The metal forks on your forklift may seem indestructible, but eventually they wear out just like any other machine part. In fact, 29% of all independently-inspected forks fail safety standards.
A quick once-over isn’t enough to determine if a fork needs to be replaced. For this reason, ANSI/ITSDF B-56.1 standards require forks be inspected at least once per year (for single shift operations). Similarly, OSHA requires all powered industrial trucks, including forks, be examined daily or after each shift if they are utilized 24/7.
Skipping your fork inspections can lead to a snapped fork, dropped load and an all-around bad day! Read on to learn how to prevent accidents before they happen.
Ever wondered if you’re getting the “right” amount of run time from your forklift’s propane tank? In today’s blog post, we’ll cover how many hours of run time you can expect from single bottle of propane on forklifts of various sizes. If you’re experiencing below-average performance from your LPG forklift, we’ll list some common culprits.
Knowing when to retire a forklift can be a tough call. You don’t want to get rid of equipment that still has plenty of life in it. But a forklift that is slow or frequently in need of repair causes your business to be less productive and can frustrate staff.
You may have read online that the “right” time to replace your lift truck is when it’s reached the end of its economic life. But how do you determine when that is?
How often do I really need to perform planned maintenance on my forklift or manlift?
We hear this question often. The correct answer involves knowing about the individual operation, type and quantity of lifts and the environment in which the equipment operates on a daily basis.
Below is a list of questions to evaluate a fleet’s maintenance needs. Once maintenance frequency is determined, a scheduled maintenance plan helps avoid costly repairs and minimizes dreaded downtime.