To get started as a forklift technician, hands-on mechanical experience is helpful but not required. Some of the best technicians I know never touched a wrench until they started our apprenticeship program.
How Often Do Forklift Brakes Need Service?*
- Every 250 hours: blowout brake dust
- Every 2,000 hours: inspect brake drums
- Every 5,000-7,000 hours: replace brake shoes
*Basic guidelines only. Environmental conditions and operator behavior determine how frequently forklift brakes need to be inspected or replaced. Consult a certified technician.
Forklift chains lift thousands of pounds every day. If a forklift chain should fail, both the operator and any personnel nearby are in danger of serious injury and even death from the dropped load. Forklift chain inspection is part of OSHA’s pre-operation inspection for forklifts, but some damage can be easily missed. In today’s post, we’ll review what kind of damage to look for when inspecting forklift chains and identifying when the chain should be replaced.
Here are a few questions that come up on a regular basis that you may want to ask yourself: