Protecting the Warehouse

Your forklift is a critical part of your operation, but you know what else is extremely important, too?

Your warehouse itself.  And sometimes, due to normal wear and tear or (let’s be honest) neglect and willful disregard, your forklift can be your facilities worst enemy.

The good news here is there are steps you can take to protect and shield your brick and mortar facility from forklift damage.

Guard rails.

A small bump from a forklift could cause extensive damage, or even shut down a critical piece of equipment for days. Each of those scenarios costs you money. Sturdy guard rails can protect machines, pathways and shelving.  These rails mount to the floor and can provide at least a little defense from an errant forklift.

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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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