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frequently asked questions

Photos above (Left to Right): Firewood Hauler, Post & Shrub Puller, People Mover, Rolling Lever with clamp assembly, Firewood Hauling Trailer, Barrel & Water Transporter, and Rock & Debris Hauler (not shown: Rolling Lever, Plywood & Panel Hauler, Debris Lever, and Lumber & Pole Transporter)


Are any tools required to assemble Wheeled Hand Tool Systems?

 No tools are needed.  Stainless steel detent pins, that just push in or pull out, hold most components in place.  The axle and wheel(s) are secured by 2 lock ring lynch pins.  


HOW  much is saved by ordering multiple applications at the same time?  

Since clicking on "Add to Cart" for an application only adds the components needed for that application, you save substantially if you already have appliclations in your cart.  Taken to an extreme, if you were to add one of each of the 13 WHaTS applications offered as of March 2017, the total cost for all the components needed for every application would be about $3,000.  If you were to purchase each complete application seperately, the total cost would be about $12,000.  While it is doubtful anyone would order one of everything, it serves to illustrate that the WHaTS becomes extremely economical as you add more applications?  Of course you can always come back and order more components at a later date, if you think of another application you would like.

How  much do Wheeled Hand Tool Systems weigh?

The weight of a WHaTS depends on its configuration.  If you look under COMPONENT SPECIFICATIONS you can find the weight of each component.  WHaTS are made from heavy duty A-36 Steel Tubing and Schedule-40 pipe, however the WHaTS's  good balance, unique versatility, low load height, and durability more than compensate for the weight.  Pushing over flat ground is nearly effortless, and tow straps can be easily connected for assistance with heavily loaded uphill travel.

What are the load capacities of Wheeled Hand Tool Systems?

Each flat proof wheel has a load rating of 400 lbs (180 kg) at walking speed.  Even when 3 wheels are used,  the other components are designed for more than the combined maximum wheel load rating of 1200 lbs (544 kg)!

Do the low frame and load height create any ground clearance problems?

No. The high handles keep the WHaTS frame parallel to the ground, so the front doesn't tip up and catch when you are pushing.  In addition the puller front and the common fronts, which are often used as front load retainers for the Firewood Hauler and the Firewood Hauling Trailer, are made from smoothly bent pipe that won't catch on obstacles even if it did make contact.  Also there are no leg stands protruding down in the rear that can catch or bend. The actual front clearance is the same as a common wheelbarrow and the rear clearance is higher than legs of a common wheelbarrow.

Why are the frame sockets square while the handles, hitch and tool accessories are made from round pipe?

Sliding round structural pipe components into square receiver sockets allows relatively close fitting components to be readily inserted and removed without the risk of seizing or binding.  In addition the flat surfaces of the square frame tubing provide easy mounting for accessories while strong, nicely curved components can be efficiently formed by bending structural pipe.


 are 3 wheels better than 2?

Two wheels give you plenty of weight carrying capacity, but if the ground is a little soft, 3 wheels will give you better flotation.  If the ground is excessively soft, boards  or even better, modular panels can be laid down for ease of travel.  An advantage of having 3 wheels is that you can lay down single boards and roll along with just the middle wheel on the board.  With 2 wheels, wider boards are required.  Carrying capacity with 2 wheels is 800lbs, and with 3 wheels is 1200lbs.


How does the high rise handle design affect load handling?

The high rise handles allow the frame and the load to ride low and parallel to the ground providing excellent stability, yet you can maintain a comfortable posture while pushing.  Also when you lean into a load to really push, the force seems to transfer better into rolling, since it is directed parallel with the ground rather than at the somewhat downward angle common with conventional wheelbarrow designs.  The handle design also reduces back strain.


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HOW HIGH OFF THE GROUND IS THE LOAD ON A lumber & pole transporter?

A WHaTS Lumber & Pole Transporter supports the load 24" off the ground, thus in most situations, there is adequate clearance for the ends of long timbers to clear the ground on uneven terrain.

Wheel spacing is 18" tread center to tread center when 2 wheels are installed.  With 3 wheels installed the outside width is the same, since the 3rd wheel is added in the middle.

