You have questions and we’ve got the answers. We asked our Industrial cleaning equipment team to sit down with us and answer some of the tough questions our customers have when purchasing an industrial sweeper or scrubber.
DJ, our Cleaning Equipment Program Manager, and Don, an MH Sweeper-Scrubber Specialist, are experts when it comes to industrial cleaning equipment. See their answers below to questions every Warehouse Manager and business owner face when considering the purchase of industrial cleaning equipment.
1. How do I know if my business is the right size for industrial cleaning equipment?
"We can outfit any size business with the right size floor care machine, from small office machines to large outside parking lot machines. Every business can benefit from cleaning equipment." – Don
2. How do I know if I need a sweeper or a scrubber or both?
"It depends on the facility. We find the correct machine for your unique application. We would be glad to make a visit to a customer facility to conduct a floor cleaning survey to determine the right machine for the application, at no charge." – Don
3. How do I know what head type to use?
"Good rule of thumb is if you need to pick up solid debris, then a cylindrical sweeper/scrubber combo scrub deck is what to use, as it will deposit debris into a catch hopper while it is also scrubbing the floor. A disc head scrubber is capable of applying more down pressure for heavily stained floors and is capable of using soft pads for polishing fine floors." – Don
4. How are traction drives and brush drives different?
"A traction drive machine pulls itself and with a brush drive system, your brush spinning on the floor moves the machine forward, you’ll still need to push a brush drive machine is certain circumstances." – DJ
5. How do I dispose of dirty cleaning solution?
"Great question! This will depend on the cleaning chemicals you are using to clean with and the size of your drains. Let us help you find the right solution for your wastewater." – DJ
6. Should I buy or rent an industrial scrubber/sweeper?
"If you plan on keeping the machine for more than 5 years it is best to purchase new. If you’ll only be using the machine to clean up corrosive liquids, rental is the way to go." – DJ
Got more questions? Read our blog post "4 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Industrial Sweeper or Scrubber" to help answer your questions or call our specialists at your local MH Equipment location.
Find out more about becoming an MH Equipment Technician by visiting our Technicians Career Page for details on open positions, benefits, and more!
Every warehouse, retailer and distributor is different. Every company has its own unique operational goals and objectives. Every warehouse manager solves problems differently. But in the material handling industry many of us have something in common--a reliance on dock doors to move products effectively.
In our experience, we’ve found our customers with dock doors usually fall into one of three categories. Which one sounds the most like you?
Maybe you’re a combination of more than one of the above, but chances are you relate to a lot of those problems. Whether you’re in retail, manufacturing or distribution, anyone with a dock door knows the importance of keeping them in good working order.
Once you know which type of dock door manager you are, the question really becomes: what are you doing about it? Do you fully understand how a good dock door maintenance strategy will improve each of the three areas above? How are you handling the need to maintain the effective use of your dock doors? How are you taking care of this critical part of your operation?
You’re likely doing one of three things.
If you find yourself in category C (and maybe even category B) it’s time to think about this choice a bit more in depth. The last thing we want as an equipment company is for our customers to have a dock door out of service. Especially for our customers who are operating with only one door. If that door breaks down, your entire operation is halted, and there just isn’t time for that!
If you’re not on a regular dock door maintenance plan with MH Equipment, we want you to be aware of the consequences that could pop up.
Having your doors inspected on a regular basis to look for small repairs or maintenance should be a no-brainer. But at the same time, it also seems like such a minor part of the overall operation, that many managers gloss over this piece.
By the end of this article, we hope you have an idea of some of the negative consequences that can happen as a result of delaying this work. And taking it a step further, we hope you realize just how important it is to get your warehouse on a regular maintenance schedule before the end of the day. It just takes a simple phone call to get it all set up. Call MH Equipment now at 888-564-2191 to see the ease of the process.
If you’ve been avoiding maintenance on your dock doors, be on high alert for one or more of the following consequencing to come knocking.
#1 Small issues can become big issues.
A small crack in the concrete, one light that is out, a seal that’s not tight; each of these issues seems small by itself, but each one will contribute to a larger problem eventually. Soon a small crack or poor lighting could lead to any number of issues.
