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  • Forklift Drum Attachments Can Pay for Themselves

    Forklifts are primarily designed to lift pallets and heavy items like machinery. And when they are equipped with attachments like carpet poles, hoppers, and booms, they can do even more.

    But just try to use a standard forklift to lift a barrel or a drum and the results can be futile, if not disastrous. Cylindrical drums filled with oil, chemicals, or other liquids can't be easily moved by hand or even with a hand truck.

    So when you try to use two square forks to lift a single round drum, the only thing you likely are going to get is a mess.

    Forklift Drum Attachments

    Yet drums and barrels... Read more →

  • 3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce the Risk of Forklift Accidents

    Some of the most common workplace accidents involve forklifts. Because they are so heavy and constantly on the move, forklifts are inherently dangerous.

    Yet forklifts also are essential to efficiently move products, parts, and supplies in most workplaces. So how can your business continue to benefit from forklifts while reducing the risk of workplace accidents?

    Here are three ideas you can implement immediately.

    Get Rid of Clutter

    Essentially every forklift accident involves line of sight issues. No forklift operator would purposely collide with a pedestrian, another vehicle, or property... Read more →

  • Bent or Broken Forks Should Be Replaced, Not Repaired

    Photo: Bolzoni Auramo

    There's an argument to be made that the forks on your lift truck do the most work and have the hardest job. After all, they are where the payload weight is supported and they literally do all the heavy lifting.

    So it's not unheard of for forklift forks to eventually weaken, wear out, or even break. This is especially truck if the driver tried to lift a load that was above the vehicle's payload capacity. Forklifts are rated to lift a maximum specific weight, which is posted on the vehicle on a metal plate that usually can be found on the mast or within line of sight... Read more →

  • Daily, Monthly, and Lifetime Forklift Maintenance Essentials

    A specially equipped Toyota forklift handles potentially explosive materials at the Van Gansewinkel facility in Moerdijk, the Netherlands (Photo courtesy of Pryoban)

    Like any other piece of mechanical equipment, forklifts require a lot of maintenance in order to work properly. Anytime there are moving parts rubbing against each other, it pays to pay attention to wear and tear and address issues before they become a problem.

    Regardless of whether you own or lease your forklift, it's important to establish and follow a regular maintenance schedule in order for your vehicle to perform... Read more →

  • Forklift Carpet Roll Attachments Make Tough Jobs Easy

    Carpet pole.

    Walk through any business office, retail center, or residential complex and you may notice something unusual about the floor: At least some -- if not all -- of the surface area is covered by carpeting.

    Carpeting allows hard flooring to be soft and comfortable for people walking on it. It also can make it easier for facilities maintenance staff to clean and maintain. Plus, it can reduce the property owner's liability if somebody should slip and fall by providing a padded surface that absorbs their impact.

    Carpeted surfaces are quickly becoming the go-to flooring surface for... Read more →

  • What Makes Forklifts Potentially Dangerous?

    (Courtesy: RTITB)

    For many businesses, forklifts are an essential tool that help facilitate the efficient transport of products, parts, supplies, and other materials.

    But by their very nature, forklifts are potentially dangerous. According to the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 96,000 people per year are injured in forklift-related accidents. Considering that there about 855,900 forklifts in the US, that means roughly 1 in 10 vehicles will be involved in some sort of injury accident each year.

    So what makes forklifts one of the most potentially dangerous pieces... Read more →

  • Electric, Propane, or Diesel? It Depends on Your Needs

    Forklifts come in a wide variety of sizes and styles. But the biggest difference is probably the type of fuel they use to operate.

    While new fuel technologies for forklifts are still being developed, the three most common types of vehicles are electric, liquid propane, and diesel gas. Which type you choose depends primarily on how you plan to use your forklift.

    Benefits of Batteries

    Because they don't have any emissions, electric forklifts are primarily used for indoor work. They are quiet, cheap to run, and smaller than forklifts that use other types of fuel.

    Electric forklifts typically... Read more →

  • Your Forklift Has Reached the End of the Line. Now What?

    Forklifts are mechanical vehicles. As such, they don't last forever.

    At some point or another -- hopefully later rather than sooner -- your forklift will reach the end of its useful life. Typically, something major on the vehicle will break down and the cost of repairing or replacing it will be more than the forklift is worth.

    Another possibility is that there will be several things wrong with your forklift at the same time. In either case, it's probably time to start looking for a new one.

    But after your forklift's days are over, what should you do with it?

    Salvaging Your Forklift's... Read more →

  • Using Snow Plow Forklift Attachments

    Forklifts can do a lot of things. They can easily move pallets and other heavy materials from place to place in your warehouse or dock. Equipped with a lifting platform they can elevate workers so they can work at heights.

    They can even double as a snowplow for clearing docks, parking lots, sidewalks, roads, and other areas of your business.

    Forklift Attachments

    Depending on their type, plow blade forklift attachments can be fitted to either onto the existing forks of the vehicle or directly onto the mast itself. In either case, the attachment can use the force of the vehicle to quickly... Read more →

  • The End Is the Beginning for Forklift Safety

    Photo by Lift Truck (via Wikimedia Commons)

    In workplaces like warehouses, docks, rail yards, distribution centers, and ports, some forklifts are used around the clock. A single lift truck might run continually for 24 hours per day, several days in a row.

    One forklift may have three or more operators during any single day, with each driver handing off the vehicle to the next person at the end of their shift.

    While this is a good way to maximize the value of the business's investment in the vehicle, steps need to be taken to minimize the risks by focusing on safety with every... Read more →

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