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Working with Hiremech – How can we help your business right now, and what do our existing customers say about us?

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What is it like working with Hiremech? Getting into buying and running a forklift truck fleet can be a really tricky process if you’re starting from scratch because of the sheer amount of work that goes into it.

Aside from actually acquiring your vehicles you also have worries about capacity, maintenance, training and long term planning to address, which can all add up to a big headache just when you should be expanding your business. So what can you do to lessen the stress? Working with a company like Hiremech for all your forklift sales, forklift hire and forklift training needs puts all of your requirements in a single pair of hands, to make sure you’ve got some of the best brains in the business on your side. Let’s take a look at what they can do.

Working with Hiremech – Forklift sales

For a company looking to upgrade an existing fleet, gain new capability or simply add to a growing collection of forklifts, buying your equipment outright can be the best option. However, not all forklift sales companies are equal. You want a company at your back that has a combination of an excellent range, first-class contacts among the manufacturers to get the best deals, and a great deal of knowledge and expertise in order to make the best recommendations. You get all that and more at Hiremech, the number one in London forklift sales and one of the leading suppliers in the UK.

“We are working with Hiremech from the day we started our business back in 2006 for all our forklift and pallet truck needs. It has always been a big pleasure to work with a helpful and a very professional team. Thank you Hiremech!” – Google review, 7 July 2020

The major advantage of working with Hiremech is the sheer quantity and variety of trucks that they have to offer, so you’re guaranteed to find the truck for you whatever your needs. With everything in stock from small pallet trucks to 10-tonne diesel forklifts for the biggest jobs, Hiremech have an excellent variety of trucks for all situations. As leading UK suppliers for top brands Hyster and Flexi they also have great relationships with the manufacturers, which means first access to the latest models and accessories, the best prices and unrivalled access to parts and support too. However, Hiremech’s excellent service doesn’t stop there. As well as the stock that you need, Hiremech’s decades of experience in the forklift industry mean that have excellent insight into every potential use for their equipment, so if you’re looking for advice on what you need or how to use it, Hiremech’s team are right beside you ready to support on any part of the sales or commissioning process: Whether you’re looking for a nippy electric flexitruck for confined warehouse spaces or a sturdy gas powered forklift for heavy duty on a construction site.

“Good company with good service we have been using them from last 5 years, really helpful and sales person Brian Hudson can guide you well to a product. Highly recommended company for forklift truck.” – Google review, 27 June

Hiremech aren’t the sort of company to forget about you as soon as you walk out of the door, and one of their major advantages over other competitors is the aftercare service you can expect to receive. While a great price or a great selection of trucks are both important, being left high and dry if there’s a problem is never a great situation – which is why Hiremech operate industry leading Gold and Silver aftercare packages to make sure you have what you need. Every sale receives a truck that has been cleaned and serviced, along with 3 months parts warranty and 12 months LOLER certification on all parts, while gold package buyers get all that plus an extra 3 months warranty, a free re-spray, new tyres and free accessories.

Forklift hire

For companies who experience cyclical peaks in their orders, want to expand their fleet temporarily or have a one off project that requires new or different trucks, hire can often be a better option. Hiremech are old hands on the London forklift hire scene, and while some companies may treat their hire customers like they’re second class, at Hiremech you get the same gold standard customer service whether you hire one truck for the week or a whole fleet for a year. Flexibility is the order of the day for Hiremech, who don’t make it difficult for you to hire for small or short durations if you’re looking for a truck to help you out with the seasonal rush. With the same great range of Hyster and Flexi trucks that appear in the showroom, but for a range of great and competitive hire rates, you too can access the versatility and power of a top of the range forklift fleet without paying top end prices for hire or purchase.

“Very good company. We were renting a forklift from them for more than three years. They do all their checks on time. We are very happy with their service. I can highly recommend them.” – Google review, 27 June

A great range of trucks for hire and a competitive range of prices is a good start, but a truly great hire experience is nothing without great service to back it up. That’s why all of Hiremech’s hires come with a variety of free extras, those little extra touches that can make a real difference to the success of any project. If you opt for contract hire you can expect free servicing & maintenance, free health & safety inspections, free driver training, a free site survey and free delivery as standard. Meanwhile, for one off hires, you can expect everything from an optional driver hire for one off projects, delivery via Hiremech’s own transporter and full guaranteed health and safety compliance for a hassle free hire.

“Great company to work with, Lease multiple machines from them. Fantastic pricing, Customer service + mechanics when needed.” – Google review, 1 July 2020

Forklift training

A good forklift sales or hire company can provide a good range of trucks at competitive prices, but the mark of a truly great provider is one that offers great service in all of the behind the scenes work that most people don’t see. Thanks to their team of dedicated experts, Hiremech are also in a position to offer excellent, industry leading training to their customers too. London forklift training begins and ends with Hiremech thanks to the variety and quality of their courses, whether you’re looking to get a novice using their first truck all the way to training an experienced driver to use the latest equipment, they have driver training packages to suit all needs. Flexibility is their watchword here, because Hiremech know that your business often can’t spare the time or the staff to take too much out of their day, so they’ll come to you: Offering training in either their purpose built training centre or on your own site.

“A great service provided by top quality staff, highly recommended!” – Google review, 27 June

Not only do Hiremech offer training in the uses and best practice for all kinds of trucks, they will also provide safety and maintenance too – ensuring that your team are truly competent at using and looking after your fleet of trucks. Not only does this minimise downtime, it also saves you money on repairs and ensures that the knowledge to keep your trucks in top condition genuinely stays within your business for the future. While Hiremech offer training to a novice, experienced, refresher and conversion level, all of the training sessions cover a basic curriculum – ensuring each level gets a good grounding of information. First, Hiremech’s expert training staff will update the candidate on the basics of forklift driving best practice and current health and safety legislation, tailored to their level of experience. Next, they will be introduced to the truck they are being trained on and how to inspect it, maintain it, and its safe use and operating limits. Finally, the candidate will be taken through a thorough practical test, completing a number of tests in a safe and competent manner to show they are able to drive their truck of choice.

“We are working with Hiremech from the day we started our business back in 2006 for all our forklift and pallet truck needs. It has always been a big pleasure to work with a helpful and a very professional team. Thank you Hiremech!” -Google review, 7 July 2020

A great choice for all your forklift needs

An excellent range of the latest trucks and some of the most competitive prices on the market are great reasons to buy or hire from Hiremech, but where the company really stands out is in its ability to also provide industry leading training and aftercare. Thanks to dedicated and expert staff throughout the Hiremech team, you can expect the best advice and the most up to date knowledge on their entire range, including what to use and how to use it, as well as the latest guidance on best practice. The help doesn’t stop at the front door either. Hiremech have a great track record of years long partnerships with many clients, supporting them with everything from servicing and after sales to training and contract hire to ensure they get as much out of their purchase as possible. As a result, Hiremech are one of the top companies in London or the UK to work with in the field of truck purchase and hire.

