Tricks for handling large rolls of materials

Discussion in 'Flooring Potpourri' started by RFI, Jun 25, 2012.

  1. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    I was told they "can get them". Don't remember the price but at the time if they were less than 3 bills I would have ordered them. I think they were substantially more than 300.00 though.
  2. Jon Scanlan

    Jon Scanlan That Kiwi Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

  3. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    They made those in the U.S for.........ever. I see one or two come up on Ebay every month or so. The equivalent can be had for a few hundred bucks plus freight which is also going to run a hundred bucks or so unless you can arrange local pickup.

    In our racket Rob that's a Mercedes or Porsche relatively speaking. It makes enormous economic sense if you can afford a new one and will use it regularly for 25-50 years.

    I drive Cheverolet and have no more than 10-15 good years left in me on the floor. So I'd LOVE to STEAL a used on on Ebay and have had my finger on the bid for more than a few. It always come down to shipping and far.

    I'll get mines eventually.
  4. RFI

    RFI Mr. Nefarious Senior Member


    Are they called something else?
  5. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    I looked more carefully at the "Marmocar" and it's quite different than what I was referring to. Sorry about the confusion.

    That thing IS really cool and a pretty big improvement on the type of "linoleum truck" that I've seen on Ebay, craigslist and other place that sell older, collectible, used tools.

    What I've seen are variations on this theme:
    Fishman Flooring Solutions - GUNDLACH 4 LINOLEUM TRUCK

    ........some are much more similar to the Marmocar than the standard lino truck but nothing with the quality of WHEELS on that unit.

    I don't see a price but for someone handling enough linoleum in full rolls I can see that thing being worth 2-3 time the standard 36" Gundlach lino dolly.

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  6. Omnipotent

    Omnipotent Flying Dutchman

    I don't know how it is in the usa. Overhere Forbo has a a special mechanism in their trucks right behind the cabin. All rolls are lying flat in the truck, you can roll them onto the mechanism and when you gently push the roll or pull the mechanism it will drop the roll straight up onto the street so you can carry it away with the handtruck. I've never seen anyone use a marmocar though. I believe they're about 1000 euro overhere.
  7. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    The trouble with your first picture is that you can't put Tarkett on the Marmocar ;)
  8. Jeff Auld

    Jeff Auld Pro Member

    I think the best way to deal with handling heavy materials is call Rob and beg him to come help :)

    I have a problem and I think its the older we get the smarter we get, atleast in some cases. But we know think about it as before we just got it done, example whos never carried 2-3 boxes of vct up a flight of stairs so you could cut out number of trips up them? see now I got smarter ( or weaker or just old ) I cant do it anymore.
    Leverage has always been a friend, if we all had mass money we could buy the right tools to move our products or just hire others to move it for us.
  9. RFI

    RFI Mr. Nefarious Senior Member

    You cant get no friggin leverage when you are trying to stand a roll up right out of the truck. Thats the problem.

  10. Barry Carlton

    Barry Carlton I Support TFP Senior Member Published

    I use my 18 inch lino roller a right angles to the truck tail gate, roll it off, then climb in the truck bed and push it upright.
  11. RFI

    RFI Mr. Nefarious Senior Member

    Barry, You just hit the part that is really starting to hurt. The push it upright.

    I had an issue the other day with a full roll, slid it out of the back of my van, the other end slides down onto the ground and when I went to lift it about half way the paper wrapper decides to slip off. Man that hurt.

  12. Incognito

    Incognito No more Mr. Nice Guy! I Support TFP Senior Member

    THREE boxes of VCT up the stairs at a clip?

    Now that's a REAL man!
  13. Nate Hall

    Nate Hall Types With Elbows Senior Member Published

    How many steps? TWO? ;)
  14. STEVE D

    STEVE D New Member

    Hi where did you get the lift tower?
  15. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    That is something that came out in the 70's I believe. I haven't seen one in years, maybe 15 or so.


  16. seamsealer

    seamsealer Pro Member

    My big concern is when I hit 60, I thought, now is not the time to get injured before I get out of the game. You just can't move things as easy as when you were young. You got to work smart. Retired in 2010 and loving it. Most tools sold.
    I remember doing some apartments back in the mid 70's. Brigantine or Palestra from Armstrong was the spec for the kit and bath. We used to precut the material and haul it up to the 4th floor. Lucky the kitchens were only 2-ten foot shots and the baths were only 6x8.
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  17. STEVE D

    STEVE D New Member

    What would you even call that lift tower? Also does anyone know of any devices or made any devices which insert into the cardboard core of a roll?
  18. kwfloors

    kwfloors Fuzz on the brain Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I've used stretcher tubes sometimes, they can bend though if your not careful. Someone used to make a handle that would clip in to a tube.
  19. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    When they were manufactured they were called Karpet Krane. I would make up my own if you needed it regularly. A hand crank winch and a few square stock steel legs with brackets and bracing along with the pole with a welded eyelet.

    I’m not sure about it’s safety, the posts may not be stable enough as there’s not much preventing the legs from moving forward or backward slipping out of place. No counterbalance, something like an engine hoist but the range and sizes are limited. Also gantry lifts are better designed yet not too portable.

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  20. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    I've used the Karpet Krane and the gantry style lift. The carpet crane just raised one end of the roll to slide a carpet cart under it. Worked well. The gantry style was used in a small warehouse to raise the roll you wanted from [of coarse] the bottom of the pile and you could make your cuts over the pile.


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