Heavy machinery, like forklifts that are used often for everyday rugged tasks are going to experience more wear and tear than other warehouse equipment. By maintaining your forklift properly you can mitigate repair costs and lengthen the life of your machine. Sticking to a solid maintenance schedule will be the easiest way to keep your forklift in tip-top shape.
For starters, make sure you are checking your brakes routinely—this includes the pads, lines and calipers. If you find a problem in one of these three areas it should be repaired as soon as possible. If you leave the defect it will manifest into a larger problem and become more expensive to fix in the future.
Oil changes are an imperative service. It is best to have your oil changed every three months. If you are consistent in this practice, you will greatly increase the longevity of the engine and strengthen your fuel economy.
When you see a warning on your instruments, take heed. It is necessary for forklift operators and owners to be aware of any mechanical failures being indicated. Taking initiative to fixing a problem in a timely manner will often prevent more expensive repair work in the long-fun.
Pay attention to your gauges. The array of gauges on the dashboard of your forklift is a necessary component to making sure your machine is in proper working order. They will let you know when a specific part of your forklift needs some attention. If you gauge is broken you will not know that something else is broken. Don’t let your gauges sit unfixed for an extended period, and make sure they are calibrated properly.
Lastly, by keeping old forklift parts around and easily accessible you can reuse them and interchange them as needed. This is quite common and will save you money in the long. You never know when you’re going to need a spare part so keep them in good working order.