“They dug me out of a hole. Quick account setup and help with plant insurance. Machine delivered the same day. Enabling me to complete the job on time. Would highly recommend” Google review – 7 July 2020

Whatever you need, when it comes to forklifts, Hiremech is the obvious choice in London. Get in touch with our friendly team now to find out how we can help you.

Proper Forklift Battery Care: Returning to Work After Lockdown

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With lockdown restrictions easing, many businesses across the UK and beyond are preparing to get back to work. The enforced downtime means that there’s a lot of forklifts out there that have been unused for some time. With more and more businesses getting back to full operations, getting your fleet back to full operating capacity as quickly as possible is going to be a top priority for any logistics managers. If you have a battery-powered forklift fleet, either lead-acid or lithium-ion, proper forklift battery maintenance is a key part of this.

There are a lot of factors to consider in order to get your forklift batteries back to full operational capacity, starting with what type of battery your forklifts are using. Let’s start with the proper process for checking and recharging a lead-acid battery after a period of downtime. We’ll cover lithium-ion batteries further down the page.

Wet Lead Acid Battery Forklifts

If your forklifts run on lead-acid batteries, then proper maintenance after a period where the battery has been out of use is absolutely essential. The sulphuric acid in the batteries is prone to oxidising when the battery is stationary. This ‘sulfation’ builds up on the plates inside the battery and reduces the capacity of the plates, which reduces the effectiveness of the battery. The water and acid inside the battery will also begin to separate when the battery is left unused. However, this potential damage can be reversed by following through with this process of checks before bringing the battery back into full operation.

If the battery has been left charging:

1. Firstly, inspect the battery carefully for any outer signs of damage to the casing and cables. If there is no visible damage, proceed.

2. Return to use and once the indicator displays low power, place the battery back in a charger and allow it to fully charge.

3. Once the charge is complete, check the battery’s electrolyte levels. You may need to top up to the battery’s fill line with deionised water. Only top up once you have finished charging the battery.

4. Return the battery to use, keep in mind that it will likely still not operate at full capacity yet, return the battery to a charger when low power is indicated.

5. Always allow the battery to charge fully, do not short charge or opportunity charge the battery during this time.

6. Repeat this process for a couple of weeks and your battery should be operating at full capacity once more.

If the battery has been left without charging:

1. The first step is inspecting the battery for any signs of outer damage to the casing or cables. If the battery is undamaged then proceed.

2. Put the battery in a charger, let it complete a full cycle, and check that it charges. If the battery does not charge at this stage, contact your provider as there is a fault.

3. If the battery is okay and charging, let it charge fully but do not let it charge for a second cycle.

4. Once the charging is complete, check the electrolyte levels in the battery and top up to the battery’s fill line with ionised water if required.

5. Return the battery to use, remember that it will likely be operating at reduced capacity during this period.

6. Once the battery reaches low power on the BDI, return it to a charger and let the battery charge fully. Do not partially charge the battery at this time.

7. Repeat the process of using and fully charging the battery and after one to two weeks you should see the battery return to full capacity use.

Following these steps may seem time-consuming at first but the efficiency saving of having a fully operational forklift fleet at a time when demand will be ramping up is well worth the time investment.

Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery forklifts:

If your fleet is equipped with the latest lithium-ion batteries, then you have less to worry about in terms of the time you will need to invest into getting these batteries back working as needed. There are still best practice steps you can follow to maintain the health of the batteries in the long term, though.

1. The first step is always checking for any visible signs of damage to the battery casing and wiring or contacts. If the battery is free from damage, then proceed.

2. Check your battery life, if your battery has fully discharged then attempt to charge the battery normally. If the battery does not charge, contact your provider as there may be a fault

3. Unlike lead-acid batteries, Li-ion batteries do not benefit from a full charging cycle after prolonged use. Instead, it is better to partially charge the battery between shorter periods of use.

4. It may be tempting to use faster (higher voltage) charging to get your batteries back up to speed initially but the heat generated by this can harm long term battery life, stick to your regular charging method to avoid this.

Those using lithium-ion batteries will, in theory, have an easier time getting their operations back to full capacity. The batteries need less hands-on maintenance but that doesn’t mean you should neglect to care for them, there are still steps you can take to prolong the operational life of these batteries.

Maximising the lifespan of your forklift battery

Once your batteries checks have been completed and you’re operating normally once again, it’s time to think about how to get the most out of your forklift batteries in the long term. Proper maintenance could see your battery, whether lithium-ion or lead-acid, last up to five years. Getting it wrong could cut this lifespan in half. As mentioned above, lithium-ion batteries do not require as much hands-on maintenance as lead-acid batteries, so only some of these steps will apply, we’ll indicate where that is the case. Here are the most important factors to consider in order to maximise your forklift battery’s life:

Storage conditions – temperature & moisture

Both lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries will be negatively affected by high temperatures, though the effect is worse on lead-acid batteries. Always ensure that batteries are stored in a cool and dry environment. Try and perform any changing of batteries or maintenance in the same conditions. This will also help prevent oxidation on metal contacts that can be caused by moisture.

Avoid fast charging

Fast charging can be tempting for the potential reduction in downtime but the heat generated during the process will harm your long term battery life, this is doubly true for lead-acid batteries. Avoid fast charging to prolong your battery life. It is also a good idea to avoid opportunity charging with lead-acid batteries. Plan for extended charges instead, letting batteries cool down during short breaks and lunches will have a much better effect on long term battery health.

Charge at 20% and charge fully

For lead-acid batteries, it is important to begin charging at about 20% battery charge, (when your battery life indicator turns red) fully discharging the battery can cause damage. Once the battery reaches the 20% mark, it should be replaced and allowed to complete a full charging cycle before being reused. A typical battery will last for roughly 1,500 charging cycles, whether it’s partially or fully charged each time, so ensuring you run the battery to the safe limit, then fully charge it before using again, will ensure you get the longest possible use out of the battery.

Keep your water levels topped up

The water inside a lead-acid battery is a very important component and you should ensure this is kept topped up to the correct level. Most manufacturers suggest topping up with ionised water every five to ten charges. Always top up after charging, not before. Use this opportunity to check for the signs of sulfation on the battery’s plates. If you notice an excessive build-up of these white crystals then battery performance will be affected and you will need to call an engineer to help reverse the process.

Keep your battery clean and safe

Always store your batteries safely and use the correct equipment to transport and replace them. Batteries are heavy and usually require pallet transport. Always ensure you have an appropriate space for transport, storage, and maintenance of batteries. Keeping your battery free of damage will ensure your warranty will remain intact in case of any faults. Make sure any spillages are cleaned immediately and keep your battery clean and free of dirt and grime to avoid any corrosion of the casing or contacts.

