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Identifying the Forklift Parts Id Necessary
2016-02-27

Forklift, also called lift truck or tow-motor, is an industrial truck whose main purpose is to lift and move heavy materials or goods. And now, it has become an important part of efficient manufacturing and warehousing operation. So using the right Forklift Parts is so important that it determines the life of a forklift.

For different usages, there are many different types, sizes and designs of lift trucks, from the lowly hand pallet truck without any mechanical power to the 10-K AT specialty truck used by the U.S. Military. Generally, electricity and an internal combustion engine which fueled by gasoline, diesel, kerosene, butane, propane or natural gas are the major power of a forklift. Relying on the requirements of the manufacture, engines may be two-stroke or four-stroke and come with or without advanced emission control system.

Environment, where the forklift works, is also a main factor that determines the type and structure of the truck. For special conditions , such as very narrow aisles, high-rise warehouses, full pallets or smaller-than-pallet shipments, here are comes out special forklifts. What is more, forklift that available to move in any direction rotating 360 on its own footprint is also exist.

There are various different components of the forklift. Among them, mast, power supply, cab and frame are the relatively important parts, and most of the replacements for forklift parts may belong to one or the other of these components. Mast, either simplex, duplex or triplex is the component that lifts and lowers the load. And its parts include lift cylinder, lift chains, backrest, carriage and forks.The power supply is what gives the lift truck its power through an internal combustion engine or electricity. The cab is where the forklift operator sits or stands which contains the controls, steering wheel, gauges and safety instruments. All the other parts are belong to frame, the most important of which are the counterweights at the back of the truck. These balance the weight and keep the truck from tilting forward when it carries a load. The undercarriage, with the driveshaft, axle and wheels is also part of the frame.

When replacing forklift parts, the first step is to check the manual which provides the information needed to identify a specific part. And it has a diagram of the specific truck and labels each part with a name and number. Every forklift component has a model number, serial number and the type of truck stamped on it. Each part, in addition to the model number, has a part number to accurately identify the part that needs replacement.

Since they are constantly on moving with heavy loads, forklift parts will eventually need replacement. Learning how to properly identify forklift parts will make it easy to replace the part when it becomes necessary.