Electric Forklifts vs. Gas Forklifts

Electric Forklifts vs. Gas Forklifts

Electric Forklifts Electric forklifts are different from gas forklifts in that they produce zero emissions, which makes them perfect for indoor usage. They are the most eco-friendly powered lifts available. They release no harmful fumes and require no diesel to operate. It is reasonable to work an electric forklift inside home improvement stores, wholesale warehouses, and large retail chains. You can also use them outdoors, but it is not a good idea to leave them out in cold or rainy weather. The initial cost of an electric forklift may be higher due to the need for a battery and charger. The long-term cost will reduce the need for further expenses in order to keep the vehicle running. There will be fewer maintenance costs with an electric forklift. You will also spend less money on electricity than to supply gas regularly. Replacing oil or fuel will not be necessary. You will only need to charge the battery before use. Some electric forklifts have the capacity to handle up to 40,000 pounds. Other than the back-up alarm, the machine makes no noise. It is more stable with better movability because the center of gravity is lower from lack of a propane tank....

Keeping your forklift fleet running during extreme cold

Managing a fleet of forklifts comes with some unique challenges. Being proactive about the upcoming cold weather means that you can continue to meet your production goals in spite of the extreme chill. Implement the following tips to help protect your forklifts from unforeseeable repair costs as well as possible injury to employees. Plan Maintenance Before it Gets Cold Long before the cold weather hits, take a detailed inventory of your fleet so you know how to handle each of your forklifts. Be sure to schedule any necessary maintenance long before the extreme cold weather arrives. Ice and mud not only make it more treacherous for you to get around, they can lead to blocked or clogged vents if these substances are not cleared regularly from your forklift. Consider Your Storage Options Ideally, you would store your forklift fleet indoors during the extreme cold. In reality, though this is not likely to be possible so you need to be aware of the specific needs that each forklift requires. For example, an electric forklift might need a few extra minutes of warm-up time before you can expect its smooth operation. Your diesel forklifts, on the other hand, will likely need to have their anti-freeze...

Best practices for preventing pallet rack damage

Pallet racks are a mainstay within any busy industrial facility. Designed to keep product neat and orderly while also ensuring they can be easily retrieved when and if it is needed, pallet racks are often the source of a brush with a forklift. While this is to be expected within the limited area of the typical industrial environment, there are ways to prevent such damage. Ensure that every operator is trained. Comprehensive forklift training is crucial to reducing accidents within the industrial sector. Before anyone operates a forklift, they should undergo training that is approved by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) as well as obtain certification stating that they have demonstrated their knowledge and skills in driving  a forklift. Training is not limited to the operation of the forklift, however. Everyone who works directly with the pallet rack, for example, should know the characteristics, weight limits and how to maintain their particular pallet rack system. Increase Visibility at Every Step Ensure that your forklift fleet is outfitted with convex mirrors that are designed to be wide angled. Add the same type of mirrors on the ends of your pallet racks. Increase the lighting if necessary to remove any shadowy places or areas...