types of loading dock lifts

Types of Loading Dock Lifts | Loading Dock Lift Benefits - Which is Right for Your Business?

There are many different models and types of loading dock lifts on the market today, making it confusing when choosing the right one for your facility. Let’s go over some dock lift basics to help with your decision process.

Benefits of Level Loading with a Dock Lift for Unloading Trucks

The two main advantages of using a dock lift to unload trucks are:

  • By using a dock lift, you are being safer than the alternative. It will protect both you and your goods.
  • Dock lifts can reach from the group level to all sizes of trucks ranging from low-step vans to large reefers. There is no vehicle size that dock lifts cannot service.

Which Loading Dock Lift Is Right For You?

1. Choose Between a Top-of-Ground Dock Lift vs a Pit Mounted / Recessed Lift

Top-of-Ground Dock Lift Advantages

These units can be mounted on any flat concrete slab (be aware that these units will sink into the blacktop during the summer) and require no pit work, which avoids the extra cost of the pit. Although the cost of a top-of-ground unit may seem more money than a recessed unit, it’s important to remember, that when the cost of pit construction is added to the equipment price, top-of-ground units can be competitive in pricing over the recessed unit.

Top-of-Ground dock lifts avoid drainage issues and potential interference with underground utilities.

You have the flexibility to move the unit later if you wish. You will just have to unbolt the unit and move it with no pit left behind to fill.

Capacities range from 4,000 lbs. up to 15,000 lbs.

Platform sizes range from 6’ X 6’ up to 8’ X 12’.

There are some reports of units servicing as many as 35 years.

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Recessed or Pit Mounted Dock Lift Advantages

These units are also called disappearing dock lifts.

Equipment costs for these units are less expensive than for top-of-ground units.

These units are mounted flush with surrounding surfaces so there is no obstacle to driving over traffic. This is important if you decide to mount your unit in a doorway.

Top of ground units have ramps that will transition loads from the platform to the ground level which can get tiring if heavy loads must be pushed up the ramps to put on the loading truck.

Standard capacities of recessed units rang up to 20,000 lbs.

Recessed units offer level loading for both ground level and truck height.

If these units are mounted within the face of docks, they will provide you with easy dock-to-ground access.

You have the flexibility to move the unit later if you wish. You will just have to unbolt the unit and move it with no pit left behind to fill. Capacities range from 4,000 lbs. up to 15,000 lbs. Platform sizes range from 6’ X 6’ up to 8’ X 12’. There are some reports of units servicing as many as 35 years.

2. Determine the Platform Size

The platform size will be determined by the type of transport equipment that will be used to load and unload your trucks. The minimum suggested platform width is 6’. You should always have at least 4” of clearance on each side of the widest load.

3. Understand Your Capacities

Lifting Capacity- once you have decided on a platform size, you’ll want to add the maximum weight of your goods being transferred + the weight of the transport equipment + the weight of an operator = your lifting capacity.

Axle Rating Capacity– most manufacturers have appropriate end load axle ratings for corresponding maximum lifting capacities, but there is always the danger that you have unusual equipment and/or if your application requires traveling over the side of the lift in anything other than the fully lowered position, there is a possibility that the axle rating is marginal. We suggest comparing the axle loads produced by your equipment vs the rating of the dock lift just to be safe.

Roll Over Capacity- This will only apply to recessed units and entails the maximum axle load allowed for vehicles driving over a fully lowered lift.

4. Power Units and Controls

The up-down controls must be controlled by the operator who is riding on the lift. Standard controls for most companies are NEMA 4 pushbuttons. They are typically mounted on straight cords or coil cords.

Security options include making the cords longer so they can be connected to boxes inside of secure buildings or mounted with twist lock plugs so they can be stored in secure areas until they are needed. In other instances, the handheld controls can be replaced with key lock pushbuttons that are mounted on the platforms.

Limit switches can be added to cause the lift to stop at a specific dock height. Power units on the top-of-ground units are typically mounted on the lifts and then covered with weather protection.

Recessed lifts usually have remote power units that are mounted inside buildings, but you can order weather covers for outdoor mounting.

 Oil emersion heathers are important options for power units that will be exposed to cold winter outdoor temperatures.

5. Bridges

Bridge size is dictated by the gap from the lift to the back of the truck bed which is determined by the location of the bumpers or bollards that are used to stock the truck’s progression toward the lift. You should have a 4” to 6” extension onto the truck bed.

