How do I prepare my forklift for winter?

You don’t have to be a meteorologist or a Game of Thrones fan to know that Winter is coming. That nip in the air and the falling leaves should be enough to tell you that it’s time to prepare your forklift for Winter weather.

It’s something you might not even think about, but the fact is your forklift is every bit susceptible to Winter’s bite as your car or home is, and Fall is the best time to start getting ready.

Typical cold weather damage includes cracked engine blocks, oil coagulation, and broken hydraulic pump shafts. Batteries weakened by Summer’s heat fail in cold weather.

If you don’t prep and protect your battery, engine and hydraulic systems you might dodge any serious problems but if there is trouble, it can get expensive- sometimes to the tune of thousands of dollars. You’re gambling against Mother Nature and everyone knows the House always wins.

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New Forklifts vs. Used Forklifts

We all know someone who has to have the newest model of everything, whether it’s the newest smart phone or computer… or forklift. It’s an ongoing debate- the advantage of new vs. used.

What might be best for you really depends on your own circumstances.

For example, if you find yourself needing a forklift right away, used may be the best way for you to go, as there is usually a shorter lead time for delivery. Naturally, a used lift may have a pre-existing condition, and will have more wear and tear by definition and may not last as long as a shiny new forklift.

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Pros & Cons: electric, propane, and diesel Forklifts

The decision to use an electric, LP or diesel forklift is determined by the application, run-time requirements, number of shifts, and environment of your company.  For assistance in making that decision, here are some advantages and disadvantages of each:

Electric Forklift Advantages

  • Zero tailpipe emissions = safer work environment
  • Less noise during operation
  • No outside storage of tanks is necessary
  • No engine, transmission, or radiator = cheaper maintenance
  • Low center of gravity = better capacity and stability ratings
  • Turning radius specs are better which increases storage capacity and reduces potential for damage
  • Rearward visibility increased with no propane cylinder in the way
  • Long major component life
  • Fewer waste fluids
  • Lowest total cost of ownership
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    New 7 Series electric forklift from Doosan

    A few features of this forklift include:

    Oil Cooled Disc Brakes (ODB)

    • 3-5 double sided discs per wheel
    • Submerged in oil, keeping them cool and limiting wear
    • Virtually maintenance free!

    Guardian Stability System (GSS) (Optional)

  • Monitors truck functions
  • Automatically limits the truck speed based on turn radius and load height, as well as the degree of tilt when loads are elevated
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