Discussion:
Longest serving technician

Towmotor?
  • Posted 30 Sep 2013 08:21
  • Discussion started by fredjones
  • m nm n, United Kingdom
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Guess I'm just a kid in the forklift tech department. Only got 27 years there. Was a truck and trailer mechanic before I got "smart" and changed to forklifts. Still not old timer with only 44 years total. Never worked at any other trade, just glad when they started calling us tech's not mech's, raised the pay level a little bit. Don't think I would enjoy anything else near as much. Never had a real title for my level of experience, was just told, you found it, you fix it. Worked with some great people who helped me out. Always been a road tech, got tired of the shop scene during truck years. Only worked for two brands, three dealers. Nissan first, Hyster, and Nissan again. Not the same Nissan dealer due to relocation to the Gulf Coast.
60 % of our tehcs are over 50
  • Posted 1 Jan 2014 23:57
  • Reply by meliftman
  • Alabama, United States
Liftman
Retired
Elberta, Al.
First forklift repair was 1967. Clutch job on yale in Navy. I must have liked it. Doing it ever since. Just don't know when to hang the wrenches up. 47 years really feels like eternity. Wish some younger folks would step in and help kick me out of the business.
25%+ of our company techs are over 60. Not a very bright outlook for retirement.
Lost count of Jesus clips. Must be a black hole in every White MA50. Many clips lost there.
  • Posted 1 Jan 2014 16:31
  • Modified 1 Jan 2014 16:33 by poster
  • Reply by oldmanforklift
  • Arizona, United States
"Hey Ed, I have one questions, in those 39 years, how many Jesus pins did you loose?"
John R, I think you mean "Jesus clips"?? Like a White MA50 used to install the accelerator pedal arm to the rod......Geez. That's some tough times?!!
  • Posted 9 Nov 2013 10:51
  • Reply by Forkliftt
  • Louisiana, United States
Steve
steve at forkliftt dot com
fredjones, sorry i dont remember the name. Which department did you workat levertons ? regards Towmotor
  • Posted 19 Oct 2013 04:48
  • Reply by towmotor
  • Ontario, Canada
Levvies
  • Posted 18 Oct 2013 08:12
  • Reply by fredjones
  • m nm n, United Kingdom
yes man transport cafe haydock ,who did you work for
  • Posted 4 Oct 2013 07:23
  • Reply by towmotor
  • Ontario, Canada
I think we crossed paths in the new island cafe
  • Posted 4 Oct 2013 07:01
  • Reply by fredjones
  • m nm n, United Kingdom
fredjones, yes towmotor from ontario canada,coming up for a 41 year service,5 years for cat heavy equipment,before i saw the forks Lol
  • Posted 4 Oct 2013 02:09
  • Reply by towmotor
  • Ontario, Canada
36yrs here
have worked for hyster, cat and yale
presently at hyster
yep... things have changed over the years
i suspect they will always be a changing
one thing i've learned over the years is stay adaptable and keep your customers first priority, it gives one a sense of achievement when they are always requesting you back for doing a good job for them.

kudo's to all the old timers... heheh
  • Posted 3 Oct 2013 20:39
  • Reply by Jplayer
  • North Carolina, United States
John Player Jr
_________________
LiftOne, LLC
Charlotte, NC
Email: jplayer@liftone.net
Day Elvis died first day at work as an apprentice , god trucks have changed. Every day learn a bit more wish I'd kept a diary
  • Posted 3 Oct 2013 07:54
  • Reply by fredjones
  • m nm n, United Kingdom
Day Elvis died first day at work as an apprentice , god trucks have changed. Every day learn a bit more wish I'd kept a diary
  • Posted 3 Oct 2013 07:54
  • Reply by fredjones
  • m nm n, United Kingdom
I did 35 years for forklift company previous to that I was getting called into industrial company's as a motor veh electrician to fix the odd lift truck before I decided to go full time.

Titus
  • Posted 3 Oct 2013 04:20
  • Reply by Titus
  • North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Forty years this month. I'm convinced after all these years of twisting, turning and, standing on my head I could land a job in a circus as a contortionist.
  • Posted 2 Oct 2013 08:18
  • Reply by cownd
  • Arizona, United States
orchidlane29@gmail.com
I can remember doing service calls for Clark Clippers and my truck always had a supply of those disc waffers to fix carbon pile trucks.
  • Posted 2 Oct 2013 01:45
  • Reply by mrfixit
  • New York, United States
Man, I feel like a baby at only 28 years!
  • Posted 2 Oct 2013 00:47
  • Reply by bbforks
  • Pennsylvania, United States
bbforks (at) Hotmail (dot) com
Customers love technology- until they have to pay to fix it!

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