Discussion:
Fork Lift Lifecycle

Ivan,
Any unit with 17000 hours on it is ripe to need major work and create a lot of down time. Without knowing a lot more about the service records and age of the equipment it is very difficult to be more specific. As a general rule, the quicker hours are put on a unit the better from a CPH viewpoint. Don't know the specifications of your equipment, but, units with better components, etc have been known to run as long as 40,000 hours in decent applications. Please note, this is an exception with good service not a general rule.
Also, do they actually run 24/5 (6200 hrs per year) or do they need to be available 24/5? There is quite a difference.
Sorry but I can't be more specific without more detailed information.
  • Posted 3 Feb 2006 00:40
  • Discussion started by tom_w
  • Virginia, United States
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Ivan,

The present condition and previous sevice and application will all help determine how well these units will operate in your application. Being only 3 years old they must have come from an existing rental or long term rental application.

Based on your application of 24/5, the hours on the units and possible past history, I might suggest new trucks for your operation.

New trucks on a lease with maintenance allow you a fixed monthly operatioanl cost and provide new trucks that are more reliable in a demanding application.

I am very familiar with the Caterpillar forklifts and even though they are an excellent product, you will have to invest in a monthly maintenance program to help reduce your downtime and operational cost. If you recently inheritied the fleet you may want to consider a 2,000 hour service package. This invloves changing all fluids and filters, major tune-up, in-depth service maintence inspection. This service with the monthly PM program may help may help reduce downtime and operational cost.
  • Posted 4 Feb 2006 07:55
  • Reply by opus
  • Ontario, Canada

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