The forklift fleet in your business is often taken for granted, until something breaks. There’s only so much they can do, after all. Stop any problems before they start with these tips.
Look at the tires
These are heavy duty and go through hundreds of hours of work before they need some attention. It’s common practice for the driver to go through a checking process before they start driving. Spotting these during the checks mean it’s time to upgrade:
- Flat spots, there’s no reason for a tire to be flat.
- Chucking, bits of rubber are coming away from the wheel.
- The wear line has reached the 50% mark.
Straight or crooked?
Prongs on a forklift are designed to be perfectly straight every time. Age, though, causes them to warp. Losing control of the load is a real danger and happens when aged prongs are used continuously. To prevent this, check the forklift blades and ensure they’re straight, from shank to tip.
Has your fleet manager recommended the mechanic come over for a checkup more frequently? Moving parts in the engine, wheels, and hydraulics aren’t immune to everyday wear and tear.
Hours on the clock
Check the odometer readings and the number of hours worked. Some machines can operate up to 20,000 hours. Its condition and level of care is also an important factor.
Look at leasing options for bigger machines and purchasing smaller ones, e.g. pallet jacks. It makes more sense to buy what’s used on a regular basis.
Speak to Forklift Finder Services about what options are best for your operation. We also connect customers with mechanics who specialize in certain manufacturers. Not every mechanic knows how to tune a Uromac or a container handler.