News service and business centre for materials handlingHOME
18829,18825,18826,18832,18835 19295
Prospero Girardi: How to maintain your forklift

Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 ( #830 )
Your Focus
Prospero Girardi
Prospero Girardi is the Director of Hitec Lift Trucks, a supplier of forklift trucks for hire and purchase, as well as a provider of forklift training, and many other materials handling products and services.

Contribute to Your Focus

When safely operated, forklifts help take the weight off staff and can get the job of multiple people done quickly and efficiently. However, as complex pieces of machinery, they do tend to wear out and break down over time. That means it is crucially important to create a regular maintenance schedule to ensure your business’s forklifts are kept in the best possible shape.

To help you do this we have compiled some of the most important things you need to cover to keep your forklift truck in full working order.

Ensure moving parts are well lubricated
By their very nature, forklifts have a number of moving parts. As these moving parts tend to take much of the strain of constantly lifting and lowering heavy pallets and materials, it is extremely important to make sure that these parts are as well lubricated as possible. This helps fight against the damaging effects of friction which will break down your forklift quicker than you think. So with this in mind, regularly grease all fittings on the forklift and ensure any worn-down ball bearings are replaced straight away.

Regularly monitor fluid levels
As with any motor vehicle, the fluid levels in a forklift are vital to its performance. They ensure the engine runs smoothly and that the working parts perform efficiently. So make sure that all the various fluids are regularly topped up. These include everything from the motor oil and coolant, as well as the transmission and hydraulic fluids.

Check gauges and lights on the dashboard
When it comes to any piece of machinery, problems do not always become immediately apparent. This means it is always a good idea to check all gauges to see if there are any problems. The lights and gauges on a forklift panel are often the first indication of a malfunction. So, even if the forklift appears to be operating fine, watch these gauges and get the vehicle checked on the first indication of a problem.

Keep the tyres inflated
This may seem obvious, but it doesn’t make it any less important. Always make sure that the tyres on your forklift truck are fully inflated, have sufficient air pressure, and are in good condition. Poorly maintained and unbalanced tyres could easily see the forklift topple over, causing significant danger to staff, as well as damage to the warehouse and any goods the truck is carrying.

Always use quality parts
All businesses have financial pressure, and cutting corners on quality parts can sometimes seem like a price worth paying. This is not the case with forklifts. As a vital tool for your business and a potential safety hazard, only ever use the finest parts available. Not only will this keep staff safe, it will save money in the longer term as your forklift will break down less frequently and require less costly repairs. This is also true of a forklift that is regularly checked, even when there are no problems.
Discuss News stories in the Discussion Forums!
separate border
Global News

Global News

FRANCE French equipment maker Haulotte has recorded a 56% rise in ... [more]
GERMANY One of Europe's most important logistics and materials handling events, ... [more]
UNITED STATES CLARK Material Handling Company has appointed PA Industrial Equipment as ... [more]

GERMANY Linde Material Handling is expanding its portfolio of robotic solutions ... [more]
UNITED STATES UniCarriers Americas (UCA) has announced the launch of its new ... [more]
AUSTRALIA Toll has deployed a fleet of 10 AGVs at its ... [more]
CHILE Expanding its operations, Chile-based Gruas Maule recently acquired a new ... [more]
CANADA GCT Canada has ordered 10 Konecranes rubber-tyred gantry (RTG) cranes ... [more]
CANADA AGV maker OTTO Motors has released its OTTO Industrial API ... [more]
UNITED STATES A 34-year-old man has been killed using a forklift at ... [more]

BOLO mirrors take the guesswork out of loading and unloading, allowing drivers to see around the load, making workplaces safer and more efficient.    Developed with the support of the Australian government and winner of a Good Design Award, BOLO is in demand in the US, the world's largest ... [more]

Announcements (Ads)

Independent tests show simple forklift attachment will slash pallet repair ... [more]

In addition to our SLB-Series Smart Load Banks, Eagle Eye ... [more]
SUN–TWS are part of the 107-year, US$8 Billion TVS Group, ... [more]
In order to promote our ranges all over the world, ... [more]
Cascade will present exciting developments in logistics and damage reduction ... [more]
If you’re looking to futureproof your supply chain, MODEX is ... [more]
Battery Supplies was founded in 1999 by Hans Weyme and ... [more]

A few of the company highlights on offer at CeMAT ... [more]
GEM One announces the imminent release of their GEM Sapphire ... [more]
Miretti Americas continues the evolution of EX technology and brand ... [more]

At this week's Logimat, participants were able to witness a ... [more]
56 Speakers. 19 Countries. 2 Days. 2018 AIP National Conference [more]
The digital integration of industry, energy and logistics is gathering ... [more]
Don’t let sourcing equipment slow you down, find new, used and rental machinery FAST with Machinery-onQ. Our smart and comprehensive search filters help you locate the right new, used or rental machine for any application. With increasing pressures on the supply chain, adapting quickly to changing demands is ... [more]
Safety First

Safety First(Blog)

Overlooking the three required elements of forklift training can come ... [more]

Subscribe to the weekly e-newsletter.
©2013 - All rights reserved
Forkliftaction Media Pty Ltd
PO Box 1439
Milton QLD 4064
About Forkliftaction
The Forkliftaction Team
Privacy Policy
Site Map
Business Directory
Discussion Forums
Industry News
Events Calendar
Jobs & Resumes
Photo Galleries
Blog articles
Our Bloggers

Industry Brands
Company Index
Regions & Countries

Advertise on Forkliftaction
Editorial Features / Calendar
Featured Businesses
Past News Editions
Industry Associations
Storing your login information automatically.

When you select the 'Remember me' option, your login information will be stored on your computer in the form of a cookie. When you visit again, the stored login information will be retrieved automatically and you will not have to submit your login parameters (email address and password) each time you want to visit our members-only pages.

A cookie is a small piece of data that is sent to your browser from a web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. A cookie can't read data off your hard disk or read cookie files created by other sites. Cookies do not damage your system.

 Back to Top