Buckle Up – Forklift Seabelts

Believe it or not, seatbelts are only recently mandatory safety equipment on a forklift.  While, technically, OSHA doesn’t directly mention seatbelts by name they’re firm enough about the wording that we know they’re very serious about the seatbelts.  You should be, too. Here’s the thing: while a forklift rarely travels at a high enough...
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Forklift Propane Safety

More than half a million forklifts in the US operate on propane gas. That’s a lot of gas, and a lot of potentially dangerous situations if the propane is not handled properly. Here’s what you need to know about propane: Propane, by itself (like natural gas that we use to heat our homes) is odorless.  Propane’s distinct odor is added to...
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Counterbalance vs Reach

Balance.  We’re all working to achieve it, some with more success than others.  Balance is critical to the successful, safe operation of your forklift as well. Forklifts achieve balance in two ways. A Counterbalance forklift is a truck that can lift and move a load without the use of outriggers to stabilize the unit. These forklifts...
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Forklift Abuse

A few entries ago, we mentioned something that started a conversation.  We stated that typically, most of the damage to a forklift is caused by (insert drum roll here) employee abuse. That raised some eyebrows among our customers. To be clear, usually damage to a forklift is not caused by mindful reckless conduct (although that does happen)....
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The Cost of a New Forklift

If you’ve ever made a large purchase, you know that the cost of the actual item is only part of what you will spend over the life of the thing you bought. Here are some of the expenses you can expect while you make the most of your new forklift: Someone has to operate the lift.  Combine training and salary and one forklift operator will cost...
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Forklift Battery Mythbusting

We’re surrounded by batteries that need to be charged, from smart phones to cameras, remotes and yes- your forklift.  For every battery type there is a charging and maintenance process that needs to be followed to get the most out of your batteries- and the process is likely different for each type of battery. There’s a LOT of bad...
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Preparing Forklifts for Summer Heat

We know it’s still early in the year but in some parts of the country the mercury is creeping up, and frankly it’s never too early to start thinking about preparing your forklift for Summer.  Some of these suggestions aren’t necessarily Summer-specific. Check these things out all year long. Start with your batteries. Extreme heat and cold...
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What to look for on a used forklift

Used forklifts can be great, affordable alternatives to buying a new machine.  However, with all those moving parts, you need to be sure you are getting a good deal.  Robert Scott takes us on a tour of a used Doosan forklift to show what you should be looking for when purchasing a used...
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Forklift Forks

If there is a part of your forklift that is most taken for granted, it may be the fork. It’s the first word in FORKLIFT, it’s the part of the vehicle that always… ALWAYS… comes in contact with what you are moving and it gets the least amount of attention when it comes to maintenance. They are simple if you look at it. One piece of...
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The Low-Down on Pallets

Find a forklift, and it’s very likely that nearby you will find a pallet or even a stack of pallets.  Forklift and pallets go hand in hand, so much so that it is literally difficult to determine which came first; the forklift or the pallet. The standard pallet measurements in the US is 42” wide and 48” long.  Pallets have wooden slats...
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