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Switching from an Internal Combustion Forklift to an Electric Forklift

Historically, internal combustion (IC) forklifts have dominated the manufacturing industry. Although electric forklifts provided cleaner emissions and low level noise, companies faced decreased production and struggled to justify the higher costs of batteries and charging stations. Today the electric forklift rivals the production of an IC forklift, matching or exceeding the alternative’s performance. Its reduction […]

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Running Out of Forklift Fuel

Accidents can be the result of running out of forklift fuel. Imagine an operator picking up a load with a paper roll clamp attachment. After raising the load to an appropriate height, the operator moves the forklift forward to place the load on top of other rolls. Suddenly, the forklift engine dies. Out of fuel, […]

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Internal Combustion Forklifts

An engine is a device that uses chemical energy – a fuel – to produce mechanical energy. Engines operating on this principle are called internal combustion engines and are used in an internal combustion forklift. Because automobiles use the same type of engine, many people are familiar with an internal combustion (IC) engine. While it […]

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Forklift Rental Purchase Option: Is It To Your Advantage?

If you have a long-term need, but are not ready to commit to purchasing equipment, a forklift rental purchase option (RPO) is a solution for your company. A rental purchase option allows your company to put portions of your monthly rental payment toward the purchase of the equipment, but doesn’t commit you to the acquisition. […]

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Checking Your Forklift for a Propane Leak

“I smell propane coming from my forklift. The tank’s valve doesn’t appear to be the source of the leak. What else should I check?” First, focus on ventilation! Open up doors and/or windows in the area and turn off the forklift’s propane tank. You must be in an open, well-ventilated area to allow the LP […]

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8 Tips For Changing a Forklift LP Tank

Because liquid propane (LP) is a flammable and explosive gas, changing an LP tank on a forklift offers risks. To keep ourselves and co-workers safe, we must act responsibly. Changing a Forklift LP Tank Wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) The fuel inside the LP tank is contained at a high pressure and has a temperature […]

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Forklift Leasing: How Long Should You Lease?

You’ve weighed the pros and cons of leasing your forklift versus a purchase and have decided to lease. Historically your company has selected a 5-year term; however, a shorter term lease could benefit your production and budget. Consider these factors when determining the length of your lease term: Forklift Lease Utilization The typical lease includes […]

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Fleet Management: Do You Know the Real Cost of Your Forklift Fleet?

The acquisition cost of a forklift is only one factor in the overall cost of ownership. The majority of costs involve operating and maintenance expenses. While fleet management is widely known in the trucking industry, it is also a big advantage to companies using it for their forklifts and other material handling assets. Oftentimes, implementing […]

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Forklift Leasing versus Forklift Purchase

During the purchase of a new or used forklift, your company will be presented with financing options. Forklift leasing is a common business practice, and working with a forklift dealer to review the types of forklift leases, various terms and payments will help determine the best long-term purchase decision. Why Choose Forklift Leasing? While there […]

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Why Should You Schedule a Forklift Demo?

If you were purchasing a car, would you skip the test drive? No! Taking the car for a drive gives you the opportunity to check out what you are buying from the gas mileage to the convenient sunglasses holder. So why would you skip a forklift demo? On paper, a forklift may appear to have […]

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Common Signals of Forklift Abuse

“Our forklift repairs have increased and we have maxed out our budget only 6 months into the year. How do I determine which repairs are for normal wear and when the damage is caused by forklift abuse?” When an operator or the application a forklift operates puts a forklift in a situation that causes equipment […]