Forklift Repair and Maintenance Tips

If your business uses a forklift or a fleet of forklifts for day to day operations, keeping them maintained and in good working order is an essential part of keeping your operations efficient. A broken down forklift can mean lost productivity, lost revenue and ultimately, lost profits.

Your forklifts are going to break down. They are machines and their parts wear out, seals break and hydraulics fail. It’s just the way things are. But along with quality forklift repair services, a good forklift maintenance program can reduce both the frequency of forklift breakdowns and reduce forklift repair costs.

Forklift Maintenance Schedule

A forklift requires detailed and scheduled maintenance. Just like your car, there are certain intervals at which fluids should be changed, hoses switched out, tires rotated and inspected and tune ups done.

The first step in keeping your forklifts maintained is to create a maintenance schedule for each forklift. Your local forklift service center can help you create and schedule routine maintenance.

The maintenance schedule should be machine specific. If you are operating different models and types of forklifts, it is important that you remember that these all have different components. Each model or type is therefore going to have its own schedule depending on its uptime, size, and engine and fuel type.

Forklift Repair

No matter how well maintained you keep your forklift, it will eventually breakdown and need repair. Newer forklifts are built with incredible precision. The drive trains and transmissions have ever closer tolerances. And if fluids and lubricants are not regularly changed, there can be big problems.

While a lot of forklift maintenance can be done by the driver, operator or in house technician, a major forklift repair may require the attention of a professional forklift mechanic.

Forklifts are a highly specialized vehicle, and so they require a highly specialized mechanic to work on them.

Forklift Repair and Maintenance with Reno Forklift

If you need forklift repair and service in the Reno and Sparks area, Reno Forklift is here for you! With nearly 50 years of experience servicing the Reno area, Reno Forklift is well equipped to tackle any forklift repair. From transmissions to lifts, our technicians can do it all.

We offer convenient forklift field services too! A fleet of service vans, fully equipped with parts and tooling, and most importantly, an experienced, skilled technician to get your machine, regardless of brand, up and running again. Quick response time from our dispatch department to you, keeping you updated on outbound times.

Contact us today for all your forklift repair and maintenance needs!

When it comes to materials handling equipment, the forklift is the heavy lifter. They are used in warehouses, manufacturing operations and department store settings to handle material and equipment that would otherwise be nearly immovable. Forklifts provide the materials handling industry with an incredibly sturdy backbone without which much of commercial economy would be rendered inefficient and cumbersome. Because of the numerous places in which they are used, forklifts designers have responded to the needs of industry by designing specific forklift types for the variety applications in which they have proven useful. Keep reading to learn more about the types of forklifts that are found in the warehouse and materials handling industries.

Types of Forklifts: The Standard forklift

The standard forklift, the kind seen in stores like the home depot, are designed for a comprehensive set of tasks.

Primarily used for manipulating merchandise laid out on pallets, the offer warehouse or other operation the ability to stack, move, shift and store product with ease. They are powered by either a gas, diesel, or electric motor depending on the power requirements for the job and the environment in which thy work. Electric forklifts are great for indoor uses such as warehouses where the exhaust from a diesel or gas model might cause a dangerous buildup of toxic air.

Types of Forklift: Narrow Aisle Forklift

As versatile as the standard forklift is, it still has some limitations. One of the key aspects of good warehouse management is to design the storage area in the most efficient manner possible, using all the space to its maximum potential. This often requires that warehouse industrial shelving units be placed really close to each other, creating very narrow aisles in which workers and other materials equipment must negotiate. In response to the need to maneuver in these narrow corridors, the forklift industry designed a great solution. Called a narrow aisle forklift, this design allows entry into those tight warehouse spaces that are prohibited to other, standard forklifts.

The slim design of the narrow aisle forklift allows the operator to access the aisles of the warehouse and retrieve or store material with ease. Solving two problems in one, the narrow aisle forklift features a pivoting fork which allows the operator to position the fork perpendicular to the orientation of the forklift and raise or lower the object to the desired height without having to reposition the entire forklift.

Types of Forklifts: Swing Mast Forklift

Building on the lessons learned from the narrow aisle design, the swing mast forklift is a standard or narrow aisle design that feature a forklift mast that can be manipulated to position the load in alignment with the shelving unit or other hard to reach place. They are great for applications in which space is limited but the power of a standard forklift is required.

Forklifts with Reno Forklift

Serving the Reno area for nearly 50 years, Reno Forklift has the expertise and knowledge to help you with all your forklift needs. Contact us today or check out our online catalog for quality material handling equipment and forklift rental, sales and maintenance.

A forklift is the workhorse of any business whose operations involve heavy lifting and material handling. Forklifts are needed to lift, move, maneuver and place large heavy loads safely for extended periods of time. Like any piece of equipment, forklifts are subject to wear and tear. The wear on most equipment is usually not a big deal and doesn’t require immediate attention. But on forklifts, there are forklift maintenance procedures that need to be enacted in order to keep employees safe and product from damage.
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A conveyor system is an essential component of any efficient materials handling system. Conveyor systems allow for the rapid movement of large items and products that would otherwise have to be moved around by human labor, forklift or truck.

The versatility of conveyor systems allow a warehouse, manufacturing plant or distribution center the ability to move objects with minimal effort while reducing the potential for injury or damage to the product.

While working with a well designed and installed conveyor system, workers are less likely to hurt themselves moving heavy materials and are kept at a distance from any hazardous material. A conveyor system also provides a cost effect material handling solution, requiring fewer workers to be involved in the shipment of materials.
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