Replace Forklift Tires

Regardless of the brand of forklift tires you use, all forklift tires are subject to typical wear and tear. Coupled with the fact that forklifts don’t feature a traditional suspension system, your forklift tires carry a lot of weight (most have to be able to support around 10,000 lbs. on the front tires alone) around on a daily basis and will indeed begin to show signs of needing to be replaced at some point.

Since forklift tires that are worn down and beat up can quickly turn into a hazardous situation, it is critical that you know exactly how to determine when it is time to replace them.

So, to help you be better prepared, we have put together a shortlist of the top 4 signs that your forklift tire needs a replacement. Check for these signs during your pre-shift inspections to ensure that you begin the day with the confidence that your machinery is carrying loads with on solid, stable tires.

Signs of a Worn Out Forklift Tire

The wear line

Pretty much any modern tire you buy is going to have what is known as a wear line. This is a cmall, ridged line or rubber that runs across the circumference of the tire. The purpose of this line is to show how much wear are on your tires. When the wear of your tires reaches this line, it is time to replace it.

Forklift tires are no different. They too feature this wear line and when it comes to a tire that is meant to carry around loads of goods in the thousands of pounds, it is all the more important that you pay attention to this line.

Chunking

If you have pieces of material coming off of your forklift tires, you are experiencing something called chunking.

Chunking happens when a rubber tire begins to bulge and eventually pieces of the material start to crack and tear off from the weight it is carrying. The reasons the bulging and subsequent chunking happens are numerous. Everything from sustained hot temperatures to dry air can result in either or both, tearing and chunking.

Tearing on the tires

Before your tires start to chunk, they actually begin tearing.

This is most noticeable on rubber tires when the metal lining begins to show through the rubber. When your tire begins to tear, it is only a matter of time before pieces of rubber begin coming off, resulting in chunking.

Some tearing of tires can actually be repaired on the fly but this needs to be performed by a specialist.

Flat Spots

Your forklift tires are responsible for carrying massively heavy loads and as such, they are prone to getting flat spots in certain areas.

This problem can actually result in your forklift tipping in severe cases or outright not being able to move, bringing your business to a screeching halt.

Other Things to Consider

During your tire inspections, it is a good idea to also ensure that there are no signs of uneven wear and tear on each tire on your machinery. Likewise, check that there is no seemingly noticeable signs of imbalance or “leaning” between any of them.

If any is noticeable, it will soon begin to cause issues as the weight from one side is shifted to another tire, doubling the pressure and strain placed on that side or individual tire.

Additionally, keep an eye on your rims. Rims can bend, crack and snap off, causing a considerable amount of damage.

Ultimately, if you have checked all of the items on this list and have determined that your forklift tire needs a replacement, reach out to the team here at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage. With over 25 years of experience in the used forklift parts industry and being the largest forklift salvage yard in the US, we are positive that we can get you the replacement tires you need to keep your forklifts rolling. 

Forklift Injury

When it comes to any form of heavy machinery, proper maintenance is the best preventative measure anyone can take to avoid injuries, or in worst-case scenarios… a fatal accident.

OSHA has gathered data on forklift-related injuries and have stated that 34% of all accidents that occur with a forklift lead to someone being injured. Furthermore, roughly 100 people out of that figure are fatally injured as a result of a forklift accident.

A large number of these injuries are due to the actual machinery malfunctioning resulting in an accident versus operator neglect.

To prevent this from happening and growing that OSHA statistic, you need to implement a few best practices for forklift safety…

Get on a routine forklift maintenance schedule

We’ve said it before, a routine maintenance schedule is not optional if you want to keep your forklifts in operation.

Generally, the forklift manufacturer will have certain maintenance recommendations in regard to that specific make and model. You should always follow these recommendations as the default, but you really should perform a thorough service of your forklifts once every 6 months. Or sooner than that if they have been performing under intense work volumes or when a daily morning inspection reveals that there may be some issues to investigate.

Stock up on used forklift parts

It is inevitable that, over time, your forklifts are going to break down from moderate wear and tear. Having all the spare lift truck parts you need on hand, you will be able to get you machinery repaired and back in operation in no time at all.

