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Your comprehensive guide to forklift servicing for your business

tips for daily maintenance on your forklift

Forklift servicing plays a major role in how safe and useful your forklift is. Health and Safety legislation requires that all repairs are made in a timely way, and by authorised, qualified personnel. It is really important that you find a servicing company who are reliable, fast and offer authorised inspections, maintenance and servicing.

Why is forklift servicing important?

But how do you know when it is time to book a service? It can be tricky to keep on top of maintenance, but it is essential for the safety of your workers and the public. If you want peace of mind, then a preventative maintenance plan might benefit your company, ensuring that you have regular maintenance and repairs, with frequent services. If you are looking for routine maintenance and forklift servicing in London, then take a look at what our experts say are the signs it is time for a service:

The signs that it is time to service your forklift

It can be tricky to know whether you should service your forklift based on usage intervals or time intervals. Usage intervals are a measurement of pedal hours of key hours: measuring the time the forklift has actually been in use. However, for larger fleets, it can be tricky to keep track of all the different usage hours across your forklift trucks. Instead, it may be easier to track time intervals, which are measure of days and months since the last service. This is simpler, and may actually save you money, since you can service a whole section of your fleet at the same time. If this is you, it might be worth investigating Hiremech’s fully inclusive service contract, as this covers your forklifts for both servicing and maintenance needs.

How often do forklifts need servicing?

A forklift service should be comprehensive, and ensures the life of your forklift is extended to its full capacity. It is also essential to make running your forklifts easy and smooth. In addition, the service should also change the oil, and install a new oil filter & air filter. Check that included in the service are an inspection of the lift, distributer point, as well as making sure the drive components and mast equipment are in full working order. These inspections mean that your colleagues can drive your forklifts with peace of mind, knowing the safety points are covered.

Serving you: The benefits to your business of forklift servicing, London

A forklift that is in constant use needs to be up to date with the latest health and safety inspections, but it also needs to run smoothly for the good of your staff. It is really important, that the more you use your forklift, the more often you get it serviced by a factory trained technician. It is a good rule of thumb to have a forklift serviced every 90 days if it is in heavy use.

At Hiremech, all our services are guaranteed, so you can keep a copy of the items inspected on file to show inspections staff should they request this information. This means you can rest easy in the knowledge that you meet the nation forklift servicing requirements. Our all-inclusive maintenance and servicing plan is ideal for busy companies, making the headache of planning services a simple task. It is particularly beneficial to have preventative maintenance if the environment your fleet works is rugged or dirty, as it can prolong the life of your vehicle, as well as make sure your staff are safe and well-looked after. Be sure to pick the right service for your requirements!

Which service? The different kinds of forklift servicing available in the London area

IT can be tricky to know which service is right for your needs: But whether you have a single forklift with relatively light use, or a large fleet who encounter rough terrain and heavy use, we have a range of servicing options to suit your business.

LOLER inspections: Forklift servicing

Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations, or LOLER inspections for short, is a government regulation that ensures all forklifts are well-maintenance and fit for use. It’s job is to keep your team safe and ensure the smooth running of your workflow. But it can be hard to know whether you are up to date or not. At Hiremech we keep it simple, and our expert staff can talk you through the process. It is important to ensure your vehicle is up to date with LOLER inspections, and with our all-in maintenance service, you will be notified when it is time for your forklift to be inspected, but it is needed roughly every 12 months. Make sure you are up to date with the LOLER inspections if you have any equipment covered in the regulations, including: Passenger lifts, hoists, forklift trucks and cranes.

LOLER inspections: the benefits of forklift servicing

The LOLER inspection system has many benefits for your fleet of forklift trucks. It a revised and much less intensive inspection, without compromising on detail. This means that it is not an inspection which will negatively impact the lifespan of your lifting vehicle. Instead, it happens on a more frequent basis. Although this may seem inconvenient, it has proved really beneficial for fleets, picking up on small problems before they become larger and more costly to fix. Here at Hiremech we are eager to make sure that the LOLER system benefits your company. Our fully qualified team can pop out to your workplace and have the inspections done quickly and accurately, ensuring that your machines are back in working order fast.

Servicing and replacing parts: Forklift servicing

Forklifts often encounter heavy use, and require a lot of maintenance. At Hiremech we make sure it is easy and quick to source parts you might need for urgent repairs. With over 20 years experience in the industry, we have relationships with a great range of suppliers. This means that we are able to source both new parts, and fix problems that are due to the parts no longer being available for your forklift truck. Our competitive pricing keeps our customers happy and we are happy to provide a next day delivery service, straight to your workplace.

Servicing and replacing parts
Making sure that you replace and service forklift part on a regular basis has many benefits for your company and workflow. Most importantly it means you are up to date with the needs of your workforce and fleet of vehicles, and can pre-empt any large repairs in good time. Research shows that with a regular servicing and maintenance service, particularly comprehensive, all-in contracts, there is less time spent doing routine repairs on forklifts.

Preventative maintenance plans

A preventative maintenance plan can be the most cost-effective option for a busy company. It is a fixed price, which include travel, so you can be sure of no hidden costs or charges. Each time our engineer visits your company, you will get a full, comprehensive report, so there are never any surprises. Our plans also include full compliance with health and safety requirements, and are a good way to make sure your entire fleet meets LOLER requirements. Regular maintenance is included in these plans, which means that however large your range of forklift truck makes, you can get all your repairs done in one place!

All-in maintenance

Our emergency call out service is swift and competitively priced. However, if you are looking for peace of mind, and like to plan ahead, then our all-in maintenance forklift contract might be best suited to you. These are contracts which are billed at a monthly, fixed rate, and make sure that all your maintenance needs are fully covered. It might be a more urgent breakdown, in which case the all-in maintenance contract includes a 4-hour emergency response service, getting your forklifts back to work quickly and smoothly.

All-in maintenance plans

The biggest benefits of an all-in maintenance plan are peace of mind, and decreased costs. The fixed monthly rate ensures that you are never surprised by hidden costs, and the regular maintenance means far less unexpected repairs. For those inevitable emergencies, you are covered for urgent four hour response call-outs. This means you are able to use your forklift trucks to their full capacity, knowing that Hiremech is here should something go wrong.

Authorised Hyster service-centre: Forklift servicing that London businesses can trust

If you are looking for Hyster forklift servicing in London, then you should look no further! We are the exclusive authorised Hyster dealer in London, and offer care and maintenance that is renowned across the city. We offer full manufacturer support and access to genuine Hyster parts at a reasonable cost. We cover full diagnostics systems, meaning you can be sure that our diagnosis is accurate and reliable. With a team that is fully certified by Hyster, and extensively trained, we are able to keep your machine in the best possible condition.

If you want to chat about your servicing needs for your business then get in touch with our friendly team today.

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