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Canít decide on a Panel Carrier for plywood

I need to move a lot of plywood by hand and want to buy a Panel Carrier, but wondering if it would be better to carry from top or bottom. I used to have a plastic one that hooked onto the bottom that worked well and I noticed now they sell a lot of different types of grips from the top. The top grips are a lot more expensive and I may also use it for metal roofing panels as well, but not sure if it will work on metal.

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I use the cheap bottom plastic type but .....

In order to use it, the plywood should be resting on a 2 X 4 to get the thing underneath it. If it grabs at the top, this would be much easier to use. Amazon sells both types, but for the addition $15.00, I'd go with a topside gripper:
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=plywood+c...f=nb_sb_noss_1
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In order to use it, the plywood should be resting on a 2 X 4 to get the thing underneath it. If it grabs at the top, this would be much easier to use. Amazon sells both types, but for the addition $15.00, I'd go with a topside gripper:
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=plywood+c...f=nb_sb_noss_1
That's a good point, i didn't think of how to slip it under when standing on side on the floor. Thanks

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It would be nice if the top grip had the carrying handle much lower so carrying it wouldn't be so uncomfortable to carry.

I made a wheeled plywood hauler that works great. There are some wheeled ones on the market, but you can not just stop and let go of the plywood like the one I made. If I wanted to stop and let the plywood and carrier just sit there, I could, it would not fall over.

It was easy to load and unload, easy to maneuver.
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I keep a 20' length of rope to loop underneath the corners. That seems to distribute the weight better for me than carriers over uneven ground.
https://www.todayshomeowner.com/video/carrying-plywood/

But for moving on the asphalt driveway and around the shop on concrete floors, I use the Speed Skate. Easy to maneuver and requires almost no strength to move about.

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I just bought the Gator Lift and it works great. I wish I had bought it years ago.

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It would be nice if the top grip had the carrying handle much lower so carrying it wouldn't be so uncomfortable to carry.

I made a wheeled plywood hauler that works great. There are some wheeled ones on the market, but you can not just stop and let go of the plywood like the one I made. If I wanted to stop and let the plywood and carrier just sit there, I could, it would not fall over.

It was easy to load and unload, easy to maneuver.
I have a wheeled one already, but I need to move the plywood across rocks and the wheels just don't work. I want to make a cart out of small bicycle wheels and have 2 right now, but I think I need 4 and be able to remove 2 so I can use it for other things.
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I keep a 20' length of rope to loop underneath the corners. That seems to distribute the weight better for me than carriers over uneven ground.
https://www.todayshomeowner.com/video/carrying-plywood/

But for moving on the asphalt driveway and around the shop on concrete floors, I use the Speed Skate. Easy to maneuver and requires almost no strength to move about.

https://www.fastcap.com/product/speed-skate
WOW, that's interesting and I sure could have used that Speed Dollie a few weeks ago

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You are gonna need both .....

A hand lift from the top:
https://www.amazon.com/Gorilla-Gripp...gateway&sr=8-4






and a wheel dolly to move on rough terrain:
https://www.amazon.com/Pentagon-Tool...ateway&sr=8-15


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