How Regular Inspections Will Reduce Forklift Repairs
Did you know that you can increase efficiency and profitability of your operation by regularly inspecting the forklifts in your fleet? Doing so can help you identify preventative or routine maintenance needs before they become a larger concern.
HOW DO YOU INSPECT A FORKLIFT?
A daily forklift inspection checklist can cover every component of your lift truck. However, the following four components are critical to check on a daily basis:
- Tilt cylinders
- Forklift mast
- Look for oil leaks or damage; leaks can be external or inside the cylinder.
- If you see signs of leaks or damage, you need to either replace the seals or the lift truck’s entire cylinder assembly.
- Check for signs of wear or damage.
- Use a chain wear gauge – if wear is beyond 2%, replace the chain.
- Replace kinked or rusted chains.
- Make sure the mast moves up, down, forward and back smoothly.
- If the sliding surfaces are binding, you may need to lubricate. After lubricating, raise and lower the mast and tilt it forward and back a few times to get lubricant into the fittings.
- Look for cracks, damage and wear.
- Replace forks if there is wear beyond 10%. Bent forks, uneven fork tines or indications that the forks have been modified by cutting or welding near the tip indicate that the forks should also be replaced.
For additional information, contact Tri-Lift NJ. Our trained service technicians can walk you through proper forklift inspection techniques or help your business select the right planned maintenance schedule for your needs.
FORKLIFT INSPECTION FAQS
WHEN SHOULD A FORKLIFT INSPECTION BE PERFORMED?
We recommend that a forklift inspection be performed every day before the beginning of a shift. A daily checklist can help reduce costs by identifying issues in their early stages and help keep operators safe.
HOW DO I BECOME A CERTIFIED FORKLIFT DRIVER?
To become a certified forklift driver you’ll need to go through a formal training program. Click here to explore our Operator Training Program.
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