When you have a lift inside a building with a wall between the lift and the truck, the bridge can rest against a wear strip on the wall and then will automatically reach into the truck as the lift is elevated and retract as the lift is lowered. These bridges typically are very long, but because no one needs to handle them, the extra weight is not a concern.

Bridge weight is dependent on both length and capacity. Usually, manually operated bridge weight is a concern when the bridge reaches 24” or longer. There are options to mitigate bridge weight by splitting the bridges into two sections, aluminum bridges or hydraulically operated bridges with push-button controls.

6. Other Options

Other options include special paint finishes, special platform surfaces, wheel chocks, hydraulic fluids, dates, and more!

If you are looking for a great solution for your dock lift or other dock equipment, Speed-Tech Equipment has some great products for you! We carry both the DOCK-LIFT series and the MAST-GUIDE series for dock lifts. Both are manufactured by Nordock Inc. and are both reliable & dependable! If you are confused about the different Types of Loading Dock Lifts and which would best suit your business please reach out to our team today! We’re happy to discuss options with you. 

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What to Do When Your Loading Dock Door Gets Stuck

A loading dock door that is not working correctly will affect the security and functionality of any warehouse operations. An inoperable loading dock door compromises loading dock safety and leaves the warehouse at risk for theft or damage.

Before trying to find a solution to fix your loading dock door, you need to figure out the cause of the door being stuck in the open or closed position. Let’s go over some common problems that can cause a warehouse loading dock door to stop operating efficiently and how to fix the issue.

Power Disconnection

If your loading dock is powered by electricity, then a lack of energy may be causing your door to not open or close. Your warehouse’s main power unit may be the issue or the electrical wiring to the dock door is damaged or disconnected.

Damaged Dock Door Panel Section

Break-ins or vandalism, or core and edge damage can also be factors that play a part in your loading dock door not operating correctly. Since most loading dock doors have sections, it’s sometimes possible to only need to fix the damaged section rather than the whole entire dock door.

However, you should have a professional inspect the door for any damage to ensure the warehouse dock door is safe and secure. It may seem cost-effective to only replace the damaged section, but it might not prolong the life of your dock door for very long. Yes, replacing the missing or damaged dock door is cost-effective, but in the case of break-ins, purchasing a new loading dock door may be the safest option.

Obstructions or Damaged Door Dock Parts

Leaves, dust, dirt, and other debris caught inside the tracks or wheels can jam your loading dock door. Any type of excessive buildup of grime or lack of wheel lubrication will cause the rollers to pop out of the tracks.

Another common issue is the wearing out of the loading dock equipment. The components of industrial door can start to rust or become inflexible. The spring systems in your door will also go through heavy wear and tear and can give out or completely break. Best practices include having your dock doors visually inspected regularly for any obstructions and to evaluate the condition of the worn or damaged parts which need to be replaced.

Misalignment on Tracks

There are many ways that your loading dock door can become misaligned on the tracks. The metal tracks could become corroded or loose and come off the wall, or they could be dented or warped from experienced damage after being hit.

The worst way to try and fix the problem is by forcing the dock door back onto the tracks. It will lead to more costly damage and cause serious injuries to workers. Even if the issue seems minor and could be an easy fix, getting the loading dock door back on the tracks once it’s been removed is a difficult task.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional loading dock door repair service to make sure the problem is resolved safely.

Loading dock safety is very important when performing daily warehouse operations. When your loading docks experience frequent abuse, they’ll wear out faster and lead to major repairs and replacement costs.

Improving the longevity of your loading dock door through routine inspections and following the suggested preventative maintenance plan can help ensure your door is functioning properly- saving you some money and avoiding the risk of serious injuries. If you’re in need of loading dock door repairs or loading dock equipment contact the Speed-Tech service department today!

Service Needs for a Commercial Trash Compactor

Service Needs for a Commercial Trash Compactor

 Your commercial trash compactors are a great investment for your businesses that generate a large volume of recycling materials and/or waste. By crushing and compressing waste, there are fewer hauls required which lowers your collection and transportation costs for your recycled materials.

Your commercial trash compactor works hard and is used on a regular basis in all kinds of extreme environments. And like all heavy equipment, there are hydraulic systems, switches, controls, and electrical systems-also a constant abrasion of metal against metal. Because of all of these factors, commercial trash compactors may need repairs and maintenance checks from time to time to make sure everything is working properly.

