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Benefits of Planned Maintenance for Electric Forklifts


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.

Little Fixes That Prevent Big Problems


Sometimes it feels like breakdowns and major repairs can come out of nowhere and cause a big repair bill at the worst possible time. Although accidents are by definition unpredictable, there are many things you can do to protect your equipment and your budget. Good housekeeping, proper battery care and planned maintenance services are just a few ways that can help catch and prevent big, expensive breakdowns.

Toyota Forklift Warranties and 360 Support


Safety, reliability and low cost of ownership are just a few reasons
Toyota forklifts have ranked #1 in the world for 16 years running. Toyota and TMH stand by every lift truck we sell with the Toyota 360 Support program.

Toyota 360 Support comes standard with every lift truck sold and includes a wide range of benefits to help you:

  • Keep variable maintenance costs down
  • Minimize downtime
  • Request service from your smartphone with a 4-hour guaranteed response

How Planned Maintenance Saves You Money


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:

2000-Hour Forklift Service Vs. Routine Maintenance

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.

1000 and 2000 Hour Forklift Service - Are They Necessary?

Customers sometimes ask, “do I really need to do the 1,000-hour or 2,000-hour service on my forklift?” It’s a fair question. The equipment is likely running great and taking it offline may seem like a waste of time and money.

There are a few reasons to do the manufacturer's recommended maintenance, not the least of which is OSHA’s requirement. Other reasons include: ensuring the lift is in safe operating condition and increasing the up time and longevity of your lift truck (or other material handling equipment).

Forklift Repair and Emergency 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.

Forklift Parts - Glossary and Buyers Guide

Whether you repair forklifts in-house or work with a dealership, it’s helpful to know the different parts of a forklift so you can effectively communicate with a maintenance technician. There are also a few pitfalls to avoid when buying forklift parts. We’ll share a few horror stories and explain what the customer could have done differently to avoid losing money.

Forklift Maintenance and Repair - When to Call a Professional

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.

4 Expensive Forklift Repairs and How to Prevent Them

Forklifts and other material handling equipment are rugged machines, built to work hard, but they’re not invincible. All too often we end up doing expensive repairs on equipment that could have been avoided had the machine been properly maintained.

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.

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