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GENERAL DISCUSSIONS => Other Tools & Accessories => Topic started by: Corwin on March 06, 2007, 07:26 PM

Title: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Corwin on March 06, 2007, 07:26 PM
I sure could use some type of panel handler to move full-sized sheet goods.  I may even require two such items, one to maneuver the somewhat level concrete floors in my shop and a second that could negotiate the almost too steep pathway that leads around the house to the basement where the shop is located.  I have seen plans in woodworking magazines for a panel mover that is similar to the  Troll 49 (http://www.telproinc.com/ProductDetail.aspx?PID=6).  And I see that there is another Troll, the  Model 112 (http://www.telproinc.com/ProductDetail.aspx?PID=7).  Anyone know how well these work -- or any other suggestions?

Thanks,
Corwin
Title: Re: Could us a Panel Handler!
Post by: Dan Clark on March 06, 2007, 07:34 PM
Corwin,

It turns out that I just bought the model 49 a couple of weeks ago.  It works VERY well for flat floors.   Last weekend, I was horsing around 4X8 X 5/8" sheet rock by myself.   I was impressed at how easy it was to move the panels.

The handle is useful for lifting it up an inch or so to move it around corners (slide sideways), but I haven't tried it on stairs or a steep path.  I think you'll a helper for stairs and some form of four wheeled device for the path.

Regards,

Dan.
Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Les Spencer on March 06, 2007, 11:28 PM
Corwin,

I haven't built this (http://www.workbenchmagazine.com/main/wb280-caddy01.html), yet. But check it out for moving panels in your shop. There is a video showing how it works.

I currently use this:

Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Corwin on March 07, 2007, 12:06 AM
Thanks guys!  That cart that lets you flip the panel onto a cutting table is one that I have also seen and it does look, well, interesting -- may be just a little awkward at one point in the process, but probably gets the job done.  One of these units may be what I need for the shop.  As for getting the sheet goods to the shop, I have been looking at the wheels on the kayak carts I keep in the garage.  And I think they're looking just a little nervous.

Thanks,
Corwin
Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Burt Waddell on March 07, 2007, 11:12 PM
As for getting the sheet goods onto a table or table saw, very soon you'll be able to do that with one finger.
Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Ted Miller on April 01, 2007, 11:44 PM
I was very surprised how well these worked with 3/4" MDF:

http://bearep.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1642
Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Corwin on April 02, 2007, 12:08 AM
Yea, then I'll need a pair of roller skates.  -- sorry --  Kinda pricey compared to those yellow pannel carriers.  But they do look like a good idea.

Thanks,
Corwin
Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: MikeDeuce on April 02, 2007, 01:54 PM
I was very surprised how well these worked with 3/4" MDF:
http://bearep.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1642

Mr Miller: Any experience with the gorilla gripper and higher grade plywoods? Do the pads mar the surface at all?

Thanks!
Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Corwin on April 02, 2007, 03:09 PM
Mr Miller: Any experience with the gorilla gripper and higher grade plywoods? Do the pads mar the surface at all?

That's something I was wondering about also...

Corwin
Title: Re: Could use a Panel Handler!
Post by: Michael Kellough on April 02, 2007, 03:40 PM
I was very surprised how well these worked with 3/4" MDF:
http://bearep.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=product.display&Product_ID=1642

Mr Miller: Any experience with the gorilla gripper and higher grade plywoods? Do the pads mar the surface at all?

Thanks!

I just spent the last hour unloading and transferring a bunch of UltraLite MDF. Gorilla Gripper doesn't mar the surface of even this relatively soft material.

Gorilla Gripper is a useful tool but much of the load was handled by the Panel Carrier. Together they make a great combination, the Gorilla Gripper gets you going when the panel is sitting on the ground but when the panel is up on blocks it's much easier to use the Panel Carrier. Once the material is in a horizontal stack the Panel Carrier can't do much more than extend your reach across the stack to pull a sheet toward you but then the Gorilla Gripper can give you a solid grip to really move the sheet.