Is Forklift Hire Right For Your Business

There is no doubt that forklift hire has plenty of benefits, but they do vary from industry to industry and business to business within those industries.  We wanted to summarise the main points to consider when thinking is forklift hire right for your business. Forklift hire benefits for your business Financially Capital gain is realized when your existing equipment is purchase turning assets into cash.  Forklift hire charges are part of your operating costs and therefore are 100% tax-deductible in Australia. Lines of credit are enhanced as rental payments are not required to be shown as liabilities on financial statements. Costs are controlled with hire fees established upfront which incorporate repair and maintenance costs facilitating accurate budgeting. Productivity Availability of equipment is guaranteed with replacement equipment supplied at no additional costs, in instances of equipment failure. Flexibility can be built into any forklift hire management…
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Getting a Forklift Licence – Everything You Need To Know

Forklifts are a dangerous piece of machinery which can cause serious accidents at the wheel of inexperienced and untrained drivers. This can leave you and your business open to liability.  Proper forklift licensing and training can prevent such events from occurring by ensuring that forklift drivers know how to operate forklifts safely around the worksite.  In this article, we will cover of what you need to know to get your forklift licence. Why get a forklift licence Inexperience forklift drivers run the risk of causing: Loss of life Serious injuries to employees Expensive damage to workplace equipment and to the forklift itself Damage to your business’ reputation What you need to get a licence To be eligible, a person must: Be at least 18 years of age Use English as the primary language, or is highly competent in the English language. Provide 100 points of ID including a current Australian driver’s license, birth certificate, passport etc. …
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Pallet Jacks – The Forgotten Materials Handling Equipment

One of the most common but neglected materials handling piece of equipment is pallet Jacks.  It's always that one piece of equipment that gets thrown around mistreated and neglected while having to handle its fair burden of work, moving equipment around a business floor. It goes by many names, the pallet jack, pallet truck, pallet lifter, the jigger, the pallet pump, just to name a few. The two different types of pallet jacks Manual Pallet Jacks The manual pallet jack, is simply that a manual operated hydraulic pallet jack. It is manoeuvred under a load (usually a pallet) the lift mechanism is pumped a few times to raise the legs, and then the pallet pulled or pushed around by an operator using the pallet handle. Advantages They are cheap to buy You can buy a manual pallet jack for under $500 plus GST 12 Months Warranty - most pallet jack sells will offer a standard 12 months warranty on equipment failure. This gives you peace of mind if anything goes wr…
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Earthmoving Equipment Standards in Australia

Earthmoving equipment just like any other plant and machinery in Australia.  They are designed, manufactured and governed by Australian Standards. What are Australian Standards? Standards are voluntary documents that set out specifications, procedures and guidelines.  The aim is to ensure products, services, and systems are safe, consistent, and reliable. They cover a variety of subjects, including consumer products and services, the environment, construction, energy and water utilities, and more. To ensure they keep pace with new technologies, standards are regularly reviewed by Standards Australia technical committees. There are three categories of standards: International Standards Regional Standards National Standards How do Australian standards affect Earth Moving Equipment? With workplace health and safety standards laws and penalties, there is no excuse for any business employee or owner to not beware of their obligations. Earthmoving equ…
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Are Rent To Buy Schemes Right For Your Business?

There are so many different ways for a business to fund and own plant and machinery. Rent to buy schemes have become one of the most popular ways for a small to medium-size business owner to buy and own plant and machinery. How rent to buy schemes work? Equipment dealers and finances are marketing rent to buy finance schemes under various different terminologies. Rent to Buy Rent then own Rental to own it Rent then keep it Rent then own it Just to name a few.  They also have some different mechanics of loan structure to, depending on what you are looking to purchase. When it specifically comes to plant and machinery or material handling equipment, rent to buy schemes very similar to an operating lease. You rent a new or pre-used piece of machinery for an agreed period of time.  Then you make regular rental payments, for example, every month over 5 years. You are not hiring the goods but you are making a commitment to buy them. At the end of the r…
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5 Tips For Buying Used Forklifts

Buying second-hand forklifts or as they are commonly referred to as used forklifts just like any piece of plant and machinery is a great way to save business capital and extended the effective life of the forklift.  If you are buying used forklifts for your business, there are some simple tips to follow to ensure you get the best value for your money. 5 tips for buying used forklifts can save your business money Know your lifting capacities If you have ten different manufacturer brand 2500 kg capacity used forklifts lined up in a row.  They will all lift the same weight to the same height of 3000 mm.  When you want to lift over a standard height, capacities can vary greatly. So you need to know the weight and dimensions of the load you are wanting to lift. Remember that a standard Chep pallet is rated at 2000 kgs WWL in Australia. TIP - If you are wanting to lift odd loads to different heights, make sure the used forklift you buy is rated to lift what you want. …
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Do I need a High Risk Work Licence for a Vertical Lift ?

Over the years there have been so many changes to the licencing requirements on plant and machinery, it can be hard to keep up.  Vertical Lifts are a subcategory of Elevating Work Platforms (EWP's) and come with their own licensing requirements. Vertical lift licence requirements do have to be confusing.

The simple answer to, do I need a high-risk work licence for a vertical lift ?  is NO you don’t need one.

Let’s take a deeper look at it.

Vertical Lift licence requirements

Boom tyre elevating work platforms (where the length of the boom is 11 metres or more) means a telescoping device, the hinged device of the articulated device, or any combination of these, used to support a platform on which personnel, equipment and materials may be elevated.

A high-risk work licence is required if the boom lifts have the capacity to extend 11 metres or above.

What is a Vertical Lift

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