The Anatomy of a Forklift – Service and Maintenance

The forklift is a combination of these core systems: The mast – This is the lifting system and includes the fork and lifting mechanism, tied in to the hydraulic system. Drive – This is usually an electrical drive system using batteries. (Outdoor forklifts may have petrol engines, but indoor forklifts are electrical.) Hydraulics – This … Continue reading

How Often Should a Forklift Be Serviced, and Why?

Forklifts are hard-working machines that carry very large loads continuously over time. They’re put under significant mechanical stress, and most forklift maintenance is based on simply fixing the natural ongoing effects of this work. Any defect in a forklift can lead to major, expensive problems, so prevention is always a lot cheaper than cure. There’s … Continue reading

Buying a Used Forklift – Repair Problems to Look for

When buying a used forklift, defects are an obvious possible issue The problems start when you buy a “bargain” that turns out to be a repairman’s dream. There’s a big difference between routine forklift maintenance and servicing, and over-the-top extra costs, so be careful when buying. A couple of buying tips before we start: A … Continue reading

4 Forklift Dangers and How to Prevent Them

It’s no accident that forklift operators are given extensive training in OHS. Forklift work can be dangerous, both for operators and other people onsite. Preventing these dangers can represent a better workplace, as well as millions of dollars’ worth of savings. This is where identify dangers comes in. Common Forklift Dangers and Prevention The most … Continue reading

New or Used Forklift – Things to Consider

When you’re looking at a choice between a new or a used forklift, there are positives on both sides, but it’s not necessarily a simple choice. A used forklift may be cheaper, but a new forklift can be a much better choice for a particular role. You may have limited choices in terms of outlay, … Continue reading

Forklift Troubleshooting – Common Problems You Encounter

When you’re working with forklifts, any problem can be serious trouble. You need to know how to recognise the faults, and assess the risks, both in terms of onsite safety and downtime caused by mechanical or other failures. Regular forklift maintenance reduces the risks enormously, but be aware that problems will occur, sooner or later. … Continue reading

5 Common Signs that Your Forklift Needs Repairs

Forklift servicing is a must-do for any business. Forklifts are subjected to very high levels of wear and tear, and occasional damage from impact in their work. Problems may be hydraulic, electrical, or mechanical, or something as simple but potentially dangerous as worn tyres Problem Prevention Best practice is to stay ahead of any possible … Continue reading