Material Handling Equipment

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Material Handling Overview

Whether there is a need to relocate multiple tons of gravel or an entire warehouse of boxed products, there is a material handling solution to the challenge. Moving materials safely prevents costly accidents and increases workplace or job site efficiency. Even packages small enough to move by hand add up over the hours of a work day, so even the smallest facilities need at least one piece of full-sized material handling equipment. Tools for moving pallets and load buckets around a warehouse range in size and hauling power, but they all share common design characteristics like vertical lifting forks and safety controls to protect both the operator and the other employees. While companies running large scale shipping facilities may use a forklift or telehandler enough to invest the money into purchasing one, most companies can make better use of their funds by renting this kind of equipment instead. Long-term rentals allow companies to grow and expand with less capital. Since lifts of all kinds require a lot of ongoing maintenance to remain safe and reliable, choosing renting over buying heavy equipment also eliminates the need to hire a maintenance technician as part of the permanent staff.

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How do you know which machine is right for the job?

The weight and configuration of the material that needs handling determines which of these machines is best suited for the job. When dealing with crates and pallets that are self-contained and well-proportioned, forklifts offer the best control over the load. Telehandlers also work with these loads when you need to reach higher areas, like the second and third stories of a building under construction. If you're looking to carry open containers that are harder to balance on forks, try platform lifts with flat loading areas. Specialty jacks work well when moving metal culverts, cement pipe sections, and similar round or open building materials. Straight mast forklifts are very versatile, especially with optional accessories for attaching straps and other anchoring equipment. Consider the terrain too. Only straight mast forklifts are capable of handling mud, hills, and large ruts.

Common Types of Material Handling Equipment

  • Industrial Forklifts

    Industrial Forklifts

    While small forklifts can lift thousands of pounds without hesitation, sometimes that handling power is still not enough. Looking for equipment that can handle 10,000 pounds at a time to reduce the number of trips necessary to relocate a massive pile of construction supplies? Rent an industrial sized forklift outfitted with the latest advancements in material moving technology. From stability support to prevent tip-over to lockouts that ensure only a trained operator can start the machine, the newest forklifts are safer and easier to use than ever before. Any business still relying on material handling equipment that was built a decade or two ago should rent a brand new model just to experience the difference. By the end of a single day of using a high-end model, the company will understand why it is worth the cost and effort to invest in quality new equipment.

  • Reach Forklifts

    Reach Forklifts

    While small forklifts can lift thousands of pounds without hesitation, sometimes that handling power is still not enough. Looking for equipment that can handle 10,000 pounds at a time to reduce the number of trips necessary to relocate a massive pile of construction supplies? Rent an industrial sized forklift outfitted with the latest advancements in material moving technology. From stability support to prevent tip-over to lockouts that ensure only a trained operator can start the machine, the newest forklifts are safer and easier to use than ever before. Any business still relying on material handling equipment that was built a decade or two ago should rent a brand new model just to experience the difference. By the end of a single day of using a high-end model, the company will understand why it is worth the cost and effort to invest in quality new equipment.

Other Considerations When Renting Material Handling Equipment

  • What Are Your Load Handling Requirements?

    Check the load handling limits of each forklift model before renting one. It's better to get a model that can handle a couple hundred more pounds than the loads you're carrying in case of fluctuations, but don't go for the biggest and most powerful model from the start either. Using a 12,000 lb carrying lift for a 1,000 load is a waste of resources and money. If there are vastly different weights between loads, renting two or three different devices allows employees to match the equipment to the package in need of lifting.

  • How Much Space Do You Have?

    Finally, don't forget about the space available in the warehouse or construction site. Platform lifts require a lot more space than a compact forklift or even a large straight mast forklift. A platform lift needs a large base and anchoring to connect it to another structure, whereas mobile material handling units can fit into an empty corner when not in use.