Preventative vs. Routine Maintenance

With the new year approaching, many of us will be making resolutions to get healthier, maybe drop a few pounds and eat better.

We’re asking you to make the same commitment to your forklift in the new year, and to do that, much like you do with yourself- you have to understand the difference between “Preventative” and “Routine” maintenance.

For example, your own routine maintenance may start in the morning when you brush your teeth. The forklift equivalent might be checking the tires at the start of every shift, or making sure your mast and the surrounding elements are appropriately lubricated.

Your preventative maintenance routine may include a daily vitamin, or a regular checkup with your physician.  The forklift equivalent would be changing the engine oil and filters according to the manufacturers schedule, or getting a regular check-up from your forklift service provider.

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Your Loads & Your Lift

From your standard pallet-mounted load to rolls of carpet or bales of cotton there are as many types of loads as you can imagine.

So, what do you need to consider for your forklift depending on the load you are moving most often?

Since we love lists so much- here is a list of the Four Things You Should Consider in Your Loads, and Your Lift.

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Hiring a New Forklift Driver

It’s a common hazard of the workplace, employees come and go. So, what happens if you suddenly find yourself in need of a forklift operator?  Do you know what to look for?

You know your driver must be 18 years of age or older. Check.

What about training?  It used to be a generic forklift operator license was good enough and covered every type of lift there was.  If your operator could drive one, he/she was licensed to drive them all.

 That’s not the case anymore. Training for forklift operators is “application specific” and your operator must be trained and certified on the exact type of unit you are using, in the exact type of conditions your shop includes.

So, when you’re looking for an experienced forklift operator you’re going to want to find one with a lot of experience, of course, but the fact is you are going to have to put him/her through some training in your specific facility with your specific environmental conditions before your new hire can get to work.

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How does Atlantic Forklift Services support you?

Our commitment to you, the potential forklift owner, begins at the moment you realize you need a forklift.

Our staff can help you determine what type of forklift is best for you by coming to your worksite and evaluating the loads you’ll be moving, the width and height of your aisles and even the condition of the surface the lift will be operating on. We can look at your workflow and help you choose between gas and electric, and the size of the forklift you will need.

We also supply rental units if your needs are temporary, or if your current forklift needs to be down for a day or two.

Once you purchase from us, our support really kicks into high gear.

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