Following all these steps will ensure you get the most out of your forklift batteries. Temperature control will be especially important as we head into the summer months. There are also steps you can take as a logistics manager to ensure that the precautions above don’t interfere with operations where possible. For example, if you plan shifts and breaks around battery charge time and turnaround time you can create efficient patterns of work that will minimise downtime.

Getting back to work may be difficult but following the right steps can help your fleet of forklifts get back to top working condition in the shortest possible time. This will be crucial as the increased demand of the coming months starts to be felt in the supply chain. We hope these easy steps for forklift battery care can help you take one worry off your mind.

If you are looking for a forklift for sale or hire, battery or gas, then do get in touch with our friendly team who can talk you through the options.

Working with Hiremech as the lockdown starts to ease

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We hope that you and your families are safe and well at this time.

As the lockdown begins to ease slightly, we have noticed that more businesses are starting to operate again. We are still here offering our usual quality services across forklift sales, hire, maintenance and training to support your business through the next stages.

As well as working with our great customers at this time, we’ve also been helping out in the local community. We have been working with North London Community Consortium delivering hot food to the NHS Staff at North Middlesex Hospital. We donated two Hiremech vans and volunteer staff to make the deliveries.

It was a joint effort with some of our oldest and most valued customers donating towards this great initiative as well. Kolak Snack Foods donated crisps and snacks, Wing Yip donated rice, and London Lids for provided the food containers. It was so great to see our customers come together to help out and we continue to help those who are vulnerable and in need at this extraordinary time.

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When it comes to helping out our customers, we are still here with more road engineers back in their vans to support those who are starting to open up over the coming weeks.

What do you need to know if you are opening up your business again after the Covid-19 lockdown?

Looking back to the beginning of 2020, or at any time before the lockdown, the idea of closing your business would have seemed very strange. But as we are now saying so much, this is the ‘new normal’ and many businesses have had to close during the lockdown to ensure everyone’s safety.

Now that businesses are starting to open up again, what do they need to think about in order to operate safely? If you are looking for guidelines for our industry then there are some good resources out there.

BITA (British Industrial Truck Association) and the FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association), two of the materials handling industry’s leading authorities, have shown that great minds think alike.

Each organisation has created a series of Fact Sheets designed to share safe working practices for use during the current coronavirus pandemic – including training concerns.

Due to the critical role the materials handling industry is playing in maintaining the UK’s essential services, they have both opted to make the information freely available.

At www.bita.org.uk, you’ll find a new Coronavirus section, containing a library of free Fact Sheets across a range of topics.

There’s advice on standing down MHE (Manual Handling Equipment), cleaning equipment which reduces the risk of spreading infection and much more. There’s even guidance on protocols for service engineers visiting customer sites, too.

Announcing the news, BITA president Simon Barkworth stressed that the ability of the logistics industry to ensure a supply chain without interruption is critical and the crucial role of the materials handling sector must not be overlooked.

The FLTA website, www.fork-truck.org.uk, has also been updated and now includes a Coronavirus Resources section. It contains straightforward advice designed to help those in the industry to safely manage operations during this challenging time.

As well as advice on keeping forklifts clean and ensuring safe operations, there’s also easy-to-understand information about meeting requirements for training and Thorough Examination, too.

Alongside these free resources, the FLTA has opened its Member resources to the public, in the hopes that it will encourage UK businesses to operate their lift trucks as safely as possible.

If you are looking for support to get your business and your forklifts moving again, then do get in touch and speak to one of the team today.

Working through Coronavirus – an update from us at Hiremech

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We want to begin by sending you all our thoughts and best wishes, we hope that you and your families are safe and well.

Whilst it feels strange to use the phrase ‘unprecedented times’ there really is no other way to describe what is going on right now with the coronavirus pandemic. When we were writing our blog looking ahead at the year to come in 2020, there was no thought in our minds that this is where we might be by Easter. It is a tough time for the UK, and for our industry.

We are still here, in our Central London depot, and continuing to offer our forklift services to our customers. We are, of course, following the government guidelines. Our staff who can work from home are doing so, those that are on site are following the guidelines around social distancing and taking extra measures for sanitisation.

We are able to offer hire, sales and servicing. We know that some businesses, especially in logistics, are busier than ever as they deliver and support vital services across the NHS, delivery and supermarkets. Logistics has never been more important to keeping our country running and those businesses who can help have certainly stepped up.

At Hiremech, we wanted to be part of this support and we jumped at the chance to help. Haringey Council, alongside Edible Foods, has set up a food hub at the Tottenham Hotspur football ground and we donated a forklift and two electric pump trucks to help them sort and stack donations that will go out to those who need them locally.

As we mentioned, we are still working for our customers. This includes servicing, as a joint statement from BITA and the FLTA makes it clear that during this time routine maintenance for forklifts must continue. Maintenance and servicing, from daily checks to standards such as LOLER, are an important part of the Health and Safety commitment of any company that uses forklifts. We know that businesses are doing their best to keep their staff safe at this time and access to sites must, on the whole, be restricted.

We are working with our customers to agree how best to carry out servicing, as well as adhering to the guidelines that are in place for everyone’s safety when it comes to coronavirus.

While we are seeing a surge in demand, our short-term hire can be ideal for periods like this. We are able to supply forklifts to your site when you need them without the commitment and costs of keeping them longer term. If you feel that your business might benefit from additional trucks at this time then do get in touch and our team can help you out.

Hiremech Ltd & Covid-19

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We understand that this is a worrying time for us all, so we just wanted to let you know that we are still open and our team is here to help you in any way we can.

Here’s what we’re doing…

• We are still open and providing handling products to warehouse, logistics and transport companies around the UK.

• We are following government guidelines in regards to keeping our team protected and safe.

• We are making it easy for our customers to connect with us via video call using WhatsApp.

• We are not currently visiting customers. However, do not hesitate to call or email us if you need anything.

• We will keep you fully updated with any changes that may affect our service but for now it’s business as usual.

We have put procedures in place so that we can continue to trade without any disruption and still give you the best possible service during this unprecedented time.

Stay strong, stay safe and stay positive.

We are here if you need us! Get in touch with our friendly team to find out how we can help you.

Kindest regards,

All the team at Hiremech.

Your comprehensive guide to forklift servicing for your business

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tips for daily maintenance on your forklift

Forklift servicing plays a major role in how safe and useful your forklift is. Health and Safety legislation requires that all repairs are made in a timely way, and by authorised, qualified personnel. It is really important that you find a servicing company who are reliable, fast and offer authorised inspections, maintenance and servicing.

Why is forklift servicing important?

