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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.

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    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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    Advantages to Having Mobile Onsite Equipment Repair at Your Fingertips

    Explore More Repair Options for Your Business

    When you run a business that heavily relies on machines you obviously understand how beneficial they can be for operations. On the flip side, when machines go down it can take a huge toll on your business. It’s important now more than ever before to have processes in place to keep your business running as smoothly as possible with the least amount of down time – and we’re here to help. Speed-tech Equipment offers mobile onsite repair at your fingertips in order to keep your company moving as best as possible.

    What is mobile onsite repair?

    Mobile onsite repair is just exactly what it sounds like, our team is mobile, we come to you and repair your machines onsite in your own building. This helps your business immensely when it comes to unexpected down time. We’ve all been in the position of inconvenience with a broken-down car, a popped tire, or keys locked in the house. It’s never a fun place to be and not only is it stressful but it can also be nerve-wracking and frustrating when we have places to be or things to do. It’s no different when it comes to your business and equipment.

    Advantages to using Speed-Techs mobile onsite equipment repair

    Less unexpected down time

    As we have stated before, one of the best things about mobile onsite repair is the reduction of time that you spend waiting for your equipment to be fixed. You call the team in and we can fix and adjust your machine right in the very place it stands. This is a huge advantage when it comes to the way your business runs. Less down time means more efficiency and the maximization of your dollars.

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    In-house labor and repair savings

    Obviously when you are working with someone else to fix your businesses machinery, there is cost that goes into that – but for many people this still becomes a savings. Hiring a professional that is out-of-house and has extensive experience working on equipment and machines will help cut down on the amount of time required to get you back up and running which can ultimately result in in-house savings when it comes to both labor and repair.

    Little to no effort required to get your machines back up and running

    Not only can you end up saving money by hiring a professional to get the job done quickly and well – but there is also a convenience factor in having onsite mobile repair. When your business utilizes a mobile repair team like ours, you will have little to no effort that is required when it comes to getting your business running smoothly. Many times, businesses are too busy to waste time transporting, waiting, or spending the time working on a machine that needs some help. Our mobile onsite repair service allows you to leave all of that behind and relax as we take care of everything for you.

    Mobile onsite equipment repair service is not only convenient for your business, but it can also save you money in the long run. There are many advantages to not having to worry about your broken-down equipment and we hope that you will decide to give our mobile repair services a try. Not only do we offer repair services, but we also have a wide range of other services that we offer including full equipment rebuilds, equipment installations, custom fabrications and more. 

    If you are interested in learning more about what we do and how we can help your business, please contact us today! Our team is happy to help you in any way that we can.

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    The Ultimate Guide to Loading Dock Equipment

    What Your Business Needs for A Fully Functioning Loading Dock

    Loading docks are a big part of many businesses today. They allow for the quick loading and unloading of products from one place to another. Loading docks generally have many moving parts that allow them to function seamlessly along with the team that is running them – but what are the actual moving parts within each loading dock? What equipment allows for each loading dock to be run smoothly. What equipment pieces are must-haves for your loading dock? Stay tuned! We want to talk about each crucial piece of equipment that is a part of a loading dock and what they do to ensure the smooth loading and unloading process.

    Loading Dock Leveler

    A loading dock leveler is a crucial piece of equipment for your loading dock. What is a loading dock leveler? A loading dock leveler is a piece of equipment that is put on the edge of your loading dock to, as the name states, level your loading dock. This equipment connects a truck that would back up to be loaded or unloaded to the stationary dock, and just serves as a sort of ramp that can be raised or lowered to connect the space between.

