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Your forklifts put in work day-in and day-out moving product and lifting and moving your business forward. The day will come when you lose time and money because the truck isn’t running as efficiently anymore. It may be difficult to pinpoint this time, but below are a few indicators that you may need a replacement forklift.
1. WEAR AND TEAR OF A FORKLIFT
Has forklift maintenance become a case of continual troubleshooting and increasing costs to keep your forklift running? If prolonged heavy use of your forklift fleet needs regular repairs, it may be time to consider replacing the equipment. When paying for continual repairs, the effect on the bottom line goes far beyond the cost of replacing worn bushings or repairing the electrical components in a drive motor. You may need a replacement forklift if you have some of the following repair needs:
- Hydraulic leaks
- Clogged fluid lines
- Worn chains
- A mast that won’t lift
- Battery problems
- Unbalanced suspension
- Steering difficulties
2. LOSING TIME, LOSING MONEY
When you experience downtime for any unit in your forklift fleet, the cost is much more than parts and labor. You also need to factor in lost productivity and the costs of idle time for operators when their equipment is being repaired. When lost profits due to delays in product movement are taken into account, the total financial impact of an older forklift can easily extend into the thousands of dollars… per hour! Keeping spare lifts on hand is not an optimal solution due to the overall increase in operating costs. Neither are quick replacements. While lower in initial costs, they can create an endless cycle of unplanned repairs that negatively impacts your business. Retiring a forklift may be necessary if this is affecting your material handling operation.
3. AVOIDING UNEXPECTED EVENTS
Poorly maintained equipment can lead to an accident or injury, which may be avoided through regular inspections and up-to-date regular maintenance. If your forklift is starting to show signs of wear and tear, it may be time to retire or replace your forklift.
If you are experiencing some or all of these scenarios with your equipment, it may be time to reach out to your authorized Toyota Forklift dealer for a conversation. They will be able to help determine if you are in need of new equipment and get you with the right forklift. If you want more information on forklift’s useful life, download our forklift management guide, “Is it Time to Upgrade Your Forklift?”
Are you in the market for a used forklift? Before you begin your search, ask yourself these questions first:
- How many hours do you currently use a forklift every day?
- Will the number increase in the next 12 months or during seasonal times throughout the year? If so, by how much?
Why are these questions important?
Used forklifts are great if you plan to use them less than four hours a day in a single-shift operation. However, if you need a forklift for more than a few hours a day, you may want to consider a new forklift purchase.
Okay, if you’ve done the math and determined a used forklift is the right piece of material handling equipment for you, here are the essential questions to ask before you buy.
How has the forklift been used?
The answer is more important than you might think. Try to find out every possible application. For example, suppose you find out it was in a cold storage facility. In that case, you want to make sure it has an anti-corrosion protection system, which provides maximum resistance to harsh environmental factors. If not, you could have problems with rust in the future.
Has the forklift ever been a rental?
If you’re buying a used forklift from a dealership, this is an important question to ask. Find out if it was a short-term or long-term rental and ask about its history. Try to find out if it was in any extreme environments or applications.
What’s the forklift’s service history?
Find out the service intervals and what type of repairs were needed each time. Check to see if it was maintained by experienced technicians and repaired using certified parts.
Carefully review the maintenance log, as it often reveals weaknesses. Look closely and ask questions if something doesn’t seem right. Has the mast or engine been serviced more than usual, or does something else look unusual?
Finding out a forklift’s history before buying a used forklift is a critical step to avoid costly downtime and expensive repairs. If you can’t get the information you need to make an informed decision, walk away.
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Just like an automobile, tires significantly impact safety and performance. It’s critical to be aware of your options, what you need for your specific situation, and when to replace your tires. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know.
Know your application.
Weight. What is the average and maximum weight you carry on your forklift?
Terrain. Where do you drive the forklift? If indoors, are you on wet or slippery floors? If outdoors, is the terrain rocky or uneven?
Space. How much space do you have between aisles and exit/entry points? Are you working in a small area with a tight turning radius?
Know your options.
There are two common forklift tires: cushion tires and pneumatic tires.
Cushion tires are solid rubber tires best for indoor applications. Cushion tires are perfect for lighter loads, light use, and small spaces. If you have a narrow aisle forklift or an order picker, cushion tires are probably the right tires for you.
Pneumatic tires are more durable, stable, and offer better traction than cushion tires. Pneumatic tires are best for indoor-outdoor applications, unpaved surfaces, and uneven terrain. If you operate in a lumberyard or on gravel, pneumatic tires are most likely the right choice for you.
There are also several uncommon forklift tires. Polyurethane tires and foam fill tires are two options usually recommended for particular material handling applications only.
Know when to replace.
Here’s what to look for to decide if you need to replace your forklift tires.
Cuts or cracks. If you see cuts or cracks, it is a sure sign you need to replace your forklift tires.
Wear. Inspect forklift tires often for tire tread and balding. If you have pneumatic tires, use the two-inch rule. Check the height of the forklift tires. If the tires had worn down two inches or more from when they were new, it’s time to replace them.
If you have cushion tires, balding in any tire area is a sure sign to replace.
Know who to call.
We are experts at forklift tire applications, options, and use. Do you need help determining which forklift tire you need or if it’s time to replace it?