SIMPLE WAYS TO INCREASE A FORKLIFT’S LIFESPAN


Your forklifts are a major investment and are the workhorses for our operation. When one goes down, it can put you in a significant bind. Unfortunately, as forklifts age, the likelihood of mechanical failure increases. However, there are several things that can help ensure you get as many work hours out of your truck as possible before they need to be replaced.


 A Yale forklift is designed to give you a long work life. Follow these few tips and you can make sure your forklifts age well.


MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS READY TO GO AT THE END OF YOUR SHIFTS.


At the beginning of each shift, you should complete a pre-shift checklist before you start your daily work. Checking key items like gas and fluid levels, battery charge, tire treads and hydraulics help determine if the forklift ready for work. Not to mentioned this can help alert you to immediate and potential problems on your forklift. Once everything is checked off on your pre-shift checklist, you should be able to get to work.


You should also do the same checklist after each shift. Then refill the gas or charge the battery and basically make sure that the next shift has everything it needs to start quickly. Taking a few minutes at the end of your shift to run down the checklist, ensures that any issues found are dealt with when they are fresh in your mind. Then document any potential problems that a supervisor or the next shift should keep an eye on. This is especially needed if your forklifts work outside in the elements, because it’s much easier on engine to start with a full tank.


MAKE SURE YOUR FORKLIFTS RECEIVE REGULAR MAINTENANCE


Most mechanical problems don’t happen spontaneously. Belt snaps and chain slips usually happen after daily use wear down the part until it breaks. Sometimes when a part does break, it can cause a chain reaction and affect multiple systems. However, if you can take care of these wear and tear issues early on, your forklift will keep running longer.


Having a Planned Maintenance schedule ensures that problems can be diagnosed and fixed before they cause significant down time for your operation. A certified technician can identify potential issues that an operator could miss during their daily checks. Now you can replace items before they break which increases the lifespan of your forklift, but also saves you money on costly repair bills.


MAKE SURE YOUR DRIVERS OPERATE YOUR FORKLIFTS SAFELY


The best way to keep your forklifts running well is to drive them in a safe and consistent manner. Daily wear and tear can get expedited when the truck is operated poorly, and most accidents happen due to user error.


That’s why OSHA requires anyone who operates a forklift, even occasionally, must receive certified training. Well-trained operators have a much better chance of avoiding a major accident, mostly because they fully understand the machine and how to skillfully maneuver around your facility. Operator training also covers how to perform those pre-shift and post-shift checklists as well as how to identify potential problems with the equipment. Training can also happen on-site, so your drivers will learn in the same conditions they will be working in.


YKI IS HERE TO KEEP YOUR FORKLIFTS UP AND RUNNING


Whether it’s scheduled maintenance plans, operator training or help with a major repair, YKI can help you get the most out of your forklifts. Call us at (888)269-3198 today!