Wellingborough Mind Charity

Waendel Walk for Wellingborough Mind Completion!

The Waendel Walk was a success!

Waendel Walk for Wellingborough Mind 2019

After setting off at 10am alongside the rest of team Mind, Hannah and Adam completed the 9 (and a bit!) mile walk in 3 and a half hours and walked over 23,000 steps.

Waendel Walk for Wellingborough Mind 2019

Together, they’ve raised raised over £400 for local mental health charity Wellingborough Mind.

Waendel Walk for Wellingborough Mind 2019

Thank you everyone for your support, let’s do it again next year!

Wellingborough Mind Charity

Hitec Team Members Take Part In Charity Walk For Wellingborough Mind

On May 11th, team members Adam Lantsbery (Sales Director) and Hannah Newman-Plummer (Marketing Administrator) will be taking part in 2019’s Waendel Walk to raise money in aid of local mental health charity, Wellingborough Mind.

For two people who are known for a love of doughnuts, it’s going to be a big challenge but all in aid of a good cause.

Joining ‘Team Mind’ for the morning, Adam and Hannah will walk alongside Wellingborough Mind staff, volunteers and other fundraisers for the 9 mile (15km) hike on the second Saturday of the Month.

A fantastic organisation, Mind operates throughout the UK and offers support for anyone who struggles with their mental health. With an aim to reduce stigma and ensure that anyone who experiences a mental health problem receives help and respect, Mind is a wonderful resource and can help many better understand mental health.

If you’d like to help support Adam and/or Hannah, you can sponsor them by getting in touch with us on 01933 228127.

Wellingborough Mind Charity

If you would like to get in touch with Wellingborough Mind: 01933 223591 | www.wellingboroughmind.org.uk
How Stress Can Affect Your Operations

How Stress Can Affect Your Operations

Hitec Lift Trucks

Hitec Lift Trucks Easter Egg Hunt 2019

To celebrate Easter weekend, we hosted an egg hunt this morning for our employees. The idea was to have a little competitive fun and treat everyone to some chocolate.

Easter Egg Hunt

The engineers found nearly all of them and claimed all the prizes in the space of 5 minutes.

Easter Egg Hunt

We’re not saying there was shenanigans, but there were definitely shenanigans.

Ah well, at least we still have delicious Easter snacks!

Easter Egg Hunt

We’ll be shutting down over this bank holiday weekend (though our on-call service will still be live!) so we’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a happy Easter!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone and we’ll see you again on Tuesday 23rd.

An Exciting New Feature For Hitec; Connect With Us Through All New Live Chat!

Live Chat News

 

Hitec Lift Trucks are very excited to inform you that we are now reachable through Live Chat!

We want to make ourselves as accessible to our customers, old, current and future, as much as we possibly can. So, if you have any questions or need our help (or would like to discuss the weather) we’re now constantly available to you throughout the working day.

How Can This Help You?

 

Our brand-new Live Chat function can be found across the website and our friendly team are just a click away. If you:

  • Are in need of breakdown support
  • Would like to arrange a site visit
  • Want additional information on a product or service
  • Would like to arrange a call with a sales representative
  • Need a quick response

Then our Live Chat function is for you!

The chat is live between 8.30am until 5.00pm in the evening, but if you’d like to catch us after hours, feel free to leave a message and we’ll get back to you first thing in the morning.

Just keep an eye out for our icon on the right-hand side of your screen to access this fantastic tool:

We hope that you find this new website feature useful. Our Live Chat is active and ready to put you in touch with a member of our helpful team.

We Look Forward To Hearing From You Soon

Why Warehouse..

Why Warehouse…?

In the second installment of our ‘favourite questions Google is asked’ series (the first being ‘Can a Forklift…?’), we take a look at warehouses. Most importantly, ‘why warehouse…?’ A global staple of the vast majority of industries, warehousing allows for many businesses to grow and thrive.

But still Google is asked pressing questions regarding these large, spacious facilities. As always, Hitec will endeavour to answer the call. We hope you find our attempted explanations useful!

Why Warehouse...

  1. Why Warehouses Are Needed/Important?

Let’s start from the top. In reality, this is two questions melded into one, because they both have the same answer; expansion.

A small business can only grow if it can supply demand – that’s where warehousing comes in. Goods can be stored in bulk, ready for shipment when they’re required. Facilities can be altered or built to requirement – if goods need to be kept in cold storage, refrigerated units can be installed.

