Choosing the Right Handling Equipment

Posted by on January 3, 2014 in Heavy Equipment Safety | 0 comments

Are you looking for reliable equipment to handle heavy materials in your warehouse? If you own a warehouse, a grocery store, or any business which requires heavy lifting of materials, it’s important for you to familiarize yourself with different lifting equipment and how they are operated. Below are guidelines that should help you on your search.

Look for credible lifting equipment suppliers
You shouldn’t waste your time talking to companies that aren’t trusted by their clients, especially if you know next to nothing about lifting equipment. The first thing you should do is to surf online. There are a lot of forums and websites which can lead you to a directory of credible suppliers of handling equipment in your area. Look up the top ten suppliers on your list and research about their work history. You can start by gathering the testimonials and reviews of their clientele. If the pricing and the service seems to fit your bill, go ahead and give them a call.

If you really don’t know what you’re looking for yet, you should probably choose the company which offers consultancy services as well. You can also bring a professional with you while talking to the firm’s representative just so you know you’re not being taken for a spin.

Know the weight of your materials
Before you talk to the firm’s representative or go for a consultation, you should figure out what you really need for your business first. For example, how much do the cartons of canned goods weigh? This will determine how big or small your equipment for lifting ought to be. Also, will you be transporting them from aisle to aisle only or from the warehouse to your retail store? Know the capacity of the equipment you’re looking for so you can narrow down the search.

Ease of operating
A wheeled cart is very easy to handle, but what if you’re actually purchasing forklifts for the job? If you’ve never driven forklifts before, you might think that it’s just as easy as driving bump cars in the arcade. It’s actually a lot harder than that, and it’s not as similar to driving a car as you think. Most people need to be schooled before they can safely operate a forklift. Safety should be stressed here because if you let an untrained individual handle a forklift, you’re not just looking at the risk of damaged merchandise. You might also be risking the safety of your staff.

Maintenance
You should also research about the maintenance needs of this equipment. It’s always advisable for you to avail of these products from companies that offer free service for at least a year. You’ll also need to ask for a guarantee that in case you were given a defective model, you can easily replace the forklift for a new one. Without a doubt, purchasing handling equipment for your warehouse can speed up the process of transporting your goods from one point to another, but unless you choose the right equipment, handle it well, and know how to maintain it, the purchase won’t automatically increase your company’s productivity.

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