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4 Reasons to Purchase an Electric Pallet Jack

The material handling industry categorizes forklifts into various classes. The Class III product includes a variety of electric motor forklifts that are either walk-behind or standing-rider operated, such as the electric pallet jack. Regardless of the manufacturer, this category of forklifts carries a smaller price tag. While oftentimes the savings is enough, many companies find […]

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Training Your Operators on Forklift Plugging

A forklift feature designed to decrease wear and tear on forklift brakes, forklift plugging gives operators the ability to change direction of a forklift with an accelerator pedal and directional selector. Forklift plugging is also referred to as regenerative braking, regen or switch-back. Plugging on an Electric Forklift versus Engine Powered Forklift Engine powered forklifts […]

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Is Your Forklift Designed for Forklift Plugging?

If your forklift is battery powered, it is very likely that plugging is a good practice, but engine powered forklifts should not be plugged. Forklift plugging, also known as regenerative braking, regen or switch-back, allows operators to change direction of the forklift using only the directional controller and accelerator pedal. By eliminating the use of […]

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Electric Forklift Maintenance

Ease of maintenance is an advantage often mentioned about electric forklifts. However, like internal combustion forklifts, regular intervals for electric forklift maintenance help decrease breakdowns. What are the most important items to inspect during electric forklift maintenance? Motor Cables Every modern forklift has at least 2 electric motors that have a minimum of 3 cables […]

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Forklift Battery Charging Station Safety

When an electric forklift’s battery is approximately 80% discharged, it is an ideal time for the forklift operator to return the battery to the charging station. Because charging the forklift battery poses safety risks involving sulfuric acid, battery charging installations shall be located in areas designated for that purpose only and forklift battery charging station […]

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Forklift Plugging

Forklift plugging is common practice that should be encouraged for its benefit of reducing brake wear. What is forklift plugging? Plugging, also called regenerative braking, regen or switch-back, occurs when an operator traveling in one direction uses the directional selector to switch to the opposite direction. The motor control circuit, motor and forklift battery combine […]

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Four Ways To Keep A Forklift Purchase In Your Budget

The purchase of a forklift is a major investment for any company. Depending on options and fuel type, new forklifts may range from $18,000 – $28,000. With the pressure of the economy and the need to increase the company’s bottom line, replacing or adding to your current forklift fleet may seem impossible. However, four common […]

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Watering Forklift Batteries

Our forklift battery needs water. Should I add the water before or after its charge? You should add water to the forklift battery after its charge. Typically, batteries need watering 1x / weekly. Adding Water to the Forklift Battery To illustrate, imagine that you have a full glass of water. You stick a sponge in […]

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Forklift Battery: Fast and Opportunity Charging

As electric forklifts become more mainstream in the U.S. marketplace, companies must consider forklift battery charging options such as fast and opportunity charging. Forklift Battery Charging Options Fast or opportunity charging is ideal for companies with multi-shift operations. While conventional battery charging gives the forklift operator 8 hours of run-time, it then requires 8 hours […]

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Forklift Battery Maintenance

An often talked about advantage for purchasing an electric forklift is the fuel cost savings. While the acquisition costs are higher than a LP powered forklift, the battery powers the electric unit for multiple years. However, there’s a factor many companies overlook when estimating the return on investment of the battery – the “people factor”. […]

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Electric Forklift Motor

A motor is a device that converts electro-chemical energy, provided by an industrial battery, into mechanical energy. An electric forklift motor must provide motion for the unit – forward, reverse, up and down – as well as power other items such as hydraulic pumps and electrical components. Rule of Magnetism The basic principle behind electric […]

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Forklift History and Classification

The first seated counterbalance forklift was produced by Clark Material Handling Company in 1918. The forklift was gasoline powered and started by manually cranking the engine. The Tructrator, as it came to be known, was the first vehicle to integrate an engine, frame, transmission, brakes, wheels and a steering system to address material handling jobs. […]