fbpx

The future of forklifts is lithium

Posted by

More companies than ever before are turning to lithium power to run their vehicles and equipment. Lithium is a popular choice in the warehousing and construction sectors, with a huge number of lithium forklifts now being developed, rather than diesel- or gas-powered. In the future, lithium power could be the default for all forklifts and similar work vehicles, thanks to its rechargeable properties and its efficiency.

testing lithium forklifts battery

About lithium power

Lithium-ion batteries are extremely commonplace in the modern world. Lithium is most commonly used to power smartphones, tablets and laptops, providing plenty of power in a compact capsule that can be recharged relatively quickly. More recently, electric car manufacturers have used lithium to power their vehicles: and the use of lithium batteries is catching on in the construction and industry sectors. Aerospace engineers are also experimenting with lithium power.

 

Lithium batteries work by passing positive and negative electrodes through the battery unit, and passing them back when the battery is recharged. They have a relatively long shelf-life and can power a device for several years before they need to be replaced. They can be recycled, making them an environmentally friendly option as long they are disposed of correctly.

They can replace traditional fuel-driven engines. This leads to a reduction in carbon emissions. Battery powered vehicles are economical, requiring regular charging rather than refueling with costly diesel or petrol.

Lithium forklifts

It has been more than a decade since the first lithium-ion powered forklift appeared, but the technology is only just starting to catch on among mainstream manufacturers. In the last few years, there has been a surge in lithium-powered machinery development, and some of the biggest names in industrial equipment manufacturing are using lithium power to replace fossil fuels, and bulky, dated acid-powered batteries.

Lithium batteries can store more energy than a traditional battery unit, so they are far more efficient. Lithium forklifts can run for three times as long before it needs charging, so your workers can be more productive and your equipment has far less downtime for charging. This is great news for owners of busy warehouses, where every minute of downtime is extremely costly.

Lithium batteries are newer than acid-based batteries, so they tend to be more expensive to purchase in the first instance. Over time, the cost will reduce as the batteries become more common – but they may always cost a little more than the older style of battery. However, those costs will likely be offset by the savings you can make through improved work rate and reduced charging time.

Counterbalance trucks and lithium

The most frequently used type of forklift truck is a counterbalance truck. These are weighted at the back to compensate for the heavy load lifted at the front, to prevent the truck from tipping. However, modern electric forklifts often have no counterbalance, because the heavy internal battery serves a dual purpose. If you use electric forklifts, you will know that the low gravity centre of the heavy battery weight keeps them very stable – sometimes to the point of reducing mobility!

Lithium batteries, on the other hand, are extremely lightweight. The battery in your mobile is virtually weightless, for example. Of course, a battery large enough to power a forklift will have more bulk and weight to it – but it will still not be sufficient to act as a ballast for the truck. It is common to add additional ballast weight to these types of battery packs to retain manufactures specification/tolerances.

If you would like more information on lithium forklifts, contact Hiremech today. We can discuss your forklift needs and help you find the right truck for the best price. Call now on 0208 880 3322, or email sales@hiremech.co.uk and let our friendly sales team help you.

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/future-forklifts-lithium/
RSS

The benefits of electric forklifts

Posted by

If you are looking for a new forklift truck for your business, you might be confused by the many, many options available. Do you need a reach truck, a flexitruck, or a counterbalance forklift? And how should your new truck be powered: by gas, by diesel or by electricity? Thankfully, Hiremech are on hand to talk you through the options and to make buying a forklift truck simple. Below is our guide to electric forklifts, and how you can apply the benefits of electric forklifts to your business.

benefits of electric forklifts

Electric forklifts

Electric forklifts are powered by an internal battery, similar to the one in your car. The battery will require charging at regular intervals and water levels topping up to keep the forklift operating. The majority of modern forklift trucks use electricity as a power source, as it is cleaner and more cost-effective than a fuel-powered machine.