But how do you know when it is time to book a service? It can be tricky to keep on top of maintenance, but it is essential for the safety of your workers and the public. If you want peace of mind, then a preventative maintenance plan might benefit your company, ensuring that you have regular maintenance and repairs, with frequent services. If you are looking for routine maintenance and forklift servicing in London, then take a look at what our experts say are the signs it is time for a service:

The signs that it is time to service your forklift

It can be tricky to know whether you should service your forklift based on usage intervals or time intervals. Usage intervals are a measurement of pedal hours of key hours: measuring the time the forklift has actually been in use. However, for larger fleets, it can be tricky to keep track of all the different usage hours across your forklift trucks. Instead, it may be easier to track time intervals, which are measure of days and months since the last service. This is simpler, and may actually save you money, since you can service a whole section of your fleet at the same time. If this is you, it might be worth investigating Hiremech’s fully inclusive service contract, as this covers your forklifts for both servicing and maintenance needs.

How often do forklifts need servicing?

A forklift service should be comprehensive, and ensures the life of your forklift is extended to its full capacity. It is also essential to make running your forklifts easy and smooth. In addition, the service should also change the oil, and install a new oil filter & air filter. Check that included in the service are an inspection of the lift, distributer point, as well as making sure the drive components and mast equipment are in full working order. These inspections mean that your colleagues can drive your forklifts with peace of mind, knowing the safety points are covered.

Serving you: The benefits to your business of forklift servicing, London

A forklift that is in constant use needs to be up to date with the latest health and safety inspections, but it also needs to run smoothly for the good of your staff. It is really important, that the more you use your forklift, the more often you get it serviced by a factory trained technician. It is a good rule of thumb to have a forklift serviced every 90 days if it is in heavy use.

At Hiremech, all our services are guaranteed, so you can keep a copy of the items inspected on file to show inspections staff should they request this information. This means you can rest easy in the knowledge that you meet the nation forklift servicing requirements. Our all-inclusive maintenance and servicing plan is ideal for busy companies, making the headache of planning services a simple task. It is particularly beneficial to have preventative maintenance if the environment your fleet works is rugged or dirty, as it can prolong the life of your vehicle, as well as make sure your staff are safe and well-looked after. Be sure to pick the right service for your requirements!

Which service? The different kinds of forklift servicing available in the London area

IT can be tricky to know which service is right for your needs: But whether you have a single forklift with relatively light use, or a large fleet who encounter rough terrain and heavy use, we have a range of servicing options to suit your business.

LOLER inspections: Forklift servicing

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, or LOLER inspections for short, is a government regulation that ensures all forklifts are well-maintenance and fit for use. It’s job is to keep your team safe and ensure the smooth running of your workflow. But it can be hard to know whether you are up to date or not. At Hiremech we keep it simple, and our expert staff can talk you through the process. It is important to ensure your vehicle is up to date with LOLER inspections, and with our all-in maintenance service, you will be notified when it is time for your forklift to be inspected, but it is needed roughly every 12 months. Make sure you are up to date with the LOLER inspections if you have any equipment covered in the regulations, including: Passenger lifts, hoists, forklift trucks and cranes.

LOLER inspections: the benefits of forklift servicing

The LOLER inspection system has many benefits for your fleet of forklift trucks. It a revised and much less intensive inspection, without compromising on detail. This means that it is not an inspection which will negatively impact the lifespan of your lifting vehicle. Instead, it happens on a more frequent basis. Although this may seem inconvenient, it has proved really beneficial for fleets, picking up on small problems before they become larger and more costly to fix. Here at Hiremech we are eager to make sure that the LOLER system benefits your company. Our fully qualified team can pop out to your workplace and have the inspections done quickly and accurately, ensuring that your machines are back in working order fast.

Servicing and replacing parts: Forklift servicing

Forklifts often encounter heavy use, and require a lot of maintenance. At Hiremech we make sure it is easy and quick to source parts you might need for urgent repairs. With over 20 years experience in the industry, we have relationships with a great range of suppliers. This means that we are able to source both new parts, and fix problems that are due to the parts no longer being available for your forklift truck. Our competitive pricing keeps our customers happy and we are happy to provide a next day delivery service, straight to your workplace.

Servicing and replacing parts
Making sure that you replace and service forklift part on a regular basis has many benefits for your company and workflow. Most importantly it means you are up to date with the needs of your workforce and fleet of vehicles, and can pre-empt any large repairs in good time. Research shows that with a regular servicing and maintenance service, particularly comprehensive, all-in contracts, there is less time spent doing routine repairs on forklifts.

Preventative maintenance plans

A preventative maintenance plan can be the most cost-effective option for a busy company. It is a fixed price, which include travel, so you can be sure of no hidden costs or charges. Each time our engineer visits your company, you will get a full, comprehensive report, so there are never any surprises. Our plans also include full compliance with health and safety requirements, and are a good way to make sure your entire fleet meets LOLER requirements. Regular maintenance is included in these plans, which means that however large your range of forklift truck makes, you can get all your repairs done in one place!

All-in maintenance

Our emergency call out service is swift and competitively priced. However, if you are looking for peace of mind, and like to plan ahead, then our all-in maintenance forklift contract might be best suited to you. These are contracts which are billed at a monthly, fixed rate, and make sure that all your maintenance needs are fully covered. It might be a more urgent breakdown, in which case the all-in maintenance contract includes a 4-hour emergency response service, getting your forklifts back to work quickly and smoothly.

All-in maintenance plans

The biggest benefits of an all-in maintenance plan are peace of mind, and decreased costs. The fixed monthly rate ensures that you are never surprised by hidden costs, and the regular maintenance means far less unexpected repairs. For those inevitable emergencies, you are covered for urgent four hour response call-outs. This means you are able to use your forklift trucks to their full capacity, knowing that Hiremech is here should something go wrong.

Authorised Hyster service-centre: Forklift servicing that London businesses can trust

If you are looking for Hyster forklift servicing in London, then you should look no further! We are the exclusive authorised Hyster dealer in London, and offer care and maintenance that is renowned across the city. We offer full manufacturer support and access to genuine Hyster parts at a reasonable cost. We cover full diagnostics systems, meaning you can be sure that our diagnosis is accurate and reliable. With a team that is fully certified by Hyster, and extensively trained, we are able to keep your machine in the best possible condition.

If you want to chat about your servicing needs for your business then get in touch with our friendly team today.

A comprehensive guide to scissor lifts featuring Skyjack

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What are scissor lifts?

skyjack scissor liftThe definition of a scissor lift is a vehicle characterised by a railed platform that can then be raised up vertically by crisscrossing metal supports. A scissor lift is used for working on high-up or elevated areas, or for moving unit loads from high up to a lower area. Scissor lifts typically can be powered by gas or electric, depending on the type and model of scissor lift that you go for.

The objective of a scissor lift is to be able to reach or gain access to an otherwise too high area, and successfully complete the required work without having to strain or balance on a ladder. Scissor lifts are used in a wide variety of industries, such as the material handling industry where they are used for reaching and working more easily with storage racks and tops.

You can find scissor lifts in a range of sizes, making them an incredibly versatile addition to a range of businesses and industries. The smallest scissor lifts usually come at around four feet wide, and these are particularly useful for navigating the tight spaces and narrow aisles of a warehouse. Whereas large scissor lifts may be better suited to outdoor use on telephone lines or for working on ceilings of large indoor spaces.

