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Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« on: May 27, 2011, 07:37:52 PM »
I bought this less than a year ago, its one in a fleet of hand trucks I own, I bought it specifically because of the pneumatic tires, because I dont have one in my fleet.

Anyhow, the metal of the rim has fatigued to the point the wheel fell off. I have not done any "heavy" work with this, on average less than 100lbs probably closer to 50. If you notice, I have not even wore the paint off the "foot" of the truck. Both rims "bent" shortly after putting into service and this is used by me personally, not in a business or commercial environment. Otherwise its seem to to be "ok" built.

Just a "heads up", the Northen Tool sticker is worn off (or Id show it), so is the part that said "Made in China". Big surprise, I know. Not sure where to even find a domestic one anymore, we run everyone out of the country that makes anything..
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011, 08:14:04 PM »
I've had my issues with Chinese hand trucks also.  I just change the wheels out.  I have a continuous source of decent used wheels when we scrap out a pressure washer and I never toss one out.  Its not that I get a lot of them, but a dozen or so a year every year.   Course the new machines come with Chicrap wheels so I guess my source will dry up eventually frustratedx
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2011, 01:42:13 AM »
This is one thing that I always thought would make a good learning to weld project.  Then you could reinforce it or add things you can't find.
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2011, 02:39:07 PM »
Do you have any scarp plate you can weld to it to thicken it.
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2011, 06:39:43 PM »
Good chance the axle is 5/8" which is common for wheels.  Also, most of those wheels have knock out bearings and can be changed easily.  I have a lawn mower sales and service shop locally that stocks the bearings in 5/8 and 3/4 and probably 1/2".  They are cheap.
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2011, 06:31:23 PM »
It's pretty much to the point where if I buy anything like that made in China, I know I'm going to have to make some modifications sooner or later.   th-wtf
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2011, 08:39:53 PM »
For a while I had a nice little side job repairing handcarts for my wife’s employer. They had about a dozen of them. I would get a flat $25 for any weld job. I made a few hundred bucks off  them.
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2011, 09:10:03 PM »
I have replaced mine with used lawn tractor front tires. Had the change the axle also as it was short. It works better over ruff ground.

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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2011, 12:34:55 AM »
I got just one word to say: Dutro th-wink

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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #9 on: July 12, 2011, 11:28:20 PM »
This is the real deal right here - DUTRO  :)


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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #10 on: July 14, 2011, 06:44:12 PM »
I hate Chinese tires.  Dealt with hundreds of them on pressure washers.  Will say some are better then others.
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2011, 11:39:54 PM »
This is the real deal right here - DUTRO  :)


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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2011, 04:38:39 PM »
Use 2 large washers, 1 on each side. Then plug weld then to the rim.

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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
« Reply #13 on: August 10, 2011, 01:47:46 AM »
That hand truck wouldn't be so bad if they made it with better stuff.
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Re: Northern Tool Hand Truck Fail
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