- July 10, 2020
- By: Aerial Platforms Carlisle
- in: News
Selecting a machine that is too big for your requirements may not seem like a big deal at first but in reality, rather than allowing you to complete the task at hand, it may actually restrict your access unnecessarily.
This is most relevant when working in confined spaces such as indoors – more specifically in narrow hallways.
In these situations, a small low level access or light weight scissor lift would be the most effective option.
On the other hand, selecting a machine that is too small for your requirements may extend your project timeline unnecessarily because it takes longer to complete the tasks you need to get done. The first thing that comes to mind with this is the obvious working height requirement however it’s also important to consider other factors such as the size of the platform deck. If this is too small then it may mean you have to make multiple trips up and down to collect materials that could be taken up in one lift with a bigger deck.
If working on rough or uneven ground, its important to consider the type of tyres your machine has and whether they will be suitable for the ground conditions.
If you expect the site to become crowded with materials and other equipment it may be worth looking for a machine that offers multiple steering modes such as front wheel, back wheel and crab.
Another important factor that needs to be considered when choosing the best machine for your job is how long you will need to use the machine for. If you want to make sure you have enough power to last a full day then a diesel machine might be a better option over electric however if you are working inside then a diesel-powered machine might not be viable. In these cases there are also machines that utilise hybrid and bi-energy power to run.
Other things to consider when choosing a machine:
-What conditions are you working in
-What are the ground conditions like
-Are there any restrictions
-What is the height required
-Will you need to get up and over an obstacle or just straight up
-Have you considered external factors such as road access, noise regulations etc
-A lot of these questions cam be answered with the help of a site survey completed by one of our trained industry-experts.