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Jul 8, 2017

A while back I needed a way to carry items with my hand truck but the nose was too narrow so I came up with this hack to convert my hand trucks into handy helpers.

I have 2 hand trucks.

One is an aluminum MagLiner hand truck that I bought (left) and one I made (right).

The modifications for both increase the nose width and depth. Modifications are easily installed and removed with no tools and are just made with scraps of 3/4 inch plywood.

Since each hand truck is constructed differently the modifications differed for each hand truck, I’ll cover both designs.


The home made hand truck modification consists to 2 pieces of plywood.

The first piece (nose extension) measures 27 inches wide and 18 inches deep. There is a piece of wood attached to the back edge which is centered and just fits between the vertical tubes of the hand truck and is about 3/4 inch higher than the thickness of the wood of the nose extension. This piece of wood does two things.

(1) It keeps this extended nose from sliding left or right.

(2) It also keeps this nose extension from slipping out since the next piece is wedged in place.

The second piece measures 27 inches wide and 20 inches tall.

It sits on the first piece and is wedged under the curved frame of the hand truck with the 2 attached pieces of wood on the back.

Here is the view from the back that shows how the 2 blocks of wood wedges under the curved frame of the hand truck. Note too that they are placed so they do not allow sideways movement of this piece besides acting as a wedge.

Here is another view looking down.

When the hand truck is tilted back the BACK of the nose extension will try to lift up but because the 2nd piece of plywood is wedged under the curved fame it can’t go anywhere.

This type of load would be impossible to move without this nose extension.



The MagLiner Hand Truck modification was made after I made the one for the homemade hand truck. The mag liner construction allowed a different approach to this nose job.

This modification is made with 2 hinges pieces. Here is the back piece folded down with turn buttons that will be explained later.

Here is the back piece unfolded … ready to be installed on the MagLiner Hand Truck.

You can see in the shadow the recycled door hinge that I used.

This is slid into the frame of the MagLiner …

This is what it looks like from the back side ….

The turn buttons are then rotated to lock everything in place.

This modification is nice cause I can just flip the extended nose up and use the hand truck normally.

For those that want to make one of these hinged nose extension for their MagLiner Hand Truck the nose board measures 22 inches wide by 15-1/2 Inches deep. The back board with the turn buttons is sized to fit the MagLiner.

You can buy a door hinge or recycle an old one like I did here.

Although I show mulch bags on the MagLiner Hand Truck nose extension, you can also use this modification to move steel or plastic drums, cinder blocks, bags of top soil, hay bales and other items that may exceed the length of the hand truck nose

Pick the design you like and head to the workshop and make you one.

Hope this gives you some ideas on how you can make your hand truck more useful.

For those wondering if I used SketchUp for this project …. the answer is NO.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 07-08-2017 08:05 PM

COOL way you beefed them up to carry more with better capacity & control!

Thank you!

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#2 posted 07-08-2017 09:14 PM

This is a great idea. We use to do this on the job before I retired. Works great and very handy.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 07-08-2017 09:56 PM

Good work Alex.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#4 posted 07-08-2017 10:49 PM

What a great idea Alex, thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#5 posted 07-08-2017 11:52 PM

Great idea and project.

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#6 posted 07-09-2017 01:00 AM

Nice mod there tyvekboy. I can appreciate the added capacity… especially like the #2 design.

I have one of those gizmos and stand on it all day but the missus still refuses to push it around… I’m guessing I’d get greater resistance from her with a bigger platform… but them again it would make my job easier.

Just need to ensure the platform is not wider than the door gap otherwise you’ll need to push it in sideways…(grunt..)

PS. Your driveway is in bad need of some path weeder… unless that is with the consensus of tree hugging neighbours…

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#7 posted 07-09-2017 01:32 AM

Really slick. Alex, I can;t think of the times when I could have used a wider lip on my dolly!!

Nice idea and niece work building it!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 07-09-2017 10:11 AM

great idea

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#9 posted 07-09-2017 10:15 AM

Making life easier Way to go! Anyone with a bad back or not would appreciate this idea. Nice job thinking this one up Alex!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#10 posted 07-09-2017 12:30 PM

I like your modifications, I often use mine to transport firewood and a wider shelf would certainly help

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#11 posted 07-09-2017 01:09 PM


-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#12 posted 07-09-2017 02:49 PM

Thanks to everyone for the comments and favorites. Hope we’ll see other versions posted.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#13 posted 07-12-2017 02:58 AM

Very helpful mods, Alex! I first read magliner as ‘malingerer’. Ooops!

-- God bless, Candy

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#14 posted 07-12-2017 11:51 AM

Makes the handtruck even more useful. Good one Alex

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#15 posted 08-10-2017 11:09 AM

I’ve done something similar but from iron … very cool !!!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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