Warehouses allow for the safe storage of additional goods that businesses such as retail, manufacturing, agriculture and transport are unable to keep on site. This can be due to space, site and money restrictions. Often, it can be cheaper to rent warehouse space than to build additional storage.

The bigger a business becomes, the more warehouses it may need to keep up with demand.

 

  1. Why Warehouse Location Is Important

Warehouse location can be vital – if your warehouse is local to you, you’ll be able to supply your surrounding areas with ease. However if your warehouse is at a more central location, you may be able to cater to a larger audience – at the potential cost of taking additional time to deliver due to travel.

When it comes to businesses who have more than one warehouse, you’d be hard pressed to find an example that has all of their storage facilities in a cluster. More often than not, warehouses are spread out so that the can cover a larger area.

Sometimes warehouses are positioned due to logistics – they may be local to the transport business a company uses for delivery, or near an air or shipping port if goods need to be sent overseas.

It’s important to understand where your customers are when choosing your warehouse location. If they’re all over the country, then multiple warehouses in many locations would serve you well. If they’re in a specific area, a nearby warehouse can help minimise transport costs and transit times.

 

  1. Why Warehouse Layout Is Important

If you can only afford one warehouse, then it’s important to make the most of the space. There are many different racking solutions available that can help increase your storage capacity. If your warehouse has lower square footage but high ceilings, narrow aisle racking could be the perfect solution. If your warehouse is wide with lower ceilings, you may instead benefit from double deep pallet racking.

It’s vital that you carefully consider what racking solution you decide on – choose wrong and you could be missing out on a lot of potential storage space. Similarly if you run your distribution operations from your warehouse, you’ll need to ensure that you have enough space for your inspection areas and packing bays.

Another thing to consider is the equipment you use in your warehouse. If you currently use a standard counterbalance forklift, but are short on space, maybe consider changing to a reach truck, an order picker or an articulated truck. Utilising one of these pieces of equipment could allow you to consider a different racking option and even increase the productivity of your employees as they would be able to move more freely.

 

  1. Why Warehouse Safety Is Important

Safety in any work place is vital. Your employees are the muscles of your business and if they are compromised or hurt then your whole system can crumble. The welfare and safety of your employees should be your number one priority.

There can be particular danger in warehouse environments. Not only do you need to worry about the safety of your employees, but also of any structures, such as racking, and equipment you have in place. By ensuring that your employees have the correct training you can work to lower any potential dangers.

This is especially true for equipment operators. Forklifts, for example, are heavy, powerful machines and if used incorrectly could quite easily cause massive damage to your warehouse and fatally harm your workers. Safety lights, alarms and practices can all help to make sure people know when a forklift is nearby. Operator awareness can be raised by ensuring that they receive frequent training.

Making sure that walkways are clearly marked, that your floors are clean and tidy, your stock is appropriately stored, equipment moves at a slow speed and you regularly inspect your racking for faults and damage can all help to promote warehouse safety and protect your employees from harm.

 

  1. Why Use A Warehouse Management System?

WMSs are a clever invention. Designed to aid the control and administration of warehouse operations, WMSs (Warehouse Management Systems), allow for complete visibility. From when goods arrive in your warehouse to when they leave, you’ll be able to monitor the fulfilment process, manage stock, orders and audit.

Typically accessed from a tablet, a WMS is a piece of software that allows for inventory management no matter where you are. If you’re looking for a smart way to streamline your operations, increase visibility and reporting and manage your supply chain with ease, a WMS could be the tool you’re looking for.

Although installing a WMS into your operations can be an expensive and complex process, you could in fact save money using one. How? By improving accuracy. A clear and correct inventory is more manageable and reduces errors in picking, packing and shipping goods. As a result there is a lack of lost stock, incorrect dispatches and improved customer service as people end up with the correct item without issue.

WMS software handles real time data this ensures that you have access to current information on operation activities, such as;

  • Orders
  • Shipments
  • Receipts
  • Movement of goods

Other common WMS features include;

  • Warehouse design
  • Inventory tracking
  • Labour management
  • Picking and packing
  • Shipping and much more

So, if you’re looking for a method to help you better monitor your warehouse operations, a WMS could be the way forward. There’s software available for smaller businesses, large scale organisations and ecommerce giants. No matter what your size, there will be a WMS for you.

