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Placing Your Vending Machines With Safety In Mind

May 4, 2008
Vending machines are found all around us so it is easy to take for granted how they got there. Since these machines are what a business owner will use to generate income, taking care of them is essential. They are often heavier than they may initially seem so you do need to be prepared. Never attempt to move any vending machine on your own as you can get seriously injured.

If you have great vending machine locations then you won't need to move them very often. Yet you will need to get them into the initial location as well as moving them when you are ready to upgrade with newer machines. Knowing how to safely move the vending machines is a very important part of this type of business.

Never attempt to move a vending machine by yourself as this is just asking for problems to occur. You can hire someone to help you or you can ask a good friend to lend you a hand. Still, you may find that even with two people on the job the vending machine is just too heavy to safely move. Be smart about it instead of macho and you will benefit more from the process. Grab a dolly that you can slide underneath the vending machine and be on your way.

A truck with a bed or even a trailer that is attached to the truck is going to be needed to get the vending machines loaded and unloaded. If you don't have one of your own then you will need to make plans to either rent one or borrow one. A trailer is easier if you can get your hands on one though as they sit lower to the ground then a truck bed does. This reduces the height that you will be required to lift the vending machine.

The perfect option though is a pickup that features a hydraulic lift. You can use the dolly to take the vending machine to the pickup. Then the lift is activated to take the item to the bed without you having to lift it. Make sure you take the time to always secure the vending machine down to the tools as well as to the place where you will be transporting it.

Some vending machine owners simply aren't interested in moving their own vending machines though. They would rather pay a moving company to take care of it for them. You can often negotiate a very good price if you know who you can rely on. Make sure you call ahead though to make sure they can fit your vending machine transport into their schedule. You need to make sure you get a good price on the procedure as well before you commit to it.

It can be hard work to move vending machines so make sure you have a good plan in place. It is best to only do it in good weather. You don't need issues like slippery surfaces to affect what you are attempting to do. It is often the shape and weight of vending machines that can make them difficult to maneuver. Make sure you only move them while empty too so they will be lighter.

Moving vending machines to their locations is just another part of the job that you have to take into consideration. There are right ways and wrong ways to accomplish it though. Do all you can to keep everyone safe. Your next focus should be on keeping your vending machine in excellent condition so that it will last you a very long time.
About the Author
Robert Farnham built a profitable vending business after starting the wrong way. He now writes about building a vending locating business and the pitfalls to avoid. Visit his website at My Vending Uncle for more info.
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