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

Potential Hazards: 

A fork that shows any of the following defects shall be withdrawn from service and discarded or properly repaired:

  • Surface cracks.

  • Blade or shank are not straight.

  • Fork angle from blade to shank is not straight.

  • Difference in height of fork tips.

  • Positioning lock not in working order.

  • Fork blade or shank wear.

  • Fork hooks wear.

  • Fork marking not legible.

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.


Economical Optimization

Vehicle management systems can give you information regarding fleet optimization. Do you have the right amount of forklifts, the right type, etc.?


Accident Reduction

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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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:



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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.




Investing in a forklift has its advantages for many kinds of companies and organizations. The industrial truck makes it simple to pick up large loads and move them from one spot to another. Like with any piece of equipment, lift trucks require routine maintenance to remain in safe, operable condition. Over time, you may even need to purchase replacement forklift parts. When this is the case, it’s helpful to have a basic understanding of the vocabulary used to describe the machine’s different components.
  • Cab: This is the middle area of a lift truck where the steering wheel, gauges, acceleration and brake pedals, mast controls, and safety devices are all placed.
  • Mast: The mast supports the lifting, loading, and unloading actions of a forklift. There are three types, which determine how high loads can be lifted. 
  • Forks: These arm-like extensions offer support from underneath the load and can be adjusted as needed. 
  • Carriage: This is a structural support element for the machine, and it holds the forks to the mast. 
  • Load Backrest: The backrest gives materials a place to balance sturdily and prevents loads from taking a tumble towards the driver.
  • Lift Cylinder: This is how the vertical raising and lowering actions of the forks, carriage, and mast are controlled.
  • Tilt Cylinder: This is how forklift operators control how much the forks, carriage, and mast are allowed to tilt forwards or backwards.
  • Overhead Guard: This is the overhead framework that keeps operators safe from falling objects.
  • Counterweight: Situated at the rear of the lift truck, the counterweight is installed to give more stability to the machine as it carries a load.

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