This is where Atlanta Liftruck Salvage can help! Browse through our online salvage inventory.

It helps if you also have some forklift repair staff onboard to help ensure the repairs are made correctly, are sustainable, and do not create unsafe conditions for the operator.

Contact a forklift service specialist

This tip ties into the previous one just a bit…

But you really do need to have a forklift service specialist on standby to help you make proper repairs as the majority who offer these services are certified to work on brand specific forklifts and forklift parts such as Toyota, Hyster-Yale and Komatsu.

Partnering or simply working with a specialist can save you time and money that you would otherwise spend providing in-house training and certification programs to your staff. The latter is a great idea as well, but it is indeed more costly to go that route.

Get help from the forklift manufacturer

When you have tried to make repairs with used forklift parts but cannot seem to get your forklift back into operation, this is when it is time to contact the forklift manufacturer directly to seek help.

No matter what brand of forklift you are trying to service, every forklift sold in the US is, by law, required to come with a service manual for that specific make and model of forklift. If you are ever in doubt when it comes to repair or simply light maintenance, this service manual should is your primary resource.

When the manual does not cover what you are having trouble repairing, contact the manufacturer directly and let them point you in the proper direction.

Need help finding used forklift parts that are in good shape?

Want to make sure that the used parts you are going to be relying on for repairs is up to the challenge? Well, you are in luck because that is what we do here at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage.

To stay ready for any potential malfunctioning of your forklifts, reach out to the team here at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage and let us help you ensure that you are getting the right parts to get the job done and keep your forklifts operating without issue.

We have been dealing in used forklift parts for over 25 years and we are proud to be the largest lift truck parts salvage yard in the United States. We carry a large variety of brands, so we are sure to carry something for everyone. And to be certain you are always satisfied with your parts, we offer a very generous 30-day No Hassle return policy.

Contact us today and let us help you find the part you need!

Forklift Fleet High Season

With one of the largest holiday shopping seasons right around the corner, having a stocked fleet of forklifts that are ready and able to pick pallets of orders is crucial. This is especially true for anyone who operates a fulfillment center.

Having the machinery necessary to help fulfill orders is not an option, it is a necessity. In fact, it will be an even bigger priority for the 2020 holiday shopping season. That’s because, according to the 2020 Retail Holiday Trends Report by CBRE, this will be an extended holiday season that will also see an earlier start coupled with a surge in ecommerce sales.

This means that if you work in a fulfillment center, you better go ahead and stock up on extra used forklift parts and some software monitor your fleet to help you keep up with the high volume of what is adding up to be a very busy holiday.

Technology and Your Forklifts

Did you know that there is a wealth of software programs out there that can help you optimize your fleet management and deployment?

This type of software is what is called a fleet management program. Most of these programs include things such as telematics and GPS data collection to help you track the behavior of your forklift when in use.

Since these programs collect data on how, when and for how long your forklifts are performing any variety of tasks, it allows you to make better, data-driven decisions on how to best optimize the utilization of your equipment. Additionally, by having accurate usage data regarding your forklifts, it can give you a better idea of when certain parts may need to be changed out.

If you are leasing the forklifts in your yard or warehouse, these software solutions can even alert you when the weekly allowance of time for a specific lease on a machine is up and it needs to be rotated out. This will save time and money when it comes time to fulfill a rush of orders over a short period of time, such as this holiday season.

Rentals

Waiting until the last minute to get prepared for a flurry of tasks that could put your forklifts into overdrive mode us never a wise idea.

During peak buying seasons, many businesses find out the hard way that they are severely underprepared to handle the volume of work coming their way. When this happens, they rush out to find the best deals on rentals to cover the rush and then they end their rental contracts when it is all over.

Smart businesses actually keep those contracts open far past the rush.

In fact, keeping your long-term rental agreements open even during normal volume seasons allows you to always have the machinery you need, on-site, whenever you need it. Fortunately, many renters also offer short-term rental agreements that

Maintenance

While technology and rental contracts certainly go a long way, if your forklift is not properly maintained via routine maintenance, it is all for nothing.

