5 Tips to Improve Forklift Performance

Atlantic Forklift Services’ technicians are among the best in the business.  We asked them for a list of five things you can do right now to improve your fleet’s performance.

  1. Tires

Check them.  You’d be surprised, our experts say, to learn how many forklift fleets are operating on worn tires. Just something as simple as checking the tire pressure (in pneumatic tires) can help avoid accidents and improve performance.  In addition, check to make sure your forklifts have the tires you need specific to your facility.

  1. Brakes

Brake wear can have serious consequences. Deal with any brake issues as they occur, particularly as the forklift fleet ages.  Operators should be able to tell when brakes may need replacing if they begin to get “squishy” when he/she applies the brake.

  1. Change Your Oil

Tracking mileage isn’t quite as easy with a forklift, compared to your family car. So, consider changing your oil every three months, like clockwork. Consistent oil changes contribute to the longevity of your fleet, increase fuel efficiency and overall performance. Dirty oil can cause a plethora of problems, like catalytic converter damage and engine build-up.

  1. Battery Maintenance

Batteries have a limited number of cycles in them, so make sure you are maintaining and charging your batteries properly. Charging for convenience, rather than on a schedule, can significantly shorten the lifespan of the battery. Our mechanics recommend charging at the end of every eight-hour shift, or when the battery reaches 30% of capacity.  Charge the battery only until it is fully charged, don’t just leave it on the charger.

Check and maintain your battery’s fluids regularly and keep the batteries at a safe operating temperature – extreme condition can shorten the life of a power supply.

  1. Moving Part Maintenance

The moving parts on your forklift fleet need to be greased. Friction is the enemy of your forklift, and keeping the moving parts lubricated is critical to the safe and efficient operation of your fleet.

If you have any questions or concerns about your fleet, do not hesitate to contact our technicians at (704) 842-3242.  They really are the best in the business and can help you keep your forklifts in shape.