Keeping Your Lift Truck Healthy

Planning routine lift truck maintenance and sticking to it is key.


Six Steps To Planned Maintenance

Lou Micheletto, warehouse products manager for Yale Materials Handling Corp., offers these tips for lift truck maintenance and safety:
1. Operate equipment following manufacturer guidelines.

  • Proper operation of lift equipment will pay long term dividends.
  • Understand the truck's capacity-never handle loads that exceed truck rating.
  • Follow proper industrial battery charging procedures.

2. Building maintenance needs to be done.

  • Lift trucks have no suspension systems. Every bad expansion joint in a floor increases potential maintenance.
  • Stretch wrap and banding material left on the floor can wrap around a wheel.

3. Stop cascading failures.

  • If a problem is caught early the repair may be minimal.
  • Do the per-shift inspections and take action with problems.

4. Operational maintenance vs. crisis maintenance.

  • Operational Maintenance (OM) done on a timely basis will catch minor problems before they can cascade into major problems.
  • Do the OM based on the hour meter, not the calendar.

5. Use the right replacement part.

  • Non-OEM parts may fit but may not do the job.
  • All oils are not created equal.

6. Always use safe operating procedures.

  • Follow proper forklift safety tips.

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