As we have discussed in a previous blog post, maintaining your forklift equipment is vital to keeping it in good, working condition. From the battery down to the tires, your season will only go as smoothly as your equipment is fit to provide.

Right now, as we have faced and continue to face downtime in most industries across the board, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the perfect time to perform routine maintenance while your machines are idle and before the global economy picks up speed again.

Don’t wait to perform reactive maintenance, use this opportunity to set implement a scheduled maintenance routine, and stick to it.

Stock Up

One of the very best pieces of advice that we can give when it comes to preparing for higher than normal usage of your forklifts is to simply stock up on used forklift parts.

Forks, brakes, tires, and batteries all break down over time, but their lifespan is cut drastically when put under high-intensity workloads. During periods of peak activity, your machinery is simply put under a lot of stress, and having used lift truck parts laying around will undoubtedly come in quite handy when you find yourself with a stalled forklift during a rush.

To help you get stocked up and ready to face any set of tasks with confidence in your forklifts, reach out to the team here at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage. We have been dealing in used forklift parts for over 25 years and we are proud to be the largest lift truck parts salvage yard in the United States.

We carry a large variety of brands, so we are sure to carry something for everyone. And to be certain you are always satisfied with your parts, we offer a very generous 30-day No Hassle return policy.

Contact us today and let us help you find the part you need!

Forklift Battery

Your forklift is only as good as the battery that is powering it.

In order for your forklift to stay operational and fulfill routine tasks, it needs power. It almost sounds like a no-brainer, right?

Well, believe it or not, batteries are one of the most overlooked components on a forklift. In fact, we often take them for granted and simply assume that when we turn the key, the forklift will always start up for us.

But if your old used forklift battery hasn’t been maintained or replaced over the years, it might just be on its last leg.

To help you prolong the life of your used forklift battery, we have compiled 4 tips that you can put into action right away.

Routine maintenance is critical

The truth is, most people are not exactly gentle on their heavy machinery.

There is a tendency to look at heavy machinery as big, unstoppable tools that can just operate endlessly. But this simply isn’t the case and when routine maintenance on pieces of large equipment is overlooked, things begin to break down through moderate wear and tear.

An old, used forklift battery is no different.

Batteries break down in a number of ways given enough time and usage. One of the most common ways this happens is when they begin the process of sulfonation. This is most recognizable by the build-up of crystals of sulfuric acid on the battery terminals. When this happens, the battery will not be able to hold a charge and will quickly stop working.

Performing routine maintenance on your battery and brush the terminals with a metal bristle brush can go a long way in preserving your forklift battery life.

Keep your forklift battery charged

One thing that not many people realize is that the amount of discharge from your battery directly affects wear and tear to other parts of your forklift.

The way this works is that when your battery is holding below a roughly 20-30% charge, it forces other parts of the machine to work harder and under more strain as there is simply not enough energy to power its functions. Not only does this mean the machine is pulling harder on your battery, but also that it can lead to other, more problematic issues such as engine burn-out.

When your forklift is not in-use overnight, charge your battery to avoid this all-too-common mistake.

Small charging sessions is bad for your forklift battery

While keeping your forklift battery charged to an optimal level is certainly beneficial, it should not be done in increments.

It is far too tempting to charge your battery during your lunch break or when you have no pallets to pull, but you really should avoid doing this as this is highly detrimental to the lifespan of your battery. If this is done repeatedly, eventually, the battery will stop taking a charge altogether.

Instead, charge your forklift battery overnight and let it get a full charge.

Don’t let the battery water level drop

Your forklift battery contains water that covers metal plates that can easily dry out when exposed to air for any prolonged amount of time.

When these plates dry out, they become extremely brittle, are more easily damaged and will not be able to hold a charge.

If you notice the water level in your forklift battery is starting to get low, add some distilled water to the recommended level for that battery. Do not use tap water to refill your battery as tap water contains chemicals and sediment that will degrade the battery further, resulting in it breaking down much quicker.

