Help, my forklift isn’t starting!

Your forklift operator has conducted his (or her) pre-shift inspection, climbs on board the truck, turns the key… and is greeted by silence. This is trouble as your forklift is an integral part of your operation.

Here’s how to perform an initial troubleshooting in the event your forklift just won’t start:

Check your dash display.  Is there an alarm? Forklift dash alarms are similar to a car’s in that if something is lit up, chances are something’s gone wrong. Perform a diagnostic test to work to determine where the problem might be. Your mechanics should be able to do this and pinpoint the problem in no time at all.  Check those dash alarms first, a quick assessment of the trouble can save you time and money.

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5 Tips to Improve Forklift Performance

Atlantic Forklift Services’ technicians are among the best in the business.  We asked them for a list of five things you can do right now to improve your fleet’s performance.

  1. Tires

Check them.  You’d be surprised, our experts say, to learn how many forklift fleets are operating on worn tires. Just something as simple as checking the tire pressure (in pneumatic tires) can help avoid accidents and improve performance.  In addition, check to make sure your forklifts have the tires you need specific to your facility.

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Expensive Forklift Repairs

Anyone who has ever owned a car knows that now two repairs are alike.  Some are simple, other more complicated and it may be the easiest fixes that end up causing the most trouble.

Of course, following recommended routine maintenance procedures can great alleviate both problems and costs.

The same is true with forklifts.

Repairs to lifts can vary between routine and inexpensive, and complicated and costly. Maintenance and routine inspections can go a long way towards keeping fixes on the routine and inexpensive side.

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Cleaning Your Forklift

We have covered the preventative maintenance topic quite a bit in this blog.  Not only can preventative maintenance keep your forklifts in tip-top shape and running smoothly, it can keep the people on and around the truck safe and working efficiently as well.

But there is something you might not have considered as a safety matter.


There’s evidence that a large number of breakdowns and accidents can be prevented by maintenance, and regular cleaning of your forklift.

It’s just a good habit to develop. You want to take pride in your workplace and your equipment, and forklift operators in particular should be particularly invested in the condition and appearance of their truck.

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