Once a worker is in position on the scissor lift and it has been raised to the most convenient height for them to complete their work, the scissor lift must then not be moved. They should always be moved once at their fully lowered position.

How could scissor lifts be useful to your business?

Have you considered investing in a scissor lift for your business before? Or maybe you are curious as to the potential advantages it might offer to your business. Scissor lifts come with a variety of unique advantages, making them possibly even more advantageous than you had previously thought. Here are all of the ways that a scissor life could help make your day-to-day operations more efficient and safe.

• Reach higher heights

With a scissor lift, your workers will be able to reach heights of around 32 feet, depending on the size and model of scissor lift you choose. Many areas of this height will be inaccessible without the additional help of a scissor lift. Once you have a scissor lift you will be able to complete maintenance jobs in much higher places and finally be able to get hands-on those areas that were out of reach before.

• Jobs become easier and faster to complete

Scissor lifts can save on time, effort and human resources, streamlining your business as you complete each job efficiently. Scissor lifts usually only require a single operator, and they have been specially designed for ease-of-use meaning there is not much training necessary before your workers can get to work with the lift.

• Add precision to your operations

Scissor lifts are available in a range of compact sizes, meaning they can be used in areas with little space to perform a highly precise and efficient service.

• A range of options to suit the unique aspects of your business

There are so many types of scissor lifts available, each offering different functions and features that will suit the specific requirements of different types of business. Maybe your business will require a tilt platform, a turntable, or a specific base or height size. There will be a scissor lift to suit the needs of your business and enhance your daily operations.

• Save on capital and resources

Scissor lifts offer your business with a variety of areas to make potential savings. Scissor lifts are incredibly versatile and can be used for a wide variety of tasks, ensuring that you can save on renting several different machines for different tasks. Scissor lifts can also help you save on your business’ utility bills, as most models are designed for complete energy efficiency.

• They take up very little space

Scissor lifts feature an exceptionally compact design, making it incredibly easy to store without taking up too much floor space.

• Reach a variety of locations with ease

Scissor lifts are designed with mobility in mind. You will be able to quickly and easily transport your scissor lift around your worksite, allowing you to complete tasks in a variety of locations easily and efficiently.

• One of the safest methods for reaching heights

Ladders offer a variety of health and safety risks for your business, and no doubt impact insurance rates. A scissor lift provides an incredibly stable, steady and strong platform for standing on whilst completing tasks, making it a much safer option than balancing on a ladder.

Industries that could benefit from scissor lifts?

There are many jobs in a variety of locations that could benefit from the use of a scissor lift. If you work at one of these places below, you may want to consider how a scissor lift could improve the safety and efficiency of your work.

Construction:

Scissor lifts can be incredibly useful for a variety of construction projects, especially projects with environments that are changing frequently. Those working in construction, such as general contractors and renovation contractors may find a scissor lift especially helpful.

Building maintenance:

There are several aspects in building maintenance that require work high up, whether it be bricklaying, adding signs, changing lightbulbs and so on. Scissor lifts can be used inside and outside buildings to ensure each of these tasks is completed safely, whether it be in schools, churches, hospitals and more.

Warehousing:

In warehousing, it is very common that every inch of space will have to be used in the most efficient manner. A scissor lift will allow you to reach spaces higher up, moving and lowering items as safely as possible, but also helping to speed up the process and boost productivity.

Delivery hubs

Shipping hubs are busy places that require a lot of heavy lifting and reaching high up areas. A scissor lift encompasses many of the tasks that take place in a shipping hub, adding a further element of safety and efficiency to operations.

Retail

Scissor lifts have proven to be very useful to the daily operations of retail stores, from big chains to smaller independents. Warehouses full of stock will usually have items stacked up to rather tall heights, ensuring the maximum amount of stock fits in there as possible. A scissor lift is almost an essential part of reaching the stock that sits high up in the warehouse, and will also be necessary for replenishing stocks.

What to look for when choosing scissor lifts

So, you have decided that a scissor lift could make a large enough difference to the productivity, efficiency and safety of your business that it is worth the investment. Whichever scissor lift you choose, it is almost always a good choice as they have all been designed to dramatically improve the daily operations of your business. However, there are different types of scissor lift and finding the right one for your business can make an even bigger difference.

Electric scissor lifts or diesel scissor lifts?

This is one of the key decisions to make when deciding on a scissor lift, and both have a few key differences. Electric scissor lifts are designed for maximum efficiency, as well as coming with high-speed capabilities. Electric scissor lifts are mainly used for indoor uses, such as in warehouses, wholesale supermarkets and shopping centres, and they are also commonly used for reaching ceilings to make electrical repairs. Electric scissor lifts also typically have a smaller width, making them the ideal choice for weaving around the narrow aisles of warehouses. You can also expect an electric scissor lift to be completely silent while in use, causing little, if any, disturbances. For heightened productivity and the best energy efficiency, electric scissor lifts are the right choice for you.

Diesel scissor lifts are run using gas, so will produce more noise and more fumes than an electric model. However, diesel scissor lifts are better suited to real heavy-lifting. There are diesel scissor lift models that can take up top 680kg in weight, while also reaching heights of up to 18 metres. You will most commonly find diesel scissor lifts being used for outdoor work.

Low level scissor lifts or high level scissor lifts?

Low level and high-level scissor lifts are both best suited to different environments, making the right choice between them will allow you to get the most out of your investment. Generally, low-level scissor lifts are better suited for indoor workspaces, including warehouses, garages and hangers. Low-level scissor lifts are usually capable of heights up to 20 or 25 feet. High-level scissor lifts can reach higher heights of up to 28 metres, making them ideal for reaching previously inaccessible spaces. High-level scissor lifts come in both electric or diesel power.

Skyjack scissor lifts

Skyjack is a recognised industry leader in electric scissor lifts, offering a wide variety of models designed to suit a range of applications and workspaces. The proven control system used in Skyjack’s industry-renowned SJ12 and SJ16 vertical masts has been recreated in their range of DC scissor lifts, allowing for further efficiency and high performance in the workplace. The DC range of scissor lifts have been designed for maximum accuracy and precision in indoor settings while catering an incredibly versatile array of uses. If you have decided that a highly energy-efficient and compact electric scissor lift is the right choice for your business, you might now be wondering about the different types available. Skyjack scissor lifts each offer slightly different features designed for optimal functionality:

SJIII 3215

This electric scissor lift model can reach a working height of 6.57 metres, and has an overall width of 0.81 metres. This is a compact machine ideal for the aisles in a warehouse where reaching up to shelves is necessary. The SJIII 3219 offers a very similar function but is capable of reaching a slightly higher working height of 7.79 metres, with the same narrow overall width of the 3215.