Once you’ve done this, keeping an eye on these water levels should be included in your routine maintenance. Refill them as needed to keep them running smoothly and capable of powering your forklift. Neglecting to do this can very quickly result in the need to replace your used forklift battery.

Buying Used Forklift Parts

When the time comes for you to replace a part on your forklift, and it will, you need to have a good idea of not only where to purchase your parts… but also how to shop around for the right ones.

Knowing how to assess the quality of a part and recognize certain red flags will help ensure that you purchase forklift parts that are going to extend the life of your machinery versus needing to be replaced again in a short amount of time. 

Believe it or not, this can actually be a lot trickier than it sounds.

So, in this blog post we are going to take a look at some of the best practices to keep in mind while shopping around for used forklift parts.

Is it compatible?

Before you rush out to your local used parts shop, it is a good idea to do a bit of research on the parts that you are going to be replacing.

A few things to consider:

  • Take measurements of the part
  • Note the model and year
  • Research alternative parts that are compatible with your machinery

Equipped with the knowledge from the research you do, you will be able to, fairly quickly, recognize a good deal when you see one and walk away with the part that is going to be the best fit for your forklift. The last thing you want to do is overpay, only to find out that the part you purchased is not even compatible with your forklift.

Avoid this common problem by simply doing a bit of research.

Pay attention to the price

Have you ever heard the phrase “you get what you pay for”?

Well, when it comes to purchasing parts for heavy machinery needed to run your business, this statement will save you time and money. It is tempting to try to spend less on that part that you need, and while you should definitely try to get the best deal possible, you need to be sure that it is not coming at the expense of the quality of the part you are purchasing.

Usually, inexpensive forklift parts are inexpensive because they lack the level of quality that you need for it to perform at its peak.

We know that good forklift parts are not cheap, regardless of whether they are new or used, but review some of those inexpensive parts you are at considering before you put any money on the table.

Ultimately, if you opt to buy cheap forklift parts, you will undoubtedly cost yourself more money in the long-run.

How used is the part?

Honestly, this is probably a no-brainer for most people, but it still warrants being thrown out there.

When you are buying used parts of any sort, you should be mindful of its condition. Just because a part is used does not mean it is okay for it to be faulty. Used and broken are two radically different things. After all, you are more than likely replacing the part on your forklift because the one you have is already broken or about to be.

We recommend that anytime you are picking up a used part for a forklift, perform a visual inspection.

  • Does it have any cracks?
  • Is it rusted?
  • How much wear and tear is there?
  • If it has moving parts, do they move freely?

As long as you have done your research on forklift parts as we recommended previously, a visual inspection should be enough to draw your attention to any major defects that you should be aware of.

Finding the right part

Finding the perfect used forklift part to keep your machinery functional and working optimally is all about striking a balance between compatibility, price and quality.

By keeping those 3 key points in mind while shopping around it is more likely that you will find the perfect replacement part for your forklift.

If after taking these points into consideration you still cannot find a suitable part, reach out to the team here at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage.

We have been catering to the forklift industry by providing used forklift parts for over 25 years. We pride ourselves on our reputation for being able to acquire forklift parts that are in good condition and arrive to our customers as such.

Furthermore, we have a hassle-free 30-day replacement policy should you receive a part that was not a good fit for your forklift.  

We look forward to helping you get your forklift back into operation. Contact us today and let us help you find the perfect used forklift part.

Forklift Maintenance

Forklifts require routine maintenance to keep them in good working order, but it is inevitable that no matter how well it is maintained, there will come a point when something simply needs to be replaced.

If some of these parts are not replaced before they are completely worn down, they can cause massive amounts of damage to the machinery, items that they are being used to carry, or in a worst-case scenario… cause physical injuries to the forklift operator.

Regardless of the brand of forklift, there are a handful of forklift parts that are more commonly replaced than others. And as an operator of this type of heavy machinery, it is extremely beneficial to have an idea of which parts you may need to keep on hand in case of such an event.

