Spokane Ag Expo 2019

With the range of material handling products and solutions that Norlift offers, it makes sense to be at the Spokane Ag Expo and Farm Forum. Whether for lift trucks, storage racking and shelving, bins and boxes, or wheels and casters – farmers, ranchers and their suppliers make up a large percentage of our customer list.  We’ve seen over the years that they’re also some of our most loyal customers, and it’s always great to be able to connect with them at the Ag Show.

The somewhat recent addition of JCB construction equipment is another reason to be at the show.  The innovation in JCB’s equipment is easily noticed by show attendees, leading to questions like, “How far does the boom on the Teleskid reach?”, “What size engine does that have?”, and “How does that not need DEF?”   The individual specific questions that get asked are always interesting, “Is it really easier for a big guy like me to get in that side door [instead of] over the track?”

For a relatively new brand to the area, JCB reliability is well known, and people instantly appreciate how easy it is to do daily checks on any JCB machine.

The following are a few photos from this year’s show.

JCB Teleskid Demo Days

Norlift JCB will host demos on JCB tracked and wheeled Teleskids at Wittkopf Landscape Supply on October 16 and at Horizon Distributors on October 17.  Both demo days will run from 7:00-11:00 a.m.  Come out and see what this compact skid steer with a telescopic, single arm boom  can do.  In addition to Norlift construction equipment representatives, the JCB West Region Compact Product Sales Manager and Teleskid specialist will also be there to answer your questions.

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Not All Skidsteers Are Created Equal

JCB and Innovation

How is JCB’s Compact Track Loader, Skid Steer Loader or Teleskid different from any of their competitors?  In a word – INNOVATION.  While there are almost too many “industry firsts” and new ideas to list, there are two things that clearly set JCB skid steers apart from the crowd.  The telescopic boom makes all other loaders look like dinosaurs – think T-Rex with arms that can’t reach much of anything.  That same, extending, single lift arm brings increased visibility to the operator and more room to the cab.  More importantly, JCB’s left side door entry removes the first listed “Greatest Dangers” of the “Skid Steer Loader Safety” booklet produced by OSHA, being crushed by moving parts by wiggling under or climbing over the safety bar.  No matter where the load is positioned on a JCB skid steer, there is no need to climb over or under anything to get into or out of the cab.  This makes JCB skid steers safer all around, from the time you perform your pre-operation checklist, until you finish the job and walk away.

To see the differences between operating a JCB skidsteer and any other skidsteer, just check out this common-sense video from JCB.

JCB Regional Service Training at Norlift

A LOT GOES ON AT 512 NORTH FANCHER – Some weeks even more…

On any given day, there are new and used construction equipment sales; new or used forklift sales; warehouse products delivered; storage shelving and pallet racking – both new and used sold and shipped; equipment repaired; Superbenches built; equipment rented and forklift tires pressed and changed. Last week was even a bit busier, as Norlift hosted visiting JCB Certified Service Trainer Mark Cook to conduct training in a number of areas on JCB mini/midi excavators.

The primary focus was on in-depth computer diagnostics, hydraulic configuration, model specific repair challenges, and live diagnostic scenarios. The three-day intensive schedule was mornings in classroom sessions and afternoons in the shop, reinforcing the classroom lessons. Multimedia was everywhere. It’s not often that you see a flatscreen television in a construction and handling equipment shop, (okay, maybe during NCAA Tournament time in some shops) but that was the case at Norlift for those few days. Classroom and shop came together to cement the knowledge and practice elements of the certification level training being presented.

Technicians from the Inland Northwest and other parts of the Pacific Northwest attended the regional training. With the JCB commitment to training and customer satisfaction, Norlift is looking forward to many more JCB training events in the years to come.


Guide to Changing Hydraulic Fluid for Forklifts

Hydraulic technology is so common we often forget we use it every day. It’s found right in our own homes in our dishwashers. It’s in the cars we drive to work. It’s in elevators, amusement park rides, and airplanes. And in forklifts. But without liquid to fuel the hydraulic systems, none of these things would work.

The main function of hydraulic fluid is to provide energy transmission, so it makes sense that if you don’t have the proper level of liquid, you can’t create the most power. Inadequate levels of hydraulic fluid in a forklift cause decreased lifting and steering capabilities, which is the last thing you want when you have a job to finish.

So, what do you need to know to ensure your hydraulic system is running smooth and fast? Let’s explore some of the common questions you might have about hydraulic fluids and forklifts.

How often should I change the hydraulic fluid for forklifts?

Most forklift manufacturers suggest replacing hydraulic fluid after every 1,000 hours of operation. To monitor levels properly, operators should go through a checklist, which includes checking the hydraulic fluid tank prior to every shift.

Why should I change hydraulic fluid every 1,000 hours of operation?

There are a variety of environments and variables that can affect the rate oil degrades. In lieu of performing an oil analysis every time you think you need to change your hydraulic fluid, most users stick to the manufacturer’s recommendation, which is based on years of service data. Keep in mind that if you decide not to change the hydraulic fluid for an extended amount of time, you risk the service life of every other component on the hydraulic system.

What hydraulic fluid for forklifts should I use?

It depends on your equipment and manufacturer. Consult your forklift operating manual for the specific fluid grade recommended for your particular forklift.

We also recommend paying close attention to the prescribed level to fill the tank. Thermal expansion can occur, which can in turn cause an oil spill and a safety hazard.

Can I change my hydraulic fluid or does my dealer need to?

Changing hydraulic fluid is a fairly simple task. However, we recommend a professional certified forklift technician perform the task. Also, know that not all hydraulic fluids are exactly the same. Some manufacturers specifications require the use of specific fluids , and these may have an impact on warranties. Norlift’s Toyota certified technicians are trained on all make and models of forklifts.