Few things are more potentially dangerous or exhausting than moving a commercial-sized stove or side-by-side refrigerator, especially over rough terrain or up steps. When Thomas Dent was working his way through college, it was a problem he dealt with on a regular basis. Delivering appliances in Aspen proved too much for a typical appliance dolly, so he invented his own system. The Shoulder Dolly uses two harnesses and adjustable straps to move heavy objects. According to the manufacturer, the system encourages proper lifting techniques, and it leaves your arms free for balancing the load. I saw it demonstrated at the National Hardware Show, where two ordinary-sized guys carried a 60-inch projection TV (about 350 pounds) up a set of stairs. Their backs were straight, and they appeared unfazed by the heavy load. The Shoulder Dolly sells for $350 plus $18 shipping (anywhere in the lower 48). TDT Moving Systems, 800/217-1114, www.shoulderdolly.com.
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