By being proactive and doing your due diligence to research and stock some of these parts, you can avoid a lot of undue stress and mitigate the risks associated with faulty equipment.

Forks

Arguably, the most important part of any forklift is the forks.

This part of the forklift is responsible for lifting and carrying pallets and other heavy items. Because of this, it is also the part of the forklift that typically experiences the most amount of wear and tear on any given day.

When the forks are poorly maintained, they can give out and potentially drop whatever load the forklift is carrying, resulting in damages to equipment, inventory and in severe cases… injured personnel who may be in the immediate area when this happens.

Do not take for granted the fact that these forks are generally made of heavy-duty metal. As previously mentioned, even the most well-built equipment will indeed wear down over time, even with routine maintenance.

Brakes

Second only to the forks, the brakes on your forklift are one of the most crucial parts that require attention and care if you want them to operate as intended and avoid catastrophe.

It is the brakes on a forklift that are faced with the task of being able to stop the machinery at a moment’s notice, even while carrying thousands of pounds on its forks.

Having said that, most forklift brakes are built to withstand some moderate wear and tear. Performing regular maintenance on the brakes is usually enough to keep them in good shape for quite a long time.

Tires

What good are brakes if your tires are completely damaged?

Forklifts are heavy pieces of machinery that require a solid set of tires to get it moving and keep it in motion. Damaged or worn forklift tires can drastically impact your ability to use your forklift at all… killing your productivity.

Paying attention to balding or chunking tires will go a long way in helping you keep your forklift in operation and compliant with standards set forth by OSHA.

Batteries

Last, but certainly not least, is the forklift battery.

Without a working battery, your forklift transmission won’t get power and your machinery isn’t going to do much other than serve as a huge, glorified paperweight. To prevent this from happening, simply make sure that the forklift is turned off when it is not in use. However, we also recommend that you check the battery terminals for corrosion on a regular basis to extend its life.

Luckily, this is also one of the easiest parts on any forklift to replace.

Forklift Certification

Are you considering obtaining your forklift certification? Then you have come to the right place. We have compiled a guide that covers everything you need to know about becoming certified and staying certified throughout your career. It’s important to know that it’s not just a one-time thing, but continuous learning to ensure top safety within the workplace.

So, let’s jump in and see what all it takes to become forklift certified.

Who Gives the Test?

In most locations it is very standard that you must be 18 years of age to take the program. It’s typically a 3-4-hour program through OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) that uses video, group discussions, lectures, and hand-on exercises and costs $49. The topics you learn include:

  • Equipment knowledge
  • Driving Skills
  • Load Handling
  • Accident Prevention
  • Inspecting your Lift Truck
  • Acknowledging need for Maintenance
  • Dock Hazards
  • Fueling
  • Charging

What if I Fail?

So, you failed the test. Yes! You can retake it! Students hardly ever fail when retaking the certification for driving a forklift. But having a forklift certification is very important as not having one can inhibit you from obtaining a job, and if you are hired without one it can cause huge implications to your employer if you’re caught without one. OSHA requires that every forklift driver is trained and certified to drive a forklift.

Importance of Forklift Certification

As noted above, OSHA requires a forklift certification in order to drive and maneuver a forklift in a warehouse or salvage yard. One of the major issues is safety. Taking these courses can minimize and hopefully eliminate injuries and fatalities in the workplace. It can also decrease accidents that cause damage to the machines themselves which can save the company hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in damages and lost goods.

Having the training and certification is not only important to the company, but to yourself. Driving a machine of that capacity puts you and the company at a high risk if not controlled by a trained professional.

If I get trained to operate a forklift once, am I certified forever?

So, you have been trained to operate a forklift? Does that mean your training is done forever? Not quite. In order to comply with OSHA regulations, you have to keep renewing your forklift operating license and training every three years. Have you renewed yours?

What if I Change Jobs?

Can you continue to use your forklift certification? That is a great question, but the answer is usually no. Not that it isn’t accepted necessarily, but that it’s just a minor qualification. That is because most companies require training that goes beyond what OSHA requires. This means you may have to undergo additional training to adhere to that certain companies regulations.