It just takes one truck pulling out too soon, or one load to be dumped in order for major revenues to be lost. Even factors outside of your control like the weather can impact the health of your loading doors. Harsh weather can impact the concrete, seals, and the doors themselves. Don’t ignore the small issues, because sooner or later they will become big issues. And big issues are much more expensive to fix.
#2 Dock safety is compromised.
Safety should always be a high priority, both for your employees and the drivers who are loading and unloading each day. Wear and tear on the doors, or docks that aren’t aligned properly could cause major safety issues. A door that doesn’t roll up properly, or a truck that tips could result in injures. Keep everyone safe by getting on a regular maintenance plan, you’ll prevent problems you might not have even known were possible.
#3 Loading efficiency suffers.
Making a driver work harder to get in position due to a preventable issue is frustrating. It’s frustrating for both you and the driver. The five minutes it takes them to reposition and line up properly multiplied over thousands of loads will cause your efficiency to plummet. It only takes our dock door experts about an hour to do an inspection and repair any small issues on your door. An hour once or twice a year to prevent hundreds of hours of inefficient practices is more than worth it.
#4 Relying on non-experts.
We know you have great people on staff who are more than capable of checking the occasional issue. But when you’re forced to rely on people who have other things to do every day, you’re not trusting this maintenance to the experts, and you’re definitely not guaranteeing the work will remain a high priority and be done at regular intervals. Not to mention, you likely won’t have the paperwork of all the maintenance done each year if you do the work in-house. Let the dock door experts do the work they’re qualified to do. It’s one less thing you and your team will need to worry about.
#5 Decreased credibility
An inefficient dock leaves drivers and external partners frustrated. In their mind, you know the load is coming, so you should have the doors ready for them and in good working order. To not have that will impact the way all of these partners view your business. Your reputation is a critical piece of your operation, so don’t allow it to suffer by avoiding something as easy as regular dock door maintenance.
An effective dock door maintenance strategy always starts with awareness. Now that you know what could happen as a result of ignoring or delaying this work, it’s time to take action to prevent these consequences. Contact the dock door experts at MH Equipment today and learn how easy and pain-free it is to get on a regular maintenance plan.
Our dock door technicians will put you on a plan and come inspect your doors on a regular basis, and you’ll never have to worry about small issues becoming major problems again. We’ll fight to help you maintain your stellar reputation, improve safety, and increase efficiency the best way we know how.
Don’t wait to schedule this crucial maintenance. Call MH Equipment today at 888-564-2191 and keep your dock doors running smoothly.
How do I know when to have my forklift tires pressed?
We know this isn’t everyone’s favorite answer, but...it depends.
There are many different factors that can impact how often you need to change the tires on your forklift. But to get you started off in the right direction you can do a quick self-audit to know what replacement schedule will best fit your forklift’s needs.
If you have a relatively low number of in-use hours per day, drive on indoor terrain and carry lighter loads, it’s likely your forklift tires only need to be replaced once a year or less. However, if you’re running your unit more than 6 hours a day, on uneven or varying terrain with heavy loads then the tires on your unit will need to be replaced twice or three times each year at a minimum.
Answering the above questions probably gave you a good idea about whether you need to replace your tires more often than you are, but remember the results of the audit are meant to be a helpful resource or guideline. It is of course best to contact the professionals directly to get the most accurate recommendation for your forklift based on your individual needs.
Right now you can take advantage of the opportunity to have an expert view your tires. Call us at 888-564-2191.
A simple way to tell if your forklift tires need replacing is to look at the lettering on the side of the tire. If the tread on the tire has worn down to the top of those letters or below, it’s time to schedule tire pressing--now!
Many manufacturers also include a wear line or a safety line. If the rubber is worn close to or past that line, the tires need replacing ASAP.
While checking the tread and amount of remaining rubber is a good rule of thumb, there are other threats you need to be aware of when it comes to proper forklift tire health. Including:
That’s just to name a few! The point is, there are many unforeseen circumstances that could cause problems with your forklift tires.
Regular Tire Pressing Schedule
The absolute safest and most efficient way to know when it’s time to replace the tires on your forklift is to get on a regular tire pressing and forklift maintenance plan. A regular schedule takes the guesswork out of your equipment maintenance.
What does a regular forklift maintenance plan look like?
