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Supplying forklifts since 1976

What we do

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.

How Long Should a Forklift Truck Last?

You may have one or two forklift trucks, or you could operate an entire fleet. Either way it’s not always easy to determine when you should replace a forklift. There’s a number of factors that affect how long they can last, and we wanted to go through some of the key ones that you should be aware of. 

Harsh working environments 

If you often operate your trucks in particularly harsh environments then this can have a negative affect on their lifespan. Constant exposure to extreme heat, cold, dusty or damp environments can all shorten their longevity. If a forklift is constantly being used in harsh conditions each day, you will need to take steps to ensure you only use it within the limits specified by the manufacturer. 

Tell-tale signs of failure

It’s important that your operators know what to watch out for when it comes to spotting the  signs of forklift truck failure. These signs can include; wiring which has become exposed overtime, distorted parts and worn out fork blades, cracks on the truck, and poor levels of performance during daily tasks. Brief your operators on these signs and ensure they remain vigilant. 

Regular, routine maintenance

If you don’t have a maintenance schedule that is adhered to rigorously, then minor issues with your forklifts can soon spiral into major problems. Booking regular servicing can help but so can having your operators conduct regular servicing checks on your trucks. As well as carrying out cursory checks before each shift. 

Once you have a routine in place to check things like fluid levels, as well as wear and tear on tires and belts etc, major problems can be spotted in good time. Of course, sometimes it can be more cost-effective to purchase a new forklift as opposed to continuously repairing an ageing one.

Make sure you ask after these maintenance details when purchasing a used forklift too, as poorly maintained trucks can lead to many hidden costs in the future, as well as an increased risk of accidents.

This is why, at H&F Lift Trucks, we source the right second hand equipment for your needs. Our experience means that we can review your requirements and determine the best and most suitable truck within your budget. Plus, you’ll have the peace of mind that your forklifts will be looked after on an ongoing basis.

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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

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

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

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