bellman's cart

Types of Hotel Bellman’s Carts

Hotel bellman’s carts serve a number of purposes, but they are primarily used to transport clothing and luggage in a hotel. Guests enter the building, place their belongings on the cart, and get it to their rooms without having to carry it by hand. There are many types of bellman’s carts on the market, so you need to find the one that will best serve your hotel guests. Here is an overview to make the decision a little easier.

Standard Bellman’s Carts

As the name suggests, standard bellman’s carts are among the most common luggage carts used in hotels. They have a platform on wheels, topped with a frame of poles to hang clothing on. The poles double as containment devices to keep items from falling off the cart. Standard carts come in a range of colors and finishes, and they usually support 1,500 pounds.

Luxury Bellman’s Carts

Luxury bellman’s carts are just slight variations of standard bellman’s carts. They are usually more ornate, and they may include extra hooks or shelves. Luxury carts are slightly more expensive than standard carts, but they are well-suited for high-end hotels. Some luxury carts feature extra wheels to make them easier to maneuver.

Condo Bellman’s Carts

Condo bellman’s carts have multiple shelves on them so users can sort their luggage and other belongings. This is beneficial for families who make have several different sizes and shapes of bags. The diaper bag and car seat can go on one row, while the actual luggage goes on another. Condo carts do not have a lot of hanging room for clothing because of the shelves, but they usually have hooks or bars on the ends that can be used for that purpose.

Utility Bellman’s Carts

Utility carts are some of the most affordable bellman’s carts available because they lack many of the features that other carts have. Utility carts are usually platforms on wheels that have one or two upright frames. The frames do not create an arch like they do on standard carts. One side acts as a handle, and the other side (optional) acts as a support to keep the luggage contained. Utility carts tend to have a lower weight capacity than other carts, but they can still support around 1,000 pounds.

Important Considerations When Choosing Bellman’s Carts

If you are trying to find the right bellman’s carts for your hotel, keep these factors in mind:

  • Size of your elevators. Most guests will use the carts on the elevator, so you need to make sure the dimensions of the carts match the dimensions of the elevator. If you have an older hotel with small elevators, you may need a smaller cart.
  • Type of guests you get most often. Is your hotel mostly occupied by couples? Traveling businessmen? Families? Think of what your guests are most likely to bring with them, and find a cart that accommodates that.
  • Space you have to store the carts. If you do not have room for several large carts, you may need one or two smaller ones.
  • How easy the carts are to use. Most carts are designed to be easy to operate, but some have extra features to make them even easier. It may be worth the upgrade to create a better experience for your guests.

For more information about bellman’s carts or for help choosing the right carts for your hotel, contact WR Hardware at 800-225-2517.

Pallet jacks

Common Types of Pallet Jacks

Pallet jacks are versatile tools used in almost every industry. They can easily maneuver pallets in a store, storage space or warehouse, and they are less expensive and more compact than forklifts. Just about anyone can operate a pallet jack with minimal training, making this a go-to device for businesses owners across America. In this guide, we will explore some common types of pallet jacks so you can select the perfect one for your business.

Manual Pallet Jacks

Manual pallet jacks are the least expensive option on the market. They have a simple design, and they can typically lift up to 5,500 pounds. Most manual pallet jacks are equipped with a hydraulic pump that lifts the load up and down. To operate the pump, simply pump or depress the handle. This works much like the chairs at a barber shop.

Manual pallet jacks are small and fairly light weight, so they can be moved from building to building fairly easily. However, from an operation standpoint, they are not ideal for moving loads over great distances. A person pulling a manual pallet jack may become tired after an extended period of time. For a simple task, like loading products onto a store floor, this is a good option.

Telescoping High Lift Pallet Truck

Telescoping high lift pallet trucks are designed to raise pallets much higher than the manual trucks allow. They only support a load of around 2,200 pounds, but they can rise the pallet 31 inches off the ground. That’s about the height of a standard desk. Telescoping pallet trucks come in electric and manual models (with hydraulic pumps). The electric ones are slightly more expensive, but they are easier to operate. Manual high lift pallet trucks weigh less than electric ones.

Platform Pallet Jack

Platform pallet jacks do not have forks to lock into the pallet. Instead, they have platforms that go underneath the pallet, similar to a traditional dolly. The platform raises much higher than the telescoping lifts, but it can only support a load of 750 pounds. Thus this may not be ideal for large, heavy pallets.

Lift Tables

A lift table is different than a pallet jack, but it is still within the same family. The table slides under a load and lifts/lowers via a hydraulic foot pump. Lift tables have a tremendous weight capacity of 6,000 pounds, so they can transport heavy objects across a building. The team at ATM from Animal Planet’s show Tanked can be seen using lift tables to move large acrylic aquariums on their clients’ properties.

Stackers

Stackers are a lot like pallet jacks, but they provide additional lift assistance. For instance, a platform stacker can support 1,000 pounds, compared to a platform pallet jack that only supports 750 pounds. Stackers are available with forks and platforms, and they have additional safety features, such as a safety screen. Stackers are more expensive than pallet jacks, but they are ideal for lifting loads onto a truck or storage rack.

Specialty Pallet Jacks

Some pallet jacks are designed for a specific task, like a cylinder lift or a TransRoller power truck with a side rolling feature. These devices are not for everyone, but they can be the perfect solution for select businesses. If you would like help finding the perfect pallet jack for your company, contact the experts at WR Hardware. We offer bulk discounts and fast shipping to most areas, so we can get you the pallet jacks you need when you need them most.

Material handling is general term for moving objects from one location to another. This could be a table, a large piece of furniture, a small stack of chairs, etc. We offer a number of material handling devices here at WR Hardware, from hand trucks to pallet jacks and beyond. Continue reading “Types of Dollies Used in Material Handling”

Top 6 Pallet Jack Safety Tips

Pallet jacks are some of the most popular items we sell her at WR Hardware, mainly because of their versatility and affordability. Businesses from all different industries use pallet jacks in their day to day operations, and a single machine can provide years of use with minimal maintenance. If you’re looking to get one of these machines in the near future, follow these pallet jack safety tips to ensure your success from the start.

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