SJIII 3220

This electric scissor lift model again offers the exceptionally compact overall width of 0.81 metres, ideal for warehouses where space is a luxury. However, this model offers a taller working height of 7.92 metres, while the SJIII 3226

boasts an even higher height for the same overall width, reaching a working height of 9.75 metres. The 3226 is also capable of a drive speed of 2.4 mph, while the 3220 is 2 mph.

SJIII 4626

This model comes with a slightly larger overall width than the previous models, allowing it to steadily support higher height capabilities. The overall width measures in at 1.17 metres, and this electric scissor lift can reach a working height of 9.75 metres. The SJIII 4632 model also has the same 1.17-metre overall width but is capable of reaching slightly higher at 11.58 metres. Which goes above and beyond the 10 metres that are often considered to be the limit for electric scissor lifts. Both of these models also offer drive speeds of up to 2 mph.

Whichever scissor lifts you decide will be best for your business, it is an incredibly versatile addition that can boost productivity, energy efficiency and make your workplace far safer.

Contact us now to chat about what you need for your business and how we can help.

Future trends for the forklift and manual handling industry over the next decade

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What does the future hold for the forklift and manual handling industry over the next decade?
Forklift driving and manual handling have changed dramatically over the years. Forklifts are now designed with the driver in mind, ensuring the driver’s comfort is as important as the safety aspects. Equipment to assist with manual handling is as ergonomic as possible to limit turnover and of course, staff that work in the industry have far more training than they used to be given. In most companies, one can’t drive a forklift truck now without a licence or undergoing rigorous training.

Technology within this sector is developing rapidly with the introduction of A.I, driver-less forklifts and the development of hoists and other equipment which means manual assistance is not as necessary as it once was. This could be a good thing as long term, the use of A.I will cut costs, but it may mean there are fewer jobs for workers in the industry if they can be replaced with robots. The question everyone in the building and construction industry is asking now, is what does the future hold for the industry and what other changes are there likely to be in the future?

Brexit – make or break

Brexit has impacted the industry in quite a dramatic way. Due to stockpiling in warehouses because of the uncertainty Brexit entails, the demand for forklift truck hire has increased dramatically. This has also meant an increase in demand for forklift truck drivers. Many companies are stating that their warehouses are already full which may lead to a knock-on effect in which a demand for more warehouses may also become an issue. It’s difficult for businesses to gauge the best course of action regarding stockpiling because Brexit is still up in the air and until negotiations are completed, no one can be sure what is going to happen. Stockpiling sounds a good idea in theory, but it means there will be an excess of stock for companies to shift in the future and that may not be so easy once the true effects of Brexit, and the red tape that is sure to occur afterwards, become clear. It could well be the case that companies are left with warehouses full of stock that they are unable to shift.

The UK warehousing industry currently adheres to strict EU health and safety laws. Brexit may mean that safety standards, regulations and restrictions change, which would impact heavily on all personnel. As mentioned before, warehouses are likely to be in demand especially as manufacturers and importers that have warehouses abroad will be looking for warehousing within the UK to avoid any extra cost or problems that might arise with having their warehouses in any of the other EU member nations. This is all very well, but if there are not enough warehouses to meet demand, then new ones will have to be built and that involves heavy investment, something that companies are not confident in carrying out at the moment, due to the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the impact it will have on businesses.

Other Brexit issues

Another issue will be a smaller pool of qualified labour available due to the strict immigration laws that the UK are now implementing, along with the possibility of qualified European staff leaving the UK for better career and job prospects and ease of free movement. The exodus of Europeans leaving the UK since the referendum is already impacting on the building and construction industry and replacing staff and training up new ones is costly. If Europeans still working in the UK decide to leave, along with the possibility of British workers leaving and relocating as well, there could be a shortage of personnel, which will affect all aspects of a business, not just turnover.

Companies will have no choice but to find innovative ways to increase the amount of work they can achieve with the resources available to them. Increased costing for maintaining and operating machinery and equipment means that overheads are already high and should this increase, the warehousing industry will need to pay close attention and possibly need to look at collaboration with other warehousing companies to keep overheads to a minimum. Brexit may well improve things for the warehousing industry, but there is also the possibility that it will make things even more difficult and this is something that won’t become apparent until the UK finally leaves the EU and the true impact can be analysed.

Future Forklift Trends – Warehousing and Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence is already gaining a place in the UK warehousing industry, albeit very slowly. However, this is likely to change shortly as driverless trucks, robots and computer technology advances to the extent that using A.I becomes a necessary part of the sector to keep up with competition and maintain low overheads.

At the moment, artificial intelligence is not without its flaws and robots do have limitations in regards to mobility and use. They cannot currently change movements between fine and heavy activities, which means if the goods being handled are delicate, they can easily become damaged. Translucent packaging and reflective packages also hinder the camera and sensor abilities of a robot too. These are a few reasons why A.I has yet to be used widely in the industry. However, these issues are being worked upon already.

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Robots as co-workers

 

A project called ILIAD (Intra-logistics with Integrated Automatic Deployment) has been underway for the last three years with scientists from the UK and Europe collaborating to perfect robots that can be used in warehouses. Scientists are trying to create new forklift trucks that will be safe and reliable to work beside humans in the warehouse. The idea of the project is to develop the robots using complex A.I and to place them into the workforce within the next few years. These types of vehicles are known as automated guided vehicles (AGVs), and will be used to assist with packing, palletising and transporting stock. The most important aspect the scientists are working on is to ensure the robots have excellent awareness, using computer vision and artificial intelligence to notice and predict the behaviour of all humans around them. The robots will also be able to update information and learn from data they collect over time. Eventually, the robots will save time and manpower, therefore reducing costs and increasing productivity.

Pros and cons of A.I in the workforce

There are quite a few benefits to using robots and A.I. For example, robots are more dexterous, flexible and scalable than humans, which will reduce the strain on limited workers and keep them safe. If warehousing productivity is improved, this also makes for a better work environment and of course, human error is almost eliminated and will result in increased accuracy of orders packed and shipped. However, there is a downside to this for workers. Robots will mean a decrease in labour costs and hiring, so training and employee benefits will be eliminated, meaning huge financial gain for the company but no demand for human forklift truck operators.

Changes in consumer trends

As the industry relies mainly on the consumer either directly, or indirectly, how individuals and businesses purchase goods impacts heavily. Over the last 10 years, shopping trends have changed dramatically and as a nation, we’ve become used to shopping online from the comfort of our home or office. We now expect goods to be delivered quickly and preferably within a few hours! A by-product of the increase in shopping online has been a rise in demand for forklift truck drivers. Online shopping, home delivery and rapid order turnarounds require large scale warehouses to house vast quantities of stock. Therefore, experienced and skilled forklift drivers are needed to ensure the stock leaves the warehouse on time. It’s easy to forget that forklift drivers play an important role in the supply chain process and are vital to keeping the supply chain moving.

