How To Properly Maintain A Forklift

Whether you are getting ready to purchase your own forklift or you will be borrowing one, it is crucial that you are aware of the few things that you must do in order to keep it well maintained.

Keep The Moving Parts Well Lubricated

If the moving parts of a forklift start to have trouble moving, you may find yourself unable to get your job done. This is why you will want to remember to keep all moving parts well lubricated. When the parts are allowed to dry out, the friction from the movement can cause the parts to become damaged. You should be able to find a quality lubricant at your nearby equipment sales company or even a hardware store.

Check The Fluid Levels And Belts Every Day Of Use

You will not need to check the fluid levels and belts on the days that you are not using the forklift and you certainly do not want to use it without checking those things first. This is vital because it is a dangerous and very expensive piece of equipment. Therefore, you will want to make sure that you are checking the level of the coolant, motor oil, and transmission fluid. Make sure that are belts are secured in place and that there is no sign of any of them starting to wear thin.

Do Not Run The Forklift When The Fuel Or Charge Is Low

If you continue to use the forklift when the fuel tank is low or when the battery is hardly charged, you could be putting unnecessary strain on various mechanical parts within the forklift. Therefore, this is something that you will want to check before the beginning of each use. This way, should it need fuel, you can put some in. After using the forklift, you may want to charge the battery so it will be ready to go for the next time you need to use it.

By using the previously mentioned tips along with any others that you come across, you will be able to ensure that the forklift is going to be properly maintained. If you desire to learn more, you can always read through the owners' manual that came with the forklift. If the original owners' manual is not available, you may be able to contact the manufacturer to request an additional copy. Even if you have to pay a little money for that copy, it will be a good thing to have on hand.

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