For very heavy safe lifting and moving, consider using a product mover or machinery mover. I was introduced to the hydraulic Rol-A-Lift when researching this article. The two pieces of a Rol-A-Lift are designed to lift and move large, bulky and hard to handle safes up to six tons in tandem. Each unit has two adjustable forks that are slid under the safe or pallet. The two Rol-A-Lifts are positioned against the body of the safe and a strap assembly is wrapped around. The hand-operated hydraulic jacks are pumped to lift the forks raising the safe up. Once the safe is lifted off the ground, the safe and the Rol-A-Lifts are pushed or pulled to the final destination.
Two and four wheeled winch and hydraulic pedalifts lift hand trucks and stacker hand trucks are designed to move objects around like a hand truck, but to also raise them up. The tip of the nose plate touches the floor.
Many of these units can safely lift more than 700 pounds up more than four feet. These winch or hydraulic operated lifting trucks provide an excellent way to stack safes in a warehouse or display and to move a safe from the showroom out and into a customer’s vehicle.
The final tools to consider for moving a safe are the SlikSticks Safe Moving System and the Johnson Bar. The SlikSticks Safe Moving System incorporates nine wood sticks covered with a layer of a Teflon type of material. Eight of the sticks are 42” long and the ninth stick is 24” to accommodate corners. A frame spreader and four saver blocks are included.
An optional Slik Sled is available for rough bottom safes. The SlikSticks Save Moving System is available from Lockmasters, Inc.
NOTE: SlikSticks work extremely well on wood floors. A wood floor can be damaged easily even with a pallet jack or appliance hand truck.
A Johnson Bar is a two-wheeled pry bar used to jockey heavy items into position. Johnson bars have an extended length wooden or metal handle for leverage and a short deep scooped nose-iron designed to slide under heavy objects without cutting into a soft floor. This tool has been around forever, making use of the lever and fulcrum’s mechanical advantage to multiply the mechanical force that can be applied to the safe. The Johnson bar can be used to exert a large force over a small distance at the nose-iron end by exerting only a small force over a greater distance at the end of the handle.
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