A forklift can ease many operational tasks in your business and speed up the logistical aspect. Like any other available heavy equipment sale with us, even forklifts require regular care and maintenance. Forklifts can last for more than 10 years if maintained well. Below mentioned are some of the maintenance tips for forklifts.
Check Fluid Levels
A forklift has fluids like transmission fluids, hydraulic fluids, coolants, and motor oil which is essential to its workings. These fluids help the engine and other working parts of the forklift to run efficiently. Check the levels of these fluids in your forklift on a regular basis. If you find any of them are less, ensure maintenance is performed on your forklift.
Check the Tires Daily
If you use your forklift on a daily basis, make sure you check the tires on a daily basis too. And, if you use it occasionally, check the tires every 2-3 day. Ensure the tires have sufficient air pressure. Less pressure in the tires can cause poor traction on your forklift and put it out of service. Rather than manually checking the tire, you should use an air pressure gauge. The recommended air pressure is 120-125 psi.
Check the Antifreeze Levels
Antifreeze or coolant prevents your forklift’s engine from overheating or freezing. It also helps in prevention of corrosion. To avoid your forklift’s engine from overheating or freezing, make sure you maintain the antifreeze levels in antifreeze reservoir. Maintain a 50/50 mixture of antifreeze chemical and water in the reservoir. A highly concentrated mixture can ruin your engine.
Keep the Parts Lubricated
The moving parts and joints of forklifts are lubricated or greased to prevent the harmful effects of friction. Proper lubrication of parts reduces friction on the forklift that lets it run smoothly and consume less energy. Ensure that all the moving parts are always lubricated to prevent forklift failures and breakdown.
Check the Instrument Panel
The instrument panel of forklift contains gauges and lights that indicate when some part is malfunctioning. With the help of these indications, you can repair the failing part or component of the forklift. However, if these gauges and lights don’t function properly, you won’t understand if there is a problem in any part. This can lead to expensive repairs and disastrous situations. Hence, make sure that all gauges and lights function properly.
There are many types of forklifts available in our heavy equipment sale. And the amount and frequency of maintenance required for your forklift will depend on factors such as the type, its age, hours of usage, and susceptibility to wear. You can perform a quick visual inspection every day or every 2-3 days. Your quarterly and semi-annual inspection and maintenance should involve a more in-depth inspection and must be done by a trained mechanic only. Get in touch with our heavy duty equipment experts to schedule your inspection and maintenance today. If you are planning to buy a new forklift, you can check our online inventory to take a look at various heavy equipment sale.