How You Should Store A Forklift In The Long-Term

It goes without saying that business can be temperamental, and with supply and demand being such a fickle thing its often a good idea to be prepared for everything. One of the things many don’t consider, however, is the need for forklifts to be stopped, or at least decreased, when capacity is decreased. To ensure that your fleet of forklifts don’t suffer any long-term damage due to poor storage conditions, in this article we provide some great tips designed to help you store your forklift in a fuss-free way.

Storage tips to get you started

If you’re looking for a forklift for sale, you might not have actually considered how to store it in the long-run, which can very much be considered an error on your part. Perhaps the most obvious thing you should do is to clean the forklift as thoroughly as possible. This will ensure that any grime and debris doesn’t toughen and become much more difficult to clean after a lengthy period in storage. In terms of storage location, you should be aiming to house your forklift in a dry area to ensure that moisture is never a problem during storage. You should also aim to house the forklift in an area with no incline, as it unexpectedly rolling while in storage can ensure some serious damage occurs not just to the warehouse and products being stored, but unsuspecting employees as well. One of the other major things many people forget while the forklift is in storage is to clean the battery. This is important to remove battery acid residue, which can cause a lot of damage if left to its own devices.

Maintenance goes a long way

Although the forklift might be out of sight, it should never be out of mind, and for this reason it’s important to not forget all of the regular maintenance procedures such a machine requires. A thorough maintenance routine also gives you the opportunity to discover any issues with the machine, as forklifts in frequent rotation are often unable to be removed from schedules for this to take place under normal circumstances. Maintenance might include things like lubricating various joints and points, checking the pressure in all of the tyres, preventing any moisture from entering exposed elements on the forklift and also applying anti-grease products to exposed parts. If there are issues found while maintenance is being performed, storage is the perfect time for it to get done quickly and easily. It’s not all hands-on maintenance, either. By running the forklift once a week while it’s in storage, you’ll be able to ensure that all of its mechanicals and electrical parts are able to get the work out they need to keep working in the long-term.

Storing your forklift properly is more valuable than you think

It’s important to remember that storing your forklifts properly is not just to ensure they don’t develop defects (although that’s obviously a big part of it) – the right approach to storage can help you get your forklifts fired up and operating as quickly as possible when they’re actually needed again. This will help you save not only on costs related to a maintenance refresh, but can help you save money that might have otherwise needed to spend hiring a placeholder forklift, or even just with the inability to adequately manage your warehouse. In this case, a little bit of preparation can go a long way.

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Oliver Revilo