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Different Types of Lifting Equipment

Construction and similar industries use various types of lifting machines to transport heavy objects within a worksite. There is a wide range of equipment available, with different kinds of regulations applying to the various machines. Here are brief explainers for common types of lifting machines you can use for business or home building purposes:

1.     Winches

A winch is a small lifting machine that is commonly used for towing purposes. Winches are manually operated and can be used to move vehicles stuck in mud or shallow pits. Winches vary in size and functionality and there are a lot of sub types available for purchase.

2.     Forklifts

Also known as fork trucks, this is the most common type of short distance lifting machine. Fork trucks are a common sight at construction sites, home building sites, and even supermarkets. A fork truck has what’s called an encompassing zone. The machine is moved within this zone.

The zone also has a distribution centre for lifting and placing items. Fork trucks are widely used because these machines are excellent for lifting heavy and tall objects with relative ease and safety. Operating a fork truck is easy, but operators must have proper training in Australia. Experience is highly prized to ensure safety.

Fork trucks operate on fossil fuels or propane. This machine can be operated without much technical hurdles to overcome, unlike larger and more complicated lifting machines. A fork truck, though small, can lift up to 50 tons of weight.

Because of the relative small size of the equipment, a fork truck is one of the easiest to obtain lifting machines. Reliable forklift sales are readily available throughout Australia. These machines can be rented easily as well.

3.     Cranes

Cranes are used to lift massive and overwhelmingly heavy objects. Crane machines can hoist heavy objects to worksites located above ground. That’s why cranes are commonly seen at building construction sites.

A crane hoists heavy items with the assistance of a chain. These machines can be manually operated, but some modern cranes also have auto operation options. Cranes are available in different types for various purposes.

4.     Articulated Boom Lifts

Sometimes called knuckle lifts, a boom lift is advantageous above a crane because it allows users to get heavy items around obstacles. The boom lift turns in a full circle assisted by a turntable located at the base of the machine. These machines are commonly used to reach elevated spaces that cranes cannot usually reach.

Articulated boom lifts are used mainly for maintained tasks. These machines can work on most types of terrain, even uneven terrain, giving these an advantage over fork trucks and cranes.

5.     Scissor Lifts

Scissor lifts are a type of boom lift. These machines have cross braces that look similar to the cutting arms of a scissor, hence the name. The machine works by squeezing these braces together to move a heavy item upwards. Though scissor lifts are highly functional, these machines are limited in utility.

You can use any of the above machines to lift and move a very heavy object within a short distance. The heavy-duty usage can vary for each machine. Overall, you can expect to move large items with minimal strain. Once you have a better understanding of what different lifting machines can do, you can better follow safety and regulations protocols