Many forklifts use old-style lead batteries, which are bulky, heavy devices containing chambers of lead-based acid. The batteries have a long life and many have recharge abilities, but they do need replacing when the electric charge runs down. They can be dangerous if damaged, as they contain a powerful corrosive substance that can damage skin, paint, metal and plastic on contact. They are also extremely heavy – though as we will soon see, this can be an advantage.

Lithium-ion batteries, on the other hand, are lightweight and rechargeable. A scaled-up version of your mobile or laptop battery, the lithium battery provides many hours of power between charges. Lithium powered forklifts are becoming much more common as companies look for cleaner, greener ways to operate – and to cut their costs.

Counterbalance trucks and electric power

The most commonly used kind of forklift is a counterbalance truck. This is what you will typically picture when thinking of a forklift: a small, sturdy cab with a fixed set of front forks, and a heavy weight attached to the back. The counterbalance stops the truck from tipping when a heavy load is lifted and keeps the truck stable when it is loaded and in motion.

Many electric forklifts are counterbalance trucks in the true sense of the word, but they lack the counterweight at the back to hold down the truck. Instead, the internal battery performs this function. A heavy internal battery can keep the truck weighed down during operation and make it far easier to use and manoeuvre the vehicle. Lithium batteries are lighter, so they do not work as a counterbalance and a weight is generally added to the battery pack to retain manufactures specifications.

Recharging your forklift

Any time that a piece of equipment is out of action, your business is losing money. Having to recharge a forklift every few hours is not ideal in a busy working environment, and in the past, this has put off companies from choosing electric power. However, modern batteries can carry more charge between each top-up, so they are far more efficient than they used to be. More companies are making the switch to electric power as a result. One of the benefits of electric forklifts is that their lithium batteries are great for increasing operating times between battery charges. Consequently, they are becoming more commonplace.  Lithium cells also have the added benefit in that they can be opportunity charged in-between shifts or during breaks without any damage to the cells.

If you want to explore the benefits of electric forklifts for your business, contact Hiremech and see what we can offer you. We have a huge range of electric trucks available, all refurbished to the highest standards. We will talk you through the many options available to you, and help you make an informed decision about your needs.

You can contact the Hiremech team on 0208 880 3322, or email the sales team on sales@hiremech.co.uk. We can provide quotes, advice and details on the great range of forklifts we have in stock. Call now and see how we can help.

 

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/benefits-electric-forklifts/
RSS

How to pass your forklift driving test

Posted by

When training to pass your forklift driving test, it is important to choose an accredited training provider like Hiremech, as this will guarantee that you will receive tutoring from an experienced, qualified instructor, and that your licence will be to the latest RTITB Accredited standards.  Any existing or prospective employers can check the RTITB national database to confirm the validity of your certification for the equipment you have have been trained on.

 

All forklift training courses comprise of a written test taken after a formal lecture on the basics of functionality, safety and good working practice while operating a forklift. This test must be passed before a worker can be granted a forklift licence/certificate.

 

Of course, different criteria will apply depending on the type of forklift you want to operate – tests to gain the qualifications to drive more complex forklifts may require extended study time, but the following general questions will crop up on most tests…

 

