If you’ve been using the same forklift for a while now, it could be time to replace it. Even if your forklift is still operational, replacing it could benefit your business greatly. A new forklift could decrease your running costs and increase both safety and productivity.
But how do you know when it’s time to replace your forklift truck? Here are 3 clear signs it’s time to move on.
Repairs and maintenance costs are spiraling
We’ve spoken before about the importance of regular maintenance when it comes to your forklift truck but if you’re finding that the costs of your maintenance are increasingly quite dramatically and you need to pay for more and more repairs, your forklift truck may be near the end of its life.
Paying for repairs is sometimes necessary, but a fully functioning forklift that is at its peak shouldn’t need repairs so frequently. There comes a point where it just makes more economical sense to invest in a new machine, rather than paying to run your existing forklift.
Health and safety malfunctions increase
Working with forklift trucks means adhering to certain health and safety regulations. Not only does this make operating your forklift much easier, it ensure the safety and welfare of both your machines and your employees. However, when dangerous malfunctions occur they can compromise your health and safety protocols. If these happen too often, your forklift truck will be deemed unfit for purpose and you’ll need to find a replacement. It’s better to get ahead of the situation to ensure you’re not left without one for a few days whilst you make the swap. It will also ensure the safety of your working environment, and those in it.
Your forklift is out of action more often than not
Forklift downtime is sometimes needed but if your forklift is spending more time out of action than actually in use, you’re probably better off letting the machine go. In a busy warehouse or factory, forklift trucks need to be used daily – if your current forklift truck isn’t up to the job, there’s no point hanging on to it. Not only is your productivity going to suffer but your forklift truck will be taking up vital space in your warehouse or factory. Best to replace it as soon as possible.