If you are into the glass installation business, transporting glasses between sites can be extremely tedious without the right equipment. With glass moving equipment, you can ensure that the glass delivery occurs safely. However, lifting equipment comes in a variety of types, styles and sizes, complicating the decision-making. If you are working all-season, finding a piece of lifting equipment designed for an all-weather serving purpose is the best. When it comes to picking an on-site or in-shop glass lifting machinery, things can turn topsy turvy when you overlook the safety factor. So, here is a list of summed up factors to look at before you buy lifting equipment for your installation business.
There are more than 395,300 construction businesses in Australia. So, whether you install glasses to shops or construction sites or manufacture and supply glasses to retailers, a glass lifter is highly essential. Considering the safety of the product and the glass handler, here are some factors to consider to land on the right choice:
1. The size
Though considering the size of any machinery before moving is obvious, many go wrong here. With glass lifters, you will have to jot down the size and dimensions of the glass and other materials you will be accommodating into the lifter. Once you have done this, proceed by taking the average of the figure arrived at. It will give you a basic idea of what size best suits your needs. However, when you arrive at the size, ensure to consider all the dimensions. After all, you will not want a lifter that can fit your tall glasses but not have enough space for its width.
2. The operational weight
Operational weight refers to the weight of the equipment. When it comes to lifters and trailers, it is always best to choose lightweight over huge operational weight. This is because, when you go with a lifter with a heavy tare weight, the lifts along with the glass can turn heavier. Also, machines with higher operational weights often tend to be huge. As a result, moving the lifters in and out of narrow spaces and other on-site locations can become tricky. Thus, the thumb rule is to pick glass lifters with minimal operational weight and maximum lift capacity.
3. The types
With a glass lifter, you will have two primary types. Firstly, the hydraulic glass lifters. These can become a little tricky to use if you are into installing glasses as well. This is because most hydraulic lifters come with in-built valves that open and close at regular intervals. Though this feature sounds good for transporting the glass, it often reduces appropriateness and location precision during installations. On the flip side, non-hydraulic lifters do not have such hydraulic valves and keep the glass away from any movements that can cause it to slip or fall during an installation.
4. Additional features
When it comes to additional features, the first factor to look for is the design. Always check if the glass moving equipment can work outdoors and is specially designed for working in rough environments and flooring. Alternatively, you can make a quick choice between indoor and outdoor lifters. Other features include hoses, clamps, connectors and details on the machine to have a check on the quality. If you are ready to invest extra, you can also check out the after services the brand offers.