As forklifts are used they endure general wear and tear, in many instances some of these aging processes require routine or unique repairs. Maintaining or repairing a forklift can be done so with ease. Adhering to a strict preventative maintenance schedule is proven to offset and delay complications that come with the general aging process seen in heavily used forklifts. In the event of an imminent need for repair, the prompt response to any performance issues can result in optimal performance and prolonged lifespan of any forklift. The result of this is an increase in productivity and an influx in savings. Here are three resourceful tips for repairing any forklift:
1) Operate in A Clean and Safe Manner
It is essential that any wish to undertake a repair project do so in a judicious and cautious manner. First and foremost, it is important to work in a well-lit, ventilated environment with the appropriate tools required to complete the job. Before use, check to make sure the tools are working properly and not defective in any capacity. After these initiatives have been taken, it is also important to don the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize risk and exposure to harmful chemicals and compounds.
Typically, rubber gloves, goggles and a non-rebreather mask will suffice. In some cases it may be necessary to don a full ensemble, including boots and a chemical resistant gown. This practice would be only relevant in the eventual handling of caustic or highly acetic materials. Finally, before commencing with the repair, assure that the battery and engine are off with no power. A common cause of injury throughout any task, is exposure to the harmful gases produced by the engine chamber or contact with volatile substances from within the battery and radiator.
2) Adhere to Manufacturer’s Instructions
When forklifts are designed, they are constructed adhering to specific parameters and guidelines set forth by manufacturing engineers equipped with the knowledge of how to drive efficiency and catalyze performance for all working parts. In material handling applications, safety is paramount. Failing to comply with manufacturer instructions when repairing a forklift can bolster severe consequences. Thus, it is imperative to never stray from specific and detailed guidelines when executing a repair. The slightest variation in prescribed methodologies or failing to follow protocols can also null in void any warranties that may accompany specific parts of the appliance or general operational guarantees as a whole.
3) Inspect Brakes and Tires Continuously
Brake malfunction can create dangerous circumstances. The best way to prevent the effect of brake failure and to optimize the highest standard of care is to routinely inspect the pads, lines and calipers. In the event of that a defect is discovered, the repair can be completed swiftly. Changing brake pads or calipers can take minutes but failing to do so can foster extraordinarily perilous conditions. In addition, daily monitoring of tire pressure is also a noteworthy practice worth mentioning. Many industry experts stress the importance in assuring adequate tire pressure for both operational supremacy and successful maintenance endeavors. Prior to beginning any work and forklift related task, check the wheels.