    Loading Dock Seals

    A loading dock seal is not a required piece of equipment for any loading dock but is an application that can be very beneficial for your operations. A dock seal is most simply a foam pad that is attached to your loading dock opening in order to seal any openings between a truck and the loading dock. A loading dock seal is great for places where weather is unpredictable and can easily affect the loading and unloading of products. We know that moisture can create dangerous conditions on a loading dock floor for anyone working in the area, a dock seal is a great way to minimize the elements coming in and affecting your operation. Not only does a dock seal help prevent

    Loading Dock Shelters

    Dock shelters provide a different kind of seal for loading docks. They also are not required and are generally fitted to the top and sides of a loading dock with a weighted curtain or piece of fabric hanging down or formed with a piece of fiberglass stays. This allows for trailers of any size to still have a strong seal while backed into the loading dock. Some dock shelters even are able to be adjusted by height with a rope or other form of adjustment. All in all loading dock shelters are a great way to control any outside elements from getting in while you are loading and unloading trucks that come in an out. They are similar to a dock seal but as they have progressed, they are better at not showing as much wear and tear with heavy daily use.

    Vehicle Restraints & Loading Dock Communications

    Vehicle restraints and loading dock communication often go hand in hand. Vehicle restraints are a safety measure that are highly recommended for loading docks. Simply speaking, they prevent a truck or vehicle from moving away from the dock while the loading or unloading process is happening. Vehicle restraints keep the vehicle secured safely to the loading dock so that work can commence safely. Many times dock communications in the form of lights will also accompany the vehicle restraints to let the drivers and workers both know the status of the truck as well as when it is safe to pull away or begin loading or unloading.

    Loading Dock Lifts

    Loading dock lifts can be used for a wide variety of applications to help your operations go more smoothly. In the resting position they are level with the ground, and then can be adjusted to the height of the truck or level that you need in order to move product from point A to point B. Not only can they be used for trucks but businesses will also use them to move product from one floor to another floor depending on the situation. Every loading dock lift has safety measures put into place for the use of t

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    Barrier Gates

    Barrier gates are a great safety measure for any loading dock that is not being used. A gate is stretched across the opening to allow the loading door to be open while keeping anyone inside from falling out. Because the door is open, there also is good airflow that is allowed into the building keeping fresh air flowing for everyone’s enjoyment – especially when the weather is nice.

    Loading Dock Bumpers

    Loading dock bumpers are a must if you have docks that are regularly in use. As named, they are a padded bumper that is attached to your dock in case the trailer hits the dock on any side. These pads will absorb any shock from hitting the dock in a case where the trailer isn’t backed in properly. These bumpers can prevent serious damage from occurring – especially in high traffic loading docks.

    If you have a business that utilized a loading dock, we hope that this information was helpful for you to know what options you have for your loading dock as well as what equipment you might want to keep your workers and drivers as safe as possible.

    If you are looking for any of the above equipment, please contact us today! Our representatives are happy to help you in any way that we can.

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    Benefits to Dock Communications for Your Business

    Dock communications are such an important part of your loading dock system. They are critical to keep your employees, and bystanders safe in one of the most dangerous areas of your business. An effective dock communication system will be clear and concise, allowing for simple and easy communication between the truck driver and loading dock personal. Most dock communication systems feature both a red and green bright light as well as a sign that easily reads from both straight on and through a mirror “Enter on green only”. What other benefits do dock communication systems have for businesses?

    Provides clear, simple, efficient, and effective communication

    This is crucial in the world of loading docks. Communication between the loading dock staff and truck drivers needs to be as clear as possible in order to avoid any accidents or damages. Because the red and green lights are fairly universal signs for stop and go, it easily allows the line of contact to be both efficient and effective to get the most amount of work done in the shortest amount of time. With clear contact both the loading dock employees and truck drivers can do their jobs quickly and smoothly.

    Increases safety and productivity

    Just to reiterate the point above, dock communication systems allow teams to work more safely and be more productive. Universally understood signs help to make sure that there is no miscommunication between any truck driver wanting to unload and the staff ready to receive the product. With unclear and miscommunication come accidents and inefficient processes.

    Reduces potential damage to trucks and loading dock equipment

    Keeping costs low as a company is important, and everyone knows that damaged equipment and items costs money. As a business move it’s smart to invest in safety features such as dock communication systems in order to save you money long term by reducing any potential damages that might occur to trucks, loading dock equipment, and more!

