If you’re in the party rental business, you’ve probably figured out that having a large hand truck for inflatables is very important. These days, bounce houses and water slides are constantly getting bigger and better, and operators need the right tools to transport them to and from the desired setup area.
Our large hand truck for inflatables can take quite a beating when they are used to move bounce houses. Besides the weight of the unit, pathways to setup areas can often have rough terrain, soft ground, bumps, curbs, and other natural obstacles. Whether it’s a backyard birthday party, a park setup, or even an indoor event, you can always encounter difficulty.
What is the Best Large Hand Truck for Inflatables?
In 2008, someone in the inflatables business designed a large hand truck just for inflatables. After several years of real-world testing and design improvements, the Jolly Dolly went on the market and quickly earned the reputation of being the best large hand truck for inflatables in existence.
Since inflatables are round, the Jolly Dolly was designed with a curved frame and an angled design to make pull-back easier. This is the biggest advantage over any other hand truck used in this business. The heavy duty steel frame is virtually indestructible.
Wheels, Tires & Bearings
The extra wide 6-ply tires can handle just about any type of terrain including grass, dirt, sand, mud, gravel, bumps, roots, and even curbs. The heavy-duty one-inch grease-packed and sealed precision roller bearings last a lifetime and provide the smoothest ride possible. You will never deal with worn out bearings, bent axles, or flat tires again, guaranteed!
The hand truck converts to a wagon with the optional trailer dolly for easy transport of bounce houses and other inflatables across long distances. It doubles as cart for carrying accessories like blowers, sandbags, stakes, tarps, cords, hoses, and other accessories. You can make one trip to the setup area, saving you time and labor.
The Jolly Dolly features a foot brake that locks both tires into place to assist in the pull-back (loading) of the hand truck. This can be a life saver if you load bounce houses by yourself.
How Does the Jolly Dolly Compare to other Large Hand Trucks for Inflatables?
There are many different types of large hand trucks for inflatables used in the bounce house business. The most common are the ones from harbor freight or hardware stores. While these models claim to have a weight capacity anywhere from 300 to 700 pounds, they simply are not built to take the punishment involved in moving bounce houses in typical conditions. They also don’t have the right shape or size.
Other products on the market included larger heavy-duty hand trucks, some designed for load up to 2000 pounds, often having four wheels or more. While these hand trucks can take the weight, they often lack the curved design and height required to securely haul a bounce house or other inflatable.
Some bounce house manufacturers sell dollies that are basically a beefed-up version of the lightweight hardware store models. They may add an extra set tires, extra frame rails, or extra add-ons such as a hand brake. They are often made in China, and while they look useful, they are often flimsy and have cheap tires and bearings that will not last long.
The Jolly Dolly beats all competitors’ hands-down. It’s by far the largest hand truck for inflatables available. It’s proudly hand-made in the USA with quality materials and expert craftsmanship. It’s specially designed for our industry to provide years of trouble-free operation. When you put it to work for you, you have the peace of mind knowing that it will always get the job done and never let you down.