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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Embrace the Variety of Forklifts

Forklifts are the workhorses of your facility, lifting and retrieving materials that are too large or heavy to manage manually or that need to be stored in an unusual location.

However, different lifts are built for different things, something you might not consider when building your forklift fleet.  Let’s take a look at three reasons you might want to consider a little variety in your choice of forklifts.

OPTIONS: As much as we may try to stay ahead of potential malfunctions and maintenance issues, sometimes things happen and a lift needs to be taken out of service. Having a variety of forklifts in your fleet means that even though they may be designed for slightly different functions, they can be pressed into duty in a crisis.

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Extending Forklift Lifespan

There’s no question your investment into your forklift fleet is a substantial commitment.  Why, then, wouldn’t you want to ensure your forklift lives a good, long life?

Of course you would- and here’s how you can make sure that happens.

You already know that your forklift can take a beating, carry a heavy load (literally and figuratively) and be the workhorse you need it to be in your facility.  That doesn’t mean it doesn’t like a little TLC.

If not properly maintained and cared for, your forklift’s life can be shortened, and that costs you money and time.

Take the time to set a comprehensive short and long-term maintenance plan. Pay more attention to your fleet during heavy use periods. Compare last year’s usage patterns to current hours and see if you’re asking too much of your fleet and need to augment with more units.

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