How to Know When Your Forklift Needs New Forks
By: Michael Walsh, CSI Forklifts
To the average person, a set of forks will look as good as new as long as they haven’t sustained any obvious physical damage. The truth is wear begins the first day of use, and at some point, the forks will need to be replaced.
Forks should be visually inspected every day or at the beginning of every work shift for visible damage. Then per ANSI/ITSDF B-56.1 standards, forks in use shall be inspected at intervals of not more than 12 months (for single shift operations) or whenever any defect or permanent deformation is detected.
Severe applications such as lumber yard work, steel forging plants & concrete plants will require more frequent inspection.
Individual Load Rating of Forks – When forks are used in pairs (the normal arrangement), the rated capacity of each fork shall be at least half of the manufacturer’s rated capacity of the truck, and at the rated load center distance shown on the lift truck nameplate
Fleet Management Systems
Improving Your Bottom Line
By: Dave Bloom, Sales Coordinator, CSI Forklifts
Think of fleet management systems like your eyes, ears, and authority in action 24/7. They can automatically shut down forklifts being abused, automate the OSHA checklist, capture proof of who is responsible for accidents, and report vital utilization information.
Capture Proof of Accident Responsibility
With individual operator log-on technology, managers will know who is driving what lift, and when they are driving it. If an accident occurs, managers will immediately know where it happened and who is responsible. An operator who knows that they will be responsible for anything that happens to equipment that they operate has proven to reduce accidents as a deterrent factor.
Saving Money for Your Business in Three Ways
Planned, Not Unplanned Maintenance
Wouldn’t it be great if you knew a forklift will need maintenance before it goes down? That’s what fleet management systems can provide.
Vehicle management systems can give you information regarding fleet optimization. Do you have the right amount of forklifts, the right type, etc.?
The accident reduction feature of this technology will also save you money. Operators will adjust their driving habits to conform with the new system – knowing that their performance is being monitored.
Determine Exact Utilization Figures
With a fleet management system, you will know exactly how often your forklifts are being used, and if they are being used in the right location/application. Fleet management systems provide access to an online portal that allows you to view detailed information about your fleet and how it is being used. This will allow you to determine if certain forklifts are being over/under used and then allocate resources accordingly.
Automate the OSHA Checklist
Fleet Management Systems will automate the OSHA checklist for you and store it in the aforementioned online portal. This means you will no longer need to dedicate filing cabinets for storage of the checklists, nor will you need to worry about the accuracy of the results. If a forklift fails inspection, it will not be allowed to be used by an operator.
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GETTING A GOOD DEAL ON A USED FORKLIFT
By: Mike Carra, Sales Manager, CSI Forklifts 11/07/16
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I’m often approached about what to look for when buying a used piece of equipment. The criteria I use to determine a “good deal” is fairly simple:
KNOW THE HISTORY
An important piece of the equation is knowing the usage history of the used forklift. You need to know where it was placed in service and be certain that it was not in a corrosive or rough environment. This situation would drastically lower the value of the forklift. Because this is a piece of heavy equipment, there is no such thing as a “perfect” application. However, there are plenty of common usage situations that leave a forklift in fine condition, and a good target for a used purchase. Knowing where the equipment was used, and understanding its application, gives a better understanding of exactly what you’re buying.
USED FORKLIFTS SHOULD REFLECT A PRICING DIFFERENCE
Understanding and being familiar with the price differences between new and used is something a buyer should know. Typically, there is a 30%-60% difference in price from new to used equipment.
HOW MANY HOURS ARE TOO MANY?
In my experience, there is a large concern about the number of hours a piece of equipment has logged. An easy way to gauge/compare the hours would be to think of it as an automobile. A forklift with 10,000 hours is roughly equivalent to a car that has 200,000 miles.
Another important factor is engine type. With an LPG (fuel) powered forklift, there are a lot of moving parts compared to an electric, so the life of an LPG forklift is generally lower. When considering an electric forklift, age of the battery (as well as hours) becomes a critical factor in the buying decision.
Brand is also another factor. Some manufacturers have been known to get upwards of 15,000-20,000 hours on their forklifts before needing major repairs, while others will began to incur problems with as little as 5,000-7,000 hours. Make certain that all of these factors are considered before moving forward with a purchase.
KNOW YOUR USAGE
Another factor to consider when purchasing a used piece of equipment is how often the unit will be used and the type of application. Is your application light, medium or heavy use? Do your expectations match the equipment’s useful life? Purchasing a used forklift with over 10,000 hours could be ok, or it could be a drastic mistake – it all comes down to your usage situation and the aforementioned factors.
WHERE SHOULD I BUY FROM?
As with anything, you get what you pay for. Therefore, I would recommend buying a piece of equipment from a reputable and authorized dealer. Be certain that their service staff has the experience, technology and support from the original equipment manufacturer that you will need. The factory dealer knows what to look for and can offer/suggest the proper planned maintenance that your equipment will require. Additionally, an authorized dealer will be able to offer financing options.
CraigsList and other online retailers are also options but the buyer should beware. Is the product actually as advertised? Why is a private party getting rid of this equipment and why is it so cheap? I would be cautious with buying an expensive piece of equipment thatd carries no warranty. My recommendation would be to get the best deal you can with an authorized dealer.
KNOW WHAT YOU’RE BUYING
Make sure that you’ve done your homework with respect to the different models and their expected usage. Check your aisle widths, rack heights and any low clearance areas inside your facility. If you’re looking for an electric forklift, consider asking the seller for a load test on the battery. A used battery should still get approximately 3-4 hours before needing to be charged.
Buying used equipment is a great alternative to investing capital in a new unit. There are many financing options available to help benefit your business with respect to taxes. Talk to your local dealership – they have the experience that can guide you towards purchasing the best piece of equipment to meet your specific application.