1. Understanding the Importance of Routine Maintenance
Unlike vehicles that are maintained every so many miles, forklifts and construction equipment maintenance intervals are based on hours, days, weeks or months, and the working environment is also a consideration, so it is important that the hour meter is always in good working order so you know when it is time for service. Our Service Department maintains highly detailed records on every equipment we service, so if your equipment is not already being serviced routinely, give our Service Department a call and we will tailor a routine maintenance schedule that suits your needs.
2. Getting the Correct Part
Many models and even serial numbers are very similar to other makes, so it is absolutely crucial to always provide the full make, model, and serial number of your forklift when ordering parts. This will ensure that you get the correct part the first time, and that you have the least amount of down-time on your forklift or equipment.
3. Serial Date Plate Locations
Reading the data plate to get the correct information is important for many reasons, such as knowing the lifting capacity of the forklift as well as obtaining the model and serial information when ordering parts.
But where is the date plate located?
In most cases, the data plate is either on the dash facing the operator, or on the outside of the dash, or next to the operators seat. If the data plate is missing or unreadable, we can replace it. Even if the data plate is missing or unreadable, you can still find the serial number of the forklift, which is usually stamped into the frame of the forklift. Different manufactures stamp the serial number in different locations.
Give our parts department a call and we can walk you through where to find the stamped serial number in the frame.
Attachments are items typically added on the front of the forklift, for example a side-shifter, or a rotator. Often times the forklift manufacturer did not document the model and serial of the attachment when they installed it on the forklift. This means that if we don't already have a record of the attachment, and you need an item replaced on that attachment, the model and serial of the attachment will need to be found in order to obtain the parts.
Call our Parts Department and we can give you the details on where to look for this important information.
5. Periodic Replacement of Parts & Lubricants
Periodic maintenance is fundamental to the operation of a forklift. Here is a quick guide to parts and lubricants that need to take part in those periodic maintenances.*
*Based on standard working environment. Parts may need to be replaced more often if used in tougher working environment.
Every 250 Hours
Every 500 Hours
Every 1,000 Hours
Every 2,000 Hours
Every 2 Years
Engine Oil Filter
Torque Converter Oil
Torque Converter Oil Filter
Hydraulic Oil Filter
Air Cleaner Element
Forklift Tune-Up (Spark Plugs, Cap, Rotor, & Wires)