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Thinking about purchasing a new forklift? If so, you've got to apply a rational, information-based approach to the entire endeavour. What might seem like a small oversight can result in years of frustration if you're stuck with a unit that cannot effectively perform its function or regularly breaks down. To help simplify your purchase process, we've compiled a list of considerations to help guide you through the process:
Renting a forklift is a great option for many business as they provide an amount of flexibility unavailable through other procurement options. Unlike purchasing a forklift or pursuing a lease agreement, forklift rentals can fulfill your equipment needs for anywhere from a single day to several months depending on the situation. The temporary and flexible utility of a rental agreement is particularly useful in industries with seasonal or fluctuating demand, such as manufacturing or agricultural applications.
The combined weight of an average 5,000 lb. forklift and its load can easily exceed 10,000 lbs. Given the potential damage that can arise from a forklift collision, it's imperative that your forklifts are capable of coming to a smooth and controlled stop. Maintaining the brakes on a forklift, then, should be a major point of emphasis in any maintenance or workplace safety program.
Winter is here! And, along with it, a host of potential issues for forklift owners and operators alike. As temperatures drop below freezing, fuel consumption tends to increases as engines struggle to start in colder weather (also known as cold starts) and must idle for longer periods of time before operation. Meanwhile, the colder weather also places additional strain on key components which suffer from a buildup of ice particles.
Speed: it's key to one of the most frequently asked questions we get from our customers: how fast should my forklift operators drive? Well, this topic isn't as straightforward as you might initially assume. Unlike automobiles, where speed limits are defined by law, there is no exact speed limit when it comes to forklifts.
Prioritizing forklift maintenance is a great way to reduce workplace injuries and improve profitability as there is a strong correlation between productivity, safety and the existence of a proper maintenance program. This is because well-maintained units operate more efficiently, suffer from less downtime and are unlikely to experience dangerous equipment failures. So, to help you get the most out of your equipment, we've prepared a comprehensive forklift maintenance guide: