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How to Store a Forklift for a Long Time

Safety December 7, 2016

How to store a forklift

We’ve already taken a took at how to store a forklift for a short period of time, But sometimes you might need to store your forklift for longer than 6 months.  So we wanted to help give some instruction for Long Term Storage of your forklift.

6 Months – Long–Term Storage

If you are looking to store your forklift, make sure you do the following steps to prepare the forklift for storage for 6 months or longer:

  1. Make sure you complete all the short–term storage procedures.
  1. Wrap or cover all exterior lights, radiator grille, and air vents with a moisture barrier cover. Use tape to hold the covers in position.
  1. Make sure you remove the batteries from the forklift. Just make sure you store the batteries in an approved space. Be sure to follow whatever your local regulations are. Batteries that are stored for long periods can become damaged so we recommend that you try to use the batteries elsewhere if you can .
  1. Also spray exterior surfaces and the frame with a preservative coating.

Following the above steps will help you preserve your forklift and help keep its value.

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8 TIPS TO PROPERLY STORE A FORKLIFT

Forklifts November 5, 2016

Forklift Storage

Sometimes you need to put your forklift in storage for a short time, it’s common to see plenty of forklifts stuck and the corner and forgotten about.  It’s the absolute worst thing you can do to a piece of machinery especially a forklift.  So here we give you 8 of the best tips to properly store a Forklift.

Generally the following storage procedures are for conditions and temperatures above 0° C (32_F).  Just adjust these procedures to suit any for local conditions and any changes in conditions during the storage.

The preparations necessary for storage are also determined from the following conditions:

  • Short–term storage is from 1 to 6 months. Long–term storage is over 6 months.
  • Storage Location. A lift truck stored indoors will not require as much external protection as a lift truck stored outdoors.

 

Short -Term Storage

 

Do the following steps to prepare the lift truck for storage from 1 to 6 months:

  1. Check lubricant and fluid levels. Completely fill the fuel tank. Verify the coolant mixture will protect cooling system and engine to lowest temperature expected during storage. Verify all caps and dipsticks are installed correctly.
  1. Fully lower the forks or carriage. Tilt mast forward until the tips of the forks touch the ground. Apply a thin coat of engine oil to the cylinder rods.
  1. Check that all switches and accessories are in the OFF position.
  1. If the lift truck must be left on an incline, put blocks on the down hill side of the wheels so that the lift truck can not move. Apply the hand brake.
  1. Disconnect the battery cables from the batteries. Apply a protective coat to the cable connectors and battery terminals to prevent corrosion.
  1. Check the tire pressure. Verify the tires have the correct pressure. See the Nameplate.
  1. Clean the lift truck and engine compartment to prevent corrosion.
  1. If the lift truck is not stored in a shelter, put a cover over the lift truck to prevent damage from the weather. In wet conditions, a cover will not prevent corrosion to a lift truck that is in long–term storage outside of a dry storage area.

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How to put Internal Combustion Engine (I.C.E) Forklift in Storage

Forklifts October 21, 2016

Experience has taught that complications can arise as a result of improper handling of trucks during periods of storage.  The main areas of concern are engines, hydraulic components and truck batteries.  I.C.E powered forklifts can be best protected by being operated for a short period of time each month.

Before placing any forklift in storage, you must choose an area which is clean, dry and free from airborne contaminates. Trucks powered by I.C.E must be started and run at 700 ROM until normal operating temperature is reached.  This will coat the internal engine components with a film of oil and rid the engine of built-up condensations.

! Caution Do not shut down an engine before it reaches operating temperature.  Engine damage can occur.

For Safety and increase usable floor area, remove the forks and tag them with the truck serial number.  Prior to operating a truck each month, make a visual inspection for leaks and or signs of deterioration.  Take corrective action immediately.  Also, check the fluid level in the radiator, hydraulic tank and brake master cylinder.

All hydraulic cylinders must be cycled several times each month to keep the seals active and to coat the interior walls with oil.  Actuate each cylinder, in both directions, until it reaches the stops.  To protect the tilt cylinder rods, park your trucks with the mast tilted fully backward (cylinders retracted).

When parked with the power off, actuate each control handle to relieve hydraulic pressure.

! Caution – Mast are to be stored fully lowered to protect cylinder rods.

Coat any exposed portion of all cylinder rods with fresh, high grade SAE 30 or 40 Weight engine oil.  Install blocks, front and rear, at the drive wheels when parked – Do Not Use the Hand Brake

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