HOW DOES A WHaTs people mover compare to a stokes litter for back country rescues over narrow, rough trails?

The single wheeled Stokes Litter with at least two rescue people is better for getting incapacitated people down very steep, rough, narrow trails while WHaTS, with one or more people to propel it, is far more multi-purpose and better for moving injured, ill, disabled, or elderly people where the terrain is less adverse.


 There are a lot of factors that determine the size of the rock you can move with a WHaTS.

The leverage advantage of a WHaTS fitted with a pair of pry bars is approximately 2.5:1.  That means pushing down on the handles with 100 kilograms of force (220 pounds) will lift a 250 kilogram (550 pound) rock.   Rolling a rock up onto the WHaTS frame behind the wheels helps the WHaTS user to add leverage weight.  Also since the WHaTS is so ruggedly built, two people can push down, one on each handle.  This increases capacity signficantly.

However, if you just have the pry bars on the front, a rock that is more than 30" across will tip off the pry bars because its center of gravity will be beyond the ends of the pry bars.  Adding the clamp assembly works very well to keep an oversized rock from tipping off the pry bars, which means that not only larger rocks can be moved, but also the pry bars do not have to be shoved so far under smaller rocks to pick them up.

How easily rocks can be moved depends on how firm and smooth the surface is and whether it is up or down hill.  You'll have no problem rolling a 250 kg. rock on a smooth, level surface, provided you have enough weight behing the wheels in the form of rocks piled on the frame or a heavy person or persons pushing down on the handles.



 When rolling heavy loads uphill, adding a handle cross bar allows you to use your body to help push.  If you don't have a handle cross bar, put your hands partially over the ends of the handlebars.  That way you don't have to grip as hard to keep you hands from sliding forward and can lean in while keeping the frame of the WHaTS parallel with the ground.  

To minimize the rolling difficulty on uneven ground, it helps to rake about a 2 foot wide path free of sticks, stones and small humps before trying to push a heavy load.   If the ground is soft or rutted it is a huge help to lay down boards, sheets of plywood, or interlocking Workhorse panels to make a smooth, firm rolling surface.

The WHaTS can pry up rocks considerably larger than one person can roll uphill or across soft ground, so if possible you want to head downhill with heavy loads, avoiding slopes that are too steep to allow you to maintain control.  Alternatively you can enlist one or more people to help you pull the loads uphill, by attaching straps to the WHaTS frame so they can pull from the front while you push from the back .  Car tow straps work well as do straps made from old seatbelts.



The boits with wing nuts are just for base of the upright post of the clamp assembly.  


 The 2 High Handles and the 2 Pry Bars remain fairly loose when inserted into the Universal frame.     Are they supposed to have that much room to 'wiggle' when using it?  I understand you don't want parts to freeze in place after being inserted and used but they seem very loose. 

The loose fit and short detent pins for the WHaTS components allows very rapid and easy assembly/disassembly or change of components without having an adverse affect on performance in addition to eliminating the chance of components seizing.  However, if you want to tighten up the fit without substantially affecting ease of assembly you can switch out the 3/8" (0.375") diameter detent pins for longer 10mm (0.394") diameter bolts from a hardware store, since the receiving holes in the WHaTS frame and components are 0.404"  diameter.  If you want to tighten up the fit more, you can add self-locking, nylon insert nuts to the 10 mm bolts and tighten them down, but then you will need two wrenches to assemble and disassemble your WHaTS.


The detent pins I received are all too short and therefore they don't go through top and bottom holes to pin the High Handles and Pry Bar to the Universal Frame.  They simply go into the top hole of each.   Is this correct or can you send me extra longer pins.

 The detent pins are intentionally short for components that are frequently changed.  They are longer for the handles which are not frequently changed, but are occasionally folded down for rolling heavy objects onto the rear of the frame.  While the handles work fine with short detent pins, loose handles are not the norm for hand tools, so the longer detent pins that go through both the top and bottom holes provide more handle stability.  For an even more rigid handle mount you can use the 10mm bolts and nuts described above.


