Tuesday 6th Dec 2016 - Logistics Manager

Beaver upgrades

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Beaver 84, the scaffolding supplier, has recently upgraded the lift trucks operating at the majority of its facilities with diesel-powered DFG 430 models from Jungheinrich’s ic-engine counterbalance truck range.

The trucks work outside shifting what commercial director Dave Critchell calls “ugly loads” – awkwardly shaped items such as scaffolding poles and temporary fencing panels, for example.

“Scaffolding tubes can be 21 feet long and arrive on flat bed lorries in small bundles – they’re not heavy but are awkward to manoeuvre. Temporary fencing panels – the type used to make construction sites secure – are 3.5 metres high x 2 metres deep and are equally tricky to pick up and transport around the site.”

To help make handling such products easier, the trucks have been supplied with fork extensions that are quickly and easily added or removed as and when required. And, to ensure that the operators remain comfortable in all weathers, the trucks are fitted with all-weather cabs.

Beaver 84, part of the Altrad Group, has ten depots across the UK. Each site holds a mix of new stock (which is for sale) and hire equipment. Most items are block stacked within the yard area, before they are picked and transferred by the forklifts to Beaver 84’s delivery vehicles or, if a client chooses to collect an order directly, to a customer’s own transport.

Because they’re particularly suited to applications where a lot of shuttling work is involved – such as lorry loading and unloading within and around a busy outside yard environment – the DFG 430 trucks were an ideal choice for Beaver 84.