Excavators come in a wide variety
The smaller ones are called a mini-excavator or compact excavator.
years, hydraulic excavator capabilities have expanded far beyond
excavation tasks. With the advent of hydraulic powered attachments such
as a breaker, a grapple or an auger, the excavator is frequently used in
many applications other than excavation. Many excavators feature
quick-attach mounting systems for simplified attachment mounting,
dramatically increasing the machine's utilization on the job site.
Excavators are usually employed together with loaders and bulldozers. Most wheeled versions, and smaller, compact excavators have a small backfill (or dozer-) blade. This is a horizontal bulldozer-like blade attached to the undercarriage and is used for pushing removed material back into a hole.
Excavators are also called diggers and 360-degree excavators, some times abbreviated simply to a 360. Tracked excavators are sometimes called trackhoes by analogy to the backhoe. Even though the 'back' in backhoe refers to the action of the bucket (which pulls "back" toward the machine) and not the location of the shovel, excavators are also occasionally referred to as fronthoes or even just "hoes" .
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Sometimes called a forklift truck, the forklift is a powerful industrial truck that is used to lift and transport material by steel forks that are inserted under the load. Forklifts are commonly used to move loads and equipment that is stored on pallets.
The forklift was developed in 1920, and has since become a valuable piece of equipment in many manufacturing and warehousing operations.
Types: The most common type of design with forklifts is the counter balance. Other types of designs include the reach truck and side loader, both of which are used in environments where the space is at a minimum.
Control and capability: Forklifts are available in many types and different load capacities. In the average warehouse setting, most forklifts have load capacities of around five tons.
Along with the control to raise and lower the forks, you can also tilt the mast to compensate for the tendency of the load to angle the blades towards the ground and risk slipping it off the forks. The tilt will also provide a limited ability to operate on ground that isn't level.
There are some variations that allow you to move the forks and backrest laterally, which allows easier placement of a load. In addition to this, there are some machines that offer hydraulic control to move the forks together or further apart, which removes the need for you to get out of the cab to manually adjust for a different size load.
Another forklift variation that is sometimes used in manufacturing facilities, will utilize forklifts with a clamp attachment that you can open and close around a load, instead of having to use forks.
Products such as boxes, cartons, etc., can be moved with the clamp attachment.
Safety Forklifts are rated for loads at a specified maximum weight and a specified forward type center of gravity. All of this information is located on a nameplate that is provided by the manufacturer and the loads cannot exceed these specifications.
One of the most important aspects of operating a forklift is the rear wheel steering. Even though this helps to increase manoeuvrability in tight cornering situations, it differs from the traditional experience of a driver with other wheeled vehicles as there is no caster action.
Another critical aspect of the forklift is the instability. Both the forklift and the load must be considered a unit, with a varying center of gravity with every movement of the load. You must never negotiate a turn with a forklift at full speed with a raised load, as this can easily tip the forklift over.
Normally, to drive a forklift, you'll need to pass a basic test. They aren't difficult to operate, although you'll need to be safe when you operate them. Once you have operated one for a while, you'll have no problems being safe.
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