There is a lot of movement in the Clamp Assembly after it is attached to the Universal frame as the wing nuts don't squeeze it tight onto the frame.  Is this supposed to be so loose?

 The bolts with wingnuts in the clamp assembly are there to prevent the bolt flange from spreading under heavy load and should be snugged finger tight before use.  The bracket itself is slightly loose to allow fast and easy assembly and disassembly without tools.  If you will be leaving your WHaTS assembled with the clamp or don't mind taking a little extra time to use tools to make a component change, you can switch to bolts with nuts and tighten them down.



We ship to Canada via UPS ground, then UPS collects any customs duties and taxes on delivery.

 I have rocks that are 100 - 800+ pounds. Will your wheels work on sand and rocky (drain rock size) stone beach. Or should the tires be larger? Or is there another tire system that could be used?

 Larger diameter wheels roll better over obstructions, but still sink into soft ground unless they are quite wide  The best solution I have come up with is the triple wheel configuration.  The triple wheels give maximum flotation while still keeping the wheels within the width of the frame and do not raise the height of the WHaTS  which would make it harder to load.  The triple wheel configuration will also make it easier to roll over a stone beach since it is less likely that all 3 wheels would drop down between stones at the same time.  This said, if you have an 800 pound rock load, you will need a couple other folks with tow straps to pull you through the sand or over the rocks.  

Another solution that makes rolling really easy over soft and/or rough ground is to use modular, interlocking, structural panels that can be quickly placed without tools, providing a firm, smooth surface with a traction pattern that gives your feet a good grip, but does not impede the rolling of the wheels.  The panels  are 24" wide by 42" long.  You can see them at  The photo under ARE 3 WHEELS BETTER THAN 2? above, show the 1 inch thick version of the panels in use with a WHaTS, but you would be better off with the 2" thick NICMS version which will give you considerably more support and are even easier to connect.  Also the photo shows the 1" thick panels oriented with the 42" width perpendicular to the direction of travel, but with the 2" thick NICMS panels you can orient them with the 24" width perpendicular to the direction of travel and thus get more distance out of the same number of panels.  In theory you could leap frog along with only 4 panels, but you would probably want more so that you could keep up rolling momentum.   The panels are far easier to use than boards or plywood, and provide better footing and stability.


What are the physical size limits for rocks that can be levered up with a Wheeled hand tool System equipped with pry bars and a clamp assembly?

The physical size of a rock that the WHaTS with a clamp can handle depends on the shape of the rock.  If a rock is perfectly round, 2 feet is about the limit, if it is any larger the clamp won't reach over the top curve of the rock to keep it from rolling off the pry bars.  However if the rock is somewhat flat, the clamp can be flipped upside down and it will resist the rock tipping off the pry bars even it is more than 2 feet across

If one could raise up your unit higher up from the floor, could you get more dramatic leverage?

The answer is no.  Leverage only increases by moving the load closer to the fulcrum (the axle) or lengthening the handles to increase the ratio of lever length on the handle side to the length out to the lift point on the load side.  Raising the height only allows you to lift the load higher, however all that is needed is to lift the load high enough so that it can be rolled.


Do 3 Wheels still allow for a rock-grip bar? 

Yes, the 3 wheels do allow for use of the clamp arm for gripping rocks, but when transporting the clamp arm without a rock in its jaws, it can jiggle down and rub on the middle wheel.  That small problem can be solved by sliding the clamp arm off and laying it on the frame behind the wheels,  by installing the wheel shield, or using a short bungee from the clamp arm to the open top of the post.


You can check our free listings page to see what WHaTS owners are offering.   (See )

 I am considering purchasing one of your WHaTS in order to move some 24" dia. basalt rocks (weighing about 780 lbs each).  Would that be too much weight for your product?


A WHaTS with a 3 wheel configuration is rated for up to 1200 pounds. While a 2 wheel configuration is rated for 800 pounds, you are going to need at least 310 pounds of downward force on the handles to lift 780 pound rocks. Thus the total weight on the wheels will be at least 1100 pounds.  If you weigh less than 320 pounds, you will want a person pushing down on each handle or, if you are alone, roll a heavy counterweight rock onto the WHaTS frame behind the wheels.



