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Forklift Hydraulics: Types of Cylinders

There are at least three cylinders used on a forklift: lift cylinder, tilt cylinder and the power steering cylinder. Forklift Hydraulics: Lift Cylinder The lift cylinder(s) accepts the largest volume of fluid flow or gallons-per-minute (GPM). It is a single-acting hydraulic cylinder, pushing in only one direction. The control valve directs fluid to the cylinder […]

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Forklift Precautions in Cold Weather

With cold weather come additional hazards for forklift operation. During the winter season we must stay alert to factors such as temperature, snow, sleet, ice, etc. Slips & Falls Outside is cold. Inside is warm. For a forklift operating in both areas, these changes in temperature will cause condensation to form on the forklift. Operators […]

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The Making of a Certified Forklift Technician

ProLift takes certified forklift technician training seriously, from the first day of hire and throughout our technicians’ career. After all, you’re paying for our service expertise. This means our team should be knowledgeable about your diverse fleet and efficient with repairs. We believe every technician takes pride in their work and troubleshooting knowledge. That’s why […]

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Taking Advantage of Your Forklift Equipment Delivery

Your forklift is being unloaded off the delivery truck. The dealer’s equipment specialist is also at your facility to ensure a successful arrival and answer questions. While it’s quicker to sign off on the delivery paperwork and get back to your daily tasks, now is also an opportunity to learn more about your forklift. Forklift […]

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Is Damaged Forklift Paint a Sign of Something More?

What message does this picture of damaged forklift paint convey? Is it “normal” or a sign of a larger problem? If your teenager’s car looked like the forklift in the picture, would you be concerned about his or her safety? Damaged Forklifts Mean Damaged Products Decimated paint tells a truth we cannot ignore. Paint is […]

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Buyer Beware: Used Forklift Reconditioning

Purchasing a used forklift can be intimidating. Ordering new equipment offers security in the condition of the forklift; however, a used forklift doesn’t often come with a detailed history of usage and repairs. How can you ensure your budget dollars go toward a reliable investment? Request a Used Forklift Condition Report Knowing the current status […]

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Removing the Forklift Load Backrest

The forklift load backrest can be the highest point of the forklift. Trailer tops, rack systems, lights, HVAC, sprinkler systems and other overhead obstructions come in contact with load backrests. Can you remove the forklift load backrest? If an object above the forklift gets hit, do you blame the load backrest – or the operator? […]

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Forklift Safety and Warehouse Housekeeping

Forklifts are used in various environments. They are exposed to shrink wrap, banding materials and other debris from the manufacturing and warehouse process, which makes housekeeping important to the safe and proper operation of a forklift. Warehouse Housekeeping OSHA CFR1910.143(a)(3) Housekeeping. All places of employment shall be kept clean to the extent that the nature […]

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Types of Forklift Hydraulics

There are two types of forklift hydraulics: ram-type cylinders and piston-type cylinders. Forklift Hydraulics: Ram-Type Cylinders Ram-type cylinders use a rod with a single diameter, or straight rod. These rods fit closely into the cylinder that is sealed against fluid leaks at the opening. These type rods are used in single direction cylinders (i.e. lift […]

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Dirty, Overheating Forklifts Violate OSHA Federal Law

Can an OSHA officer write a citation for a dirty forklift? Or using the forklift while overheating? OSHA Federal Workplace Law Related to Forklift Overheating OSHA CFR1910.178(q)(10): Industrial trucks shall be kept in a clean condition, free of lint, excess oil and grease. OSHA CFR1910.178(q)(9): When the temperature of any part of a truck is […]

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Troubleshooting Your Forklift Breakdown and Preventing the Next One

Forklifts are a key component to your production schedule; therefore, having a forklift breakdown can greatly affect deadlines and your budget. The majority of service calls are due to the forklift leaking fluid or not starting. Other common issues are overheating, an inability to pull or non-working brakes. Making the Service Call When phoning the […]

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Running Out of Forklift Fuel

Accidents can be the result of running out of forklift fuel. Imagine an operator picking up a load with a paper roll clamp attachment. After raising the load to an appropriate height, the operator moves the forklift forward to place the load on top of other rolls. Suddenly, the forklift engine dies. Out of fuel, […]