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Forum: Lifting machines
Discussion:  Fork lift abuse
Number of messages: 13

North Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Well, I can answer your question. You are not alone with forklift abuse. We run and maintain a fleet of around 45 front loaders and side loaders. They are mainly handling timber from quay side and in storage yards. Over the years we have tried many different makes of forklift, thinking that maybe a hydrostatic drive might be better than torque convertor. Or side loader might be better than front loader. It doesn't seem to make any different to our application, they just get broken. Torque convertors ripped of flywheels, Broken halfshafts, broken diffs, bent or broken rear axles, smashed off oil filters on engines. Burnt out clutches in transmissions. Leaking tilt rams, mast and carriage bearings broken like egg shells etc etc. I could go on all day ! I see that you also have the problem with plastic stapping. We have plastic and steel strapping. It cuts the tires, hub seals, then takes the brake pipes off. At one stage, we where replacing 7 tires a day. Tried differnt things to cure this problem like, moving pipes, kevlar liners, etc.

Posted 16 Jun 2005 07:55 PM Reply  Report this message
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Tennessee, United States
Where,s your warehouse manager's this a problem they create & they have to fix. You can not do at your end. Start tracking your Damage cost & persent it to the very top man but be ready for back lash. Good Luck .

Posted 16 Jun 2005 11:47 PM Reply  Report this message
Mississippi, United States
You can buy an impact montoring system.

Shockwatch makes a good product, but there are many on the market.

Posted 17 Jun 2005 01:47 AM Reply  Report this message
Saskatchewan, Canada
I think thats why their operators, they don't get payed to know or care.

Posted 14 Oct 2005 06:23 AM Reply  Report this message
Indiana, United States
If you are still running the trucks with this kind of abuse with 13,000 hours on the trucks, that is pretty good.   Maintenance costs are high on a truck in any application and 13,000 hours on the truck.  

The management needs to hold the operators accoutable for damage.   If they don't know how, they need to contact the Crown dealer.   A dealer of any size will know customers who know how to hold the operators accountable for damage.  I am a field tech for a Crown dealer.  I have seen it all.  Some places are out of control as far as damage goes.  And some places know how to prevent their operators from damaging the equipment.  I don't know how the companies that control damage do it.  They just do.   The dealer I work for as a parts and service sales person that would know how to prevent damage.

I think the best thing that can be done is to have operators check out a truck before they use it and stay on that truck until they sign out.   If you have multiple operators jumping on and off different trucks, you can never keep track of who caused the damage.

Modified 22 Oct 2005 10:35 AM
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Singapore, Singapore

Wow, I chanced upon this forum I didn't know existed and it feels good to know I am not alone in experiencing the management of abuse to forklifts!

Isn't it really frustrating that we can get the best designed forklifts for the benefit of our operators but they don't care and just bash up the units!??

Do you guys experience operators who are too lazy to get down from their seats to push the forks to adjust the prong width?  What they do is to bang the forks repeatedly on the floor while driving round and round in circles.  This damages not only the floor but the fork as well!  But this habit is soooooo hard to correct.  Handed down from 'generations to generations'!!

Posted 28 Oct 2005 03:31 PM Reply  Report this message
OHIO, United States
I understand your frustration. We just took ownership of 10 new lift trucks a month ago and they look like they are 5 years old. We try to keep everything in top running shape, but it makes it hard when the operators dont care. I wish we had the answers on how to keep abuse from happening. We have daily preshift meetings on safety and care, preshift inspections and they still get banged up real bad. Upper management seem to get excited about costly repaires, but will overlook induviduals operating practices till there is a problem. I have to keep so much extra stock around just to fix abusive problems that alot of my budget is spent on upkeep and not improvements.

Posted 10 Feb 2006 11:46 PM Reply  Report this message
Monaghan, Ireland
I've seen what operators try to do in pushing machines to their limits. Especially lifting a machine off the ground on two wheels. But when it comes to preventing damage to the cab, bonnets, hydraulic tank or the exhaust, combilift will customise machines with guards to give them that extra protection. As for the problem of operators who won't get out to adjust the forks, Just get fork positioners. They'll reduce the time an operator spends adjusting the forks manually or by spinning around in a circle and also prevent the damage to the machine or yard.

Posted 13 Feb 2006 11:16 PM Reply  Report this message
Wisconsin, United States
I don't mean to oversimplify this but your lift truck operators basically do what they are allowed to do. If you allow them to drive recklessly, they will do so. If your warehouse is a mess and the lift trucks constantly have to maneuver around stuff that shouldn't be there in the first place, you will have more damage.

Also realize that driving a lift truck is not like driving a car. A lift truck is constantly maneuvering with just inches or fractions of inches of clearance of racks, protective barriers, building structure, trailer walls, and other trucks and loads. They are undoubtedly going to get scratched up. This isn’t to make excuses for reckless driving but even very careful drivers hit or scrape things occasionally.

Posted 14 Feb 2006 04:38 AM Reply  Report this message
Alberta, Canada
I remember coming into work one Monday morning only to find dead powerjacks (just to date myself, pal wr's) lined up outside the shop door.

I had comms where bars had literally turned molten and dripped out onto the gearbox!!

After some investigating, i found out the part timers were having a 'tractor pull.'
They put the jacks against each other and shoved to see which jack was the strongest.

The broken reach cyl. thing is o-so common with bad operators.

It's sad really that the managers will all start to blame maintenance, instead of taking care of the operator problems.

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