Let’s go over some common services needs for commercial trash compactors.

1. Loud / Strange Noises

This is one of the most common problems that result in your commercial trash compactor needed service. You probably already know that commercial trash compactors are already loud machinery, to begin with. However, if the noises coming from your machine become strange or even louder than normal, then there could be a bigger problem with the compactor that requires attention. The causes behind this situation could be several, that is why it is recommended to get your machine checked out by a service professional.

2. The Ram Won't Move

The ram is a key part of the compactor. It is responsible for compacting the materials inside the machinery so it must operate correctly for the compactor to run efficiently. If this is not happening, then there could be a number of issues with different parts of the compactor. For example, the power nut, directional switch, or driver gear. A recycling equipment repair company will be able to inspect and find the cause behind this problem.

3. The Compactor Doesn't Turn On

This is another common issue with your compactor that will require servicing. Sometimes the cause behind this issue is as simple as fixing a power cord or circuit breaker. However, it could also be an issue with the drive motor and directional switch.

4. The Compactor Won't Stop

Once the cycle is complete, your compactor should come to a complete stop. It should not continue running after compacting all the materials inside. However, sometimes the compactor will continue to run even after the session is complete. If this happens, you will want to inspect the start switch and the directional switch on the compactor. If the problem continues, then you should take it in to get inspected.

5. The Compactor Won't Stay On

The commercial trash compactor must stay powered on throughout the whole cycle in order to be completed. If it turns off at any point in the cycle, then it could cause issues as the materials won’t be compacted all the way through. If this occurs, it’s highly recommended to get in contact with a professional compactor repair specialist. These individuals will have the necessary equipment, experience, and tools to repair your compactor in an efficient and timely manner.

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Speed Tech Equipment is a provider of recycling equipment, based in Hudsonville, Michigan. We sell and service every piece of equipment necessary. Everything from balers to compactors, to Shredders and Conveyors. We also offer recycling equipment parts and expert service throughout Michigan and parts of Indiana and Ohio.

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Difference Between Mechanical and Hydraulic Dock Levelers

Simply put, a dock leveler (also known as a dock plate) is a bridge that covers the gap between and building/facility and the transport vehicle, protecting both, your products and building during the loading/unloading process.

It’s important to understand the differences between these two dock plates, if chosen properly, it will be a long-term investment that will help improve the productivity of your business while also taking care of your goods.

Hydraulic Dock Leveler

Powered Dock Leveler

The hydraulic dock levelers are the easiest and most convenient to operate since they don’t require the operator to do any of the manual work, he/she will simply use the control panel to engage to the correct height and align with the trailer bed properly.

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Hydraulic Dock Leveler Features

Is started by a push of a button

The push-button controls the height of the leveler and extends the lip

As the buttons are released, the platform then floats down to the trailer floor

Tends to operate in a range between 12 inches below and 12 inches above the level of the dock

Normal operations don’t require pulling a chain

When loading is complete, the operator will push a button to return the leveler to its stored position

Ergonomically efficient and easier for workers since there is no bending and chain pulling, resulting in a lower chance of injury

Hydraulic leveler consists of one motor, two cylinders, and hoses

Mechanical Dock Leveler

Manual Dock Plates

Mechanical dock levelers demand manual effort from the operator due to the mechanical parts. The operator will pull a chain to position the leveler onto the trailer and must use body weight and force to move the leveler down onto the trailer bed once it’s in the correct position and the lip is extended.

The mechanical dock leveler is your best option if you’re not planning to use it frequently during the day and if there’s low dock traffic and the loading dock supports operations but is not integral for daily tasks.

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Mechanical Dock Leveler Features

Is spring-powered, requiring manual activation

Must be positioned onto a trailer first by pulling a chain which sets the “hold down” system free, letting the platform rise and the lip extend.

The operator will then walk onto the platform and use bodyweight to lower the leveler onto the trailer bed.

If the trailer is below the dock height, the operator will then pull a second chain in order to retract the support legs- this allows the platform to be positioned below the deck.

The ergonomics of a mechanical dock leveler are less efficient than a hydraulic one.

