Part 4: Forklift Driver Training

After a brief bout with the math and some basic physics involving center of gravity and something called the Stability Triangle in parts 1-2 of my on-line forklift operator training, I was ready to move on to Part Four: Safe Driving; Lift vs. Carry Parts One through Three, with the exception of the math (remember math and I don’t get along),...
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I Just Bought a Forklift – Now What?

You’ve done your research, asked all the questions, kicked the tires and you’re ready to buy a forklift from Atlantic Forklift Services. Now what? Atlantic Forklift Services will be with you every step of the way. That’s just what we do. We’re not going just drop off the forklift and never see you again. Earning your business is a...
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Part 3: Forklift Driver Training

After sliding through the first two parts of the online forklift operator training, I was starting to feel pretty good about my chances.  The math in Part Two wasn’t that intimidating and the physics of the center of gravity conversation and the forklift Stability Triangle made perfect sense.  I was now about 40 minutes into the course, and it...
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Keep Your Forklift Running Cool

Now that the weather appears to have decided to stay warm (fingers crossed) there’s something you need to be aware of on your gasoline-powered forklift to prevent it from running hot. Your radiator.  It needs fluids, it needs clear airways, it needs to know that you care- and now is the perfect time to show it. Start with your fluids- in...
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Part 2: Forklift Driver Training

After acing the first part of the on-line forklift training class in about 20 minutes, I was prepared to move on to the next section: Stability and Capacity. You’ll recall the first part was an overview and a really surface look at the parts of the forklift, and after getting a little cocky and missing the first sample question I moved on and...
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Forklift Pedestrian Safety

We discuss safety a lot here, because it’s important. Your forklift, like much of your machinery, is perfectly safe when operated within the guidelines but accidents do happen. People get hurt, even killed, in and around forklifts. As we’ve established, the forklift operator has responsibilities to keep him/herself and co-workers safe; stay...
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Part 1: Forklift Driver Training

I’m a newbie.  Going into all this I knew very little about forklifts, forklifts accessories and couldn’t tell a battery-operated lift from an LP truck. My minimal forklift experience was watching it move giant loads of amplifiers and staging equipment in my days as a stagehand on giant rock concerts and theater productions. My takeaway...
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Fork accessories for the forklift

You can buy just about any accessory to put on the forklift itself but what about the fork accessories?  There are a few options here, too.  Don Haas shows us what each fork accessory looks like and what function it...
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Forklift Driving Lessons

Four tires, a seat and a steering wheel, how much different could driving a forklift be from driving a car? It’s different. We’re about to send a newbie through fork lift operator training, a process we’ll document here, so we’ll get an insider’s view of just what the training is all about and how difficult it is. This is someone with...
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Extending the life of your battery-powered forklift

Batteries seem to have become a regular part of our hi-tech lifestyles.  At any given time you’re charging several items and something else is running out of juice at exactly the wrong moment. You pay attention to how to best manage the batteries in your smartphone, but you need to pay just as much attention to your batter-operated forklift...
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