Could one extend the handles with heavy duty pipe for improved leverage?  But I don't want to bend the arms.

The handles are heavy steel and will easily tolerate a rugged guy on each handle, so if you are working alone, I think you would be safe sliding on heavy pipe to extend them a few feet to give yourself considerably more leverage.  In theory the pipe extensions on the handles can be as long as you would like.  However when a WHaTS is tipped up vertically to pry out an embedded rock you will barely be able to reach the upper end of the handles even without extensions.  The extensions work well when a WHaTS does not have to be tipped up very much to get the pry  bars under a heavy object.


You'll find the Rock Hauler to be extremely rugged and versatile.  It makes moving rocks far easier.  Most customers who are moving rocks that are big and awkward really like the clamp assembly.
While we can't reduce the price, since we are not making a profit yet on Wheeled Hand Tool Systems, you can save money by using a piece of plywood for a rock hauling platform on top of the frame behind the wheels instead of buying our bed mesh.  You can also save money by making a plywood box to go over the wheels
  instead of buying our wheel shield.  So if you make your own plywood platform and wheel shield, the following is what I suggest you purchase.
If you go to the Wheeled Hand Tool Systems home page then scroll to the bottom you will find the following featured application.  Click on "Add to Cart"
(Prices may have changed since the screen shots below were taken)
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Which will generate the following page with all the components for that application listed.
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Then go back up to the box at the top that says ROLLING LEVER with CLAMP ASSEMBLY, click on the little down arrow in the right side of the box and select ALL COMPONENTS from the drop down list
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This will give you a list of all the possible components you can add to your order.  Go down to Flat Proof Wheel, click on the down arrow in the quantity box (I have highlighted it in yellow), select 1, then click the ADD TO SHOPPING CART box in the lower right to add a wheel to your order.  
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You will now have your third wheel, and the component list for your order will appear as below.
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From here you can proceed with entering your address and credit card information.
Tips on moving heavy rocks with a rolling lever or rock & debris hauler with a clamp assembly
  1. Slide the tips of the pry bars under the edge of a rock then push down and forward quickly on the handles to work the pry bars further under the rock.  
  2. If you can't get the rock all the way onto the pry bars, put a small rock next to the big rock then use the WHaTS with the pry bars to lever one edge the big rock up and pivot it over onto the small rock.  This creates a space so the pry bars can then be slid under more easily
  3. If the rock you are trying to move is too heavy to lever up easily after you have positioned it (see tip 2), pull the handle pins, pivot the handles down, roll a large rock onto the WHaTS frame behind the wheels, then pin the handles back in position. This adds a load counterbalance.  You can then roll the WHaTS to the larger rock and slide the pry bars underneath. The additional weight you can pry up about equals the weight of the rock you add behind the wheels.
  4. The clamp arm is designed to be loose so that it will drop down easily onto a rock.  As the rock starts to tip off the pry bars, the double steel rings on the clamp arm lock onto the post and in turn the arm holds the rock from tipping more.  To release the clamp arm give it a sharp pull up on the side of the arm opposite the rock.
  5. If the clamp arm can not reach over the rock so that the curve drops down over the edge, flip the clamp arm over so that the curve faces up and the flat of the clamp arm holds the top of the rock down
  6. over soft or rough ground adding a third wheel gives better floatation and smooths out uneven surfaces.  laying down boards or plywood also makes rolling far easier.  With a third wheel, a single track of boards may be sufficient.
  7. One person will not be able to push a very heavy load up a hill or over soft or rough ground.  The WHaTS is more than rugged enough so that two people can push and/or one or more people can pull with a rope or tow strap.  


We received 2 of the long cotter pins and the rest short. Is that correct? The shorts do not go through the frame and all the components seem to be a bit sloppy, ie move quite a bit.


The long pins are for the handles.  All the rest are short to facilitate rapid changing of components.  If you are not frequently changing components then you can use 3/8" diameter through bolts or if you want a more snug fit you can use 10 mm diameter bolts.  