Each company develops their own Powered Industrial Truck (PIT) Written Program. This is OSHA’s way of regulating how companies train and oversee their employees that operate forklifts, powered pallet jacks, and other heavy machinery. Each company is not required to have the same PIT program, therefore when moving to a new company you must be trained on their new PIT program as required by OSHA.

Will I Learn Anything New?

If you think you think driving a forklift can be done without the certification class, you’re sadly mistaken. Maneuvering a forklift safely withing a warehouse or yard is much more complicated that you think.

Of course, the basics will be covered like the controls: moving the machine and fork. But in addition to that you learn vital information to keep you, your fellow workers, and the product safe.

One example is retaining balance. It may seem simple, but a common issue for new forklift drivers in tipping. They will teach you how to be aware of elevated loads, how and when to keep the load low to the ground, and more importantly what to do if or when your lift does tip over.

The training also teaches you best practices and common courtesy when driving a lift truck, which will get you far with some of the more experienced drivers and workers at the company. These include things like overloading your lift, when to use the horn, when maintenance is needed, and more.

Overall, obtaining your certification is a small cost to pay for a steady job that pays well. If you’re interested in more information about forklifts don’t forget to check out our learning center for everything you need to know!

Buying a used forklift

The modern warehouse or industrial manufacturing facility has a lot of expensive equipment under its umbrella. From Computer Aid Design machines, to transportation equipment like forklifts, warehouse managers are tasked to invest wisely with major investments. With a price tag that can range from $40,000 up to $150,000 or more, buying new forklifts is a huge capital investment for any sized business. This reality causes many fiscally responsible business managers to consider buying used forklifts from professional salvage companies. 

But is buying a used forklift a smart business decision? The truth is that there are some forklift providers that sell less-than-stellar used forklift parts or complete units – and some that can be trusted to supply nothing but high-quality equipment. If you can locate a used forklift supplier that only sells refurbished and enhanced salvaged forklifts, it can be argued that this is indeed a smart investment vs paying up to 50% or higher for a new forklift. 

Obviously, there are several variables that will determine whether you should consider a new vs used forklift. So, let’s break down a few of the important factors to consider when you are searching for a replacement or new forklift for your business. 

What Are Your Forklift Needs?

The first question that any business should ask before investing in a forklift is how and where they will be using the lift. If a facility is new and is purchasing equipment for the first time, it’s usually a smart investment to consider a new forklift – especially if you can use this as a capitalized business expense. However, if the business is looking for a liftruck that will be used and stored outdoors or used as a back-up – spending the additional capital for new equipment is a bit tougher to justify – especially to business owners and/or investors. 

While you’re shopping for forklifts for your business – ask yourself these questions about its application. 

  • Will the lift be used fulltime or parttime?
  • If the forklift going to be stored and used indoors or outdoors? 
  • Is the facility going to be used in the same location for several years – or is it a temporary location? 

Asking these important questions first will help guide you to whether the new or used forklift route is best for your needs. 

When Do You Need the Forklift?

One of the benefits of being proactive is the ability to take advantages of potential discounts on pricing. Anyone who has booked a flight a few months prior to the trip vs the day before will appreciate this statement of fact. With a forklift, determining when you require the equipment to be delivered is another factor that can guide you to the new or used route. 

For example – if you are looking to purchase a replacement forklift – because one of your existing inventories has been damaged to the point of unrepair, you’ll likely need one sooner than later. This is especially true if your daily business operations are suffering due to reduced workload or capacity due to the broken lift. 

If this is the situation, buying a used forklift that is turnkey ready for immediate delivery simply makes sense. When you order a new forklift from a manufacturer, sometimes the unit is not ready for delivery. In fact, to reduce overhead and storage costs, many companies will construct them as they are ordered – with lead-time ranging from a few weeks to up to a year. 

What’s Your Budget?

Regardless of what you’re buying, cost and your budget is a major consideration. The fact remains, buying a new forklift is going to be much more expensive than a reconditioned or salvaged and rebuilt used forklift. If money and budgets were never a consideration – you’d prefer to purchase all operating equipment brand new. 

