Using plastic outrigger pads for your heavy machinery can provide you with more stability and enhance your safety standards. Most pieces of heavy equipment have an outrigger, which is a stabilizing support that projects from the machine. Outrigger pads can also be used on equipment with other supports, such as floats, foots, and shoes. The pad goes beneath the outrigger. When you use the right outrigger pad material, cut to the appropriate size and thickness, then it provides extra stability. Is plastic a good choice for your construction or mining business?
Plastic vs. Steel
If you work with heavy equipment, then you understand the importance of outrigger pads and you know how essential they are. In addition to helping with stabilization, an outrigger pad is also designed to protect the surface on which the outrigger rests. Traditional pads are made of steel, which is heavy and can be abrasive in its own right. Plastic, in contrast, is lightweight. It has all the support and shock absorption, but it’s easier to install and move. Where steel is prone to corroding and rusting over time, plastic won’t. Plastic outrigger pads cost less to fabricate, as well.
Plastic vs. Plywood
Plywood is another outrigger pad material that’s traditionally used. There’s a temptation to turn to plywood because it’s relatively inexpensive in the short term. In the long term, however, plywood is quick to break, crack, and splinter. Replacements are frequently necessary, and that becomes costly. Plastic does not splinter. It won’t crack, either. You save money due to the durability of plastic, to say nothing of its ability to withstand wear and tear.
Consider using plastic outrigger pads with your heavy equipment. Request a quote from Polymershapes today.