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Internal Combustion Forklift Operation

An engine is a device that uses chemical energy – a fuel – to produce mechanical energy. Engines operating on this principle are called internal combustion engines and are used in an internal combustion forklift. Because automobiles use the same type of engine, many people are familiar with an internal combustion (IC) engine. While it […]

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Inspecting Forks: Fork Hooks, Heels & Tips

The forks on a forklift have a limited life span. Inspecting forks daily can ensure safer operation and should concentrate on 3 areas: fork hooks, heels and tips. Fork Hooks Hooks are vital welds on a forklift because they are the main source for lifting and carrying product. If a hook on a fork fails, […]

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Forklift Fleet Management Reports and How to Utilize Them

Companies invest in forklift fleet management for unique reasons, spanning from tracking real-time utilization of a forklift to measuring impacts that cause equipment damage and repairs. For many, knowing the actual activity of a forklift and/or forklift operator is the first step in determining the cost of operating a fleet. Fleet Management Expectations To make […]

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Forklift UL Ratings

OSHA requires all new forklifts, both internal combustion (IC) and electric, be inspected by an independent testing laboratory for their ability to avoid causing a fire in the workplace. Toyota Material Handling and several other forklift manufacturers use Underwriters Laboratories (UL) for all testing. Others use Factory Mutual (FM). Forklift UL Rating Levels There are […]

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Forklift Safety: Hands-On Evaluation

Forklift trainers are responsible for observing operators during the initial and refresher forklift training. What is the best way to score the forklift hands-on evaluation? After zoning off a safe area for forklift operator training away from daily warehouse production and pedestrians, a company trainer can evaluate each participant’s knowledge of the forklift’s operation. Each […]

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Should You Have an In-House Forklift Safety Trainer?

Every company using forklifts is responsible for providing operator safety training to keep in compliance with federal law. When developing a safety plan for your company and its forklift operators, the first decision to make is whether to have an in-house forklift safety trainer or outsource to a specialist. In-House Forklift Safety Trainer Advantages When […]

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Forklift Travel Speed

Unless you’ve communicated a specific forklift travel speed to the dealer, equipment comes from the manufacturer to your facility at a preset speed based on its model; however, the preset speed may not match your production or safety goals. To learn the most common reasons for speed adjustments, we spoke to Casey Oliver, ProLift Customer […]

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Forklift Tire Replacement: Bad Forklift Tires Equal a Bad Ride

Bad forklift tires can be a serious safety issue that creates stability issues for the forklift and its load, but forklift tire replacement is often overlooked. Forklift Tire Design Forklifts do not utilize suspension systems with springs or air-ride similar to over-the-road trucks. They use a suspension system much like a farm tractor. The front […]

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Forklift Technician: Shop or Road Technician

As a forklift technician, you are the person to help customers get their forklifts running or keep it operating efficiently with routine maintenance. “I often tell our technicians they aren’t only the troubleshooters but the superheroes,” says Holly Duddy, ProLift’s Corporate Recruiter. “People are happy to see them arrive.” At ProLift, technicians fall into two […]

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11 Questions For Choosing Forklift Safety Accessories

When placed in the proper warehouse atmosphere, forklift safety accessories can be effective for accident prevention; however, they should never replace the use of horns, spotters or areas restricted to pedestrian traffic. And, because an accessory is only as effective as the person using it, advantages of using the safety accessory should be stressed to […]

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Forklift Rental Purchase Option: Is It To Your Advantage?

If you have a long-term need, but are not ready to commit to purchasing equipment, a forklift rental purchase option (RPO) is a solution for your company. A rental purchase option allows your company to put portions of your monthly rental payment toward the purchase of the equipment, but doesn’t commit you to the acquisition. […]