 

  1. Why Use Warehouse Automation?

Although similar in question to the above, automation and WMS software are two very different things, so much so that they’re sometimes used in conjunction with one another. To help better explain how warehouse automation could help your operations, let’s first take a look at the different types of automation currently available;

  • Goods-to-person (GTP) GTP involves automated equipment that brings items to a worker for packing. GTPs work by receiving orders from a central database, locating them in a warehouse, retrieving them and then delivering them to the awaiting worker in the packing area. With businesses who have utilised GTP experiencing higher throughput, it’s a quick and efficient version of automation that can also help reduce operating and order fulfilment costs.
  • Automated storage and retrieval systems (AS/RS) A type of GTP, AS/RS systems automatically remove goods from storage, as well as place them INTO storage. Often they’re used alongside a WMS.
  • Pick-to-light systems This system involves conveyer belts or carousels, wireless scanners and tote boxes. A barcode is placed on a tote which, when scanned, informs a zone orientated picker of what items are supposed to be loaded in, as well as the quantity of that item. LED order numbers illuminate at the pick locations allowing pickers to best determine their picking route. When the pick is complete, operators confirm so by touching a button next to the order number display. The tote is then moved onto the next zone or toward dispatch.
  • Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs) Typically used in ecommerce fulfilment situations to help address high volume, high labour requirements, these autonomous robots often work alongside warehouse workers. The AMRs make their way through the warehouse, meeting up with the manual pickers who then place the required goods in their tote boxes. When the totes are full, the AMRs then transport the goods to the packing area. Another version of AMR uses vacuums and trays to pick boxes and totes onto mobile carriers.

Warehouse automation comes with a great many benefits. From increased speed in the picking process, to enhanced productivity from the manual pickers, automation can help you identify areas which need improvement, or that already work well. Your inventory management can also benefit as accuracy increases thanks to less human error.

Not only that, but your warehouse safety can improve thanks to automation. How? With less footfall, your workers are less likely to suffer from strains and fatigue. This also leads to lower warehouse traffic, which lowers the chance of accidents between workers and equipment. Because there is less need for workers to handle goods, there’s less chance of damage to both them and your workers.

Overall, warehouse automation could be an excellent addition to your business, especially if you’d like to enhance productivity and safety.

Why Warehouse…

In conclusion, warehouses can be a vital component of any business. They can be utilised in different ways and there’s many different types of equipment and software available to help you get the most out of your space.

Still unsure of what warehouse layout, equipment or software would best suit your needs? Why not get in touch with our expert team? They’ll be more than happy to help guide you through what’s available. You can call us on 01933 228127 or email us at info@askhitec.co.uk.

Forklift Truck Hire

Forklift Hire Vs Forklift Purchase: Which Is Right For Your Business?

Forklift trucks are an essential tool for many business owners all over the world. Both major and modest-sized companies rely on them daily to operate safely and efficiently, so whether you’re in the market for a brand new fleet or perhaps require your first ever model for a new and growing business, a forklift truck is certainly one of the best tools at your disposal.

As with any much-needed business tool, however, forklifts can also be pretty expensive, so it’s important to know how cost-effective they will be for your individual business needs. Every business strives for an increase in productivity, but cutting costs wherever you can is also a no-brainer, and depending on your company preference, it may turn out to be more beneficial to either hire or purchase your forklift trucks outright.

Unsure about whether a forklift rental or purchase is best for your business requirements? Take a look at our brief guide below to see if we can help you in your consideration. We’ve done the heavy lifting – so to speak – and outlined some of the benefits and downsides to both renting and buying your forklift trucks outright, so you can make the choice that’s right for you.

 

Why Hire A Forklift Truck?

Hiring rather than buying your forklift trucks upfront can be a great solution for many business owners, as it provides greater flexibility. Perhaps your company is in need of a forklift for a specific period such as a seasonal peak or whilst working on a short-term basis with a particular client. After all, why have an expensive piece of equipment sitting idle if you know you won’t need it regularly?

