Die Cart: Selecting the Best for Your Business


The metal forming industry has changed, and businesses must do the same.

No longer is the industry about long production runs, large inventory, and slow die changes. To thrive in today’s competitive market, manufacturers must take on smaller projects, reduce inventory and embrace shorter production runs.

To fully embrace this change in business, metal forming operations must implement rapid and efficient die changes. Quick die changes mean the material is in place, automation is ready to go, and the die is secured in the correct position in the shortest amount of time possible.

RICO’s custom engineered approach to quick change die carts can help meet your needs for lift heights, capacities and die table options for your unique application and load requirements.

Quick die change carts can help reduce set up times by 80% while also reducing manual labor and improving workplace safety.

Here are some model selection tips to think about before purchasing a die cart.

Necessary Capacity

Every application is different, and the load capacity can vary greatly depending on your needs.

Will the die cart be used for a lighter operation? If so, a less substantial die handler might be enough to meet capacity needs. Our two-tier die handler can accommodate up to 10,000 lbs. while other models, like RICO’s Four directional or Rider die handler can hold a capacity of up to 400,000 lbs.

Steering Style

Steering style can depend on several factors. First, does your operation require a vehicle that is more compact due to space restrictions? Our compact model can come in as both a manual or power steering die cart.

With RICO’s commitment to customization, vehicles can be designed and manually powered,  electric or feature a combustion engine.

Rider Placement

Riders can both sit or stand, and rider placement can also vary. Operators can be traditionally placed at the back of a die cart, or other options like side placement can make for more efficient and comfortable use depending on operator preference. Bottom line – rider placement should complement your specific operation for ease and efficiency.

Consider Safety

Introducing a heavy-duty vehicle into any environment comes with risks.

For the safety of both your workers, operator, and vehicle investment, consider what safety features are necessary to mitigate hazards and improve safety during use.

Features like alarms, emergency switches, horns, and additional precautions can allow for smooth, incident-free operation.


Die rack location and design should be part of your quick change system planning and will certainly impact your die cart vehicle selection.

Pre-staging is a must to reduce changeover and failure will result in time loss.

Truck and rack compatibility should be considered, and RICO can assist in proper planning and execution.

RICO die change vehicles are built to meet your specific application and the load requirements of any industry. Call us at 330-723-4050 or contact us to learn more.