However, every smart business operates with budgetary restrictions. If you’re on the fence about whether you should opt for new or used forklift – it’s a good idea to speak with experts who can guide you to make the best business decision. 

The experts at Atlanta Liftruck Salvage have been a trusted source of high-quality used forklifts and replacement parts for more than 25 years. We focus our efforts on providing excellent customer service by being honest, transparent, and guiding our customers with the right technical support and advice. 

If you’re in the market for replacement forklifts – or looking to upgrade your existing equipment, give us a call today.

Installing Forklift Parts during COVID

There is no denying the reality that is COVID-19. This wide-spread virus has significantly impacted the daily lives of billions of people across the globe. But it’s also caused a major disruption in logistics, warehousing, and retail operation as well. While each business is uniquely impacted, one item all who use lift trucks in their daily operations deal with is completing forklift maintenance. In some cases, they will buy and install used forklift parts vs paying higher prices for new

COVID-19 or the coronavirus has caused many businesses with multiple employees to restructure many of their operations – including facilities that move freight with a forklift. Any lift truck requires routine service and maintenance, and a major part of these tasks is replacing parts occasionally. 

If you are going to make repairs, complete inspections, or simply clean your forklift, there are some important steps you should take to keep everyone protected. 

As such, here are a few items to consider if you’re facility is looking to fine-tune your forklift service program to reduce exposure to virus transmission in the workplace.

Try to Keep Maintenance and Service In-House

If you operate a facility with multiple forklifts, you likely have an in-house service and maintenance team. This is becoming a growing trend among lower-volume facilities as well – especially with COVID-19 work restrictions. The best way to reduce the possible spread of this virus is to reduce the number of people coming into your facility. 

Complete Repairs Outdoors

For those who do not have an in-house service department or have fewer lifts to repair, it makes sense to set up an outdoor section of your facility for a contractor to complete the repairs. Most subcontractors working on forklifts prefer to work outdoors – especially if there is a lot of clean-up to complete. 

Here are a few things you can do to help them:

  • Make sure the area is flat and free of loose dirt. To reduce the potential of slips and falls on your property, set up your outdoor repair area on a flat section that is concrete or asphalt. 
  • Set up a canopy. This can keep sunlight, direct heat, and weather away from the forklift and service technician. 
  • Make sure they have an ample supply of power. Most forklifts require power or air tools to replace major used forklift parts. While many of them will have their own tools and machines, make sure you set up your area close enough for them to access the power supply. 

Discuss Your Warehouse Policies with Any Visitor

If you order your replacement parts from a professional online forklift salvage company, they’ll be delivered to your facility via UPS, DHL, or FedEx in most cases. Most warehouses have set up safety protocols for all delivery agents, so make sure this applies to those who are delivering your replacement parts as well.

Sanitize Your Forklifts After Service

While you can take all the safety protocols above to reduce any COVID-19 exposure inside your facility, it’s important to remember that the equipment can collect contaminants. To keep your forklift operators and employees safe, make sure to sanitize your forklift prior to bringing it back into the warehouse. 

To accomplish this, follow these recommended steps:

  • Make sure to wear PPE – such as nitrile gloves, a face mask, and/or face shield. 
  • Use industrial sanitizer solution and disposable paper towels. Shop towels are best – as they are more durable and will hold up better. 
  • For optimal results, spray the sanitizer on the towel – then wipe off surfaces – especially those that are touched by the forklift operator.

Buy Your Replacement Used Forklift Parts from Atlanta Liftruck Salvage

Finally – if you’re going to order replacement parts from an online salvage company, make sure to buy them from a professional organization with a great reputation for supplying quality parts in great condition. Atlanta Liftruck Salvage has served forklift operators with refurbished replacement parts for more than 25 years. Our reputation for shipping parts in great condition is strong, and we always make sure that all parts are clean and free of debris during packaging. 

