Different types of materials and heavy duty attachment parts are required for the construction process. Construction work demands the movement of materials such as rock, debris, dirt, trees, shrubs, soil, etc. from one place to another. This is why it can also be referred to as a material handling process. Typically, different materials are moved onto the site area for the construction process.
For specific types of material handling activities, there are purpose-built machines such as dozers, cranes, scrapers and excavators for earthmoving, scrap handlers and forestry equipment to name a few. Material handling is actually a broad term as there are machines specifically designed for moving materials around warehouses, storage facilities and job sites.
Let’s take a look at various material handling equipment, attachment parts and the resultant systems as a whole:
Typical truck-mount cranes are set up on the chassis of commercial trucks. To power the crane for its operation, the truck’s engine is used. These cranes cost less than an all-terrain crane or truck crane and they come with fixed operator control stations. There are certain models where the cab swings with the crane.
The best part about truck-mounted cranes is that they can travel safely at highway speeds. To carry any additional counterweights or boom extensions, some of the larger units may require separate transport arrangements. The smaller and mid-range models generally carry boom, jib and counterweight on board. Truck-mounted cranes should not be taken onto undeveloped job sites unless the roads and work platforms are good.
The vertical mast rough-terrain forklift was once the principal jobsite material handler. There are three categories in the family of rough-terrain forklifts, viz., the vertical mast type , the variable reach type and the transportable vertical mast reach type. Today, the most common type of forklift used on the jobsite is the variable type. This type of forklift is normally marketed under a variety of different names such as shooting boom forklift, telehandler, material handler, and it’s also available in a tool-carrier version. To handle an array of attachment parts, the tool-carrier rendition indicates that the machine is equipped with a quick coupler and has been engineered. Which means that the entire setup is well-balanced to accommodate the additional weight of the coupler and attachment parts.
For loading and unloading flatbed trailers and for placing loads several stories up, the telescopic handlers are excellent. They can also place loads in difficult-to-reach places on the job site because of their reach. Most manufacturers offer a broad selection of attachment parts that make these machines versatile material handlers. However, most telescopic handlers come with forks.
Backhoe loaders are designed for digging and loading which makes them great material handlers. The tool-carrier design has been recently applied to these machines as well as others. The result is a very flexible material handler. Initially these machine were used on the farm, however it didn’t take long for them to become a major piece of equipment for construction purposes.
Hydraulic excavators have become adaptable to many material handling applications through quicker coupler systems and a wide array of heavy duty attachment parts. When you think of hydraulic excavators, remember that this family of machines include mini excavators, compact excavators, zero tail swing machines, and rubber-tired machines. The rubber-tired excavator is a very adaptable material handler.
There are many other heavy duty attachment parts used as material handling equipment. Integrated tool-carriers and quick-coupler-equipped wheel loaders perform similar tasks. However, the tool-carrier is designed and engineered to be a multi-purpose work tool work platform – power source. Moreover, there are many heavy duty attachment parts such as – buckets, lifting arms, fork attachments, hooks, etc. available for heavy duty equipment, trucks, tractors, and skid steers. If you’re looking to buy a material handling equipment or heavy duty attachment parts for your construction needs, check our online inventory or get in touch with us to know more about material handling equipment, systems and different attachment parts.