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Periodic Maintenance: Key to Lift Truck Longevity


Adding a forklift to your assets is no minor investment. The machines can be big ticket items, and ones that are crucial to your company. Any downtime for repairs or replacement can mean major delays in how you do business. So how do you keep your lift trucks running longer and running better? The key might just be regular, periodic maintenance.

Why Regular Lift Truck Maintenance is Important


Proper lift truck maintenance is important for several reasons. Not only does instituting a periodic, regular maintenance plan help keep machines running with less downtime, it can help keep them in better condition for a much longer period of time and it can help ensure your forklift is operating safely. In fact, OSHA reports that “scheduled maintenance is critically important to the safe operation of your vehicle.”

All of these factors – better operation, longer life and checks on safety – can save you big bucks and serious time along the way, all while protecting your employees.

Steps to Consider


The appropriate time frame for periodic maintenance will vary, and depend on factors like lift truck type, usage levels and operation environment. You can check with the manufacturer of your lift truck for details on the regular maintenance schedule they recommend. Some manufacturers might recommend certain maintenance steps every 60 days, or every 200 hours of forklift driving, for example.

Components on every part of the forklift should undergo periodic maintenance and upkeep, including components on the interior, exterior and components under the hood. A few examples include regularly checking fluid levels, brakes, mirrors, warning lights, headlights, steering mechanisms and hydraulic lines. Periodic maintenance should also include a thorough cleaning of the lift truck. Steps like replacing filters and keeping the radiator clean can go a long way to preventing downtime.

For guidance on maintaining your forklifts, or to see what lift trucks we have available for sale, give Union City Forklift, Inc.  a call today. We have been servicing, selling and renting lift trucks both in the Mid-South area and internationally for 18 years. No matter what your forklift needs are, Union City Forklift, Inc. has a solution for you!

All of these factors – better operation, longer life and checks on safety – can save you big bucks and serious time along the way, all while protecting your employees.

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