Whether you have one, five or more under your roof, anyone who works in your warehouse knows how important a forklift is to getting all their work done in a timely fashion. For that reason, you may need to do more to fully prioritize proper maintenance of these vital machines.
Literally and figuratively, there are a lot of moving parts that go into such work, but the effort will be critical to your long-term success as an organization. As such, you should take the following keys to effective maintenance under consideration:
1) Make sure it's inspected before every use
While it is, of course, necessary to conduct regular maintenance throughout the year, it's also important that potential problems are spotted early, according to Darr Equipment. By requiring drivers to fully inspect the forklift using a checklist before each use, you'll help ensure both proper function and safety throughout the day.
2) Keep the tires in good shape
It will be wise to prioritize that the tires are properly inflated and have plenty of tread on them, Darr Equipment said. After all, tires are literally where the rubber meets the road, and if there are even small problems with them, those issues can quickly balloon into major risks to safety and efficiency.
3) Ensure repairs are performed by qualified workers
While you may trust your employees to take on a lot of the standard tasks under your roof, that should not include repairing any issues with your forklifts, unless they are fully qualified to do so, according to 360 Training. If you don't have any people who fit that bill, it's important to make sure you are actively outsourcing your maintenance work and ensuring it's still being performed regularly.
4) Don't go cheap on replacement parts
The time will undoubtedly come when various components of your forklifts need to be swapped out for replacements, 360 Training advised. All too many companies may choose to save a quick buck and buy inexpensive parts. However, those are often of inferior quality, and can break down more easily, costing you more money in the long run, both in terms of the outlay to buy the part, and also lost productivity.
5) Change the oil every three months
You are probably pretty proactive about changing the oil in your personal vehicle, but if you're not making sure the same is true for your forklifts, that's a potentially big mistake, according to Forklift Select. Put them on a three-month schedule so you're not playing a guessing game about how much they have been driven, and you'll be in good shape.
6) Lubricate all moving parts
Finally, it's a good idea to make sure all the various moving parts of your forklifts get the same kind of attention its engines do, in terms of being fully lubricated as recommended by the manufacturer, Forklift Select added. Here, too, simply following a regular schedule for lubrication instead of waiting for a problem to arise is likely to serve you well.