The mechanical dock leveler has springs, hold downs, lip latches, and other moving parts. These parts are consistently under pressure which causes them to have a more frequent replacement, particularly of the leveler’s springs.

Mechanical springs have heat/cold sensitivy, they expand in the heat and contract in the cold- requiring consistent adjustments.

Hydraulic cs Mechanical Dock Leveler Investment Cost

The initial investment of a hydraulic dock leveler will be more expensive. However, mechanical dock levelers usually have a higher cost of operation because of the various parts that are under tension constantly. Therefore, this will generate more repairs and higher maintenance fees, parts replacements, and downtime in the long run.

Breaking down the cost of life will help you make the best decision for your business. Consider the capital cost of the dock leveler, the approximate cost of maintenance, and the service fees. In the long run, a hydraulic dock leveler will typically have the lowest cost of living, but if you are only planning for the short-term, then a mechanical dock leveler may be a better option for you.

Still unsure which dock leveler is best suited for your business? Talk with one of our experts to help you decide which is the best option for you!

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Baler Maintenance Tips

Baler Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Machine Running Top Notch

Today, balers are one of the most frequently used machines for commercial recycling. These machines are found everywhere from retail businesses to industrial waste management facilities.  When compacting various forms of waste, the baler allows for much easier recycling efforts which helps simplify the processing and transportation of a company’s waste.

Of course, like all industrial equipment, balers are prone to wear and tear along the way, especially if you are not operating them properly. In fact, there are various bad equipment habits that may cause your baler to need repairs more often than normal. Let’s talk about some baler maintenance tips that can help prolong the life and efficiency of your baler.

Regularly Clean the Baler

Ensure that when operating your baler is has been cleaned. A lot of debris, dust, and grime accumulate in the baler that can cause damage to the internal parts if left uncleaned. It is also important to keep the area around the baler free of waste to help prevent rodents and other buildup around the equipment that could cause further damage.

Dirt around the control console can lead to some issues, a build-up of dust can cause overheating of the motors and cooler, which can be an expensive repair or replace. With that being said, take time to clean away any dust each day while conducting deeper cleans weekly, monthly, and quarterly.

Baler Maintenance Tips

Keep Up on Preventative Maintenance

Another baler maintenance tip is to routinely check for preventative maintenance needs. Instead of waiting for parts to break down. Take the time to do minor maintenance over the weeks and months which will save you thousands of dollars in unnecessary repairs or replacements.

We recommend completing weekly, monthly, and yearly maintenance checks and repairs on your baler. Weekly maintenance should be top of mind in this regard, some examples of this are cleaning parts, avoiding dust build-ups, inspecting the oil and testing condition of the power unit.

Always Check Your Oil

Baler operators should always be checking oil levels when cleaning the equipment. Oil is critical for a stable and safe operation making it extremely important to check this regularly to ensure no issues.

Changing your machinery’s oil only needs to be done every few years, although certain conditions, such as dust build-up, often mean the oil needs to be changed more frequently. Also, make sure to note the oil temperature as this plays an important role in keeping your baler efficient and not slow.

Keep Up with Hydraulic Maintenance

The hydraulics are the driving force behind your baler, yet they tend to be overlooked and break down sooner than they should. Issues with baler hydraulics are a common issue due to the pressure and very high temperature they operate under, so make sure to check these regularly to ensure optimal performance.

For example, the baler’s hydraulic fluid levels should always be in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations, while also inspecting the oil around the hydraulics is also an important task. Lastly, having a lot of dust build-up may cause your machine to overheat sooner than necessary, so make sure to check around the hydraulics and clean when needed.

Speed-Tech Equipment is a provider of recycling equipment, based in Hudsonville, MI. We sell and service a variety of waste equipment including balers, compactors, loading docks, doors and seals, and MORE!  We may be located in Hudsonville, Michigan but can ship equipment nationwide!

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The Top 3 Materials Companies Should Be Recycling

Recycling efforts by many have come leaps and bounds in the recent years but we still have some time to go to reverse the damage caused by decades of improper waste disposal. Most people are doing their part in taking time to sort and recycle their everyday goods and more and more people are purchasing eco-friendly products that are easier to recycle.

You might be surprised- many companies are not recycling as much as they should causing millions of tons of recyclable materials going to landfills across the country.

Let’s learn about the top 3 materials companies throw away but should be recycling.

