Your forklift works hard every single day moving around product and making your operation much more efficient. But the day will eventually come when your old forklift stops working as effectively or efficiently as it once did. Do you know what your “Cost per hour” is? Does it exceed the manufacturer’s guidelines? If so, it’s in your best interest to replace it as soon as possible. We’ve put together some warning signs that you could need a new forklift.
Maintenance costs are rising
As your old forklift experiences greater wear and tear, your costs of keeping it running will increase. If prolonged use of your machine results in continuous repairs, it is probably time to replace it. You might be in need of a new forklift if you have the following issues with your current equipment:
- Hydraulic Issues
- Fuel System Problems
- Higher hour units
- Worn mast channels
- Battery causing low runtime
- Steer axle worn out
- Excessive down time
You’re losing time and money
When you experience downtime due to problems with your old forklift, you end up paying more than just the costs of parts and labor. You also lose productivity while your equipment is not functioning properly and while it’s being repaired, because your products are not being moved as quickly or efficiently. Plus, you often also have to bear the costs of a rental replacement during the time that your old forklift is in the shop. Purchasing a new forklift will help you avoid these costs and keep your material handling operation functioning more efficiently.
Accidents or unexpected events
In addition to losing time and money, old or poorly maintained equipment increases the likelihood of accidents or injuries on the job. If your old forklift is not performing like it once did or has accelerated wear and tear, purchasing a replacement may help you avoid unexpected or dangerous events from occurring in your warehouse or on your jobsite.
When it comes time for a new forklift, contact the team at JIT Toyota-Lift. We will look at your specific needs and requirements to ensure you find the best machine for the job!