practice to pass your forklift driving test

Questions

1. If the forks are touching the floor, is it safe to drive the forklift truck?

2. Is it safe to use a mobile phone while operating a forklift truck?

3. Should you honk the forklift truck’s horn when passing an intersection?

4. When parking the truck, should you lower the forks until they touch the floor?

5. Does a forklift require an alarm when moving in reverse?

6. Are rear view mirrors necessary on a forklift truck?

7. Can employers evaluate the performance of their forklift operators every three years?

8. When loads obstruct the view of the operator, are they allowed to travel in reverse?

9. Should the operator reduce speed before turning?

10. When transporting a load, what is the maximum height the forks can be elevated from the ground?

11. Does the stability of the forklift truck suffer when it is lifting heavy loads at a considerable height?

12. Is it safe for colleagues to ride on a pallet while the forklift is moving?

13. Does the forklift need to be switched off for refuelling/recharging?

14. Should the Occupational Health & Safety Administrator (OSHA) perform a daily inspection before work is undertaken?

15. At the end of a shift, is it good working practice to lower the mast and forks until they reach the floor?

16. Should the brake be applied before exiting the forklift truck, even if it is stationary on a flat surface?

17. Can forklifts be driven forward at a slope of 10 degrees?

18. Should forklift training be specific to the type of truck the user will be operating:

19. Does tilting the mast help make the load secure?

20. Does the operator need to know all the information indicated on the load capacity plate?

21. Can only one passenger ride in or on a forklift?

Answers

 

1. No

2. No

3. Yes

4. Yes

5. Yes

6. Yes

7. Yes

8. Yes

9. Yes

10. Six inches

11. Yes

12. No

12. Yes

13. Yes

14. Yes

15. Yes

16. Yes

17. Yes

18. Yes

19. Yes

20. Yes

21. Yes

Practical training

After learning about health and safety and watching an instructional video, learners do a hands-on practical training session. It will require the driver to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have learned during the lectures they have sat through. This part of the test can be workplace-specific, and will concentrate on the characteristics of the forklift, how to operate the truck safely, how to refuel or recharge the unit, how to inspect the unit prior to operation, and understanding the importance of pedestrian behaviours in the workplace. On the final day, each learner will take both a theory and practical assessment to put what they have learned to the test.

At Hiremech, our driver training packages provide RTITB accredited, industry-recognised qualifications. Training can be undertaken at our fully-equipped training centre or onsite at your place of work.

We offer training for powered pallet trucks, stackers, counterbalance forklifts, reach trucks, scissor lifts, order pickers, truck conversion courses and more. If you or your team need to pass your forklift driving test to operate a forklift in London, simply book a training course with Hiremech today by calling 020 8880 3322.

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/pass-forklift-driving-test/
RSS

How to carry out daily maintenance on your forklift

Posted by

If you operate a forklift truck as part of your job, then carrying out daily maintenance on your forklift is vital. Not only will it keep you and anyone else in the vicinity safe, but it will also ensure you comply with the legal requirements in this area. As a business owner, it will also help you avoid any financial comeback from injuries caused on your premises by faulty machinery.

performing daily forklift maintenance

When should you perform a daily maintenance inspection?

As the name would suggest, this should be done each and every day when using a forklift. It should be carried out as the first thing you do on your shift before you start using the machine. Once you have completed the check and filled in the necessary paperwork to pass to the back office, you can then begin work unless a serious fault has been identified.

What do you need to carry out as part of the daily maintenance on your forklift?

The end goal of this daily check is to ensure that you will be using a forklift that is fit for purpose, will handle the jobs you will be using it for and has no obvious damage or defects. If you do notice anything out of place as part of your checks, then it is key you note it down and report it.

The following components need to be checked before each use of a forklift:

  • Fork Arms
  • Carriage Plate
  • Backrest Extension
  • Mast
  • Mast Roller / Slides
  • Lift Chains
  • Chain Pulleys
  • Hydraulics & Hoses
  • Wheels
  • Tyres
  • External Condition of truck
  • Operating Position
  • Operators Seat
  • Gas Powered Trucks
  • Starting Procedure Engine Trucks
  • Starting Procedure Electric Trucks
  • Lights
  • Audible Warnings
  • Hydraulic Controls
  • Drive & Braking
  • Steering

Forklift arms

The first thing to check when doing the daily maintenance on your forklift is that fork arm heels are not cracked, and that the fork tips are not damaged.  Damaged or faulty forks can result in damaged goods costing your employer money and also be a safety risk to you or other staff.

