Selecting the Best Material Handling Equipment

The seemingly endless options available for tools and equipment across various industries are incredible. From pallet trucks to conveyor belts and industrial trucks, there are machines designed to make your job easier. 

How do you know you’re choosing the right type of material handling equipment for your specific applications?

Finding the right material handling equipment can result in increased efficiency, higher productivity, and less money spent. You want to start by analyzing the materials and products you’ll be moving. You want to consider the best way to get the job done. What are your competitors and manufacturers using? What works best for them?

Job Type & Materials 

Here are some things to consider when selecting the best storage and handling equipment:

  • What materials are you handling?
  • Are the materials delicate or require special handling?
  • When and where will you be moving the materials?
  • How often will you be transporting materials?
  • What do you need for storage and transportation?
  • Will your materials be put on pallets or spools?

Answering these questions will give you a foundation for choosing the right systems that load and unload your materials. 

Pro Tip: There is a machine designed for transporting the materials you use every day.

Space & Function

  • What space will your team be occupying while using the equipment? Think about the following:
  • What are the dimensions of your warehouse space? (Ceiling height, length and width of aisles)
  • Who will be responsible for operating the equipment?
  • What safety standards will your team be required to meet?
  • Do you need a customized solution or engineered system? 

Next, you want to consider the functions. Are you planning on storing materials, moving bulk materials, or using automated equipment?

Maintenance & Cost

The most obvious cost consideration is the price of the machines. If you have a set budget you want to think about the cost of equipment including maintenance. Do you anticipate additional expenses to get the equipment running? You also want to think about operation costs. Lastly, consider what money you will be saving through better efficiency and productivity. 


Once you’ve sorted out your job type, materials, unique needs, space, and costs- you should be able to narrow down your choices to a few select brands. When your company is ready to update or repair your equipment, you want to work with a material handling equipment provider that is experienced in the industry.

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