    As a business, it is important to keep your employees and everyone that comes onto your property safe, especially in an area with such high traffic like a loading dock. Safety measures such as dock communication systems can help your business achieve this with the least amount of supervision necessary. Keeping employees safe not only keeps your business safe but it also will help your company save money in the long haul.
    We here at Speed-Tech Equipment are proud to carry the Nordock DOK-COM communication system to help your business improve both safety and efficiency at your loading docks.

    Features

    Each system features red and green LED lights for optimum visuals, easy to see and understand visual signage, sun visors on the lights to prevent glare for users, and simple installation process.

    Standard Operation

    Before loading a truck, dock personnel check that the wheels are chocked then flip a switch on the inside light. The outside light will immediately turn from green to red and alternately the inside light will turn from red to green. After loading is complete the lights are switched back to red inside and green outside allowing the truck to leave the dock.

    Additional Options

    The DOK-COM also offers additional options such as photo eye or limit switch mounted on door or leveler for automatic light control, control panel with dock leveler and door interlocks with operator load function for leveler and inside green light control, and full logi-smart integrated panels to control communication lights.

    If you are interested in getting more information about getting a DOK-COM dock communications system from Speed-Tech Equipment, contact us today! Our staff is happy to help you in any way that we can.

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    3 Ways To Know It’s Time To Upgrade Your Equipment

    The continued development of equipment over the years has helped many businesses and people perform their jobs and services with increased efficiency, productivity, all the while saving money and manpower. If you are an individual or business that has benefited from the use of various equipment, you know how important it is to keep said equipment and machinery up and running to the best of its ability. But as you know, equipment always endures wear and tear, and there comes a time where maintenance is needed, parts are to be replaced, and upgrades are necessary to continue business as usual. When is the time right for you to upgrade your equipment? How can you know when the line has been crossed and a piece of equipment is no longer worth putting money into repairs, but you will be better off upgrading your old equipment?

    When Your Company Outgrows It

    One of the best ways to know that it’s time to upgrade your equipment is when your company outgrows it. This is a little bit of a grey area, but when the equipment no longer is serving its purpose it might be time to make the upgrade. This might mean that you have too much work that your equipment cannot keep up, or it could simply be that whatever equipment you have is just too small to keep up with the applications you are using it for. For example, if you have a trash compactor for your business, as you continue to grow your trash compactor will get to a point where you are just producing too much trash to use your compactor efficiently. If that is the case, you will want to consider investing in a larger compactor!

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    When Your Mechanic Recommends It

    Another good way that you can know if the time is approaching to upgrade or replace your equipment is to check in continually with your trusted mechanic during their routine maintenance sessions. An experienced mechanic will many times be able to spot issues or problems before they become actual issues or problems for you. No business wants to experience down time with a machine or piece of equipment that is out of order. A mechanic should be able to help you understand when your equipment is in need of replacement or an upgrade in order to keep your business running properly.

    When The Cost of Repairs Outweighs the Increase in Productivity

    Our last tip when it comes to knowing when it’s time to upgrade your equipment is a pretty practical one…it’s time to upgrade your equipment when the cost of equipment repairs outweighs the benefits of the piece of equipment. For example, in a very basic sense, if you are a business that owns a cardboard baler in order to simplify your recycling process but your average yearly cost to continue making repairs to the cardboard baler are more than what you are saving in terms of manpower and recycling costs, it’s likely time to make the upgrade for your business.

    Unfortunately, everything is not always black and white when it comes to the time to upgrade your equipment – but as a business, it’s important to always be thinking about the ways in which you can continue to grow as well as keep track of the things that might be holding you back.

    If you are interested and looking for more information on updating your businesses compactors, balers, loading dock equipment and more, feel free to contact us today. Our experienced staff and team is more than happy to walk you through how an upgrade can help you.

