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Safco Products 4050 Hide-Away Convertible Utility Hand Truck, Silver

3.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Hide-Away convertible folding hand truck and platform utility truck all in one
  • Aluminum platform extends over 50%, collapses for compact storage
  • Two 6" solid rubber wheels
  • Two 3" solid rubber wheels
  • Rated up to 250 lbs. (two wheels), 400 lbs. (four wheels)
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Product Description

Switch and change, extend the range or hide it away for another day with Hide-Away Convertible Truck. Folding capability allows you to keep these trucks close at hand for immediate use. Collapsible hand truck and platform truck all in one. Steel handles extend for use and retract for storage. The aluminum platform can extend over 50% for use and retract for storage. Two solid rubber wheels and two solid rubber casters. 250 lb. capacity as a two-wheel hand truck, 400 lb. capacity as a platform truck. Mobile on two 3" solid rubber wheels

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Switch and change, extend the range or hide it away for another day. Folding capability allows you to keep these trucks close at hand for immediate use. Collapsible hand truck and platform truck all in one! Steel handles extend for use and retract for storage. The aluminum platform can extend over 50-Percent for use and retract for storage. 14-Inch by 9-Inch toe plate. Two 6-Inch solid rubber wheels and two 3-Inch solid rubber casters. 250-Pound capacity as two-wheel hand truck and 400-Pound capacity as platform truck.

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Brand Name Safco Products
Item Weight 21 pounds
Product Dimensions 43 x 15.5 x 36 inches
Item model number 4050
Color Silver
Material Type Metal
Number of Items 1
Manufacturer Part Number 4050

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ASIN B000LNOC5U
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3.2 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #60,458 in Office Products (See top 100)
#82 in Home Improvement > Building Supplies > Material Handling > Hand Trucks
Shipping Weight 21.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First Available July 26, 2005

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I wanted to love this Safeco Hide-Away Convertible Truck (at this writing have had for about 15 months), but it's needed more maintenance than an old car. Sure it looks good and works when you first get it, and if you use it twice a year, no problem (for 2 years anyway). I am a musician and I know how to make equipment last for years... I use the truck about 2-3 times a month and I do NOT overload it. I had to first replace the swiveling casters because they began to buckle under normal load, replaced with good American casters (they were of a light gauge steel and the bearings also fell out of them!) The various bolts on the truck, (and there are many, some of which cannot be accessed) have to be tightened often to maintain integrity. Then the locking-bar (which is used every time you open and close it) lost the end caps and became unusable until I finally found some metric replacements. The last problem which I cannot even fix because the bolts are not accessable, keeps the telescoping base from sliding closed, so it cannot be shortened to folding position. No kidding on any of this. The overall design idea is great, but it is poorly implemented, and for users who really need a workhorse of a hand truck, the Safeco Hideaway Folding Truck is one shoddy piece of gear. If the importers would like to send me an improved version for use and review, let me know! Until then, this review stands.
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The concept of this Safco is great. It folds up into a wonderfully compact package, and it can be configured to work in quite a few different ways.

Unfortunately, the construction leaves much to be desired -

The casters are just crap, plain and simple; perhaps the flimsiest, cheapest casters in the world. They fell apart after a few uses.

Also, the machine screws that hold all the bits and pieces together down at the foot plate loosen up quickly. When the screws loosen, things become rickety - you need to tighten them regularly. They have split lock washers on them, but they're made out of cheap steel, so the washers just lose their spring, flatten out and stop keeping things locked together.

Despite these problems, I love the way it collapses into a very compact package - it is the handiest hand truck I have ever had and it takes up very little room when folded up. So I decided to try to make it work better, and I succeeded.

First, I found some new, high quality casters with threaded stems that thread into the place where the old casters went. Worked fine, until the mating threads on the CASTER stripped - more low quality steel in fasteners. Since the mating nut is welded to the hand truck, I got some two part epoxy, glued the stem back in the nut, and clamped it overnight. It's been holding; so far so good.

I also removed the screws that loosen up, put some super glue on the threads, and screwed them back in. So far so good with these, too.

So in a nut shell, if you're willing to put some extra work into this product, it should perform well and for a long time. Perhaps a person actually CAN make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.
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Before I begin, let me say that this review has nothing to do with Amazon. I'm an Amazon Prime customer and very happy.
However, this product is sold through Cymax, and as I would find out later, they don't hold themselves to the same standard of excellence.

As soon as the package arrived, I knew I made a mistake. The box was as light as a feather, and my disappointment was only beginning.
What's inside the box is barely passable as a children's toy. In fact, I have serious doubts that it could even stand up the the task of carting an actual toy from one room to another.
On top of that, to return the item, you'll be hit with a 25% re-stocking fee, and be responsible for shipping costs.
Don't waste your money. You've been warned.
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This is a clever thing made in Taiwan like the Taiwanese can only do. I use my hand truck to transport groceries and 5-gallon bottles of water from the "loading zone" to our apartment on the fifth floor. I've used my new hand truck a few times now and have become familiar with it to write this review. Overall I like it thus 4 stars. The main problem is that it is heavy in my opinion at 25 lbs, and I'm not sure why since it's built from aluminum. It folds nice and compactly and features a carrying handle and fits behind the seats in a sedan car. When unfolded and unloaded the truck seems flimsy, but when loaded it becomes quite sturdy and is up to the task of moving lots of weight. I typically load it with 2 5-gallon bottles of water and one huge canvas bag (L.L. Bean) full of groceries. It will easily carry 3 5-gallon bottles of water. Wish they could make it more lightweight, but maybe I need to buff out my biceps. Recommended.
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We ended up returning the item. It was OK but not as sturdy as we were expecting for the use it was intended. It is more suited for light to medium use. We ended up buying a commercial grade hand truck from another source. The return was easy and the refund was prompt.
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This hand truck slash cart is small. I wasn't expecting it to be so lose and cheap feeling. I wouldn't buy this again if I had it to do over and I didn't return it because of the shipping cost. So it's going in the yard sale pile. I bought it for moving but ended up using a real hand truck my friend had. So if your short and want to move boxes of packing peanuts this is the cart for you.
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