FORKLIFT PLANNED MAINTENANCE LETS YOUR OPERATION RUN SMOOTHLY
When you schedule your maintenance through a routine service plan, you’ll ensure that your lift trucks receive needed checkups at predetermined intervals. These intervals vary from workplace to workplace depending on the average number of hours your equipment is used per week. For trucks that are used every day, we recommend having planned maintenance done every three months.
At a quick glance, this may seem like a waste of time and money, but a forklift’s planned maintenance schedule benefits your fleet in the long run. Similar to getting the oil change or checkup on your car every 2-3 months, having planned maintenance performed allows you to catch problems before they start and give your lift truck a longer work life.
FORKLIFT PLANNED MAINTENANCE FIXES PROBLEMS BEFORE THEY ARE PROBLEMS
Forklifts are complicated machines. Your forklift could be working great one day but can break down the next. However, most mechanical issues aren’t freak occurrences, and are instead the result of a worn-down gear or corroded line. Little problems left unchecked tend to lead to bigger problems which lead to longer downtime and bigger repair bills.
During a service visit, an expert technician can diagnose these problems and fix them before they force your lift truck to be permanently out of commission for some time. During a service call an expert technician will inspect:
- The hydraulic systems
- All hoses, wires and gears
- Engine, tires, and batteries
- Lifts and forks
- Braking and steering systems
- Boddy issues that can impair performance
- Safety features
If a component looks damaged or on its way out, then your forklift can be quickly serviced. Larger issues can be scheduled for more extensive maintenance. YKI also documents everything so you can be on the lookout for any potential issues that may come up before your next planned maintenance visit.
PLANNED MAINTENANCE INCREASES SAFETY
Since your lift trucks are looked at on a consistent basis, operators have a better chance of staying safe. When your workers try to maneuver in tight spaces, they should be able to count on the forklift working as it should. Worn out components lead to accidents, which isn’t good for the equipment or the operator, especially since a technician could have replaced the worn out part before it became the problem.
FORKLIFT PLANNED MAINTENANCE DECREASES DOWNTIME
One of the largest complaints about a planned maintenance schedule is that it takes a forklift out of commission while it undergoes its routine check-up. However, since this maintenance is predetermined, you can adjust your workload ahead of time. This mitigates the costs and headaches of a prolonged period of downtime. In fact, since your fleet is routinely checked for issues, you have a greater chance to keep your forklifts running smoothly, shift after shift.
LET YKI HANDLE YOUR MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
YKI’s service team has established themselves as the experts for Planned Maintenance and service needs in Kentuckiana. Call us at 888-269-3198 or fill out our service request form here.