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.
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.
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.
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.
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.