The average lifespan of a forklift is between 8,000-12,000 hours depending on your model. However this can vary largely depending on how well it is maintained. As an expensive piece of machinery you will likely want it to operate for as long as you’re able to. Read on for tips to help improve your forklift’s lifespan, and help improve it’s day to day reliability and performance.
Ensure Operators Are Trained Correctly
First and foremost in order to improve your forklift’s life span you must ensure that those using it are correctly trained. Many forklift accidents are caused by speeding and improper braking which can lead to damage to the machinery. Thorough training for those using it will prevent any potential injury. It will also ensure your forklift is operated correctly, reducing the likelihood of damage and maximising your forklift’s lifespan.
Operate in a Clean Environment
It is important to ensure that the area you are operating your forklift in is kept clean of debris or obstruction. It is all too common that forklift systems become damaged as a result of operating in poorly maintained environments. Regular cleaning in areas where the forklifts are used should be employed to maximise your forklift’s lifespan. Similarly storing your forklift in an appropriate environment is crucial to its longevity. Dry, clean environments for storage will help your machinery avoid rusting and premature damage.
Regularly Change Engine Oil
Something easily forgotten about, but crucial to the internal operation of your forklift. Changing the engine oil is as important to do for your forklift’s lifespan as it is for your car’s. It is recommended that you change your engine oil change every 200 hours. In addition to this it is worthwhile scheduling regular maintenance checks in coordination with your engine oil change. These maintenance checks will ensure your forklift remains in an optimum condition and will likely maximise your forklift’s lifespan.
If you are looking for a replacement forklift, or require maintenance on your current one, contact a member of our team today for advice.