Once this has been done, test the performance of the forklift by raising the forks to their max height and then lowering them again. This should be done slowly to avoid causing any damage as part of the maintenance routine. When doing this part, it is vital to listen as well as look. Keep an ear out for any strange sounds you wouldn’t expect to hear normally. During this part of the check, it is key to test the tilting mechanism also to make sure it feels smooth and as intended.

Brakes

Naturally, the brakes on the forklift you will be using are a hugely important safety feature. They must be in good working order before you start grafting with the machine. No-one wants to be using a forklift with a heavy load whose brakes aren’t working properly!

The best starting point here is to apply some pressure to the foot brake. A foot brake in good working order should not need lots of pressure applying to get a response. Next, check the parking brake to make sure the forklift will not move when engaged. Lastly, make sure to find out that the brake lights are also working so people will know when you are coming to a halt.

Check the steering

The steering system within any forklift is obviously key to safe and reliable handling. As part of the daily maintenance on your forklift, take your vehicle for a drive without any load on it. Make sure that the steering responds as it should and works as expected. Remember to check going forwards and backwards when you do this! This part of the check is good for throwing up any issues with tyre pressure (mostly solid compound tyres), wheel alignment, and the gearbox.

External condition

Although the above three areas are the most key, you should also just have a general walk around to see if anything else catches your eye. If you spot any damage or something that is hanging off for example, then this is naturally something to report.

Let Hiremech help today

If you need any help with hiring or buying the best quality forklifts to use or repair for any of your existing fleets, then let us help. We offer a wide range of forklifts to suit any business needs, so give us a call today.

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/forklift-daily-maintenance/
RSS

Forklift training practice test

Posted by

When using a forklift in a commercial or industrial environment, safety is paramount. All operators need to be trained on using the equipment before they step inside the truck, and forklift workers and their employers need to adhere to all requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 at all times. This short forklift training practice test is designed to complement ongoing forklift training for operators of counterbalance trucks.

Test your knowledge of the basics of operating a forklift safely, ahead of your theory test, and make sure that you are well prepared to pass first time.

worker doing his forklift training practice test

Forklift training practice test Questions :

 

1. Give four checks that you are required to make before picking up a load.

 

2. What are the four obligations of forklift operators and employees, as laid out by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

 

3. When using the hydraulic controls, what two steps must the operator take?

 

4. What is the correct procedure for preparing to safely move off?

 

5. When the load capacity is increased, which of the following is true?

a. The load carrying capacity is increased

b. The load carrying capacity is unaffected

c. The load carrying capacity is decreased

 

6. What should a forklift operator do if they encounter an obstruction while using the truck?

 

7. How should you use the horn when approaching a blind corner?

a. Sound several short sharp blasts of the horn

b. Sound one long and continuous blast of the horn

c. Don’t use the horn when approaching a blind corner

 

8. Who is responsible for enforcement of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974?

 

9. Who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace?

 

10. What is the difference between net weight and gross weight?

 

11. What factors can often cause a lift truck to tip over sideways?

 

12. Who issues the written authorisation for a forklift operator to use a piece of equipment?

 

13. What should you always do right before moving off in the forklift?

 

14. Who has responsibility for checking that a truck is in working order before use?

 

15. What are the safety considerations when charging a forklift truck battery?

 

Answers

1. Weight; load centre; collection and deposit locations; load security and condition; contents of load; pallet material.

 

2. Duty of safety to self; duty of safety to others; cooperation with management to ensure safety; not to misuse, tamper with, damage, abuse or modify any health and safety equipment or other provisions.

 

3. Apply the parking brake; put the truck into neutral gear.

 

4. Engage the transmission; check over both shoulders; remove the parking brake; move on.

 

5. c. The load carrying capacity is decreased.

 

6. Park the truck safely and remove the obstruction before continuing with operation of the forklift.

 

7. a. Sound several short sharp blasts of the horn.

