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Pro panel cart or how do you carry them ?

Hi, finally got some used propanels down here in FL, "Happy girl", how do you transport your panels to your booth, do you buy the propanel cart or what, needing ideas that might save $$ but easy to use. Thanks, Jackie

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Comment by Robert Wallis on September 26, 2015 at 8:37pm

I use a Sears hand cart that converts into a dolly. It's awkward to carry the panels by themselves, so I load up couple of large Roughneck tubs that I load 20x30 canvases into. The tubs are actually two tubs that are fastened face-to-face with the lids together and the insides of the lids cut out. That makes a tub about 36 inches tall. With two of those, the top surface clears the handle on the dolly. I stack the panels flat on top and centered, so it can handle going over curbs if need be. The best part is that I don't need a specialized cart to haul the panels around.

Comment by Robert Wallis on September 26, 2015 at 8:39pm

That would be two of the double tub combinations. I can post a photo if my description is a bit shaky :-)

Comment by C.C. Barton on September 28, 2015 at 11:43am

I have a regular heavy duty dolly.  I sold my 7' propanels and now have the space savers so I don't have that problem anymore, but for years I would put the dolly in the flat (not upright) position, then had about a 3' length of pvc pipe (about 2 or 3 inches in diameter - if you want specifics after reading this, I can get actual measurements for you) that had a slit cut in the middle of it large enough to accommodate the dolly handle - you just push the pvc pipe down till it sticks on the handle like the top of a "T" (still with me on this?).  That pvc pipe would act like an extended back for stacking the panels against diagonally.  The foot end was braced by the metal dolly tongue.  This way, it becomes very easy to wheel them wherever you need to go.  For more stabilization you can bungie them from one end of the pvc to the other.  I also used a sort of small extender on the tongue, but you can do without that - you'd just have smaller loads which might necessitate an extra trip.  (wish I had a photo to show you - this all sounds much more complicated than it really is.)

Comment by Jacquelyn Zajac on September 28, 2015 at 2:22pm

Thanks to you all for the suggestions, I googled up the dolly that's you can buy from propanel and they have an identical one for sale in many places $100 cheaper, the only difference is the wheel size, they are 4" instead of 6",  and free shipping, now sure if the extra $100+ is worth it, will check with hubby tonight and go from there. If anyone else is interested look on Amazon, but I saw them in many places, $195, $209, etc. 

Comment by Jacquelyn Zajac on September 28, 2015 at 3:05pm

Thank you again, great feedback, I checked out all of the sites you suggested, however i think my choice will be between the snap-loc or the Propanel cart, as we are using whichever we end up with for storing the panels in our trailer, we want to just push it in and leave it until the next show. Have a great season eveyone !

Comment by Connie Mettler on September 28, 2015 at 4:21pm

We never had pro-panels but used Armstrong panels. We purchased their wheels which locked the panels together and made them easy to transport. Honestly, Jacky, depending on how many shows you are doing, set up can be so time consuming, if you can cut any of those corners by having a dedicated cart to make it easier it is well worth. If efficiency isn't of concern then skip it. 

Comment by Jacquelyn Zajac on September 28, 2015 at 5:08pm

Thanks Connie, I totally agree, plus we're not getting any younger,,,,darn, so anything that makes it easier to set up is a "good thing". 

Comment by Ernie Komarek on September 28, 2015 at 5:21pm

Milwaukee Convertable Hand Cart

$84.97 at Home Depot. I hauled 9 panels (10x10) about 200 yards with very little effort. Large wheel diameter is great for rough terrain or thick grass.

Comment by Robert Wallis on September 28, 2015 at 5:52pm

Ernie, that's virtually identical to the one I have from Sears. I've seen where some folks have those little wheels removed and a bracket welded on that lets them install the larger pneumatic tires which makes it even easier to roll across rough terrain. If I were doing it again, that's the route I would take.

Comment by Melanie Rolfes on September 28, 2015 at 5:59pm
The propanel cart is amazing! We got it about 6 months ago. The cheaper version has smaller wheels so we went with the propane like cart. It packs up so small. We can keep extra 2d art in it at shows to use as a flip bin for large canvases. We have a rockin roller and the stand up dolly people mentioned above. We don't bother with them anymore.


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