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Man vs. Machine


How much can battery-powered construction and landscaping equipment really save on labor costs?

Cutting costs and raising profits are the goals of every business, and the construction and landscaping industries are no exception. In these labor-intensive jobs, the right equipment can make a huge difference. But can battery-powered equipment actually reduce the cost of employees? Let’s look at the data.

The facts and figures

The latest figures from the US Department of Labor show that the average wage for an employer per employee, per hour in the construction industry is $24.85. Let’s proceed from that figure to make the calculations.

Assume a situation in which five workers are laboring in place of a single piece of battery-powered equipment – a machine that can carry more, much more quickly. Your weekly labor costs will be $6,833.75, assuming you work a 10-hour shift. Compare this to the cost of operating a Sherpa 100 ECO over the same time period. Weekly energy and repair costs over its operational lifetime amount to only $33.25. That’s $6,800.50 you don’t have to spend every week. Imagine what you could do with an extra $6,800 in your pocket every week…

The up-front cost for battery-charged equipment may seem less attractive – but only at first.

Assuming the average upfront cost to purchase a battery-powered Sherpa is $35,000 with the attachments you want, the equipment only has to work for 6 weeks in order to pay back what you spent. If you keep your Sherpa 100 ECO for 3 years, you have put over $1,000,000 back into your pocket … one million dollars!

More reasons shaking up your construction fleet is good for profits

Running battery-powered equipment produces less physical vibration and lower noise levels. These factors contribute positively to the health and fatigue-level of the equipment operator. So, not only will you require less manpower when you employ this equipment, your operators will be able to work more comfortably and for longer. This increase in efficiency and productivity will contribute to ROI.

The model used for our estimate, the Sherpa 100 ECO, runs on a 360-ampere battery powering a two-horsepower electric motor. A second model, the Sherpa 100 EHD, defines flexibility with the option of either remote-controlled or manual operation. Capable of lifting over 1000 lbs, it’s fully computer-controlled, which helps maximize every use of the battery. The Sherpa can perform a wide variety of tasks with its many attachments, further eliminating the need for specialized labor or additional equipment.

Further thoughts on savings and profits

Beyond manpower savings, you should also consider the vast savings in fuel costs, not to mention eliminating many of the repairs common with moving parts in combustion engines. And no fuel spills, diesel fumes, or damaging noise levels mean fewer worker injuries (and compensation), plus the avoidance of potentially hefty environmental and safety fines.

You’ll be on the right side of the Clean Air Act as well as complying with OSHA regulations for worker safety for indoor and outdoor use. Finally, battery-charged equipment could possibly obtain more contracts – a recent survey of landscaping customers revealed that 65% said they’d choose a landscaper who uses eco-friendly equipment over one who doesn’t.

Have the benefits of battery got you all charged up? At Triple E, we’re passionate about keeping pace with an evolving construction industry. If you want to secure your firm’s place in the future, call us at (954)-978-3440 or reach us through our contact form.

November 1, 2017 By Alex Berg in Blog