 

8. The Health and Safety Executive; relevant Local Authorities.

 

9. Everybody in the workplace: workers; managers and supervisors; visitors; regulators and authorities.

 

10. Net weight is the total weight of the product itself; gross weight is the total weight of the product, pallet and packaging.

 

11. Unladen trucks and sharp turns.

 

12. The operator’s employer.

 

13. Look over both shoulders and check the area behind you is clear.

 

14. The operator should always check the forklift before using it.

 

15. Use the correct charger for the battery type; turn off the charger before reconnecting the battery to the truck; ensure the battery is well ventilated during charging; ensure the charging cables are not trapped or caught; connect the charger to the battery, not to the truck itself.

 

Hiremech offers training and support for forklift owners and operators, and we are happy to offer advice and support on any aspect of forklift use. If you have any questions or if you want a quote for equipment or training, contact our team today on 0208 880 3322, or email the team at sales@hiremech.co.uk.

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/forklift-training-practice-test/
RSS

How to Weatherproof your Forklift Truck.

Posted by

All you need to know when you come to Weatherproof your Forklift Truck.

 

 

For businesses that require outdoor usage of forklift trucks, weatherproofing is an essential consideration. The main concern is protecting the interior of the cab from rain, whether that be for keeping the weather off an operator when the machine is in use, or just for storing the machine outdoors. There are three main ways to weatherproof a forklift truck, and they all offer different solutions for different needs.

1. Cabs which protect the operator from rain and cold

 

There are many weatherproof cabs available to fit any forklift truck. They range from a full metal cab offering comprehensive protection from harsh weather conditions, to semi-cabs with PVC doors that can subjectively protect the operator while the forklift is in use.

These cabs also have a range of options for accessories that can be fitted, to increase the weatherproofing. These accessories include front and rear windscreen washer/wipers, sighting panels to fit the overhead region, internal lights and heaters for the cabin, and external halogen lights or indicators. We manufacture these cabs to the highest standards, and offer either a supply-only or full fitting service with the help of factory-trained engineers.

 

weatherproofing forklift cabs

 

 

2. Canopies

 

These offer similar weather protection to the more advanced cabs, but they are cheaper and, naturally, less effective. Essentially, they are plastic covers that fit around the forklift to protect the operator; they are like ‘forklift umbrellas’.

These come in a wide variety of colours, and there are also different material options including heavy-duty PVC and canvas. Different materials have different properties, so be sure to do your research before settling on a material for your canopy.

 

weather proofing forklift canopies

3. Storage covers to protect from April showers

 

This option is only for protecting your machines while they are not in use if they are stored outdoors. Springtime is not immune to the odd shower, and you will want to keep your machines dry to ensure they don’t suffer costly damage from the elements. Forklift covers are generally made from very strong and durable PVC-ST or canvas, and come in a variety of sizes to fit any forklift imaginable.

Protecting your forklifts from the weather is extremely important to maximise their lifespan. Rain and ice can be extremely damaging by causing rust on both external and internal metal parts, as well as messing with electrics and compromising the integrity of other materials inside the cab. With the simple addition of one of these weatherproofing measures, you can prevent these types of damage occurring and minimise maintenance costs for your machines.

This is not to mention the importance of protecting your forklift operators from the elements. If your staff are to be working outdoors for extended periods of time, they must be protected from rain and cold all year round in order to keep them healthy and safe.

Happy staff and well-maintained machines mean that productivity and motivation remain high, and that unnecessary costs like machine maintenance and staff absence are minimised. If your forklifts spend time outdoors, you can’t afford to ignore the weatherproofing measures available to you.

 

 

weatherproofing forklift covers

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/weatherproof-forklift-truck/
RSS

Hiremech supplies forklifts to Tottenham FC warehouse

Posted by

Forklifts and football aren’t the most obvious pairing, but our North London-based company is determined to buck the trend. For more than 10 years, Hiremech and Tottenham Hotspurs FC have enjoyed a strong relationship. This was strengthened recently when Hiremech unveiled a striking set of Tottenham Hotspurs FC branded forklift trucks for the team’s merchandise warehouse, located in Enfield.

