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Regular Maintenance of Forklift is Necessary
2016-03-31

The old saying holds true when it comes to heavy machinery as well: pay now or pay later. What does that mean? It means that you can choose to ignore the squeaky wheel and rusting frame of your lift for as long as you like, but when the repairman come, it won't be cheap. Or, you can schedule regular maintenance on your lift-many of the same maintenance items you would perform on a passenger car-and add years to the life of your lift. Regular maintenance like belts, filters, changing the oil, and inspecting the hydraulics means you won't have to start searching the "forklift for sale" ads again much sooner than you'd like.

If you're doing the repairs by yourself, one dilemma many businesses run into is whether or not it's worth it to get OEM parts as opposed to aftermarket ones. The significantly higher cost of original manufacturer equipment (often more than twice as much) can make it tempting to choose a less-expensive alternative. But these parts can also be made from less durable materials, shortening the lifespan of the part-and that means that you'll be back out there looking for a replacement part much sooner than you'd like. A good solution is a take a middle road and consider what the part is used for. If it's an engine part that is difficult to get to and that takes a lot of abuse, it probably pays to get the OEM version. On the other hand, if it's a windshield wiper you're talking about, the aftermarket part is likely more than enough.

Sometimes, after a vehicle has been put to many years of hard service, it may turn out to be more expensive to repair than to simply get a new one. In that case, the first thing you'll need to decide is whether to look at new or used forklifts. Keep in mind that if your business has more than one lift, it will make it much easier for the person in charge of Forklift Parts repair to have all the lifts be the same brand. However, the basic thing is still to regulate maintain your forklift, and try every possible to extend its service life as long as possible. After all, forklift is a kind of heavy machine which can cost you a great deal of money.