5 Ways to Prevent Damage to Your Forklift Forks

Trevor Cowser - May 16, 2016

The forks on your forklift are a hard-working and vital part of the vehicle. They will perform reliably for years if they are properly used and protected.  But if abused or neglected, even these rugged workhorses have a breaking point. . . and that can make for a very bad day at work.   Follow these 5…

7 Key Forklift Fork Inspection Points

Trevor Cowser - May 9, 2016

The forks on your forklift may look sturdy and indestructible, but there’s more to a safe fork that just rugged good looks. Forklift operators are responsible for checking the forks before their shifts for obvious issues. And according to the ANSI/ITSDF B-56.1 standards they should have a thorough inspection at least once a year, more…

FAQS: How to Know if the Hydraulic Fluid is Low in your Forklift

Trevor Cowser - March 28, 2016

One of the most common questions we get in the service department is “How do I know if know if my hydraulic fluid is low and how do I check it?” Forklifts rely on hydraulics for their lifting and steering abilities. Having the right amount of hydraulic fluid in a forklift’s reservoir ensures the forklift’s lifting…

How to Know When it’s Time for New Forklift Tires

Trevor Cowser - February 29, 2016

Having good tires on your lift is like having the right shoes on your feet. You want support, grip, stability, shock absorption and performance.  And like your shoes, they aren’t able to perform forever. Forklift tires wear out from normal abrasion, heat exposure from friction or sun damage, chemicals on the floor and travelling over…

How Often Must Forklift Operators Be Trained

Trevor Cowser - August 5, 2014

Most people understand OSHA’s requirement that drivers receive appropriate instruction before being allowed to operate a company’s forklift – but many get confused when it comes to refresher training and performance evaluations.   Refresher training in relevant topics needs to be done when an operator: has been observed to operate the vehicle in an unsafe…

Going Going Gone – Forklift Tip Over Danger

Trevor Cowser - October 17, 2013

Forklift tip overs are the number one cause of forklift related deaths. Tip overs can be attributed to poor driving skills and these tragedies are preventable with proper forklift operator training. When you witness any of these unsafe operating conditions, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.   The likelihood of tip-overs is increased under the…

What’s in a Forklift Nameplate?

Trevor Cowser - May 22, 2013

OSHA Regulations state that “only loads within the rated capacity of a truck shall be handled” So how can you tell how much a forklift is made to carry? Check the nameplate also referred to as the data plate. The nameplate provides information about the truck’s capacity.   Along with the forklift’s model and serial…

What Industrial Batteries and Children Have in Common

Trevor Cowser - March 13, 2013

Consider treating your industrial forklift battery is just like a small child. Both require a lot of attention and if you don’t give them what they need it, you’re in for a miserable time. Like a child, a battery needs eight hours of play, eight hours to recharge (sleep) and eight hours to cool off….