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How to Become a Forklift Technician

Unless you know a forklift technician, most people don’t know about the excellent
job opportunities for forklift mechanics .  TMHNC is currently hiring forklift techs and journeyman forklift techs and we offer some of the best benefits in the industry and it's a great place to work.

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. 

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How Much Does it Cost to Repair Forklift Brakes

Brake malfunction can cause serious damage to your facility and equipment, and may result in the injury or death of personnel. How many hours has it been since your forklift had its brakes inspected or serviced?

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.

How to Inspect Forklift Chains & Know When to Replace Them

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.

Forklift Repair: Easier Said Than Done

Looking for ways to bring down costs in your department? Managing the repair and maintenance costs of your forklift fleet is a good place to start. Below are some tips to help reach your goal.

Finding the Best Forklift Technician

Here are a few questions that come up on a regular basis that you may want to ask yourself:

  1. What type of training has he been through?  Is it current?
  2. Does he have the correct diagnostic tools to properly troubleshoot the issue?
  3. What type of technical support does he have locally?  
  4. How about from the manufacturer?
  5. Is he properly insured?

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