It can do just about anything but serve you tea at the summit of Mount Everest.
The gulping noise you hear isn’t your crew stopping to rehydrate. It’s the sound of your profits being sucked up by your construction equipment. Keeping your equipment fueled can consume up to half of your operating budget.
And then there’s the added cost of compensating for using construction equipment in enclosed spaces. You’ve got to ventilate, and take extra precautions for hearing safety. Is there any way to tame these beasts’ appetite for your bottom line?
Get a Sherpa
No, not the mountain climbing expedition kind. This Sherpa is the world’s first battery powered mini skid steer. The Sherpa 100 ECO is an amazing powerhouse that’s got every bit as much muscle as its internal combustion counterpart, but with an array of superior improvements.
This innovative piece of construction equipment will end up being your new—and far less expensive to operate—best friend if you do a lot of interior construction or demolition.
- It’s less than 31 inches wide, which means it’ll maneuver with ease through any standard US doorway. Leave the door on the hinges.
- It weighs just 1,600 pounds, so you can use any standard elevator to get it up to where it needs to be.
- Don’t worry about fuel. The Sherpa plugs into any standard 110-volt outlet for easy charging.
Charging? Yes, it’s battery powered. No fumes means that the backbreaking work your crew used to tackle manually can be turned over to your Sherpa.
Compact but powerful
Mount Everest climbers have long marveled at the seemingly superhuman strengths of the Sherpa porters who accompany them up the mountain. Their size belies capabilities that should be impossible. A recent CNN article reported that these feats are possible because the Sherpa population has evolved to master the lack of oxygen in their high altitude homes.
Physicians examining them discovered that their mitochondria—parts of human cells that respire to generate energy—are far more efficient at using oxygen.
Efficiency is something that the Sherpa 100ECO shares. There’s no loss of power with the silent electric motor powering the Sherpa. The battery source creates a savings so great that it’s only a fraction of the operating cost compared to a skid steer with a fuel-powered internal combustion engine.
And like the mountain climbing porters, the Sherpa 100ECO offers impressive dexterity. An array of attachments expands its capabilities.
- Add a bucket and convert your Sherpa into a mini dozer.
- Attach a grapple to make quick work of disposing demolition material.
- Equip it with forks for some heaving lifting.
- Put 350 foot-pounds of hydraulic impact energy at your disposal with the hammer attachment.
- Make quick work of landscaping with an auger attachment.
Those are the main Sherpa attachments, but the versatility doesn’t stop there. The Sherpa 100 ECO has a wide range of attachments, ranging from a roller broom to a hydraulic clamp.
A balance of pure power and eco-friendliness
There’s no sacrifice in power when you switch to the battery-powered Sherpa. And you don’t have to worry about constant stops to recharge. The 360-Ampere battery pack powers the Sherpa for up to 8 hours—giving you a full day’s work from a single charge.
The electric motor gives the Sherpa a near silent operation, and no exhaust makes it OSHA-approved for both indoor and outdoor use. Don’t forget the considerable savings on fuel.
Just how much can you save? The estimated daily cost to operate a Sherpa 100ECO model is only $4.15. It can easily do the job of 4 construction laborers. In many cases, the Sherpa could pay for itself in a little over a month. If you know your current hourly labor rate, use this cost savings calculator to find out what your net profit would be after just a year with the Sherpa on the job.
It’s time to bring in a Sherpa. You’ll add an environmentally-friendly powerhouse that eliminates construction fuel costs, without causing a drop in productivity.