Pneumatic vs Cushion Tires

The type of tire you’re going to want to choose for your forklift fleet depends very much on the type of terrain where your trucks will be operating.

The fact is most environments require specific tires, and some due diligence may be required before you make a purchase. The safety and performance of your fleet depends on this decision, so do not take it lightly.

Here’s what you need to consider before making the final decision on your forklift tires:

In what type of environment will your forklifts be operating?

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Forklift Mast Hoses

Your mast hoses don’t appear, at first glance, to do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to your forklift, but the fact is they are critical to efficient, safe operation of your truck.

This is why a daily start-of-shift inspection requirement includes the mast hoses. Even the smallest flaw or damage to a hose can cause expensive problems.

When you’re inspecting your hoses, here are five things to look for to ensure your hoses are in good shape.

Consult your owner’s manual for the recommended inspection intervals.

Start by checking out the jackets covering the hoses. While damage to the jacket doesn’t necessarily mean the hose itself is damaged, it can be a sign something is wrong. Once the jacket is damaged, the hose inside is extremely vulnerable.

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Battery Option

Options.  We like to have options. Hundreds of brands of toothpaste, shampoo, dish soap- every one pretty much the same, right?

There are plenty of options when it comes to batteries for your electric forklift as well. In fact, here in Atlantic Forklift Services home state of North Carolina, there are five major battery brands.

Before you ask, as with any vendor we work with, we make sure we match the best product for your forklift.

Battery pricing differs from battery to battery depending on the client’s needs. Each battery type will perform differently and is used in different circumstances.

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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 information about the correct way to drain and charge your batteries. We’re going to set the record straight right here:

Advancement in battery technology have made it realistic to discharge your battery to as low as 30%, place it on a charger for a couple hours, and return to work. This is a drastic change from what you may have been told.

Your forklift likely has systems on board to monitor the amount of charge in your battery. Most lifts have a battery discharge indicator, and a “lock out” feature that disables parts of the lift and only allows travel at low speeds if the battery power dips below a specific level.

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