Does it make sense to buy planned maintenance for an electric forklift? Good question.
One of the (many) reasons electric forklifts outsell diesel, or LP forklifts is because they cost less to maintain. So what are the benefits of planned maintenance for low-maintenance equipment?
First off, electric forklifts have wearable parts (tires, brakes, chains, forks, hoses) that need to be inspected and periodically replaced, just like any other forklift. Also, you can think of planned maintenance as a thorough safety check every 90 days. A factory-trained forklift technician will inspect the lift trucks’ safety features (chains, electrical system, lights), in addition to its accessories and any attachments.
The forklift technician can also confirm if the forklift’s battery is being maintained properly by operators. Last but not least, your team members can ask the technician questions and mention things they've noticed about the truck's performance.
Electric Forklift MaintenanceFull or planned maintenance for your electric forklift also includes:
Checking the electric forklift’s motor and cables
Electric forklifts have cables that carry electric current. During normal operation, these cables can come loose due to vibration, driving over rough surfaces, etc. If this occurs, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage to the motor or motor controller.
Lube and grease moving parts
There are several moving parts on an electric forklift that need to be lubed and greased regularly to avoid damage.
Documentation for OSHA and Increase resale
Any well-maintained piece of machinery will last longer than an un-maintained piece of equipment. Documented routine maintenance can increase the resale value of a used forklift, and it’s something you’ll be glad to have in the event of an OSHA inspection.
If you’ve ever calculated what an hour of downtime costs your business, you know planned maintenance is very cost-effective. Toyota forklifts are known for being reliable and dependable, but they require regular service and inspections.
- In addition to avoiding budget-busting repairs, planned maintenance also allows you to schedule service when it’s convenient.
- Full or planned maintenance can be financed along with your forklift purchase so you have a fixed, predictable monthly cost.
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