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Why A Forklift Service Is Required

Forklift Service August 12, 2017

forklift servicing

We can not stress this enough when it comes to your forklift or materials handling equipment.  The importance of regular Preventative Maintenance services carried out on your Materials Handling equipment cannot be overlooked.

Quite often equipment such as forklifts work in harsh environments, they rely on various lubricants to keep them in good working order. With regular servicing your oils and lubricants are changed and/or checked regularly, safety components are also checked and full report given. Regular servicing of your Materials Handling Equipment also ensures less downtime between services.

There are so many things that can be looked at when regular servicing is being done.  Things like excessive tyre wear significantly increases the risk of damaging components like steering & mast rollers.

Tyres should be checked during every service & breakdown visit by our Field Service Technicians.  A decent equipment dealer will have a computerized service system, that will both log any service work done, and as well as programming your equipment for service intervals as agreed.

With business these days, operating more and more hours, its important to look for a Forklift dealer that can provide you the flexibility to service when it best suits your business.

That way its less disruptive to your business schedule.  Most mechanical based business such as a forklift dealer, will have fully equipment service vans on the road, capable of handling any type of repair to your Materials Handling Equipment, whether it be a simple service to a full strip down and rebuild.

With Fully Trained Technicians and strict quality control systems in place your satisfaction should be guaranteed as well as ensuring that the most current WH&S requirements are covered.

A yearly Major Service and Respray can help keep your equipment running efficiently and looking new.

A lot of dealers also have their own tiltrays on the road, so they can actually pick your forklift up and take it back to their workshop for major repairs, don;t forget you can also ask for a support forklift for the interim period that they are working on yours.

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What Exactly is a Forklift PM Service

Safety December 5, 2016

Forklift PM Service

When it comes to owning a forklift, a lot of owner’s forget to think about how to keep their forklift maintained.  So we want to take a look at exactly is a forklift PM SERVICE.

A PM service, or a Preventative Maintenance service, is the  maintenance schedule that the Original Equipment Manufacturer recommends for the forklift that they manufacture.  Quite simply if you think in the terms of your car, you need to get it serviced as per the manufactures recommendation every 15 000 Klms (Or what ever it is), it is the same with your forklift.

One of the major differences is the way it is calculated, generally a forklift is fitted with a Hour Meter instead of a Speedo.  Depending on the type of forklift and the recommendations, you can generally expect to be servicing a 2500 KG forklift every 250 hours or every 3 months.

Generally included in a 250 hour service is :

  • Changing of engine oil
  • Changing of Engine oil filter
  • Checking – Drive belt
  • Checking LPG system (If fitted)
  • Checking Engine Idle Speed

How often should you service your Forklift

The quickest way to work out how often your forklift needs servicing. Is to take a note of the hour meter at the start of the week then again at the end of the week.  After determining how much you use your forklift, you can then talk to a service agent about a Preventative Maintenance Service schedule.

Generally most forklift dealers will offer an annual fixed price service schedule for your forklift.  Generally most forklift dealers will suggest how often you should have a basic service performed (oil and filter change, battery check, fluids topped off as well as a host of other items).

Generally we suggest talking to a forklift dealer that can set up your service automatically and come out to service your forklift on an agreed regular basis.

Why do Preventative Maintenance Servicing

By servicing your forklift before you have trouble, you can catch many things (a worn belt, for example) that can be taken care of before it becomes a problem and your forklift stops running.

Just remember a Forklift PM service is less expensive than a service call and it will generally only take between one hour to two hours.

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