There are many industries that use telescopic handlers, or telehandlers, and when a manager is considering purchasing a telehandler, there are a variety of very important decisions that need to be made. For example, these telehandlers come in assorted sizes, and one of the most important decisions that needs to be made is in selecting one that is neither too large nor too small for the jobs to be done – the wrong size could result in a disaster for any job. The challenge is in purchasing the right telehandler that will efficiently and effectively perform to expectations.
Items to Consider
Certainly the manager has to consider the budget in purchasing a telehandler, but purchasing the least expensive model is rarely the best option; neither is buying the most expensive model. Therefore, there are a number of points to consider, such as:
· Identifying the assorted types of jobs that the telehandler needs to perform. This is important because the right attachments must be selected to do the job – securing the wrong attachment can also result in disaster. Have a list of the jobs to be done and the seller can help identify the attachments which are needed and are most efficient for the job at hand.
· Determining if the materials are to be transported from the ground to an upper floor or upper shelf, or just moved from one end of the location to another.
· Identifying the maximum weight that the telehandler would have to transport.
· Determining the height that the telehandler must be able to support – this identifies the length and height that the boom can reach.
· The size of the area where the telehandler will be utilized must be considered – purchasing one that is too large can result in a disaster and a waste of money. One that is too small will be inefficient and will be unable to perform the jobs at hand.
Trained Operators are Essential
The telescopic handler is an exceptional tool that requires specialized training. There are a variety of training courses that provide licenses and certification to ensure that the operators are fully capable of operating the telehandler with a variety of attachments – and most importantly understand the safety precautions that must be taken. Allowing just anyone to operate one of these machines can risk serious injuries or death to other workers and untold damage to property. Improper use of this large piece of equipment wastes a huge amount of money each year because of accidents by untrained operators.
A good telehandler operator has the following:
· Certification and license from an approved training company.
· Practice and experience in using an assortment of telehandlers and attachments.
· Solid understanding of the right telehandler and attachment to perform the job.
· Understanding the ramifications of structural damage or mechanical failures in the telehandler, and how to identify these flaws to prevent accidents.
· Understanding of limitations for reach, height, and weight capacities of the various telehandlers, their booms, and attachments.
When the exact telehandler and accessories are purchased to perform the job, and a licensed, experienced operator is hired, the telehandler will perform perfectly and be the ideal solution for the task.