Quoted from flipnout1:
Yes you are doing something severely wrong. Sorry but you are. I will be 70 very soon as Zach said and I use it every week. No issues even for an old man.
Your problem is that you are trying to balance the load to low since you say your forearms are destroyed. Find the balance point of your load. That's the sweet spot. At the balance point there should be little to no strain on you arms. I'm sure what you are afraid of is that the load will go forward crashing down the stairs. It won't if you maintain the balance. If the handle is to low and you are straining to hold the pin two things will happen. Your forearms will be destroyed and the sliders will hit the edge of the step before the lifting feet do. Then the sliders will do what they are supposed to do and let the hand truck slide down to the next step.
Watch the videos on my site and compare the angle I have the game at to how you are doing it. You are to low.
Practice with just the hand truck. With no load on it and see what happens when you bring the handles down to low. It will be exactly as you described. Then bring the handles up to the balance point and maintain that. Its very easy at that point.
We will be at Pinball Expo with stairs and you can practice on ours
Thanks Larry, and understood - and figured someone would tell me that (which is why I considered it as an option!) Strangely enough, I believe this unit came from you... maybe we need to chat
I’ve watched a few videos and these steps are very, very different from what I’m working with. Interior of house, hardwood stair treads with a landing threshold. At the top of the stairs, the machine HAS to go vertical to get around the corner.
Works perfect on concrete, balancing it easily when there’s tons of room to maneuver, even with cabinets that were twice as heavy as the pinball machines. This scenario, not so much. Perhaps I need the brake attachment on it to get some trust with it?