You’ll work with the experts to pre-determine how often your tires will need replacing. Based on the recommendations and your schedule, the qualified technicians can schedule regular, ongoing work on your forklift.
At MH Equipment, we have hundreds of highly qualified professional technicians ready to meet your equipment maintenance needs. We will work with you to determine your needs and suggest a tire pressing schedule. Then we’ll put the plan in action and all you have to do is watch it run on autopilot.
Forget having to remember or track the last time key maintenance was done, we’ll do the heavy lifting for you.
If you’re realizing your tire maintenance is overdue, don’t panic -- we’ve got you covered.
Give our tire experts a call and give us the make and model or your unit. We have hundreds of styles of tires in stock, and we can get you on the schedule ASAP to take care of that importance maintenance.
Tire pressing services are available at MH Equipment’s 31 service locations around the midwest. And in select locations (St. Louis, Missouri and Des Moines, Iowa) we also have a mobile tire pressing unit we can dispatch to do the work at your location. This mobile option is an added bonus that helps you maximize the amount of time you can keep the unit in use.
We always urge our customers not to delay forklift maintenance of any kind. When you’ve been in business as long as we have you see more “worst case scenarios” than you’d like to.
That’s why we always recommend getting on a regular maintenance schedule. A regular schedule puts the burden of the maintenance on our shoulders instead of yours. After all you don’t want these consequences looming over your head because you delayed tire pressing:
Of course, a regular maintenance plan goes a long way in keeping your tires in great shape, but another piece that needs to be addressed is how to keep your tires in good condition once they’ve been replaced. There are a few simple things you can do in your daily operation to reduce the amount of overall maintenance required. And who doesn’t want to save on maintenance costs?
Tire pressing is a necessary part of forklift maintenance. Replacing the tires every few months could seem like a pain, but if you trust the process to the experts and let the replacement schedule run on autopilot you won’t have to worry. The maintenance process, the safety of your crew, and the longevity of your unit will be in good hands.
We’re here to do the heavy lifting for you (figuratively and literally).
Give MH Equipment a call today and set your forklift tire replacement schedule at 888-564-2191.
Whether you’re brand new to the material handling industry or you’ve been around forklifts and large material handling equipment for decades, safety reminders are always beneficial.
It just takes one person making one unsafe decision in one moment to cause a big, irreversible problem.
At MH Equipment, we take safety very seriously. Our slogan is to “Be safe in the moment.” We preach this reminder consistently to our staff. Take each day moment by moment. Look around. Make a safe decision in each and every moment.
OSHA standards require many different safety features and behaviors in order to keep forklift operators safe in the moment. The most important thing about forklift operation is that the drivers and pedestrians go home safe at the end of the day.
Safety is a topic that cannot be taken lightly. We encourage you to take a few minutes today to read through this list of safety topics. Refresh your staff with frequent trainings and reminders to keep these ideas in mind each and every day they are operating or working near a forklift. You should review the entire OSHA standards regularly, but this list is a quick reminder that will go a long way in between full safety reviews.
All forklift operators are required to be over the age of 18 and to have completed the operation skill training course. This training must be renewed every three years and is offered at a variety of our locations.
Always complete a visual inspection before using a forklift. Most forklift operators are not technicians, so it’s important that you’re only doing a visual inspection. Look for leaks, objects in the way of the unit, or issues with the tires or forks. If you see a leak, do not touch it. Don’t place your hand under or into anything in order to feel for cracks or leaks. This is a visual inspection only, because the leak could contain hazardous chemicals that could cause serious injury. Leave the leaks to the professionals. If you see a leak be sure to report it to your supervisor and in the meantime, use a different piece of equipment.
Every time you’re operating a forklift you should be wearing your seatbelt. Many makes and models now have a bright red seat belt which makes it obvious to pedestrians and supervisors whether or not you have the belt in place. Do your part to also remind your coworkers this is a necessity. It just takes a moment to buckle it in place, so be safe in the moment.
Obey the speed limit in your warehouse. Remember that forklift speed isn’t only about the operator being able to safely maneuver the machine, but also about the safety of the pedestrians walking near the unit. Driving at a responsible speed ensures the driver stays alert and is able to react in plenty of time, while also giving pedestrians ample time to see equipment approaching.