If your parts are not correct, we offer a hassle-free 30-day replacement policy.  More importantly, we go above and beyond to ensure all parts we ship are cleaned and free of contaminants. We care about the health and safety of our customers, so if you have any questions about our dedication to reducing exposure to COVID-19, give us a call.

Top used forklift replacement parts

Forklifts are heavy, durable, and virtually indestructible. Of course, the keyword here is ‘virtually’ – as even the most heavy-duty lift trucks are prone to damaging parts. This potential is expanded when routine service and maintenance is skipped or extended past the manufacturer’s recommendation. With all that said, there are many used forklift parts that are ordered from online salvage companies more frequently than others. 

Whether it’s due to being prone to damage from outside sources or equipment in the warehouse, or exposure to dirt, debris, and more, some forklift components are in the higher-risk category. While there are a few ways to extend parts wear and tear, it’s critical to know which parts are more likely to damage prematurely, so you can plan for purchasing replacements when needed.

Let’s review the top four forklift parts that are among the most popular replacements ordered through professional forklift salvage companies – like Atlanta Liftruck Salvage.

Brakes

There is a simple mechanical fact – the heavier an object is – the harder it is to stop. Ask any truck driver how difficult it is to slow their 18-wheeler with a full 53’ trailer load for verification of this reality. Forklifts with a load can play havoc on all moving parts – but the brakes take a huge beating. Forklift braking systems are different – based on their weight capacity and construction. 

However, it’s common for warehousing and logistics businesses to opt for salvaged forklift brakes – especially when they have been reconditioned, inspected, and checked for integrity of all components. The key to purchasing used forklift brake parts is ensuring you know your specific make, model, and the serial number of the lift truck. This will simplify the search for replacement parts – especially if you order them online.

Forks 

This one simply makes many fiscally-responsible warehouse managers shake their heads – but it’s a commonly replaced part. While forklift operators undergo continual training and education, they are still prone to making driving mistakes. 

One of the most common forklift incidents that cause damage to forks is while loading or off-loading trucks or containers. The operator will either apply too much pressure to the forks as they pick-up a pallet or hit the forks on a solid object entering/exiting the trailer. 

It’s also common for forks to become damaged when they hit steel, concrete walls, or other solid objects. Regardless, forks that are bent or damaged can’t be trusted to safely lift or haul freight through a facility. 

Masts & Chains

To lift a load, the mast and the chains & gears must work together without any kinks or damage to any component. If one part becomes damaged, it’s easier to replace individual parts before other synergetic components additionally break. Like forks, a mast or chain usually breaks due to improper use. Typically, chain issues are the result of lifting freight past the weight capacity, while a mast can break due to striking an object, or likewise, using the lift past it’s limits. 

Tires 

The tires that allow a forklift to operate through the warehouse or outdoors are customized for a specific application. If the lift is an indoor-only lift, the tires are typically a softer compound, and more likely to become damaged when hitting solid objects. Some forklifts that can work outdoors will have tires that are harder, or at the least – can absorb more hits and bumps. 

Nonetheless, forklift tires can become damaged for a slew of different reasons. When they are broken, working with a professional salvage company to purchase used forklift tires is easy and cost-effective. 

Why You Should Trust Atlanta Liftruck Salvage

Damage to forklifts can occur without notice. When you have the luxury of having multiple forklifts on standby for operations to use – buying replacement parts is not as time-sensitive or frustrating. However, most businesses today don’t have several liftrucks on standby. 

If this situation is applicable to you, or you simply prefer to reduce the stress associated with buying used forklift parts, you can trust Atlanta Liftruck Salvage to have the parts you need quickly, affordably, and without hassle. 

For more than two decades, Atlanta Liftruck Salvage has been the go-to source for warehouses, manufacturers, fulfillment centers, and others who depend on fully functional forklifts. We offer a wide-range of used forklift parts for sale, including leading brands like Toyota forklift parts, and others. 

We offer all customers a free, no-hassle 30-day return policy, and always provide simple, efficient, and fast shipping. If you’re in the market for any of the four leading replacement parts or need a hard to find a replacement part, contact our customer service specialists