How to maintain your truck in 7 easy steps

Regardless of  whether your truck is diesel, gas or electric it will require a daily maintenance check to ensure the safe and smooth running of the vehicle, and in turn your business. These checks should be performed prior to use and are one of the first elements to be taught on any FLT driver training course.    

Electric Forklifts

1. Check battery electrolyte levels after charging battery
2. Check hydraulic oil level
3. Check all wheel nuts for tightness
4. Inspect hoses for leaks and damage
5. Visually inspect tyres for damage and inflation pressure
6. Top up batteries with distilled water/di-ionised
7. Additionally ensure that batteries are recharged after each shift, and avoid engaging in random charging.

Diesel & Gas Forklifts

1. Check radiator water level
2. Check engine oil level
3. Check all wheel nuts for tightness
4. Check fuel level
5. Visually check water trap
6. Inspect hoses for leaks and damage
7. Examine tyres visually for damage and inflation pressure

All you need to know about buying a used forklift truck..

Purchasing a used forklift truck can be a more affordable option than buying new and if done wisely can make good business sense. However it is important to ensure that you make the correct choice. The decision to purchase a forklift truck for your business is an important one, and it is essential to think about your requirements carefully.

Top 5 Tips when Purchasing a Used Forklift

Ensuring you buy wisely is not an easy task but a very important one, consider the following:

1. Condition: while all forklift trucks feature hour clocks, it is often wise to perform a general inspection of the truck to gauge condition. Look out for dents, which may be a result of rough or sloppy operation, and consider taking along an engineer to perform a more detailed inspection.
2. Performance: ask for a demonstration and check the mast function both unloaded and with full load capacity. If your truck is supplied with an attachment it would be wise to put it through its paces to ensure functionality.
3. Parts Availability: ensure that you will easily be able to source any parts for the truck you are purchasing. Make certain you perform a check prior to purchasing your truck to ensure they are available in the UK and secondly that they are not too costly to purchase.
4. Safe & Legal: ensure that the forklift truck has up to date LOLER / Thorough Examination Certificate.
5. Warranty: Check what warranty is offered with your forklift. If warranty is provided make sure you are fully aware as to what is covered and any exclusions that may apply.