 

hiremec supplies tottenham fc with forklifts and forklift trucks

Narrow Aisle Flexi G4

 

A nod to the Spurs

With a warehouse filled with Tottenham Hotspur fans, the arrival of the bespoke navy blue forklifts with the iconic Spurs emblem was certainly welcome. Designed to help staff move Tottenham Hotspurs FC merchandise around the expansive warehouse, the blue cabs with white accents are just the thing needed to boost the team’s spirit. Not only are they visually striking, but they are also the industry gold standard in forklift trucks, so the team can be assured of long-term productivity.

The forklift truck supplied is a Narrow Aisle Flexi G4, an industry leading truck for warehouse optimization combining the benefits/capabilities of a counterbalance and a reach truck.  The additional two small units are our latest EP JX1 (Man Up Order Picker) model that we are very excited about and well received by customers who have tried it so far.

 

Narrow Aisle Flexi G4 and EP JX1 forklift trucks

Narrow Aisle Flexi G4 and EP JX1s

 

While Tottenham Hotspurs FC fans will have a long wait this summer to see if their stadium will be ready in time for the start of the season, fans in the warehouse have been handed an early treat. For any fans ordering the latest merchandise from the online Tottenham Hotspurs FC fan shop, they can be assured their orders will be picked and packed in style thanks to the custom-designed forklift trucks. The Enfield-based warehouse is a key part of the local community and provides jobs and training for local residents. The team will now be able to show their true colours at work as they zip around the warehouse on their Tottenham-branded forklifts.

 

Hiremech and the community

Hiremech has a long history of maintaining strong connections to the local community and is proud to serve a range of local businesses. In July 2017, we delivered an array of cleaning equipment to the local microbrewery, Camden Town Brewery. As a beloved local brand and a growing name in the international brewing scene, this was an important partnership for Hiremech. Being a part of the community and getting to know the local businesses is an essential part of our ethos. As the Hiremech headquarters are so close to the site of the new Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, this was a natural partnership. As fans await the arrival of the new 62,000 seater stadium which is due to be unveiled in August for the start of the season, Hiremech has been busy preparing our own nod to the team.

 

hiremech supplies forklifts and forklift trucks to tottenham fc spurs

Narrow Aisle Flexi G4 in action

 

The community is at the heart of everything for Hiremech. It isn’t enough to be London’s sole provider of the Caterpillar range of forklift trucks, we also want to be engaged with the local businesses. With a client list that includes well-known household brands right down to single users, there’s a reason that companies always return to Hiremech for all of their needs. For more than 20 years, Hiremech has been helping companies of all sizes to achieve their goals with forklift trucks and other essential warehouse equipment and machines. London Underground, Workshop Coffee and The Royal Opera House are just some of our very happy customers.

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/forklifts-tottenham-fc/
RSS

How do Forklift Hydraulics Work?

Posted by

Our Expert Guide to Forklift Hydraulics

 

Ever considered how forklift hydraulics work? A good understanding of them may prove useful when it comes to selecting the right model to buy or hire. It can also help you determine how you will use one. Read on and find out everything you need to know about them.

forklift hydraulics

 

 

What are hydraulics?

Simply said, hydraulic systems power engines through the use of pressurised fluid. With two founding fathers, the British mechanic and engineer Joseph Bramah and engineer William Armstrong, its roots date back to the late 1700s. Today hydraulics are used in many aspects of everyday life, such as powering the brakes of a car, enabling the height adjustment of office chairs, in dishwashers and in forklifts as well as other construction equipment. All hydraulic systems consist of four components which allow them to work so effectively.

 

The four parts of a hydraulic system are:

The reservoir, which is where the liquid is held
The pump, which is responsible for transferring mechanical energy into the system
The valves, which act as the start and stop for the system. They also direct the fluid’s movement. The actuators, which are devices that will transfer any generated hydraulic energy and transform it into mechanical energy for use.

