How to Move a Gun Safe With a Dolly The Right Way (And Avoid Disaster)

How to Move a Gun Safe With a Dolly

So you bought a new gun safe and it is scheduled to arrive at your door step later in the week. If you are like most gun owners you probably own more than one which requires a larger sized safe. Some of these safes can be pretty heavy so it is best that you learn how to move a gun safe with a dolly.

Otherwise you might be wearing a cast on your foot wishing that you used a dolly to move the heavy piece of equipment.

How Strong Should the Dolly Be?

The first thing you want to make note of is the weight of the safe and the weight capacity of your dolly. A lot of the time you probably used a dolly to move a somewhat heavy, but not too heavy, object like a television.

Unless you have some sort of bomb proof and bullet proof television then it probably didn’t weight very much. It was just awkward to carry so the dolly worked perfect.

A gun safe on the other hand can be heavier reaching weights up to 700lbs or more. When moving any object of heavy weight it is best to take some precautions.

Chances are you did not keep the manual for your dolly so you won’t be able to determine the exact weight capacity. However, if you happen to know the manufacturer you could look up the information and at least get a rough estimate.

A rough estimate is better than no estimate in this case.

Loading a heavy gun safe on to a dolly should not be too difficult at first since there should be some space under the safe where you can slide the dolly under.

Now comes the hard part.

How Do I Get The Safe Moving?

Unless you are a very strong person, getting the heavy object to start moving safely is going to be at least a two man job. Not only is it tough to get the safe moving but it is also very important to make sure the safe is balanced.

If the safe happens to go off balance, or be off center to begin with, then it could come crashing to the floor. This could definitely do some damage to you or the surrounding area.

It is important to get a steady push so that everything is under control and the safe doesn’t fall forward. Someone should walk along side to make sure it says secure.

How Do I Get A Heavy Safe Upstairs?

In the event that you did buy a safe weighing about 700 lbs it is a good idea to have it located in your basement. Especially since most gun safes come with holes where you can drill it into the concrete floor of your basement.

Placing a very heavy object like this in an upstairs room could be dangerous since it could possibly fall through the floor.

Luckily the smaller ones that are designed to hold smaller firearms are much lighter and therefore easier to carry.

There are electronic dollys that are built to move heavy objects upstairs. The dolly will move slowly but safely and will get the job done.

See the video below for a demonstration.

What if I Do Not Have An Electronic Dolly?

If you are out of ideas or do not have the right equipment there is no need to worry because there is still hope!

You can actually rent a high quality dolly if you do not happen to have the money to buy a fancy one for yourself.

Also, a local furniture moving company should be more than willing to help. Even though this would cost more money than doing it yourself this is much safer and lower risk.

So the true deciding factors when moving a safe with the dolly are the dolly’s weight capacity and the strength of the people moving the safe. Being able to determine these two important factors will have your gun safe ready to go in no time!

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