To increase safety and decrease damage in small areas, enlist the help of a spotter. Driving a forklift with obstructed views due to shelves, racks and even the mast arms on the lift itself can increase the chances of injury, damage to the forklift, or damage to the load or storage system. By working with a spotter who can give hand signals and verbal cues, you will drastically increase the safety in those tight, hard-to-see spaces.
When you’re entering and exiting the forklift at the beginning or the end of use, always use the 3 Touch Point system. A hand and two feet, or two hands and a foot should always be touching the unit as you climb up or down. Never jump from the unit or step into it without some extra support from the handles. Those handles are there for a reason, so use them!
Use the horn around corners or in low visibility areas. Never assume others will see you coming. The honking of your horn is a simple safety procedure that should be in place in every material handling business. It’s a little habit that goes a long way when it comes to safety. People get distracted, or they may not be looking in your direction, so give them every opportunity to know you’re operating a large piece of equipment and you’re headed their way.
Slow down when turning. As we pointed out in tip #4, speed can impact both the driver’s ability to operate the forklift safely and the pedestrians ability to stay clear of the unit, but speed around corners should also be addressed. Always be mindful that turning can make it hard for others to see you coming. Not only that, but corners increase the need to be aware of the load you are carrying. Turning too quickly can cause a load and thereby the forklift itself to become unbalanced, so be sure to slow down as you approach each and every turn. Safety in every moment is the only way.
Drive the forklift with the forks lowered to about 4-6 inches off the ground. You never want to drag the forks along the ground, nor do you want to drive with them too high. Operating a forklift with the forks positioned too high could cause them to make contact with a person or object. Those large metal forks don’t have much give, so keep them near the ground where they won’t hurt anything or anyone.
Now that we’ve covered some of the more important safety habits we should develop as responsible forklift operators and employee supervisors, we’ll cover a few things NOT to do. Most of them are pretty straight forward, but you never know who might need to be reminded of these things. A brief safety reminder meeting today could prevent a serious accident. Take a minute to remind your staff NOT to do these things.
A piece of wood on the floor, a large rock on the ground, a small metal object--many of these things seem innocent enough for your tough and rugged unit to drive right over, but it’s never a good habit to start. Always encourage your staff to move objects or drive around them instead of driving over them. Not only will it increase their safety and the safety of those near them, but it will increase the life and usability of your forklift tires and the unit in general.
Pallets or loads not centered on your forks could cause sliding or tipping that could injure yourself, others, or the load you’re carrying. Always take the extra time to reposition a load whose center of gravity isn’t stable. It may take a few extra minutes to get it positioned properly, but it will be time well spent.
All certified forklift drivers know this is not a safe practice, but make sure you’re holding the rest of your coworkers accountable to the same standard. It’s never okay to allow someone to jump on the back of your forklift or to ride on the forks, for any reason. Never compromise on this safety expectation.
Be mindful of the height of the doorways you’re driving through or other objects that may come in contact with the load you are hauling. It just takes one moment of forgetting this point to cause serious damage. Also, knowing the maximum capacity of your unit in relation to how heavy of a load you are moving is important. If you’re close or over the limit, reduce the size of your load and make multiple trips or find a unit that is better equipped to handle a load of that weight.
You now have some great talking points to bring back to your team for your next safety meeting. We can’t encourage you enough to have regular reminders for your employees to ‘Be safe in the moment.’
In fact, we’re so passionate about safety, we want to share one of our resources with you absolutely free of charge. This safety poster is used to remind our forklift operators, technicians, pedestrians and guests of our best safety practices. You can download it now and print it out to use in your warehouse or business. We suggest you hand it somewhere employees will see it every day or every time they use a forklift.
Again, these safety reminders are just helpful tips to use each day. To ensure you’re fully OSHA compliant, please visit the OSHA website related to forklift operator safety expectations.
If you’d like more information related to safety in the material handling workplace, please contact one of our safety experts today!
From consulting and strategy to layout and design through project management, engineering and installation, MH Engineered Solutions can help you identify which aspects of your business could be improved to maximize productivity, achieve business goals, and improve bottom-line performance. Find out more: https://www.mhengineeredsolutions.com/
Over the years, we’ve heard our fair share of questions about industrial cleaning equipment. And we know if you’re researching this equipment you likely have some of the same questions our customers have wrestled with.
