Choosing The Right Lift Equipment For The Job

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When you're planning a job that requires lift equipment - whether at home or at work - it's vital that you choose the right lift for the job. How high must you reach? Are you personally working at height or do you need to bring down items from above? In this article, I'm going to help you decide which piece of equipment is right for you and things you should keep in mind when you're choosing the lift for the job.

Power or Manual

Firstly, you should know the surroundings of the job to decide which piece of equipment should be used. Will it be better to use a powered lifting device such as an electric hoist or a manual lifting device such as a chain block? Sometimes power is not available in the location, or using power may pose danger to the workers involved. If that is the case, you will want to use a manual lifting device.

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These devices are usually cheaper to buy and have no running costs, but a powered device will definitely allow you to complete the job faster and more efficiently with very little effort on the part of the workers.


This should really be your top priority when choosing lift equipment. You should always ensure that the maximum lifting capacity of the equipment is more than capable of lifting any loads you require. If you have loads that are around the 250kg mark, then you should be sure to rent equipment that is able to lift 500kg or more. This will give you some leeway for any errors that may occur when calculating the weight of your loads.

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The last thing you want to do is overload your equipment which can lead to serious injury or worse. Always try to anticipate the heaviest load that you have and are likely to lift, then choose equipment that has a lift capacity rating far above that. It may be a bit more expensive to rent or buy equipment with a higher load rating, but it will save you money in the long run on broken equipment, down time and potential lost time incidents. The last thing you want to do is rent or buy all of the equipment for the job, only to find out that it's simply not powerful enough for the work you need to do.  


Again, you should look at the area where the job is to be completed. How much space do you have to maneuver a large piece of equipment like a forklift or a scissor lift? Don't just look at the floor space either, also look at the headroom that you and your workers will have available. These machines are high, even at their lowest settings so make sure that you have enough clearance before starting the job. If you're planning to use a Jib Crane, it will need to be mounted somewhere so you'll have to make sure that there is a stable enough structure nearby to mount the crane. The structure will have to be able to bear the weight of the crane as well as any loads that will be lifted.

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If you're using a forklift or scissor lift, there should be enough room to at least pull in and back out, ideally you will have enough room to turn around and maneuver freely.


If you have a job that is to be completed over a long period of time, such as a machine build or construction work, will you have enough space to store your equipment when it's not in use? How often will you be using the equipment and is it worth it to store it on site, or only rent it when you need it? If your lift equipment is going to be used frequently, then you should probably rent it long-term and make sure you have the best equipment possible.

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In Conclusion

The success and efficiency of your individual jobs, as well as the safety of you and your workers will depend on choosing the appropriate equipment for each and every job. This is why careful consideration will always be needed before purchasing or renting any equipment. Don't cut corners, look for shortcuts or go for the bare minimum. It's never recommended that you rent equipment that is close to the maximum capacity of your intended loads. If you're every in doubt about what equipment to use, feel free to contact us and we'll help you decide. We will always help you to get the best deal while keeping your workplace as safe as possible.

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  • Posted on   09/19/16 at 02:42:34 PM   by Nick  | 
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