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Since 1976 H&F Trucks have provided local business with high quality materials handling solutions. For nearly four decades we have achieved steady growth year on year, enabling us to provide superior service to our customers from a stable & sustainable business platform.

4 Tips to Maximise Your Forklift Battery life

Maximising the battery on your forklift truck is essential to get the best out of your machine. If your battery isn’t performing as well as you’d like, it means your forklift truck isn’t performing as well as you’d like.

Luckily, you may not have to replace the battery – instead, you can follow these 4 tips to maximise your forklift battery life.

Charge your machine at the end of every day

It’s common knowledge that letting your battery deplete all the way down and then charging overnight to 100% is a great way to keep your battery healthy. After every working day is over, plug in your battery and let it fully recharge. If your battery is going down too rapidly throughout the day after it has been charged to 100% there could be an issue with the battery or machine itself.

Don’t be tempted into quick charges

Most battery powered forklifts require a minimum of 8 hours of charging to ensure it is fully charged. Some operators think they can charge their machine for a few minutes and get away with it. This is an incredibly inefficient way to charge your battery and means you won’t be working to your full potential.

Charge in a cool, dry place

One of the ways a battery can deteriorate is through oxidation and rust. A buildup of rust can be a serious threat to your battery and to your forklift truck as a whole. By charging your battery in a cool, dry place that has plenty of ventilation, you can minimise the risk of oxidation.

Properly maintain your battery

We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring you get regular forklift servicing and maintenance. It is essential for the health of your forklift truck and your battery to carry out proper maintenance. By regularly checking the health of your battery you can keep an eye on things like leaks, erosion and rust.

Here at H&F Lift Trucks, we provide forklift servicing to ensure your forklift trucks, including the batteries, are properly maintained and cared for. In the event of a breakdown or malfunction, we can also carry out forklift repairs.

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H&F have supplied us with all our fork lift equipment for in excess of ten years now, and have maintained it in accordance with our stringent operation requirements. During this time they have provided a consistently high level of service (including short term hire when required) whilst never failing to support us in a totally honest and professional manner.

Ashley Basset, Director
R G Bassett & Sons Ltd

H&F Lift Trucks are a pleasure to deal with. All staff, Technicians, Sales and Directors have hands-on experience of all ranges of vehicles they supply. From initial assessments and listening to all users of a potential new vehicle requirement, they keep us informed of all aspects of specification and lead times through to delivery. Their maintenance service is superb – they organise suitable times around our busy working day with our Yard Managers. Any accidental damage or operator error faults are always discussed with me and dealt with fairly – not like some unscrupulous suppliers who seek to profit at every service visit! In a cut-throat market, where we are offered “good deals” a few quid cheaper every day, we are never tempted to stray.

James Hipkins, Managing Director

Pym and Wildsmith have been working closely with H&F Fork Trucks for many years. Their service is excellent, ranging from prompt callouts to breakdowns through to the supply of new trucks. We would not hesitate to recommend them.

Ian Pym, Operations Manager
Pym & Wildsmith

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