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    Everything You Need To Know About Loading Dock Rules

    OSHA Loading Dock Requirements for Better Loading Dock Fall Protection

    Loading docks are the hub for shipping and receiving for many businesses meaning that they are also a big source of profit for businesses. Because of all the hustle and bustle that happens on a loading dock there can be many dangers of working on and around them – there are various rules that both employers should implement, and employees should follow while near to loading docks to make sure that everyone is as safe as they can be. Of course there are some very general loading dock rules that everyone is expected to follow such as keeping floors clean, dry, and in good condition meaning that it’s important to clean up any trash or miscellaneous items that might find their way onto the floor where everyone is moving about as well as being alert to your surroundings including other vehicles, workers, and materials. But what about the less known loading dock rules, the ones that you might not know exist? The United States Department of Labor: Occupational Safety & Health Administration or OSHA doesn’t have very many CLEAR guidelines when it comes to loading dock requirements, but here is what we have found. OSHA states the biggest potential hazards when it comes to loading docks are “falling off the edge of the dock” and “skidding or slipping due to wet or icy conditions”

    Be sure to check through your individual state loading dock rules and regulations as well to ensure that you are making your workspace the safest that it can be. To help you get started thinking about some of the less thought of various concerns when it comes to your loading dock, we decided to put together a short list of rules to think about based on OSHA’s stated potential hazards so that you can make your loading dock a safe one.

    Keep a Lookout for Wet, or Slippery Floor Surfaces.

    Keeping a close eye out for any potentially slippery surfaces is important in the world of loading docks, just a little bit of water, or a small spill can drastically affect the people that are working on the floor. Spills or wetness can affect loading dock equipment such as forklifts making it challenging for them to drive or move.

    Clean Up All Spills Immediately

    If you do see any sort of spill, no matter if its water or something else, be sure to clean them up immediately so as not to cause any accidents.

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    Report And Take Caution With Any Rain or Water Leaks

    Reporting anything that is out of the ordinary is important when it comes to safety. Simple maintenance fixes should be reported as soon as they are recognized and dealt with accordingly! Be sure to talk to all employees about the importance of reporting any maintenance fixes, including and especially any leaks that might make your floor slippery or.

    Use Caution When Moving Dock Plates

    All employees should always use caution when it comes to working around machinery, loading docks, equipment, and other higher risk situations.

    Don't Run On or Around Loading Docks or Loading Dock Machinery (Fork Lifts, etc.)

    Remember to slow down when moving around your loading dock area – walking while you are on or around loading docks and loading dock equipment can prevent many accidents from happening, all you have to do is just use extra caution.

    Keep a Safe Distance from Loading Dock Edges

    Be sure to keep a safe distance from all loading dock edges in order to prevent any potential falls and keep yourself and other workers safe.

    Train All Employees to Use All Loading Dock Equipment Properly

    Training is a large part in keeping your business and loading dock area safe. Be sure to hold training sessions for all employees that covers how to properly use all loading dock equipment. Let all employees know the various risks and dangers as well as what rules and regulations you have put into place to keep them all safe.

    Use Hand, Head, Eye, and Ear Protection as Needed. (gloves, hats, glasses, etc.)

    Using proper protection can be a big help when it comes to working on the loading docks. Employers should always implement hand, head, eye, and ear protection regulations in order to keep all employees as safe as possible on and around the loading docks.

    Be sure to check your state regulations as you make rules for your company and loading dock personal. If you are looking for various loading dock accessories and parts, take a look at our different options and available parts here! Not seeing what you are looking for? Please contact us today! Our representatives would be happy to talk to you about what needs you might have!

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    How Does A Trash Compactor Work?

    If your business is trying to take care of your environment and reduce your footprint on the earth, you may have considered investing in a trash compactor. Trash compactors are a great way to spark a movement within your company to cut down on waste. Many times there are items that your business is throwing in the trash that can be recycled. This is the first place to begin! When you are more conscious to recycle the items that can be recycled, you automatically will be producing less waste.

