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Inspecting Forks: Fork Hooks, Heels & Tips

The forks on a forklift have a limited life span. Inspecting forks daily can ensure safer operation and should concentrate on 3 areas: fork hooks, heels and tips. Fork Hooks Hooks are vital welds on a forklift because they are the main source for lifting and carrying product. If a hook on a fork fails, […]

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Forklift Technician: Shop or Road Technician

As a forklift technician, you are the person to help customers get their forklifts running or keep it operating efficiently with routine maintenance. “I often tell our technicians they aren’t only the troubleshooters but the superheroes,” says Holly Duddy, ProLift’s Corporate Recruiter. “People are happy to see them arrive.” At ProLift, technicians fall into two […]

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Why is My Forklift Overheating?

When operators notice the temperature gauge has risen into the “red zone”, a forklift must be tagged out of daily production to avoid causing damage to key components. Troubleshooting an Overheating Forklift Broken Fan or Fan Belt The forklift’s fan and fan belt sit under the operator’s seat and toward the back of the unit. […]

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Forklift Oil Leaks

Are you spotting forklift oil on the warehouse floor? Or, is forklift oil being replenished every two weeks to manage a leak? Forklift oil leaks are bothersome and depending on the source of a forklift oil leak, the repair can be expensive. If the leak isn’t resolved easily with a hose or O-ring replacement, the issue […]

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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 Maintenance Programs: Guaranteed vs Planned Maintenance

After investing in a new or used forklift, consideration should be made to enhancing the asset’s life through regular forklift maintenance. The two most common options are guaranteed maintenance and planned maintenance. With both programs, experienced technicians will catch potential problems early, helping you avoid safety issues, costly breakdowns and hours of lost productivity. The servicing […]

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Forklift Hydraulic Systems

Over 300 years ago, Blaise Pascal, a French scientist, discovered the principle behind hydraulics. He found due to the fact that liquid cannot be compressed, when pressure was put on a confined liquid the liquid transmitted the same pressure in all directions. If a container holding liquid has an outlet for the liquid to escape, […]

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Maintaining Forklift Coolant Levels

Maintaining your forklift’s coolant level is important to prevent overheating, which can result in deterioration of the belts, hoses and clamps that carry the coolant flow. Overheating also puts the cooling system and engine components at risk for rust, corrosion, premature engine wear and possible catastrophic failure. Specific to liquid propane (LP) fueled forklifts, the […]

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Forklift Brake Inspection & Replacement

Before every work shift, forklift operators are required to perform a pre-shift inspection. One item of focus is the brakes. Malfunction of the forklift brakes can result in serious damage, injury or death, making regular inspection a must. Forklift Brake Inspection While an operator’s inspection is limited, basic functionality can be tested. It is important […]

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Applying for a Forklift Technician Job Opening

The role of a forklift technician is vital to businesses that use forklifts to run their production, especially during times of an unexpected equipment breakdown. Working as a forklift technician can be overshadowed by the popularity of the automotive industry; however, the field continues to offer key benefits, including first-shift hours and higher average annual […]

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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 […]