If you’re prepared to pay the maintenance and insurance costs that come with a rental agreement, a hired forklift can also have the added bonus of letting you experiment with the latest technology – perfect for small businesses looking to try and test new productivity measures. Read on to see whether hiring a forklift truck (or a fleet of them) may or may not be the right choice for your business:

 

Benefits Of Hiring:

  • Having lower (initial) costs: Perhaps the most attractive benefit of hiring (especially to small businesses) is the fact that you can make use of expensive equipment without paying the full costs upfront. Companies pay for what they use, so whether you enter into a 3 or 5-year rental agreement with your forklift dealer, you’ll have a clear view as to what you’re spending from the word go.
  • A boost in productivity: Choosing a contract hire agreement to supply your business with forklifts will mean greater productivity since regular replacement machines will reduce the risk of downtime due to ageing equipment. An efficient labour workforce is only as good as the tools they’re provided with, and up to date models will give them (and your business) the best chance of success.
  • Fixed costs help with budgeting: The last thing any company needs (particularly small and first-time businesses) is to be hit with surprise fees. Thankfully, renting a forklift prevents this as you’ll be provided with a fixed costing schedule – allowing you to budget confidently.
  • You can try out the latest tech: Renting from a forklift dealer gives you the opportunity to experiment with the newest technology on the market, giving you the advantage over your competitors who could be using outdated, less efficient forklift models.
  • Option to upgrade while hiring: Unlike sticking with a bought and paid for model of forklift, being under a rental contract with a forklift dealer allows you to upgrade or switch to a different truck as and when your needs change.
  • Temporary solution to breakdowns/busy periods: When your business is experiencing an unforeseen high demand or you’re faced with a broken or faulty forklift in your fleet, a rental replacement can be a great short-term rescue, ensuring you meet your deadlines (and possibly with greater productivity too)

 

Downsides Of Hiring:

 

  • Higher long-term costs: As flexible as a rental option may be at first, the hard facts are that it will cost your business more in the long run. Deciding to purchase your rented model at the end of a lease agreement, for instance, will run up greater costs than if you had simply purchased one from the start.
  • Can incur penalties for over-use: Most rental agreements will typically include a clause that covers the hours you are contracted for on each vehicle, and if you exceed those, you are liable to pay a penalty. The over-use of forklifts can happen more easily than you might expect too, especially during peak business periods.
  • Unable to make personal modifications: While you’ll have the option to fully upgrade, not owning the forklift outright will mean being unable to make adjustments or add/remove certain parts as needed.
  • You won’t have an asset: Owning your own forklift gives you the freedom to resell or rent out to someone if you please. With no asset of your own to borrow against, a rented forklift provides no such financial security and breathing room.
  • You are liable for damages: The cost of the equipment being stolen, lost or damaged comes straight out of the company pocket. As a result, extra care and maintenance need to be taken on your part to protect the truck (or fleet of trucks) from things like frost damage in winter etc.
  • Chance of poor maintenance service: Unless you can be sure that the hire company has a good reputation, there could be a chance of average or possibly even poor maintenance. Since the service is provided by the dealer themselves, repairs may not be carried out at the speed or quality you’d appreciate. Be sure to investigate leasing companies thoroughly beforehand.

 

Why Buy A Forklift Truck?

Having a forklift truck your company owns outright can be a great investment. In spite of the initial high cost, having a fleet of forklifts or even a single, reliable model is a worthwhile piece of machinery to have in your corner.

If it makes sense for your business, forklift ownership can eliminate a lot of the headaches associated with leases and terms set by outsider contracts – allowing you to focus on making the best use of the trucks, as and when you please. To give you a better idea of the commitment behind purchasing a forklift, we’ve highlighted some of the key pros and cons below:

 

Benefits Of Buying:

 

  • An added asset to your company: Owning a forklift outright counts as another asset to the company name. It also grants you added security should you need to offset a large one-off payment towards a tax debt.
  • Freedom of use: As the rightful owner of your forklift or fleet of trucks, you are not tied down by any clauses or penalties and can use the vehicles as and when you please, avoiding the hassle of hiring for short-term work.
  • Reduced costs for light business operations: If your business requires light lifting duties and boasts a clean work area, purchasing a forklift may be a better choice in the long run when you consider the lower repair costs and high residual value if used in a clean, simple working environment.
  • Can benefit staff training: If your business is using the same model of forklift, training your staff to operate them becomes a breeze as they all become familiar and confident with it, and a workforce singing from the same hymn sheet can only mean greater productivity for your business.
  • Buying pre-owned can aid short-term cash flow: Not every small or medium sized business can spare the upfront capital for a brand new fleet of trucks, so if this is the case for your company, purchasing a reliable pre-owned forklift can be a great way to spare much-needed start-up funds.

