When it comes to setting up the stage for a gig, the fact of the matter is it's not always as simple as lifting each piece of gear and moving it into place. Some equipment is just too heavy for that, and in a lot of cases, there are so many things to be moved that it would take ages to do it one piece of equipment at a time. These kinds of situations are where carts, casters and dollies come in - they're ready to handle your heaviest amplifier stacks, speaker cabinets and rack cases, or to be loaded right up with multiple components so you can save yourself the extra trips, and cut down on a whole lot of time and effort as a result.
The most traditional type of dolly is definitely the classic hand truck, such as the Rock N Roller RMH1 Mini Hand Truck. But that's only the beginning of what musicians and stagehands have access to now, with more versatile designs to choose from, like the JAMSTANDS Jam Stand JS-KC90 Karma Series Transport Cart, or its light-duty counterpart, the KC80. Some carts, including the Rock N Roller R2RT 8-in-1 Micro Multi-Cart With Shelf And Deck, come with surface inserts that allow them to carry just about anything, depending on configuration. If maximum versatility is what you're after, a convertible cart is probably the way to go.
On the other hand, maybe you're looking for a more specialized option? For instance, if you'd like to wheel your large equipment around the stage without the need for a cart, check out some caster units like the Road Ready RRWAD Heavy-Duty Caster Kit. Outfitting an orchestral venue that needs to store lots and lots of music stands? The Manhasset Music Stand Storage Cart is a top seller for that. Or maybe you're building a multimedia cart for the classroom or a presentation hall - in that case, there are plenty of choices, such as the H. Wilson Heavy-Duty Presentation Station with Storage Trays or the H. Wilson Mobile Plasma/LCD Cart, which can support a display as big as 50".
Since carts, casters and dollies are made for carrying equipment around, it stands to reason that choosing one for your needs is going to depend on what equipment you need it to carry and where. So keep those things in mind as you're browsing the options, and it won't take you long to find the best one! Putting your gear on wheels is a great way to save time and make your job easier - not to mention sparing your back from all that heavy lifting and carrying.
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