    Waste by definition is both area that is not used as well as products or material that is eliminated or discarded. When using a regular trash can or dumpster there are many times large amounts of wasted space within it! When you do make the decision to move forward with a trash compactor you will all of the sudden begin to see savings not only in space used within your waste collector, but also on the end of the amount of trash pickups that are required resulting in a savings in gas as well as the amount of emissions caused by the trash pickup.

    How Do They Work?

    Now how do trash compactors work? If you make the decision to have one on your company property, it’s important that you understand how they work and exactly how you will be creating less waste. First we recommend to go through the manual of your specific compactor and read it entirely so that you understand your specific compactor well. Although all trash compactors and brands can and will be used differently, they all will generally work the same way. Generally speaking, a trash compactor functions with a large “ram” that compresses the trash down. The ram is a metal piece of that sits above the trash. The operator or user will load up the trash compactor with whatever applicable waste there is and once secured, will activate the ram and the compacting will begin. Trash compactors vary in size and ability but there are certain compactors that can and will hold up to one thousand gallons of waste! That’s a lot of trash! There are also various requirements as far as how you are to load and unload your trash compactor along with what items you should put in and in what order! Be sure to check your manufacturers handbook before you start using your compactor.

    Things That Should NOT Go Into A Commercial Trash Compactor

    Although there are many items that CAN be put into a trash compactor to help your company reduce it’s footprint, there are also items that definitely should NOT go into a trash compactor due to safety measures and other reasons.

    • Flammable & Explosive Materials
    • Chemicals
    • Glass & Wood
    • Batteries
    • Liquids
    • Food waste such as raw meat and fish, grapefruit rinds. 

    If your compactor is jammed or seems to be malfunctioning, call a professional with experience and knowledge to come and look at your compactor to see what might be the problem.

    Things That SHOULD Go Into A Commercial Trash Compactor

    There are tons of items that can and should go into your trash compactor to help you reduce your footprint, just be sure to follow your compactors manual in order to operate the machinery in the best way possible for your business and create the least amount of waste possible.

    • Household Trash including: paper, cans & bottles, plastic containers, wrappings and sweepings. 
    • Metal
    • Cardboard

    We have tons of quality used and new trash compactors that we would love to talk to you about. If you have questions about your compactor or are looking for a reputable company that can help you with your current compactor, please contact us today! Our representatives would be happy to talk to you about what needs you might have!

    How To Choose A Dock Leveler

    How To Choose A Dock Leveler

    Mechanical vs Hydraulic Dock Levelers

    Choosing the right dock levelers for your business and operations can seem like a daunting task for many. There are many factors to consider when it comes to finding a dock leveler that maximizes your company’s productivity as well as provides ease of operation for your business. Our company alone offers four various types of levelers to meet any person or business’ needs, and we recognize that it can be difficult to know which is the right fit for your company, so we wanted to provide you with a few points to consider when you are searching to choose the right dock leveler to add into your operations.
    The difference between mechanical and hydraulic is fairly simple, although depending on your business the differences can make or break your operation.

    Mechanical Dock Leveler

    A mechanical dock leveler does not require electricity. The mechanism functions by means of a pully and chain contraption. It’s a simple and has a more affordable upfront cost. Mechanical dock levelers do seem to be harder on your employees because they require them to bend and strain more in order to have the dock leveler function. To lower this type of dock leveler, you simply need to walk out on it, and the weight of yourself will lower it down to function.
    To See Our Mechanical Dock Leveler Options – Click Here!

    Hydraulic Dock Leveler

    A Hydraulic dock leveler is a longer lasting dock leveler that does not require as much effort on the side of the operator. These dock levelers feature controls that allow you to raise and lower the dock without any physical effort. The hydraulic dock leveler is going to be more costly up front, but will likely last longer.
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    What is best for you and your company?

