Carts-Tugs

Overview

Housing and Hospitality Staff move heavy items regularly with the use of carts. The carts are pushed or pulled up and down hills, too and from dorms and between dining establishments. Having the right kind of cart and using a motorized tug to push them can make the task much easier and reduce the likelihood of injuries. A proper cart allows for easy maneuvering and accommodate various types of loads. The entire process and use of a motorized tug needs to be well thought out but if used correctly it can significantly reduce the likelihood of injuries.    

Decision-makers should review the following considerations.

  • Space: Area(s) where the cart or tug will be used. Is the cart/tug the right size for the job and will there be obstacles to navigate? Are there doorways and if so are they large enough to accommodate the unit?
  • Surfaces: Type of surface(s) the cart/tug will be used on. Will it be used inside or outside? Will you need to navigate bumpy areas or various types of transitions?
  • Users: The physical characteristics of the worker. Can the cart/tug be used by different height users?  
  • Storage: The cart/tug will need to be stored somewhere. Is there storage space in an existing custodial closet or storage area? Are the doorways to the storage area large enough to accommodate the unit?
  • Portability: Ease by which a user can get the equipment to the job site. Is there elevator access? Can the elevator accommodate the weight of the tug or filled cart?
  • Maintenance: What type of regular maintenance is needed? Is a special tool needed for regular field maintenance?
  • Testing and Feedback: Demo the product. What was the users’ feedback on the unit after trying in the work environment?

Recommended Carts

Mfr. & Model

Heavy-Duty
Poly Box Truck
H-3840

Vinyl  Basket
H-2647

Vinyl  Basket
H-1580

Criteria Rating

★★★★★

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

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Heavy Duty Poly Box Truck
Yellow 18 Bushel
Uline Vinyl Basket Truck

Review

High capacity. Accommodates wet and dry loads.

Crack, dent, and corrosion-resistant high-density polyethylene construction. Easy access side cut-outs with removable vinyl flaps.

This unit will fit through a standard 32" doorway.

Medium capacity. Accommodates wet and dry loads.

Well built and durable. Soft vinyl sides are flexible and can accommodate a variety of odd-shaped items. Required accessory: internal spring-loaded lift helps to raise and lower loads for easier material handling.

This unit will fit through a standard 32" doorway.

Large capacity. Accommodates wet and dry loads.

Well built and durable. Soft vinyl sides are flexible and can accommodate a variety of odd-shaped items. Required accessory: internal spring-loaded lift helps to raise and lower loads for easier material handling.

This unit will fit through a standard 32" doorway.

UC Supplier

Uline Uline Uline

Specs

Weight: 72 lbs

Capacity: 1200lb (23 Cubic Ft)

Wheels: Two 5" swivel casters, two 5” rigid casters

Overall Dimensions: L 48” x W 32” x H 38"

Inside Dimensions: N/A

Ease of access: Side cut-out

Motorized tug adapter  ♠

Durable construction  ♠

Weight: 41 lbs

Capacity: 600lb (22 Cubic Ft)

Wheels: Four 4” swivel casters

Overall Dimensions: L 42” x W 30” x H 37"

Inside Dimensions: L 38” x W 26” x H 30"

Ease of access: Spring-loaded lift

Motorized tug adapter: No

Durable construction  ♠

Weight: 42 lbs

Capacity: 600lb (25 Cubic Ft)

Wheels: Four 4” swivel casters

Overall Dimensions: L 48” x W 32” x H 37"

Inside Dimensions: L 45” x W 27” x H 30"

Ease of access: Spring-loaded lift

Motorized tug adapter: No

Durable construction  ♠

Resources

Heavy-Duty Poly Box Truck Vinyl Basket H-2647BLU Website
Spring Lift H-3514 Website

Vinyl Basket H-1580 Website
Spring Lift H-3515 Website


Recommended Tugs

Mfr. & Model

DJ Products
Cart Caddy Shorty
Cart Puller

Criteria Rating

★★★★☆

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Cart Caddy Shorty

Review

Exceptional push/pull capability

Multiple configurations of unit is possible to accommodate various sized loads and applications.
The unit is relatively easy to maneuver in tight areas and has a long lasting battery.
Quick connect capability and accommodates universal coupling hitch.

Note: When considering this type of machine it's important to thoroughly evaluate the complete application
including the type of carts or racks that it will be used with as well as the actual terrain it will be used on.
There are
several of these units on campus that are no longer in use because they are in need of repair or did not work for
the application it was intended for.

UC Supplier

DJ Products

Specs

Push/Pulls up to 3000 lbs

0-3 MPH Forward/Reverse

Variable speed twist grip

Battery Life: 16 hrs

Battery Gauge

Automatic charger

Quick connect to most carts

Capable of pivoting 180 degrees (allows for turning loads at 90 degrees)

30”x 26” (L x W without 5th Wheel arm)

Optional Spring Hitch for coupling ♠

Optional Customizable attachments

Resources

Cart Caddy Shorty Website

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