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.
Toyota 360 Support comes standard with every lift truck sold and includes a wide range of benefits to help you:
On average, the cost to repair a forklift is four times higher than the cost to properly maintain the equipment in the first place. Just like a car, you need to have a certified technician check your lift every 150 hours at least.
By maintaining your asset, you can prevent expensive, unexpected repairs and avoid downtime. Equipment in good working order is also safer for employees, and a well-maintained lift truck commands a higher resale value. Learn more about planned maintenance (PM) from TMH:
On a forklift, 2000 hours is equivalent to 60,000 miles on a car. Some customers believe the cost of a 2000-hour service is too high, or they don’t want to take the forklift down for a whole day.
What they may not realize is the factory-recommend 2000-hour service is vital in keeping the forklift safe and operable, not to mention a higher resale value. It also prevents major components from failing prematurely which can be very costly. Additionally, if the unit is under warranty, the 2000-hour service keeps there warranty intact.
Learn more about what’s included in a 2000 hour IC forklift service versus a standard planned maintenance service.
If your forklift breaks down:
First - move it to an isolated area (if possible)
Next - get some basic details (make, model and serial number) before you call for service.
Additional details, like the machine's service history, can help the technician get to the root of the problem faster. Learn more about what to expect when you request mobile forklift repair.
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.
As a Product Support Rep (PSR) I hear a lot of horror stories from customers who try to maintain their own forklifts. Even worse: some customers just wait for something to break.
On average, the cost to repair a forklift is four times higher than the cost to properly maintain the equipment. Depending on the repair, the cost can be up to 15 times more expensive than what the customer would have spent on a service plan once you factor in downtime.
I recently had a customer spend $35,000 on a five-year-old forklift, all because they didn’t maintain it correctly. They only called us for repairs and major failures. This truck moved heavy loads all day and never got more than an oil change.
Toyota Forklifts are built like a tank, but with lack of maintenance any forklift becomes a ticking time bomb. Every machine has its limits. In this post, we’ll talk about:
- what maintenance is okay to do yourself,
- when to call a professional
...and the real way to save money on maintenance and repairs.
Your equipment is an investment and proper maintenance will help you maximize its value. Many problems start out small; catch them early and avoid a big pain in your checkbook. Wait too long and it’s going to cost you: time, labor, and productivity.
But you can benefit from the mistakes of others. Below are a few recent examples - from real TMHNC customers - of four expensive repairs that could have been prevented.
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.