Glass

Glass is one of the best materials to recycle, as it can be recycled infinitely, meaning no matter how many times it goes through the recycling process it will retain its quality. Therefore, whenever you have glass, it should always be recycled since it was an unlimited lifespan and can be used to create new glass.

Unfortunately, many companies out there are not practicing recycling glass as well as they should be, with the United States being one of the worst offenders. Companies in the United States are only recycling around 1/3 of glass waste, which is a fraction compared to what European companies are doing with about 90% of their glass is being recycled.

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Plastic

You hear about plastic waste all over the headlines, everybody knows and understands just how much of a problem it is for both companies and consumers yet just about 9% of all plastic discarded since 1950 has been recycled in the USA alone. That is a problem. Given much of this plastic waste comes from the difficulties of recycling the various types of plastics, such as plastic packaging which accounts for roughly 40% of all plastic products produced.

Typically, there are higher costs associated with the plastic recycling process, with the transportation, processing, and recycling making it less cost-efficient than other materials.

Food Waste

You would be surprised how many tons of food waste head off to the landfill sites in the United States, with companies accounting for a very large portion of this waste. Everything from unsold produce to half eaten food, companies across the country are throwing out food waste that can actually be recycled.

If companies were to recycle more food waste it would actually benefit them in the long run. If there was just a 20% reduction in food waste properly being thrown away, companies could save close to $2 billion per year!

In recent years, there has been a changed mindset around recycling food waste, with companies noticing just how much of a difference they can by changing their recycling practices.

The best way to recycle food waste is to compost it. Compost is a great resource than can help improve growth for vegetables, fruits, flowers, and even house plants. Creating a compost rather than throwing food in the trash has a big impact on the environment as we all know.

Other Materials that Should Always Be Recycled

  • Newspapers 
  • Mixed Paper- old documents, junk mail, etc. 
  • Glossy Magazines and Ads
  • Cardboard 
  • Paperboard
  • Plastic Drink Bottles
  • Plastic Drink Bottles 
  • Aluminum Cans 
  • Steel Cans
  • Glass Containers 

Benefits of Recycling

  • Reduces waste in landfills and incinerators 
  • Conserves natural resources- timber, water, minerals 
  • Prevents pollution
  • Saves Energy 
  • Creates jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States 
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Types of trash compactors

Types of Trash Compactors

There are many types of trash compactors that businesses use for different reasons. In general, compactors are used when a business generates large amounts of compactable material or has a limited space for the collection of material. Compactors can come in various shapes and sizes depending on their use. Some of the common trash compactors out there are stationary compactors, self-contained compactors, and vertical compactors. Which compactor is best for your business?

Self Contained Compactor

The self contained compactors are designed for wet waste, which makes them a great asset for locations that dispose of large amounts of food. Managing a restaurant, education center or office building that provides food services are all businesses that could benefit from a self contained compactor. These trash compactors have a loading chamber that rangers from 1-2 cubic yards with an attached receiver container that ranges from 10-30 cubic yards.

Once the receiver container is full, the container with compactor attached is picked up, taken away for disposal, and then returned and reconnected. A major application for this type of trash compactor is with large volumes of compactable wet waste.

Advantages of a Self Contained Compactor

These compactors are designed to be liquid tight to prevent leaks. Additionally, there are less odors with self-contained compactors, which is important if it is stored indoors. Rodents and insects will not be able to get to trash when in the container. Lastly, there are many self-contained compactors with a self-cleaning flushing feature of the user’s convenience.  

Vertical Compactor

This specific trash compactor is best used when a customer generates a large volume of waste materials and is limited with space for the collection of the materials. The materials that are collected with the vertical compactors are plastic, cardboard, paper, and some wet materials. The compactors are serviced by a front load truck and typically have 6 cubic yard or 8 cubic yard containers.

To load a vertical compactor, you will place the appropriate waste through the front doors and when it is full, use the compactor to press down the garbage to reduce the volume. You can have multiple containers kept on your site which decreases the frequency of your pick-ups.

Advantages of a Vertical Compactor

One obvious advantage to a vertical compactor is its size- they are relatively small and great for limited space. Their small footprint combined with the usefulness of the decreased garbage volume with their functionality of a larger stationary compactor make these a great advantage for your business!