We decided to map it out for you so you can make an educated decision about whether the traditional mop and bucket or the industrial sweeper and scrubber make the most sense for your business.
Here are four of the most common questions we get when it comes to purchasing an industrial sweeper and/or scrubber.
Why is always a good question to start with? If you’re considering purchasing an industrial sweeper and/or scrubber you’ve probably wondered what the advantages are over the traditional route of floor cleaning.
There are many benefits for business owners who choose industrial cleaning options.
We’ll answer your question with a question: Where do you intend to use the equipment?
A Riding Sweeper/Scrubber is very effective and efficient at handling large open spaces. So if you operate a gym, event center or factory a rider may be just what you need. It can power through a large area in a fraction of the time it would take someone with a mop and bucket.
A Walk-Behind Sweeper/Scrubber is best used for getting under and around obstacles. If you have racks and shelves and other tight spaces to work around, this may be the equipment for you. Restaurants and hospitals often find this to be their choice of floor cleaning equipment.
It’s always wise to calculate your return on investment for any purchase. And some of you reading this will consider other options as you contemplate purchasing a large, automated business cleaning solution.
For example, maybe you’re wondering: “Shouldn’t I just contract out to a cleaning company?” Many people use that option because it has a lower price tag upfront. But it’s the same logic behind renting vs. buying a home. In one scenario, you are investing equity in something and the cost of owning decreases as time goes on. In the other scenario, renting (just like contracting to a cleaning company) requires you pay out of pocket for every single-use continuously.
Here are a few factors to consider as you calculate if industrial cleaning equipment would be a good purchase for your business cleaning solution needs:
The last thing you want is to invest money in a product which is supposed to save you money in the long run only to have it break down a few months after purchase. This is why you want to make sure you do your research and buy equipment from a reputable supplier.
Unfortunately, we live in a day and age where people are out to make a quick buck and don’t always sell products with integrity.
MH Equipment is not one of those companies.
At MH, we highly value integrity and infuse it into every decision and sale we make. We promise you’ll be satisfied with any purchase from us whether it be sweepers, scrubbers or any of our vast inventory of material handling equipment.
At MH Equipment we sell two of the best brands in the industrial cleaning equipment business: Karcher and Powerboss. Both of these cleaning equipment brands are absolute powerhouses in the cleaning industry. You can explore the individual products available from each manufacturer on our website. Or if you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
These trusted brands have delivered the highest quality and have repeatedly resulted in happy loyal customers since we became a distributor for each.
Do you have other questions related to buying industrial cleaning equipment? If so, let us know! Contact us today and we promise to answer within 1 to 2 business days.
Or if you’re ready to purchase and are looking for a reputable dealer, look no further. Give us a call at MH Equipment today and get all the details related to the individual cleaning equipment makes and models that will keep your business squeaky clean for the whole world to see.Call Now: 888-564-2191
Imagine you’re working in your warehouse, overseeing your fleet and productivity like you do every day. Things are running smoothly until the dreaded ‘downtime’ comes knocking.
As you’re going through your daily checklist you examine the tires of one of your forklifts and notice the tread is all but gone. How could that have happened so quickly you wonder? You swear it wasn’t that bad a week ago.
You consider delaying the repair, but you know what would happen if you waited. You know bare tires in your line of work is an accident waiting to happen.
You have two options.
They will send someone to come out and remove the tires from your unit. They will take those tires back to their shop press on new tires. That afternoon or the next day, they will return the tires and reinstall them on your forklift.
The problem is, you have an order to fill and customers to take care of. Pressing the tires will have to wait until tomorrow.
But tomorrow comes and you find out another truck is down, needing repairs. You can’t schedule tire pressing when you’re already down one unit-- it will have to wait until tomorrow. On and on goes the maintenance delaying.
In select locations, our mobile tire press will help you minimize downtime without delaying critical forklift maintenance. Here’s how the scenario will play out: You call MH Equipment when you notice the tread on your forklift tires is wearing thin (or you schedule it well in advance).
We get the details about your unit, gather the necessary parts, and dispatch a representative in our mobile tire press. They come and work on your unit at your location. No extra trips, no back and forth. No “we’ll see you later this week.”