 

Downsides Of Buying:

 

  • Large upfront capital investment: There’s no two ways about it, buying your forklift (or fleet of forklifts) outright means parting with a lot of capital in one fell swoop. Assuming your business is stable and you anticipate using the forklifts for more than 10 years, then this can be a risk worth taking.
  • The risks with refurbished models: Buying pre-owned and refurbished forklifts is a common practice by businesses to save money, but buying a revamped model is not without its risks. Some vehicles may be fixed with low-quality parts or may even be outdated, hazardous model passed off as fully refurbished.
  • End of warranty costs: Once your fleet of forklifts has reached the end of their warranty period, any unresolved repairs will be waiting to sting you in the company pocket.
  • Can’t adapt to all working environments: Owning a specific type of forklift (i.e. a specific weight or lift capacity) will be restrictive if your operating environment should change. Unless you’re confident that your forklift needs won’t change for your business, this can be an issue.
  • Being stuck with obsolete equipment: A major disadvantage in terms of productivity is the fact that a brand new forklift you own outright today will soon be outdated and inefficient by current market standards.

Ultimately, the choice to buy or hire forklift trucks will come down to your unique business needs, your budget and your personal preference. Hopefully, our above guide to the hows and whys of hiring or buying a forklift have helped shed light on which will be the right choice for your company.

Have any further questions about buying or renting forklifts? Our expert team is happy to answer any queries you might have about everything from the hiring and purchasing process to the forklift equipment itself. Get in touch with us today for further advice.

Which Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility?

Outdoor work comes with its own set of challenges.

Indoor facilities have the benefit of protecting employees, stock and equipment from the elements. They often are heated, have good light and excellent storage.

When you have a yard or primarily work outside there are a number of concerns. These include: what equipment can best deal with varying temperatures and what equipment can help keep employees safe? Outdoor projects and exposed facilities require hardy and reliable equipment.

Hitec Lift Trucks have put together a list of the equipment we believe is best suited to exterior work. We hope you find this information useful. If you’d like to find out more, why not get in touch with our expert team? You can call on 01933 228127 or email at info@askhitec.co.uk

 

Cleaning

Keeping an outdoor facility clean or preparing it for use can be a difficult task. Often it can take time, especially if left to an employee and a broom. This can be arduous and even dangerous if it means dealing with snow and other hazards. Thankfully, there’s a number of useful options available.

If you don’t have the budget for brand new equipment, but already have a capable forklift, there’s also a number of additional add-ons which could help keep your outdoor facility safe and tidy.

 

Ride On Sweepers

Ride on sweepers offer excellent manoeuvrability along with powerful cleaning capability. Some models are capable of having cabs installed for extra operator comfort. This enables these machines to be used both indoor and out.

With front mounted sweepers, these machines can be customised to better suit their application. Options include an additional sweeper (if a single sweeper model is originally chosen) overhead guards, road legal lighting kits and in cab heating.

Thanks to a simple and easily accessible design, sweepers are easy to maintain and have low maintenance costs. With only short training sessions required, these sweepers are an easy to integrate sweeping solution.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

Outdoor Cleaners

If you need a piece of equipment that’s multi-functional, then outdoor cleaners may be more suited to your needs. Each model features a fully enclosed cabin for operator comfort and safety. Because of their size, these cleaners are better suited to larger areas and can often be seen on town and city streets.

Perfect for winter and grounds maintenance, outdoor cleaners can be equipped with additional add-ons. This allows for maximum flexibility, and options include: ploughs, lawnmowers and other cleaning attachments.

Most models of outdoor cleaner feature all-wheel drive, and, despite their large size, they’re operator friendly and allow for impressive manoeuvrability.

Hardy, reliable and with easy access for daily maintenance and care, outdoor cleaners are a genuine investment. They’re not the cheapest of machines, but if they’re being used daily and their interchangeable tools are utilised, one of these machines could be a brilliant addition to your business.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

Forklifts

Forklifts are perfect for all your lifting and moving needs. Whilst many may consider forklifts a warehouse mainstay, there are many models suited to outdoor use.

If your business requires frequent loading and unloading of lorries, movement of goods in an outdoor storage area or to move massive loads, there’s a forklift that can handle the workload. With a broad variety of capacities and models available, no application is too challenging.

All forklifts require operators to undergo training for certification before they can be used.

 

LPG Counterbalance

If you’re in need of a machine that you need to use both indoor and outdoor, an LPG counterbalance forklift could be the equipment for you. A familiar sight in warehouses up and down the country, LPG (liquid propane gas) counterbalance forklifts are known for their competitive pricing and their ability to be used around the clock.