The WHaTS is purposely designed with loose fitting components so that there is never any issue with components being easy to swap in and out as long as the loose fit does not affect performance or durability.  The loose fit also makes it easier for users in less developed countries to fabricate their own components.


How to double the levering capacity

f you slide a 5 foot piece of 1" schedule 40 pipe inside each handle with 4 feet extending, you should double your mechanical advantage to 5:1.  So if you weigh 200 pounds in theory you should be able to pry a 1000 pound boulder that is not embedded in the ground.  You can also pry up large embedded boulders, but the ground adds resistance.  Even on flat hard ground a 200 pound person with pipe extensions on the handles can not roll a 1000 pound load because all your body weight is being used to lever up the load on the front and your feet will barely touch the ground, thus you need to add a counter weight behind the wheels or better yet, recruit a second person so you can both add your weight and pushing power to a handle.  Be sure to drill a 7/16" hole through each pipe extension so that you can pin them with about a foot of pipe inside each handle.

Unfortunately Wheeled Hand Tool Systems are never on sale.  I am an inventor and am producing WHaTS in small quantities until I can find a company to take over the business and produce them in greater volume and hopefully at a lower cost.  However no such company is on the horizon so I must maintain current pricing which covers production costs plus research and development, but does not pay me a salary.  It is my hope that Wheeled Hand Tool Systems will be my small contribution to a more sustainable future.  - Gerry Hawkes

How effective is a WHaTS Rock Hauler with a Clamp for larger round stones?. Your video shows a sizable, but flat stone.
The rock hauler with the clamp works even  better with large round stones, since the curved clamp holds the rounded surface of the rock well.  Also the rounded surface is even less likely to slide off the two pry bars.

Can I buy wholesale and market these?
While it would be wonderful to be able to sell to you wholesale, We don't have enough margin to do that.  Presently the margin is just enough so that we can reinvest in production to slowly grow,  If we could find a young entrepreneur or entrepreneurial company to take over the business and bring in investment then there would be economies of scale and manufacturing costs would drop.  

What is the max size (diameter) that the clamp will accommodate? Is there a weight limit?
The long curve of the WHaTS clamp will fully accommodate up to 15" diameter,  however the tips of the curved clamp will just reach over the top of the curve in an object 28" in diameter.  The self locking and tightening action of the clamp should clinch the load as long as the tips of the clamp are just over the crest of the curve.  You would need to add a front extension to the vertical clamp post for extra height for anything over 20" diameter.
If the object is a cylinder or virtually any other shape, it can be clamped from one end using the shorter side of the clamp or by turning the tips of the long side of the clamp up and just using the flat back of the long side of the clamp to hold the object from tipping forward off the pry bars.
A two wheeled WHaTS is rated for 800 pounds and with three wheels 1200 pounds.  With a 2.5:1 leverage ratio at the tip of the pry bars, your real limitation will be how much downward force you can exert on the handles.  A 200 pound person can effectively exert about 150 pounds of downward force (if all your body weight is used your feet won't have any traction on the ground for rolling the load).  Therefore if you weigh 200 pounds your load limit will be about 375 pounds.  However there are several ways you can increase the load you can handle.
  1. Add counterweight behind the wheels
  2. Use two people, one on each handle
  3. Add pipe extensions to the handles.  The longer the extensions, the more weight you can lever up.  
  4. Combine all of the above.
When working on a slope as steep as 40% you can slow the descent by pushing down on the handles so that the wear plates on the back of the frame drag on the ground.  Also you can moderate the descent by going diagonally cross slope if the clamp is set firmly enough to prevent the load from slipping sideways off the pry bars.  Going upslope, two people can push since the handles are long and strong enough for one person to push on each handle.  Also or alternatively a tow strap can be attached to the front so that one or more additional people can pull.  If you are working alone and have an anchor point uphill you can attach a set of pulley blocks or a portable winch to pull the WHaTS up the hill by attaching the pulling line to the center of the frame in the front with the line running under the load on the pry bars.  If there is no natural, uphill anchor point, driving a stake firmly into the ground will serve the purpose.


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