Understanding Down-Rated Capacity

You’ve found the perfect forklift attachment for your truck that will allow you to operate your fleet more efficiently and more safely and things couldn’t be better, right? Not so fast.  It’s possible- in fact it’s likely- that attachment will decrease the lift capacity of your unit. Here’s how this works- when an attachment is fitted...
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Unseen Hazards of Material Handling Equipment

Something we wrote about in passing in last week’s blog got some attention and we’re getting a lot of questions about something called Whole Body Vibration injuries. These types of injuries occur over time in operators of heavy machinery, and vibration can even exacerbate pre-existing injuries if precautions aren’t taken. Spinal injury...
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What you need to know about forklift tires

Forklifts have evolved over the past 100 years since their inception, and as developments and technology continue to take the forklift and materials handling industry to new heights- tires are getting a lot of attention. Tires tend to be the biggest “wear” item on a forklift, and the biggest cost-concern for owners as well. Typically, tires...
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Used Forklift Warranty Information

There is a certain “buyer beware” element of purchasing any used forklift.  Of course, the AFS technicians and mechanics go over every inch of every used unit, and there are things you can do to make sure your newly-purchased used forklift will give you several years of good work. Here are the warranty levels available: As-is: No warranty...
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5 Things to do to Make the Warehouse & Forklift Safer

It’s not complicated, keeping your facility safe.  Anywhere there are machinery, materials and people there are bound to be complications, but the fact is most workplace accidents can be prevented. With that in mind- here are five things you can do right now, today, to make your facility safer for your employees, your equipment, and your...
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Three Signs You Need a Higher Capacity Forklift

One thing worries warehouse managers. That day when the materials you are handling become too much for the forklifts you’re currently using. Here’s three signs- the big three signs- your facility is in the market for a bigger forklift: Your staging area is bogging down. The whole advantage of a forklift is to move more of an item safely...
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Doosan Partners with the MLB

The Boys of Summer are entering the playoffs, and starting this year you’ll see Doosan all over America’s pastime. Doosan announced a four-year partnership with Major League Baseball and the American League Divisional Series. The partnership means viewers will see Doosan commercials and other elements during game broadcasts on FOX, FS1, MLB...
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How to prepare your forklift for the new season

The leaves are turning, there’s that familiar nip in the air, and we’re knee deep in football season.  All that means it’s sweater-weather, and it’s time to think about taking a good look at your forklift before it gets too cold. Once Summer’s scorch subsides, start looking at your forklift and you can begin with our engine and...
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Becoming a Forklift Operator

We often get calls from young people who ask us how they can become a forklift operator.  While it seems like an easy question, there are certain requirements that make the answer a little complicated.  We’re going to try to unsnarl the details here: First, you have to be 18 and have your high school diploma.  That’s the simplest...
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Warehouse Aisle Rules

Which comes first- the warehouse, or the forklift? For this article, let’s assume you’re building your warehouse around your forklift. There are several considerations to be made as you determine how wide your aisles will need to be. It is important to note that before you design your warehouse consult with your lift truck manufacturer....
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