Whilst more expensive than alternative counterparts when it comes to fuel consumption, the nature of LPG allows for indoor to outdoor use, a feat unmatched by electric or diesel powered forklifts.

Although small, they have the power behind them to operate well in the hands of skilled drivers. Available in a variety of models, from 1 tonne through to 9 tonne, the inner workings of LPG forklifts are similar to that of a car engine – this results in lower maintenance costs.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

Diesel Counterbalance

The heavy hitters of the counterbalance forklift world, diesel forklifts are outdoor champions. Able to perform in all weathers, these forklifts are capable of 24/7 use with minimum downtime for refuelling. A hardy solution, diesel counterbalances may have high initial costs, but their fuel prices are less than those of LPGs, making them a cost effective investment.

Whilst LPG forklifts struggle with unstable ground and gradients, diesel forklifts are unaffected and can traverse difficult terrain with ease thanks to their tremendous power.

Diesel forklifts are large machines and they require additional space for storage and unfortunately don’t operate well in small spaces so are better suited to medium to large outdoor facilities. The noise and fumes they emit make them unsuitable for indoor use so they’re generally used as an outdoor solution.

If you primarily operate out of a yard or require constant activity in an outdoor space, these could be the forklifts for you.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

High Capacity

If you require equipment that can withstand the most demanding of applications and extreme operating conditions, high capacity forklifts could be the answer. The epitome of flexible working, these forklifts can operate with a variety of attachments; these can be switched quickly and efficiently for maximum usage.

Dependent and designed, developed and tested to provide outstanding performance, high capacity forklifts are regularly found in operation in cargo handling, lumber, steel, concrete and other industries. Perfect for outdoor use and all weather application, these forklifts can provide 24/7 operation so that your business never has to stop.

With lifting capacities ranging from 5 – 50 tonne, these machines have the power you need for any job. Not only have these been designed with strength in mind, but also for optimal visibility and also for easy maintenance access.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

Scissor Lifts

Scissor Lifts are handy pieces of equipment. Need to frequently manage trees, change bulbs or clean at height? With some models able to reach heights of 62 feet, hard to reach areas are a thing of the past.

Scissor lifts can typically be used both indoor and outdoor and can either be electric or engine powered. There are benefits to both of these options. Electric scissor lifts are quiet and have the added bonus of being more eco-friendly as they produce zero emissions. Engine powered scissor lifts on the other hand can provide a higher load capabilities.

Despite the impressive heights that they can reach, scissor lifts are compact pieces of equipment and take up minimal storage space. Unfortunately, they aren’t suitable for all weather types as some models can struggle with high winds and rain.

To use a scissor lift, operators must undergo IPAF training.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

Telehandlers

Telehandlers are perfect for the construction and agricultural industries. Another flexible piece of machinery on this list, telehandlers can have their forks swapped out for a variety of attachments. This makes them a fantastic piece of equipment for businesses who require them for more than one application.

Built to handle rough terrain and harsh weather, telehandlers are hardy and reliable pieces of equipment. With some models able to lift up to heights of 20m, telehandlers can provide the additional movement that traditional forklifts can’t. Able to carry goods up and over, telehandlers are fantastic for shifting goods from ground to roof and over or under hurdles.

Although their impressive power could lead some to believe that telehandlers are all massive in size, there are some more compact models available. This can make them perfect for accessing sites with awkward or smaller entrances.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

Boom Lifts

Another piece of access equipment, boom lifts are highly recognisable. Used to safely allow operators to access awkward areas, boom lifts extend out and up. They can be driven at height for maximum accessibility.

Mobile boom lifts, commonly known as ‘cherry pickers’, are small but powerful. Tracked boom lifts (spider lifts) are capable of operating on uneven ground. Most models of boom lift are suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. They’re also usually compact enough that they can fit through a standard door.

Some boom lifts also have the benefit of caterpillar tracks. This allows them to better traverse difficult ground, as well as spreading the weight of the equipment. With lifting heights between 11m and 50m, boom lifts can reach the awkward places that traditional lifts can’t.

What Equipment Would Best Suit My Outdoor Project Or Facility

Conclusion

Thank you for reading our blog, we hope that you’ve found it useful. If you’re interested in purchasing or hiring any of the equipment mentioned, require training or you’re still unsure about what would best suit your outdoor facility or project, why not get in touch? Our expert team will be more than happy to help. You can call us on 01933 228127 or email us at info@askhitec.co.uk

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