Maintaining your forklift is the best way to prevent expensive repairs. You wouldn’t skip an oil change on the family vehicle, right? The same applies to your lift truck. You take care of it, and it will take care of you.
Internal combustion-powered forklifts need service every 250-300 hours. Filters need to be replaced, parts need to be greased and you can find small problems before they become expensive repairs.
Below is a sample annual maintenance schedule for IC (Internal Combustion) and electric forklifts — a general list of what to service (and when) to avoid expensive repairs. This example schedule is for illustrative purposes only. Always follow manufacturer-specific guidelines for your forklift.
As mentioned above, internal combustion forklifts need service every 250-300 hours. Hours are measured using key hours (the amount of time the forklift is switched on), or pedal hours.
An average single-shift operation that uses their forklift(s) 2,000 hours a year should have their forklifts serviced about every 60 days. A forklift may need service more frequently if:
Below is an example one-year maintenance schedule for an IC forklift used by a single-shift operation. As mentioned above, some forklifts need service more often, and you should always follow manufacturer recommendations.
One of many reasons electric forklifts are so popular is their low cost of ownership. There are comparatively few parts to replace and they require minimal maintenance compared to internal combustion forklifts.
Minimal maintenance doesn’t mean zero maintenance, however. Electric forklifts have brakes, ties, and other parts that eventually wear out.
Generally speaking, electric forklifts should be inspected and serviced about every 500 hours. On an electric lift truck, “hours” are measured using drive motor/hydraulic running hours. An electric forklift service call should include:
We know staying on top of forklift maintenance can be a challenge for busy managers.
But there’s no getting around the fact that skipped maintenance is an expensive repair waiting to happen. It’s like buying cheap work boots or low-quality tools. You might save a few hundred dollars in the short term, but you’ll lose money eventually when that forklift breaks down.
Correctly maintaining your forklift also allows you to:
A maintenance plan is an inexpensive way to protect your business against expensive downtime. You pay a flat rate every month, and an experienced technician ensures your forklift is taken care of. When you sign-up for maintenance from The Lilly Company, you can relax knowing:
Our team can create a maintenance plan tailored to your operation. We don’t use a cookie-cutter approach; we take the time to listen and understand your operational needs.
The Lilly Company is proud to serve customers throughout Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and eastern Arkansas. Contact one of our forklift maintenance experts online or by phone (800-238-3006). Or, come say hello at one of our 13 locations across the Mid-South.
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