Cause & Action: Forklift Overheated Engines

During the summer months fork lifts encounter extreme temperature changes. Operating under these conditions can and will affect the cooling systems of any internal combustion engine.  As a result, the unit can overheat.

Th­ere are several factors that contribute to forklifts overheating, but the most common factors are low coolant, radiator or radiator screens being clogged, inching pedals out of adjustment, the operator “riding” the inching pedal with their foot, clogged radiator hoses, broken fan blades, and loose fan belts.

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Maintenance: Routine vs. Preventative

In the material handling industry, many people use the terms ‘preventative’ and ‘routine’ interchangeably when in fact they are worlds apart. Everyone needs to know the difference.

The definition of routine maintenance is simple, small-scale activities (usually requiring only minimal skills or training) associated with regular (daily, weekly, monthly, etc.) and general upkeep of a building, equipment, machine, plant, or system against normal wear and tear.

By contrast, the definition of preventative maintenance is systematic inspection, detection, correction, and prevention of incipient failures, before they become actual or major failures.

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Insider Secrets of Buying a Used Forklift

Sometimes buying a new forklift just isn’t in the budget.  Used forklifts are a clear alternative.  Here are a few pointers to point you in the right direction:

  • Used forklifts should really only be used in a single shift situation, no more than 4-5 hours a day, each day of the week
  • Know what capacity and height you need
  • There are different tires for different uses – what kind do you need?  Cushion tires are mainly for indoor use, pneumatic tires are better for outdoor use, and solid pneumatic are also for outdoors, but mostly where there is a possibility of popping a tire (nails, glass, etc.).
  • Electric forklifts have some advantages over Internal Combustion forklifts, but cannot be used in the rain
  • Inspect the forklift – try this checklist from OSHA – have a qualified operator do this
  • Like buying a car, you want to test drive it
  • Do some research, give us a call at 704-816-8960 and ask questions
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    Low Cost, Tight Maneuver Doosan Products

    With a few new products from Doosan, we’d like to highlight some benefits and features:

    These class III material handling trucks are used in conjunction with other sitdown rider units in most industrial applications for their lower cost and tight maneuvering capabilities. There are times when a different driver classification is used – maybe utilized by a production line or machine operator instead of a full time forklift driver.

    – The rider pallet BWR33S truck is very commonly used as a transporter for long runs or to load trucks in a dock application.

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