Consumers in the future

Experts are stating that in the future, online shopping will be the main way that consumers purchase goods and this will lead to an even bigger demand for warehouses to have the capacity to house stock in bulk and have the skilled personnel to keep the warehouse running smoothly. Forklift operators need a very specific set of skills to carry out their role efficiently and safely and businesses are constantly developing innovative training technologies. This area will continue to grow and expand, although as with all new technologies, there are additional costs involved.

A changing future for warehousing

All evidence suggests that during the next decade, there will be many changes coming to the forklift and manual handling industry. Warehouse owners will likely have to accept the fact they will need to invest in their warehouses to keep up with new trends and stay competitive. Existing workers will require new training to operate any new machinery or to work alongside robotic forklifts, while new rules and regulations due to Brexit may mean radical changes to the way warehouses currently operate. All of this means personnel will require intense training throughout the coming years. The industry will grow and change substantially over the next decade, but most likely at a cost. If A.I is implemented as is expected, this may mean job losses or existing workers having to train in other areas for them to remain a necessary part of the workforce. It’s impossible to predict exactly what the future holds for the building and construction industry, but one thing we can guarantee is the fact it will not continue in the same way that it currently operates and significant changes will be required in all sectors.

Whatever the future holds, we’re here to help you with your forklift fleet today. Contact us to chat about what you need for your business.

Hiremech – Our Review of 2019

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Hiremech has had a very busy 2019! As the number one forklift hire company in London, that’s not surprising. But this year has been exceptional, even by our standards!

So, as the year draws to a close, we take a look back over 2019 to celebrate our achievements and growth, and to reflect on the most notable events of the past year.

Acquired by Briggs Equipment

In January 2019, Hiremech was acquired by Briggs Equipment of Cannock, Staffordshire. The acquisition enhances Briggs Equipment’s profile by strengthening its presence in the South East and London. And that’s great news for Hiremech too, in that we now have a whole new range of products to offer our customers, courtesy of Briggs.

Hiremech is now a subsidiary of Briggs, although we continue to trade under our own name and all our current operational contracts remain in place. Now that the acquisition is complete, Hiremech are representatives of the Utilev and Hyster forklift truck brands, as well as maintaining our continued access to JLG Equipment and Hako. The acquisition is great news for Hiremech in that it will allow us to enjoy continued exponential growth in the future.

New product ranges from Hako

We now include Hako and products in our range something that we introduced in 2019.

The Hako machines we supply includes a range of ride-on scrubber dryers and pedestrian sweepers.

Hako pedestrian sweepers are also called “walk behind sweepers,” and they are the easy-to-use alternative to the traditional broom and shovel method of floor cleaning. Pedestrian sweepers work by sweeping the ground while simultaneously collecting and storing dust and debris, and they can be used in both commercial and industrial premises. Our new range of Hako pedestrian sweepers are easy to use, comfortable to operate and come in a range of sizes to suit a whole range of businesses.

The Hako ride-on scrubber dryers that we now supply use powerful jets of water and onboard-stored cleaning solution to scrub the floor clean. A powerful suction mechanism then collects the dirty water, leaving the floor spotlessly clean. Ride-on scrubber driers come in a range of sizes from small, compact models to large industrial machines that are ideal for use in big commercial premises and car parks. A ride-on scrubber drier enables you to carry out the job quicker and more thoroughly than by-hand, presenting a cost-effective, time-efficient solution to businesses that is proving extremely popular.

Continuing to grow towards the future

At Hiremech, we know that forklift sales and manufacturing is a massive growth area that’s fuelled by rising demand. Financial experts and economists predict that the forklift truck market is set to grow exponentially over the forthcoming few years, and a growth rate of 6.9% is predicted. This is a significant figure when you take into account that the forklift market is worth approximately $35.3 billion, and the latest growth predictions expect to see market expansion to around $55.9 billion.

That growth is fuelled by many factors, including a construction industry boom and a proportionate increase in warehouse sizes. Also, green technology is fuelling major economic growth, and electronic forklift trucks are one of the key elements of this incredibly exciting market.

We are continuing to see this growth through our business, which strengthens the position of the industry for the future.

New customers

Hiremech has also welcomed several new customers this year. These are substantial contracts that involve the supply of a range of trucks, as well as ongoing service contracts.

Wastecare uses durable trucks for outdoor use, and they also have an ongoing service contract. Wastecare is a waste management and recycling service that enables waste producers from all industrial sectors to manage their hazardous waste. They have 12 regional recycling centres and a fleet of over 150 collection vehicles.

Camden Town Brewery hires counter-balance and pallet trucks with an ongoing service contract. Camden Town Brewery is a relatively young company that creates and supplies high-quality beers to premises in London and the surrounding areas.

FW Mansfield uses gas and durable trucks for outdoor use and we have an ongoing service contract with them. Kent-based Mansfield’s provides a complete service in fresh produce, specialising in growing top-quality fruit and providing professional packing and storage services.

New team members

In addition to all the aforementioned exciting developments, we have welcomed three sales representatives and three road engineers to our team. These new appointments are vital if we’re to handle the business growth that we’re confident will happen in 2020 and in the years to come. Also, our expanded sales force will be perfectly placed to take advantage of the new products that we are now able to offer our customers, thanks to our new relationship with Briggs.

Final thoughts

Here at Hiremech, we’ve enjoyed a hugely successful 2019!

As well as welcoming new staff members, seeing continued business growth, and launching a wide range of new products, we now come under the umbrella of Briggs Equipment.

That move will enable us to continue to grow the business and build on our success to date, making the future a very exciting place to be.

Everything you need to know about pallet trucks

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What is a pallet truck?

A pallet truck, sometimes known as a pallet jack or a pump truck, is a trolley designed to be used for lifting and transporting pallets. It works by using tapered forks that slot beneath pallets, then workers use the pump handle to raise or lower the pallets. For this reason, this piece of equipment is commonplace in stockrooms, warehouses and other environments that use wooden pallets frequently.

So, you may now be wondering what situations pallet trucks are best suited to. Generally, they work best when used for relatively short distances. It is also worth noting that each and every pallet truck comes with its own weight capacity. This weight capacity should not be overloaded. The weight capacity exists to ensure that the pallet truck is easy to keep control of, as well as runs smoothly and easily – excess weight will affect these functions negatively.

Pallet trucks are generally designed for use with wooden pallets. To transport a load with a pallet truck, first place the load on the pallet and ensure it is secure with a suitable load restraint product. Once your load has been suitably restrained you can begin to move your pallet into place and slide the forks under the gaps that are provided exactly for this purpose. The user should then use the truck’s pump action handle, effectively raising the pallet off the ground.

Pallet trucks are great for making it easier to transport and manoeuvre loads around your premises, also eradicating many of the health risks and hazards that often come with having to lift heavy loads.

What are the different types of pallet truck?