    When you are beginning the process of finding a dock leveler for your operation it’s important to recognize your needs. What are you searching for in a leveler? What functionality do you need your dock leveler to have? It’s crucial to know what you want out of your leveler and what needs you are trying to meet with it in order to make a good decision for which leveler will be the best addition for your ventures. Some things that might help you discover your needs are things like signaling, various control features, safety elements, and capacity ability. Certain industries have various environments as well as requirements for their work flow to function, recognizing your industries needs will be the first step in narrowing down what you are looking for in a dock leveler.

    Once you have narrowed down each of the things that you need from your dock leveler, you’ll be able to think about other things such as maintenance costs. This is another important thing to consider when trying to find the right dock leveler for your business. Maintenance costs as well as lifespan vary between mechanical and hydraulic docks. A hydraulic dock leveler likely will cost more up front, but it’s been found that hydraulic dock levelers generally last longer than mechanical levelers which means that you more than likely will spend more maintaining and keeping up with your mechanical leveler.

    The last thing we encourage people to consider is going to be what environment is your leveler going to be a part of? Think about your loading dock environment that you are trying to put a dock leveler in. Is your business heavily refrigerated? How much space do you have? Do your products vary – do you need something that is widely versatile? Think about the environment that you are in, not only with your facility, but also with your product. This might help you make a more pointed decision of which dock leveler is going to best serve you as well as provide you with the best functionality and maximize your productivity.

    If you have questions about which dock leveler is right for you, contact us today! Our team has years of service with dock levelers and can help you decide which leveler is right for your company.

    The Benefits Of Preventive Maintenance For Your Compactors & Balers

    Machinery provides great advantages to businesses today – increasing productivity and reducing operating costs are just some of the many positive effects that it can have for a business. Although it can produce great returns, owning and operating a business with regularly running machines needs to be strategically thought through. Much like people, engineered objects are not invincible, compactors and balers will break and of course undergo regular wear and tear of use! Have you ever heard the old saying, “if it’s not broke, then don’t fix it?” this phrase is still religiously lived by for some business and machine owners. Baler and compactor preventive maintenance might seem like more work and more costly up front but we are here to tell you that it will create countless benefits for your company in the long haul. What are some of the benefits?

    “Preventive maintenance: Maintenance that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing. It is performed while the equipment is still working so that it does not break down unexpectedly."

    Operational Safety

    Operational safety should be at the top priority and goal of EVERY business. This means keeping your employees safe by creating a safe work environment, following safety rules, as well as keeping your equipment running safely. As you perform preventive maintenance on your compactors and balers you are taking the steps to regularly check and double check that they are running properly, and they do not have any alarming symptoms that might lead to a break down, or a dangerous situation for any of your employees. 

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    Reduced Maintenance Costs

    Any manager, owner, or business professional wants to keep costs down in order to make the most profit possible, right? By implementing baler and compactor preventive maintenance into your business model, it’s extremely likely that you will actually be reducing overall maintenance costs. The time and cost put into routinely checking through your compactors and balers will likely save you from needing to take the time and money to pay for a large broken-down machine. As you routinely check your balers and compactors, you will be replacing parts as they begin to wear, which will not only more than likely save you from a big breakdown where you need to replace multiple parts on top of losing production time!

    Decreased Down Time

    Decreasing your down time when a machine breaks is crucial to lowering your overall operations cost in the long term picture. Maintaining your balers and compactors regularly will likely result in less unexpected repairs and replacements – and when those unexpected times do come, there’s a bigger chance that the repair will not be as drastic as it could have been if the machine had not been under routine surveillance. That decrease in down time adds up over time not only making your business more efficient, but also more cost effective.

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    Operations Efficiency

    Operations efficiency can not only save you money, but it makes you MORE money. Machines obviously go through normal wear and tear, just like any other tangible object. The great thing about machines though, is that you can replace individual parts based on the wear and tear that they endure. As a compactor and baler gets older and has basic wear and tear, things won’t continue to work as fast and sometimes you will even see a noticeable change in the speed of operation. Replacing parts affecting the speed and productivity will keep up your efficiency while also preventing a breakdown that might leave you in a bad spot.