 

 How do hydraulics work?

Hydraulics are based on Pascal’s Law. This is a law of fluid mechanics and affirms that if a pressure is applied to a fluid in a limited and compact space, this pressure will be sent through the fluid in every direction without losing any of its power. Once the pressure hits the boundaries of this space, the pressure will offset it and create a level of force. In hydraulic systems, Pascal’s Law is put into place and pressure is put onto a small amount of fluid which will result in a large amount of power being generated. Essentially, a typical hydraulic system will work by having water in a contained system being given pressure from one side. This pressure then forces the fluid against a piston on the opposite side of the container which then transfers the energy into the piston creating force. Cleverly, the water pressure will not allow it to flow backward, meaning that the piston can never move in the opposite way until it has been released. This adds safety benefits to many products.

 

What kind of liquid do hydraulic systems use?

Even though many hydraulic systems may use water-based solutions, there are various other fluids that are used for various reasons and benefits that are unique to their properties. The type of liquid that can be used in a forklift may be key to its suitability for your use.

Water-based fluids are extremely fire resistant. However, they don’t provide as much lubricant as other fluids may offer and for this reason, must be watched closely and regularly maintained. They also have a chance of evaporating at high temperatures.

Synthetic fluids benefit high-temperature environments and high-pressure systems. As they are man-made, they can feature various properties that will benefit certain environments. However, due to their artificial nature, synthetic fluids may contain toxic substances and tend to be more expensive.

Petroleum based fluids are the most popular hydraulic lubricant today thanks to their low price and adaptability. They can be customised to a hydraulic system with the ability to include various additives that may benefit your environment or machinery. These may include rust inhibitors, anti-wear agents and more.

Flexi truck

How are forklift hydraulics used?

The hydraulic system is essential to any forklift, being the predominant reason that the vehicle can move pallets and objects. They work by lifting the load-bearing prongs off the ground and ensure that the loads remain in the air whilst the forklift moves. Without a hydraulic system, a forklift would be rendered useless.

If you’d like to know more information about our forklifts or are ready to decide on the best forklift for you, browse our models for hire.

 

forklift hydraulics

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/forklift-hydraulics-work/
RSS

Top 5 Forklift Accessories

Posted by

The Most Effective Forklift Accessories- Make the Most of Your Forklift Trucks

 

For something designed with a single function in mind, the forklift truck is a surprisingly versatile machine. Aside from different forms of design – from narrow aisle trucks to double-loaders – you can even invest in a whole host of forklift accessories.

 

hiremech forklift accessories

 

Here are some of the best:

1. Fork Extension Sleeves

Extension sleeves are easy and quick to fit to almost any existing forklift truck. They were designed with the intention of extending the length of the forklift truck’s existing forks, which will allow you to handle longer loads, or loads that are out of reach to the existing forks you have. Shaped and tapered tips reduce the risk of damage to goods, even at a distance.

2. Side Shift

Of all the attachments available for the forklift, the side shift is perhaps the most useful for the day-to-day running of a business. When properly installed and tested, the side shift allows the forklift operator to move an existing load to the left or to the right (within a certain span). In effect, you are moving the fork carriage independent of the rest of the forklift, with allows for greater efficiency in the workplace, especially when loading and unloading in narrow aisles.

 

3. Rotator Clamp

 

Rotator clamps are designed to help with the moving of white goods. Attached to the forks of the truck with clamping screws, the rotator attachment allows you to move an item through 360 degrees, an essential trait for certain white goods, which need to be positioned in a certain manner.

 

4. Brush Attachment

 

A brush attachment is exactly what it sounds like: a large brush, often as wide as two metres across, that attaches to the forks of the truck, effectively converting it into a mobile sweeper for your warehouse. Brush attachments for forklift trucks are easily mounted onto the vehicle, and just as easily removed, and are effective for clearing up such things as light snow, moss, mud, straw, grain, grit, slurry, and a whole range of other debris, both inside the warehouse, and out.

