Photo Credit: Alex Mead
The piece of equipment pictured above is a loader and is standard among most job sites in the United States and around the world. It is typically used to move earth, sand, or gravel around a construction site. The current configuration of this machine, however, has forks to load thinks such as pallets or pieces of equipment onto and off of the back of trucks or around the construction site. Forks like these are adjustable and can be widened or narrowed to fit different objects. When the operator is finished using the forks he can simply switch the forks out for a bucket and begin to move scoopable materials again. The ability to switch tools of the loader makes it one of the most versatile machines used in construction today.