A quick Google search will show you that there are plenty of lifting equipment suppliers available to you. But, as with any company, that doesn’t mean that they’re all the same. Choosing the right lifting equipment is so crucially important due to the nature of industry where safety is paramount.
Whether you choose to shop with us or not (we hope you do!), below we have laid out some essential qualities that you must look for when choosing a lifting equipment supplier.
There are hundreds of varieties of lifting equipment on the market, not to mention the dozens of combinations you can create when you utilise this lifting equipment together. It can be a confusing market to dip your head into, even if you’ve had plenty of experience in it before!
How easy is it to use a lifting equipment supplier’s website?
How easy is a supplier’s website to use? How well do they break down key information points about lifting equipment? This isn’t only important for enhancing a customer’s user experience; it also gives you some insight into the way that a lifting equipment supplier works too.
The easier it is to understand a company’s process and products, the more likely it is they’ll be able to help you in layman’s terms to find the best lifting equipment for your business!
There are various rules and regulations that are in place which affect lifting equipment suppliers in the UK, both in UK law and in EU directives. This includes, but is not limited to, the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 (LOLER) and various ISO standards.
Does your lifting equipment supplier clearly follow all the necessary rules and regulations, and explain these to you as the customer? A lifting equipment supplier that strictly follows these rules is also assuring you of the quality and safety of their products.
How extensive is their range of products on offer? Some lifting equipment suppliers may only specialise in one or two pieces of equipment, but how extensive is the range in these categories?
A bigger range doesn’t immediately mean more quality, but it means that the supplier is catering for a much wider range of industries and tasks.
This also goes for the number of brands that they stock too. The more brands on offer by a supplier, the greater range of great quality products you have access to.
What is a lifting equipment supplier’s reputation like? A newer supplier shouldn’t be shunned simply because of a lack of history, but if a supplier has been established for a longer time, have a look at customer testimonials and reviews, and take a wider look around the internet for feedback on this supplier’s services.
Aftercare services should be an essential quality for any lifting equipment supplier that you look for. Lifting equipment can be complex items working with heavy loads, and so regular inspections and maintenance is needed to keep everything in a good working order.
How well will a lifting equipment supplier look after you?
We believe that any supplier should offer these services as standard. That’s why at Lifting Gear Direct we offer inspections and testing on all of the products that we sell.
The above is just some of the essential qualities that we believe any lifting equipment supplier should have; always making sure that they put the customer first. If you are interested in hearing more on the service that we offer here at Lifting Gear Direct, you can reach us here.