How to Choose Forklift Parts


If your business uses forklifts, your need for forklift parts is sure to increase as your business expands. This will happen because you'll need more forklifts or because your existing fleet will have to do more work. More forklift parts means more costs for your business. In order to minimize costs, here are some things to consider when both your business and your requirement for forklift parts are on the rise.

Firstly, choose the forklift with the right specs. Forklift trucks come in all types depending upon specific tasks they need to perform. The basic specifications for forklift trucks are maximum weight and a forward center of gravity. It is important that you choose the trucks with the specifications that match your needs. Load is a factor of critical importance. Most warehouse operations will require a truck that can lift 1 - 5 tons but when you have to lift container vans, you will need a truck that can lift up to 50 tons. Failure to match forklift specs to the job will "overwork" your lift trucks resulting in frequent breakdowns, repairs and replacements.

Secondly, pick the right forklift for the right task. Aside from the common counterbalanced truck for general moving jobs, lift trucks are designed for specific tasks and work environments. A "reach truck" is constructed for narrow aisles and allows the forks to extend in order to reach the pallet. A "rider order picking" truck requires the forklift operator to hand-transfer the load onto a pallet and is popular in picking shipments less than a pallet-load. Some trucks come with side loading. Here, too, it is important to choose the right forklift for the task in order to avoid breakdowns and replacements.

Many forklift trucks are capable of handling a range of tasks in an expanding business. You should opt for choosing trucks that can perform more than one task instead of a truck limited to a special job. This will reduce your need for forklift parts to a minimum. However, if the task requires a special type of lift truck, it is best to choose a special type instead of forcing a lift truck to perform a task for which it was not designed.

Most forklift manufacturers will engineer parts which can be used in different types of trucks. When expanding your fleet to accommodate your growing business, it is practical to stick to one brand of trucks with many compatible parts. This will reduce your inventory of forklift parts and enable faster replacements when needed.

Forklift parts are only as useful as the people who install and maintain them. As your business expands and you need to have a fleet of lift trucks, it may be necessary to invest in a crew of mechanics who can handle the repair and maintenance of the trucks. The mechanics should be involved in determining the choice of trucks, the inventory of parts and the maintenance schedule. An alternative is to outsource this function to companies that specialize in forklift management and maintenance.

As long as you manage things properly, you should welcome the need for more forklift parts to when it's caused by the growth of your business.