    Extend Machine Life

    Extending your machine life can sometimes be as easy as habitually checking your compactors and balers. If one piece of your machine fails or is failing; replacing the one part will likely prevent other parts from failing as a result of the first initial breaking piece. This in turn will begin to extend the life of the individual machine pieces, as well as raising the overall live expectancy of the machine.

    Running a compactor and baler in your everyday business operations requires a maintenance plan, in order to maximize your work. Not only do baler and compactor preventive maintenance plans help businesses save money and stay on top of operations, but it also contributes to a safe and secure work environment for your employees which goes a lot further than just making them feel valued – it will create a positive name and reputation for your company as well as the individuals who work there.
    So, if you do not practice preventive maintenance on your machines, you now know why it’s so important – but how do you begin to implement a plan after months, years, or decades of running your business the same way…with no routine maintenance? We suggest that you create a team of individuals to be responsible for overseeing the program. A good mix might be a to have a person from production, management, and maintenance. After your team has been formed we suggest that you make a plan of exactly which machines need to be checked when, how they need to be checked & what the best way is for that to happen. For example, you might want to make sure to check Baler A, B, & C’s electrical and hydraulics on the first of every other month because they are your oldest machines, then Compactor D & E every 6 months because they don’t get used quite as often and don’t have quite the same wear and tear as some other machines. If you do not have an experience mechanic on staff to do these checks for you, you can schedule these routine “check-ups” with Speed-Tech Equipment, or your local compactor and baler provider.

    Remember, baler and compactor preventive maintenance is a great way to keep your equipment in tip-top shape, and is part of a successful formula to keep your business running the way you want – but it’s not guaranteed to always be 100% successful. Machines are still machines and we cannot always predict when something will break or when/how some sort of external situation will affect equipment in an unforeseen way.

    To Learn More About Preventive Maintenance as well as Full Equipment Rebuilds, Installations, and Onsite Repair Services

    Contact Speed-Tech Equipment Today!

    The NORDOCK® Specialty Dock Levelers Difference

    Loading Dock Levelers: What's the Difference

    Speed-Tech Equipment is your certified dealer for all of Michigan. We have been selling Nordock’s various types of loading dock levelers for the past several years.  

    Nordock Dock Leveler

    Mechanical Levelers

    The mechanical loading dock levelers are easy-to-install, very affordable, have proven performance, and feature soft release action. They have been designed and built for the toughest loading dock environments. We offer the following NORDOCK® Series:

    All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

    AirDock Levelers

    The NORDOCK® Airdock™ Levelers are designed with the patented ‘Next Generation Air’™ technology. This technology makes these levelers revolutionary in improving loading dock productivity and efficiency.

    We provide these NORDOCK® series of their AirDock™ levelers:

    All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

    Nordock Airdock Levelers Industrial Series

    Hydraulic Levelers

    The next series of NORDOCK® levelers that we carry are the Hydraulic Series. These levelers are able to raise the deck to the needed height with the simple push of a button. This is made possible by utilizing a patented system of only one hydraulic cylinder. We sell five different NORDOCK® series of these levelers:

    All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

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    SHF Hydraulic Dock Leveler

    NORDOCK® Specialty Dock Levelers

    The mechanical loading dock levelers are easy-to-install, very affordable, have proven performance, and feature soft release action. They have been designed and built for the toughest loading dock environments. We offer the following NORDOCK® Series:

    All of these series carry the NORDOCK® guarantee to outperform.

    Not sure what type of leveler you need?

    Contact Us!

    We are here to help you find the best leveler suited for your loading dock based on your specific needs. What we have listed here are just brief introductions to each type of the NORDOCCK® levelers we sell. By answering any questions you may have, we’ll be able to help you determine which of the various series is the best solution for your particular loading dock.