Just like any other machine, a forklift needs to have regular preventative maintenance performed to ensure that the forklift is safe to operate. Furthermore, preventative maintenance can ensure that the forklift operates in the most efficient manner for as long as possible. This saves the operator valuable amounts of time and money; however, many people don't know when forklift maintenance should be done.
The Forklift Must be Safe to Operate
Ultimately, the goal is to ensure the safety of the forklift to operate both for the driver and the people in the area. Examples of problems that preventative maintenance might catch include a malfunctioning gauge, a broken weld, missing bolts, a damaged guard, or missing rubber.
Pedal Hours vs. Time Intervals
Guides for preventative forklift maintenance will be measured in pedal hours, time usage vs. time intervals, that's typically measured in days or weeks. People should follow their maintenance schedule based on whichever comes up sooner.
Every 50 pedal hours the grease zerks need to be greased. This ensures that the equipment is flowing smoothly and prevents parts from getting stuck together.
Every 200 pedal hours the forklift will require a full service. This means changing the fuel filter, changing the oil, changing the oil filter, changing the air filter, and another grease. Changing these fluids and filters ensures that the forklift is using its fuel efficiently and safely.
Every 500 hours the hydraulic system of the forklift will require some attention. This means new hydraulic filters and a replacement of the hydraulic oil. The hydraulics are the systems that allow the forklift to move efficiently and gives the system the power to use the fork. Proper maintenance of this system is key for performing heavy jobs efficiently.
Take proper care of the forklift and the forklift will run for an extended amount of time. This means performing the preventative maintenance on time.