 

5. Snow Plough Attachments

 

These days there is no need to purchase a snow plough to handle the inclement weather Mother Nature throws at us. It is just as easy to add a snow plough attachment to one of the existing forklift trucks. It takes no time at all to affix the attachment, as they are designed to slide directly onto the fork, much like the forklift extension sleeves mentioned earlier in this list. You, or one of your team, can be out of the warehouse almost immediately, clearing up snow, or using the plough as a scraper for clearing the back yard during drier conditions.

5.1 LED Lighting

 

Nearly 40% of all accidents involving a forklift truck also involve a pedestrian. LED area warning lights can help to prevent these by casting a bright red line onto the floor immediately surrounding them. This warns any pedestrian in the vicinity that they are in an area that has been deemed unsafe, ensuring a safer working environment for forklift operators, other staff and customers. You will require a strip of lights for each side of the vehicle you wish to illuminate in this way, potentially meaning the entire truck can be made safe on all sides.

 

 

For all information regarding any of the forklift accessories read more here:

 

forklift lights

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/blog-top-5-forklift-accessories/
RSS

A Guide to Purchasing your Forklift Truck

Posted by

How to Purchase a Forklift Truck:

Finding the perfect forklift to meet your needs requires special insight if you want to make the right choice. There are always new technologies and ergonomic enhancements hitting the market, so even a minute adjustment can save time for your operators, making them more productive and your whole operation more cost-effective.

There are numerous factors that will have an impact on your long-term costs, including the machine’s power source, its load capacity, how much training your staff will need to operate it and whether you buy new or used.

You can find your perfect machine by systematically searching through the offerings available online, or you can use a reputable dealer. Professional forklift dealers are specialised in identifying the appropriate machinery for an industry’s needs. Other advantages of using a good dealer include local technical support, easy availability of branded parts, service programs for maintenance needs, warranties, customer support and even operator training.

Once you have chosen the right dealer, you need to set about working with them to find your perfect machine. Here are the main factors to consider when making a purchase:

CAT ELECTRIC Forklifts

 

 

 

 

Cost and features:

Forklifts are a sizeable investment, costing tens of thousands of pounds for a new machine. If you’re buying new, it’s vital to get one that meets all your needs and has as many of the latest technological features as possible to future-proof your purchase.

 

 

New vs used:

 

Some businesses will not have the necessary budget to purchase a forklift. In this case, it is still possible to find an excellent machine if you pay close attention to the following criteria:

– Age: The machine’s year of manufacture should be in the serial number, or stamped near the mast. If you want to save some money, you’ll need to search for a machine that’s 5+ years old, and pay close attention to the other considerations.

– Service hours: Focus on the dead man hours; this meter is activated when the dead man pedal is pressed, which is when the machine is truly being used. As a rough guide, a machine in which the hours represent 8 hours a day, 5 days a week has been heavily used. One with half this amount would be preferable.

– Usage history: A forklift that has been used in ‘extreme’ environments is more likely to have suffered wear and tear. Look for machines that have done simpler jobs in the past, like basic warehouse stocking.

– Condition: A professional dealer or forklift mechanic are best placed to assess a machine’s condition. Importantly, you must ensure mast operation is smooth, tires are in good condition, and the engine runs as it should.

 

 

Types of Forklift:

 

When you purchase a forklift the key factors to consider are order pickers, pallet jacks, reach trucks and sit-down rider trucks. All have unique properties and functions, and you should be familiar with them so as to choose which type will best meet your needs. Trusted brands are generally the safest choice; you should do some research into which brands are most reliable.

 

 

purchase a forklift

 

 

 

Share this and follow us
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
https://www.hiremech.co.uk/blog-purchase-forklift/
RSS