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Winter can be harsh on your forklifts and operators, but proper preparation and maintenance can position your business for a profitable season. Follow these 9 forklift winterization tips to help ensure longer uptime during the months ahead.
- Cold weather is hard on batteries. Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.
- Clean, flush and put new antifreeze in the cooling system. As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every year.
- Check the tire tread depth and tire pressure. If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be checked weekly.
- Be diligent about changing the oil and filter at recommended intervals. Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter.
- Have your technician check the fuel, air, hydraulic and transmission filters at the same time.
- If you’re due for a service, have it done before winter sets in. Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
- Have the ‘breaks’ checked to confirm that the lift truck’s braking system is working properly.
- Have the exhaust system checked for carbon monoxide leaks, which can be especially dangerous during cold weather while stored inside buildings.
- Check all warning lights, work lights and tail lights to ensure they are operating properly.
The nights are certainly drawing in and the weather is definitely colder. All of these things affect how a forklift will run and can also impact on your machines ability to perform. Follow this guide to ensure that you prepare for the winter weather.
A lot of people working in the logistics industry do take care of their forklift trucks. However, here’s a quick reminder of the importance of proper forklift truck maintenance for the minority that unfortunately don’t.
A well maintained machine is something that should be a source of pride. Keeping a machine working by repairing and replacing any faulty parts is a sure-fire way of minimising costs and increasing sustainability.
Cold weather can seriously impact on a machines ability to perform to the best of its capabilities. Ensure that your forklift truck survives the winter by taking proper care of it.
Icy floors and pathways
A warehouse is a busy environment, so it is natural for pathways to sometimes become clogged up by dirt or mess. However, during the colder months, water will freeze. This can cause numerous problems for warehouse managers as frozen water can cause moving forklifts to become unstable which in turn can cause accidents or damage to the vehicle itself.
The best way to manage this situation is by keeping a vigilant eye on any mess or excess water that may be left behind by busy or careless employees.
Clear snow quickly
We all wish for a white Christmas (we should be so lucky). However, in the unlikely event of snow, make sure that you have the right equipment to deal with whatever frosty situation may arise. You will need to act as quickly as possible as snow can cause a multitude of problems if it isn’t dealt with immediately.
Snowed up buildings and roads can impact on productivity as well as the general operations. Snow can damage forklifts and other logistics equipment by leaking through and ruining the engines or rusting through the metal.
In some ways, running a forklift truck is quite similar to what you do with a car. You need to make sure that you have all the correct equipment and chemicals quick to hand. This includes anti-freeze as well as oils and lubricants. These are all really valuable in the fight against the cold weather. I’ve lost count of the number of times that an oil change or a quick dose of anti-freeze has resurrected one of my forklift trucks.
Last but not least, employee education is of the upmost importance when trying to battle the winter weather. You need to make sure that everyone working within the business has the same level of urgency when dealing with the many weather related problems that logistics businesses face.
This can be achieved through creating posters and distributing literature throughout the company. Make sure that everything is quick and easy to digest. You don’t want to lose your employees interest by waffling on. Also, depending on how big your workforce is, you could run some instructional sessions that show them the best way to maintain the vehicles.
Did you know that Hiremech also offer flexi forklifts? Well now you do.
The whole reason for offering flexi forklifts is so that businesses can utilise less space while using and storing their forklifts. They don’t have to worry about the size of the forklift before they use it. This is especially for companies in London and the south east who have to pay lots for renting small spaces which may not be able to fit a regular sized forklift. Up to 30% more storage space is created with the use of the flexi forklift compared to a standard reach truck, which means more aisles can be created in the warehouse.
Did you know that forklifts could save your business a lot of money as it does the job of about 10 – 20 men put together?
They could be used to lift heavy merchandise and also clean up heavy scraps of dirt. Forklifts are also known as fork trucks in the U.S. You need to know the size of the load you are lifting in order to choose the right forklift. It is most likely to be a diesel truck, if it is a large one.
There are different types of forklifts available which can be powered by battery, fuel, diesel, electricity and propane. Battery powered trucks cost less to maintain and do not release harmful gases. Fuel, diesel and propane are more expensive to maintain and also release harmful gases, however, they are faster than electric-powered forklifts.
Getting the best deal on a forklift is essential, especially if it is a used one. Whether you are buying from a dealer for the first time or from somewhere that might not be deemed trustworthy, be sure to follow these tips when choosing your used forklift.
- You should always check the age of the machine. This can be done by looking for the serial number, which can be found on the machine’s overhead guard.
- Check the overall condition of the truck.
- Inspect the motors and check the lift cylinders for leaks
- Are the lift chains stretched? Make sure that you are not able to fit a coin between the chain’s links
- Check forklift wheels for slack. If they rattle/shake, this could equal expensive repairs.
Equipment damage and inefficient processes can have devastating results. What happens in your warehouse can have a significant effect on what happens in the long run.
Not only can downtime in your warehouse be costly, there can be numerous costs to it as well. Upfront and visible costs are a given, but there are also hidden costs which can lead to overtime, loss of revenue, emergency service calls and inefficient worker time.
Propane is used to power almost everything from engines to portable stoves to residential central heating. Propane is also used to power, you guessed it, forklifts. But, how much do you actually know about propane? A basic knowledge of propane is fundamental in keeping your forklift in check, so to make sure that everything is working properly.
In the UK there are more than four hundred fatalities and serious injuries caused by forklift trucks every year. Whilst it can be difficult for employers to keep up with the constantly shifting regulations and best practice procedures, it is essential that they do so, in order to keep their staff safe. Here we will provide practical tips on how to avoid forklift truck accidents in the work place.
With so many different types of forklift trucks available, it can be difficult knowing which type is the best choice for your operations. Here we will provide a complete guide to a popular choice, the counterbalance forklift truck.
What is a counterbalance forklift truck?
Counterbalance forklift trucks are usually used to transport heavy objects. Unlike other forklifts, counterbalance trucks are fitted with a counterweight at the rear end, making them safer to use. Counterbalance forklifts are often used in storage and distribution centres where employees are required to perform a wide range of tasks including loading, stacking and transporting loads.