Stationary Compactor

Stationary compactors or Breakaway Compactors include a ground-mounted compactor that is connected to a removable roll-off receiver container for collecting the waste material. It is larger than the vertical compactor and compresses bulky dry materials like plastic and cardboard. This type of compactor is generally used in high-volume waste settings such as hospitals, department stores, restaurants, or warehouses.

Stationary compactors are bolted to the ground, making them a permanent addition to the business. The compactor crushes the waste into the receiver box, one the receiver box is full, the container is hauled to a landfill to be emptied.

Advantages of a Stationary Compactor

This type of compactor is the best choice for businesses that produce large amounts of waste every day. It is larger than a vertical compactor allowing it to hold more waste. It also cuts down on waste volume and number of weekly pickups to empty container.

If you are still not sure which type of trash compactor is best for your business needs, contact us today and we can help find the right one for you!

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Baler Safety Tips

Baler Safety Tips- How to Avoid Injuries When Using a Baler

By following these baler safety tips for operating a baler, you will decrease the risk of baler-related injuries in your company.

Compacting and baling equipment reduce large amounts of solid waste to smaller, more manageable units by utilizing powered rams. These machines are typically used by manufacturing companies to compact and bale large amounts of scrap and waste materials such as paper, cotton, and metals. On the other hand, retail and service industries are using these machines for paper and cardboard boxes.

Compactors compress the waste material into containers for transport. While baling equipment is designed to compress material and produce a bale that can be handled and transported as a unit.

It is extremely important to understand that when powerful metal equipment such as balers are used incorrectly, series injuries can occur. However, the majority of the injuries are preventable if these safety tips are followed.

Training is Crucial

Waste and recycling balers are very easy to use, and they make businesses more efficient by compressing waste into dense compact blocks. However, like any commercial or industrial machinery, balers should only be operated by trained staff and secure conditions.

Training your staff is key and it is vital that the vendor provides you with thorough instruction on using the machine safely, appropriate duty of care, how to bale out, how to ready the machine, how to change the banding and other simple maintenance and cleaning steps.

Safety Tips for Using a Baler

  • Never operate a baler without safety training and supervision for beginning uses.
  • Place clear warning signs next to waste baler to keep staff notified of existence.
  • Wear proper protective gear such as safety glasses, gloves, goggles, ear plugs, hard hats, and steel-toed shoes.
  • Power down your baler when clearing jams. It is essential to disconnect the machine’s power supply to ensure baler will not reactivate once cleared.
  • Operators, remove key from switch when baler isn’t in use.
  • Before use, a proper inspection should be completed to highlight any potential safety issues.
  • Display clear warning signs and safety decals.
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Safety Tips for Baling Out

  • Make sure you are using the correct baler banding. Baler banding differs in length, width, breaking strength, material, and quality.
  • Free the bale-out area from obstruction and personnel before baling out.
  • Ensure all equipment for baling out such as a pallet or trolley is near by.

Workers and employers should always keep baler safety in mind. When powerful metal equipment such as these balers are used incorrectly, serious injuries- including crushing, amputation, and even death- can occur. Following the manufacturer’s safety recommendations along with proper training and regular inspections of your equipment will decrees with risks that are associated with balers. 

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Commercial Garage Doors

Types of Commercial Overhead Doors & Which is Right for Me?

If you are in the market for commercial garage doors, one important question to ask yourself is what will be their main function. Commercial garage doors do more than simply provide passage. They also provide access for storing equipment and vehicles, loading, and unloading materials, security, etc. There are many options out there that come in different shapes, sizes, and materials depending on what they are being used for.

Sectional doors, or sectional overhead doors, are a popular choice for commercial loading docks and spaces with similar purposes. The sectional door features vertical mounting and ceiling-secured door tracks along with a space-saving construction. Most of the sectional doors have feature advanced insulation and environmental control technology to ensure the space’s interior is pest and airborne particle free as well as temperature regulated. This style of overhead door is made of lighter materials for maximum flexibility. While they cost less, they only last a few years and require significant maintenance.

This is a great choice if you are in need of a heavy-duty overhead door capable of withstanding the elements.

Rolling doors are often used for security or weather protection, industrial and commercial doors (rolling steel and sectional) are thin but durable metal slatted doors that roll up and are stored in a coil. These doors are made with heavy material that is built to last the lifetime of the building. They require substantial side room and headroom, they are mounted to the face of the wall and supported by the vertical wall but require no connection to the ceiling.

