At TASK Forklifts, we understand the importance of planned maintenance for your forklifts and walkie stackers. The
frequency of maintenance is not a one-size-fits-all approach; it varies based on several factors that are unique to your operation. A well-thought-out maintenance plan can prevent costly repairs and reduce unnecessary downtime, ensuring your equipment operates efficiently and safely for years to come.
Determining Your Maintenance Needs
To evaluate the appropriate maintenance frequency for your forklift or walkie stacker, consider the following essential questions:
What is the age of the forklift/walkie stacker? The age of the equipment plays a significant role in determining how often it needs to be inspected by a technician. As forklifts and walkie stackers accumulate hours of operation, the standard 250-hour interval may no longer apply. Older units typically require more attention and regular maintenance.
How many forklifts are in your fleet? The size of your fleet matters; a smaller fleet with fewer units increases the importance of maintenance. When you have a limited number of forklifts and one breaks down due to a simple maintenance issue, it can severely impact your operations. Having a scheduled maintenance plan becomes crucial to ensure the smooth functioning of your fleet.
How many lifts have attachments? Forklifts with attachments demand extra attention as these accessories put more strain on the transmission and cooling system. Such specialized units often have shorter service intervals than regular forklifts. A lack of maintenance for these attachments could lead to operational slowdowns or stoppages.
What kind of environment are you working in? The operational environment is a crucial factor in determining maintenance frequency. Indoor units in normal temperature conditions generally require less maintenance than outdoor units or those operating in colder areas. Environmental factors can impact the wear and tear on your equipment.
Do you have an Electric forklift? If your fleet includes electric forklifts, proper maintenance of their batteries is essential for their optimal performance. Regular watering and maintenance by well-trained operators or certified technicians are crucial to avoid damage to the battery and the forklift.
Do you use your forklift seasonally? Seasonal forklift users rely heavily on their equipment for a short period. To minimize downtime during peak usage, it is vital to plan and perform maintenance during the off-season. A well-maintained forklift ensures it is ready to operate efficiently when it's most needed.
The Benefits of Planned Maintenance
Having a structured and well-executed planned maintenance program offers numerous advantages:
Peace of mind: Knowing that you've performed the required maintenance on time gives you the confidence that your forklifts are ready to work safely and effectively.
Cost savings: Spending a small amount on planned maintenance early on can save you from expensive repairs and operational disruptions in the long run.
Increased lifespan: Regular maintenance extends the life of your forklifts and walkie stackers, ensuring they remain reliable assets for your business.
Planned maintenance is the key to keeping your forklifts and walkie stackers in top-notch condition and ready to tackle any task. At TASK Forklifts, we have years of experience in optimizing planned maintenance programs. Let our experts guide you in determining the appropriate maintenance frequency for your specific needs.
Investing in planned maintenance now will save you headaches and expenses down the road, ensuring your forklifts are always ready to perform the job they were purchased for!
Contact your local TASK Forklift Branch today at 1300 13 2002, or
and our team will be more than happy to assist you right away.