MH comes to you with the right equipment and a qualified professional and takes care of your needs on the spot. Then we pack up our gear and you return to filling the order right on time. Now your boss sees how valuable you are. You filled the order and you completed the maintenance on time. It’s a win-win.
How to know it’s time for tire pressing?
This depends largely on the number of hours you spend using the unit, what purposes you use it for and the surface you drive on and a number of other factors.
If you’re outside a normal schedule for tire maintenance, an expert tip we often share with our customers is to look at the lettering on the side of the tire. If the wear is to the top of the lettering, it’s time to replace the tires by calling to schedule tire pressing.
Benefits of a Mobile Tire Press
A regular tire press is a great option to keep your unit running safely and smoothly, and in fact MH uses a traditional tire press model at many of our locations. But at select locations we have a mobile option, so if you’re in the St. Louis, Missouri area or the Des Moines, Iowa area be sure to take advantage of these added benefits.
The MH Guarantee
It’s frustrating to call a tire pressing company for a quote only to find some hidden fees tacked onto the end of your bill. At MH we quote everything, so there are no hidden fees and no surprises.
What to expect
So what are you waiting for? Schedule your tire pressing or other maintenance now by calling 888-564-2191.
It’s time to take your safety seriously and show downtime who’s boss.
In a day and age where many companies claim to care about their employees and their community, it’s refreshing to experience one who truly walks the walk.
Charity Time Program
Every year at MH Equipment each employee is given a bank of eight hours to use for volunteer work. With over 900 employees across 31 locations, the potential volunteer impact in the community is over 7,200 hours.
Recently two employees, Sadie Voong and Kirsten Hochstetler spent four hours volunteering for a local nonprofit in Des Moines, Iowa called Caring Hands. It was the first time either of them had used their charity hours, and their thoughts on the experience are noted below.
Thoughts From the Volunteers
“Caring Hands has only one paid employee, so they rely heavily on volunteers to accomplish their mission. I didn’t know all the services they provided before spending the morning there, and I was truly amazed to see everything they did.
Not only did they have a fully stocked food pantry, but they had rooms full of clothes for every age, and they recently added an online sales store to generate more revenue to use in the rest of the organization. There, people could donate furniture, cookware, antiques or almost anything else and volunteers would sort through the donations and prepare to sell them online.
The resourcefulness of the Caring Hands organization was evident and their genuine desire to help anyone who had need was inspiring. Some of the volunteers even told us they received no government financial aid, they raised everything they needed from the local community. It was simply people helping people, and it was an honor to support them in a small way. I’m so grateful MH allowed me to see this organization in action and contribute to their mission.”
“It was great to be able to volunteer at an organization that is really making a difference in the community. Caring Hands offered a variety of free goods for families in need including clothing and groceries from their food pantry. It was amazing to be able to see everything they do with a small amount of financial support. We saw numerous volunteers that day focused on helping as much as possible. The passion the volunteers had while we were there was inspiring and even though we were only there for a few hours they welcomed us and made us feel like family.
Along with their focus and drive, we were privy to seeing the inner workings of the organizations and their ingenuity for using what they have to raise money for their organization. The volunteers at the organization made an effort to use everything they were given as much as possible to help drive their mission. We volunteered in their online store area where other volunteers took donated house hold items including glassware, strollers, kitchen appliances, vintage furniture, and antiques and sold them for the organization on online marketplaces like Facebook, Etsy, EBay, and more to support Caring Hands’ main efforts.
I feel lucky to be able to have volunteered for such an organization like Caring Hands. And I am thankful that MH Equipment gave me the hours for this opportunity. I hope to volunteer there again in the future.”
The MH Difference
People, Passion, Purpose is more than a slogan at MH Equipment, it’s something the company and the employees actually live by. Our organization truly values our communities and we hope to inspire other companies to consider implementing a similar charity time program.
If you’ve ever wanted to work for a company who values you as an employee and your invests in your community, consider applying for many of the positions now open for hire at MH Equipment.
Yesterday was National Forklift Safety Day! To celebrate, our branch in Evansville hosted the event, TONS OF TRUCKS, for the community to see our fleet and other vehicles from other organizations in the area.