These types of doors work well in warehouses and distribution centers and are perfect if you are dealing with limited space and security is a high priority.

The High performance doors are high speed, industrial doors with features geared towards specific industry applications such as retail, automotive, manufacturing, cold storage, and parking. They remain at top performance levels even in the harshest weather. The high performance doors help enhance workflow, lower energy costs, and ease safety and security concerns. They provide you with many years of worry-free performance and require very little maintenance, even in high-use areas. They are fast-moving and tight sealing for use in all environments.

Commercial High Performance Doors are a great fit for you if you are looking for high speed and durability while also considering low maintenance demands and a long life cycle.

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Hormann High Performance Doors

Here at Speed-Tech Equipment, we offer various options for your commercial garage door needs. We are a West Michigan Dealer for the Raynor Door Product Line  & Hormann High Performance Doors and have the right garage doors for your specific needs!

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Refurbished vs. New Equipment- What is Best for Your Business

Are you in the market for some new equipment? We know that making the investment for new equipment is not always feasible exactly when it is needed, not to mention it can also be very challenging to find the right piece of used machinery for your specific needs when the demand is there. Purchasing used machinery is the ideal alternative to buying brand new machinery or equipment, both of which typically come with a pretty hefty price tag. Although looking on the reverse end, purchasing used machinery can mean more maintenance as well as the risk of purchasing something that was not refurbished up to condition and safety standards.

Refurbished Equipment

What is refurbished equipment exactly? It is equipment that has been previously owned, inspected, and restored to a sellable condition. When you find yourself purchasing used machinery you can pocket savings that average 30 percent to 50 percent of the selling price for the same equipment in new condition and saving on the initial depreciation cost right when you walk off the lot.

A big key to successfully purchasing refurbished equipment is double and triple check how the vendor your purchased from defines “refurbished”. Did they dismantle the equipment and replace and parts that might have been too worn out? Did the company go through a thorough testing process after the equipment was reassembled to make sure that everything was working in great condition? Be sure to ask the right questions to the seller before jumping into a new purchase. Another thing to look for is if the vendor you are purchasing from has some experience in serving in your local community. Do they have good reviews online or has someone you know and trust referred them to you? This will give you an idea of their track record and if their products they are selling are good condition and safe for users.

Pros of Purchasing Refurbished Equipment

  • Purchase equipment at a lower cost
  • Depreciation Avoided
  • Holds better value
  • Get your equipment right when you need it
  • Enjoy lower insurance costs
  • Increases flexibility for other avenues where revenue is needed
  • Availability of equipment- greater selection
  • Cons of Purchasing Refurbished Equipment

  • Possible poor condition
  • Possible subpar safety
  • High repair costs if something breaks
  • No warranty
  • New Equipment

    New equipment is just that! The latest and greatest model. The equipment will be more efficient, have all the bells and whistles including all the safety and comfort features. Also, you have a lower risk of breakdowns and repairs. With all of that comes a price, and the price tends to be a very pretty penny. But with that pretty penny comes a peace of mind about the equipment’s history, use, or current state. You won’t have to be worried about starting your machine in the morning, if it’s going to work all day or if it’s safe for your employees to use.

    Another key here is to check into the company you are purchasing from. Make sure they are reliable, have been in the industry for some time, and check their reviews! What people say about them will give you great insight on what they’re selling and their customer service.

    refurbished machinery

    Pros of Purchasing New Equipment

  • Purchase the exact model you want that is tailored to your business needs
  • Repair costs are very low for a longer amount of time
  • Warranties to cover unexpected costs
  • Shows company’s professionalism
  • Enjoy lower insurance costs
  • Greater technology
  • Tax advantages
  • Cons of Purchasing New Equipment

  • Upfront costs are costly
  • High depreciation cost upfront
  • Return on investment
  • Long wait times to receive equipment- could be damaging to business
  • All things considered, buying used machinery makes more financial sense, it offers a greater return on investment, and you have access to a greater selection with availability. When purchasing new equipment, you are putting more money into it but you don’t have to worry about repair costs or safety and you’re offered warranties to keep them up to date and reliable for your company. Not to mention the tax advantages that come with it!

    Speed-Tech Equipment sells new and refurbished equipment, so whatever you’re looking for- we can help! Before you make a decision on which process is best for your needs, contact us to see how we can help!

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