Choosing Pallets

Pallets. They’re all the same, right? Sort of. Developed in the early 1920’s to aid in the moving of large materials, the invention of the pallet is considered one of the most important developments in the global economy, so much more than the seemingly cobbled together series of planks found under more important stuff. An article in...
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Is your forklift operator going to sit or stand?

Driver comfort has become a critical deciding factor in the purchase of new forklift trucks, and manufacturers like Doosan are at the forefront of that thinking. That leaves you with a decision. Will your operators stand, or sit? Here’s what you need to consider as you decide. Think about your facility’s footprint. What type of surface is...
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Tax Cuts and your Forklift Fleet

Plenty of questions these days about the tax cut recently signed into law by the current administration. While it hasn’t been without controversy, it’s good news for industries that move heave materials. One of the purposes of the bill is to increase business investments. Forklifts are among the types of capital investments, along with...
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Forklift Mast Hoses

Your mast hoses don’t appear, at first glance, to do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to your forklift, but the fact is they are critical to efficient, safe operation of your truck. This is why a daily start-of-shift inspection requirement includes the mast hoses. Even the smallest flaw or damage to a hose can cause expensive...
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Maintaining Forks on the Forklift

It’s called a FORKlift. They’re right there in the name of the truck. Yet, forklift forks are frequently the forgotten piece of the puzzle when it comes time for inspecting and maintaining a lift. Think about it. The forks do all the heavy work, they get dragged on the floor and make hard contact with the materials they are moving,...
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3 Different Types of Forklifts

If you’re trying to figure out what type of forklift might work best for your facility, here are three things that can help you make your decision. There are three types of forklift trucks and the one that is best for you depends on what you are using it for and the conditions in which you will be using the lift. Gas: Powered by liquid...
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All About Pallet Trucks

Stopping just shy of a driver-operated forklift, pallet trucks date back to the late 1800’s, when a basic pallet rack was invented to lift loads just a few inches off the floor, but not to move loads from one location to another. The pallet jack that most closely resembles the type we see today was manufactured in the 1920’s and they...
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New Year Checklist

With the dawning of a new year, and plenty of people vowing to make 2018 count, there’s no better time to re-dedicate yourself to ensuring your forklift fleet is in tip-top shape. Hopefully, your operators start every shift with a complete inspection already (since it’s required by OSHA), but let’s take this one a little deeper to give...
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Robotic Forklifts

As time marches forward, technology eventually catches up with every business- and the materials handling industry is no different. The latest trend is an underlying debate over so-called” robotic” forklifts. More popular at the moment in Europe, these robotic forklifts do offer some advantages, but at this point- as we’ll see here- the...
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December Forklift FAQ’s

We still get questions.  We have all these resources, thousands of words in our blogs and we still get questions. That’s a good thing.  We love questions and can talk about forklifts all day. Here’s just some of the questions we’ve been asked this month: Where can I get trained to drive a forklift?  We offer training to businesses,...
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