There are many different types of pallet truck, each designed to suit different requirements. There are rough terrain pallet trucks or all-terrain pallet trucks that are specially designed to help you manoeuvre loads across rough terrain, mini pallet trucks for a compact and cost-effective solution for smaller loads and pallets, wide pallet trucks designed to accommodate loads of goods that are especially wide, and even electric pallet trucks that will remove most of the manual effort involved in lifting and moving especially heavy loads.

EP Equipment is a manufacturer of highly innovative products in the field of warehouse trucks, with over 20 years of experience in the material handling industry and a specific focus on electric equipment. When it comes to pallet trucks, EP Equipment sells three categories that include manual hand pallet trucks, pedestrian electric pallet trucks, and electric ride on trucks.

Manual hand pallet trucks are a common tool used for lifting and moving over short distances. A key advantage of hand pallet trucks is that they are generally the most cost-effective option. The trucks are available in a wide variety of lift capacities and fork lengths, they are easy to operate and no driving licence is needed.

Pedestrian Electric pallet trucks reduces much of the manual labour involved in lifting and moving due to the movement of the truck being electric. This is generally regarded to be the fastest-growing category of the material handling equipment industry, with many different types of electric pallet truck emerging in recent years. This category includes semi-electric machines that have electric drive and manual lift. This is such a broad category, especially at EP Equipment who manufacture electric pallet trucks to fit the needs of every customer.

Electric ride-on pallet trucks are an ideal option for transporting a load over a longer distance. With this style of pallet truck, the driver will experience less strain and heightened efficiency as he can drive the electric truck and its load to the intended destination. It is great for transporting loads across a large warehouse or for loading an HGV/lorry. The electric ride on trucks designed by EP Equipment have been made to suit a broad variety of operations, coming with either a foldable platform or a fixed platform. Those interested in investing in an electric ride-on truck for their warehouse or business site should remember that they require a driving licence to operate, and you may need to get the right kind of training and insurance for employees.

Hyster is a manufacturer of material handling equipment that prides itself on dependability and innovation. Hyster is one of the best-known names in the industry, offering a comprehensive range of equipment with the ideal type of truck for every application. Hyster designs, engineers and manufactures a wide range of products, operating in over 130 countries. As well as offering pedestrian powered pallet trucks and ride-on pallet trucks, Hyster stocks a variety of pallet trucks with a range of unique functions.

Compact and super compact pallet trucks offer a pedestrian powered pallet truck that can function effectively in congested and confined spaces. They are great for the internal transportation of closed and open pallets over short distances. With up to 1200kg capacity, these trucks are best suited to small to medium warehouse applications. The low effort controls mean that operator fatigue is reduced.

Shelf stocker pallet trucks are a style of pallet truck that offers extra lift. This style of truck is a pedestrian pallet truck that features supplementary lift, ideal for enabling the pallet to be positioned at the best working height to lift goods to and from the pallet. They are ideal for low-intensity order picking and low-level stock replenishment. These trucks are also well-suited to indoor transportation and unloading applications. Precise load positioning makes this style of pallet truck great for those who need assistance with multi-level shelves of heavy stock.

Platform and double platform pallet trucks have been specially designed to suit demanding warehouse and loading operations. These trucks come with a powerful AC motor to enhance performance and efficiency, made with the most proven reliable components. This style of truck comes with a typically low cost of operation, designed to optimise the process of loading and unloading and boosting transportation rates for both short and long distances. The double stacker range is constructed with welded fork construction that makes it ultra-resistant to torsion.

Heavy-duty pedestrian powered pallet trucks provide a longer shift life, lower costs and incredible reliability. These machines are an energy-efficient option, also offering one of the lowest lifetime costs in the market. These pallet trucks come with a powerful motor speed and a fast response, ensuring that operators can keep working hard through demanding operations. This pallet truck has been designed especially for intense indoor pallet transportation, vehicle loading and unloading. These pallet trucks have a capacity of 2500-3000kg.

Yale is one of the oldest and original manufacturers of lift trucks and warehouse equipment in the world, operating for over 137 years. Their products focus on making work more efficient for people and boosting productivity. Their unrivalled heritage in design and manufacturing has led to an impressive range of material handling equipment with a great emphasis on quality.

The Yale range of pallet trucks mainly focuses on electric, with many similar offerings to Hyster such as shelf stockers, rider pallet trucks, heavy-duty pedestrian powered trucks, platform pallet trucks, and compact as well as super compact pallet trucks. Yale’s pallet trucks boast several special features, such as angled grips and ‘butterfly’ controls that mean employees can exert minimal effort, reducing the stress often placed on the operator’s wrists, thumbs and fingers. Lower steps and cushioned seating helps reduce body vibration and fatigue. With Yale there is undeniably a priority placed on operator comfort and the productivity that it in turn promotes.

Which type of pallet truck is best suited to your business?

Before deciding on the right type of pallet truck for your warehouse or business site, it is first important to know the load carrier or weight that you will want to transport. Electric pallet trucks, in particular those from EP Equipment, range from 1000kg to 2000kg. Another important consideration is the length of your intended load, as pallet trucks can come with various fork lengths and fork widths.

The next consideration is how you intend to use the truck. Will it be used indoors on a flat surface, or outside on rough terrain?

Lastly, with electric pallet trucks, bear in mind the requirements of charging batteries. Many options of electric pallet truck do not require regular maintenance and can be charged opportunely. Charging times can vary from 2 hours to 8-10 hours, so bear this in mind and how it will fit into your typical operation schedules before purchasing.

The latest innovations and technologies in pallet trucks

For EP, Hyster and Yale there have been two main areas of innovation in pallet truck technology. These include driver environment and pioneering technology.

Driver environment has been improved over the years by all three companies in their pursuit of optimal operator ergonomics. The latest innovations and improvements provide truck operators with a more comfortable working environment, increased visibility and lower noise levels. Both Yale and Hyster have introduced anti-vibration isolators that reduce the vibrations and road shocks that travel through the wheels to the truck seat. The purpose of this is to minimise operator fatigue and increase the operator’s productivity. When it comes to operator visibility, Yale designs trucks with a ‘command’ driving position to ensure maximum visibility on the load and the operating area. Hyster has had an increased focus on weather protection technology in recent years, testing trucks in extreme conditions and temperatures, as well as offering bonus kits to increase operator comfort in tough conditions.

Pioneering technology has seen all three of these pallet truck manufacturers to give increased attention to reducing their emissions. All three work on designing trucks that not only meet the requirements of emission regulations but reduce fuel consumption too. Yale has made leaps with eco setting and load-sensing hydraulics that reduce fuel consumption. Hyster has made similar improvements, leading to improved fuel efficiency, enhanced productivity, faster engine response and cleaner, quieter operations with reduced CO2 emissions. EP has placed focus on lithium-ion batteries to lower emissions. Lithium-ion batteries may be initially more expensive; however, they have proven to be more durable than lead-acid options, lasting up to four times longer.

If you are looking for a pallet truck for your warehouse, please get in touch and we’d be happy to talk you through the best option for your business.

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