Whether you use your forklift daily or occasionally, it is always important to store your forklift correctly. Correct forklift storage not only ensures your forklift is always ready for action but increases the lifespan of the vehicle tremendously.
If not stored correctly, bad weather conditions will cause wear and tear while increasing maintenance costs and the risk of downtimes.
Read our tips below to ensure that you are storing your forklift correctly.
Daily Forklift Storage:
-Parking brake – Always make sure your parking brake is properly engaged.
-Parking – Dry and level areas are best when parking your forklift.
-Positioning – Tilt the mast to the vertical position and lower the forks to the ground.
-Once ‘off’ – Remove the key.
-Releasing the remaining pressure in the piping to the cylinder – Move the lift and tilt levers back and forth a few times.
-LPG engine – Close the fuel outlet valve on the LPG container. Once the engine has stopped on its own – turn the key switch off’.
Long Term Forklift Storage:
-Prevent electrical discharge – Disconnect the battery plug and store in a dark place.
-Exposed areas – (Shafts and Rods) will need anti-rust grease.
-Cover all areas that moisture can enter.
-Cover the entire forklift with a sheet.
-Pneumatic tyres – Air pressure will need to be maintained.
-Lubricate – All lubrication points will need to be lubricated.
-Enter the operation state and run your forklift at least once a week.
-LPG engine – close the fuel outlet valve on the LPG container. Once the engine has stopped on its own – turn the key switch off’.
If you follow the above tips when storing your forklift, you will increase the lifespan and functionality.
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