down seat. It’s frame is made from durable steel and the max weight capacity can hold up to 110 lbs. One of the best features is that it is a light weight dolly coming in at 4 lbs. 

PROS: light weight, foldable, compact, great for tailgating, all steel design for durability, easy to use

CONS: not meant for heavy lifting but its not meant for that

FINAL VERDICT: It works as a great travel dolly if stairs are an issue. It definitely gives an extra option for routine shopping needs and for live sporting events. The fact that it can climb stairs is a plus for all those moments when an elevator is not accessible. It comes in a well built design with good materials for water proofing and durable construction. Not bad for only 4 lbs. Recommended for shopping and light weight errands. Definitely a head turner. 

Stair Climber Trolley Dolly with Seat, Blue Shopping Grocery Foldable Cart Tailgate

The Stair Climber Trolley Dolly with Seat is a 3-in-1 shopping/storage utility cart. This cart contains a seven compartment, all weather proof material shopping bag, a personal household Dolly, and a Seat to rest on while on the go.
The Comfort Cushion Padded Seat can support up to 250 lbs. while still comfortably giving back support.
The Tri Wheel design is a distinct feature that allows for climbing stairs up and down with ease.

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Price: $69.99 $69.98

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