Forklifts, like other vehicles, achieve optimal results with continuous and regular maintenance and care. Getting the most out of your forklift is not as difficult as it seems. There are many simple steps any forklift owner can take to catalyze performance and achieve results. Adhering to a stringent maintenance schedule and prompt address of any performance-related issues can result in driving efficiency and longevity of any device or machine. Here are three tricks to help every owner improve the performance of their forklift:
1) Adhere To A Comprehensive Maintenance Schedule
Industry leaders agree that this is one of the simplest yet quintessential practices for optimizing forklift performance. First, regular oil replacement enhances longevity and lifespan. It is recommended by the consensus to change oil every three months to increase fuel economy, improve overall performance and prevent combustion problems. Some of these issues that can arise if left untreated are corrosion, failure of the catalytic converter and build-up of engine sludge which hinders performance. Oil maintains fluid operations of the forklift’s engine which in turn also maximizes its performance. In addition to maintaining the oil levels, it is also imperative to change all other required fluids during these service calls. Monitoring hydraulic fluid is also key. Assuring proper inflation of tires is also rudiment to maximizing output. Finally, having the right set of tires is also an imperative worth noting, most specifically for terrain and operation styles.
2) Maintain All Moving Parts
Most moving joints, or parts, on many forklifts are greased. If these parts lose their lubrication and become more static, friction occurs. By simply keeping these parts greased, forklift operators can prevent a host of potentially harmful consequences. This initiative can be furthered by removing all worn out ball bearings to ensure the forklift operates smoothly and efficiently. WD-40 is a great agent that prevents oxidation and rust, limits calcium build up and is a fantastic lubricant. Be vigilant and check these moving parts frequently and regularly, exposure to humid environments (typically found in warehouse settings) can create rust in a matter of days and if left untreated, some of these parts can ultimately malfunction due to the parts being excessively worn.
3) Improve Battery Life
This tip can be of prolific use to those that own both traditional gas-fed and electric forklifts. According to Industry Tap, the battery on an electric forklift can account for up to 30% of the cost of the vehicle. While this may seem like a relatively innocuous number, the lifespan of a battery can be prolonged by taking the appropriate steps to assure they are functioning properly. The result will be reflected in immediate savings in battery parts and components. It is recommend by Industry Tap to never let any battery go below 20%, check the water levels in the batter regularly and never charge the battery for a swift or fast period of time. These small yet critical steps can optimize battery performance which allows any forklift to garner full power and potency when it is needed most.