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5 Reasons to Invest in an Electric Forklift

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Forklift technology has come a long way in the past few decades, and there’s now more choice than ever. Businesses have the option to acquire gas forklifts, diesel forklifts or electric forklifts. While there are pros and cons to each of these forklift options, electric forklifts are often seen as the greatest investment of the three. Not only an investment in money, but also in a safe and satisfied workforce. In this article, we are going to explore the top 5 benefits of electric forklifts.  Easier and safer to drive Electric forklifts are easier to manoeuvre due to their compact design….

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Most Common Forklift Hazards

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Forklifts are powerful pieces of machinery that must be handled with care. Though they’re excellent at lifting and transporting goods across a warehouse, they can also be a serious danger if not used safely. There are many hazards that forklift drivers need to think about when operating the truck. It’s important you know what to look out for, so that you can keep yourself and others safe. In this article, we take a look at some of the most significant hazards for forklift drivers. Speed and handling Forklifts can travel at surprisingly high speeds and will need to manoeuvre carefully around…

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How Long Do Forklifts Last?

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The average forklift will last between 10,000-12,000 hours of use, which equates to 5-6 years of 8-hour operation. Some brands and models will last even longer, with some making it to 20,000 hours or 10 years. No matter the make or model of your forklift, there are always ways to increase its lifespan. If you want to get the most out of your forklift, just follow the tips in this article. What will increase the lifespan of a forklift? Regular servicing Servicing and maintenance includes everything from daily routine checks to annual and bi-annual thorough examinations. By conforming to all the…

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Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying A Forklift

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Buying a forklift can be a big decision. Before you go ahead and make a purchase, you should first ask yourself some questions to determine which forklift is right for you. In this article, we’ll explain which questions you should be asking to ensure you get the most out of your purchase. What is my budget? Forklifts are no flippant purchase; they’re hefty pieces of machinery that can sometimes come with an equally hefty price tag. Before you commit to your purchase, you should make sure that the forklift, and the maintenance required for it, fit within your budget.  If you’re…

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Most Common Forklift Attachments

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One of the best things about forklifts is that they’re versatile. They can be used for almost any application — just add the required attachment. There’s various attachments to choose from, each with their own benefits. In this article, we’ll explain the five most common types of forklift attachments and their advantages. Sideshifter Sideshifters are one of the most common forklift attachments and are regularly used in multiple industries, including agriculture, construction and paper handling. They enable the forks to move side to side so that the operators can make small adjustments in racking without having to manoeuvre the entire truck….

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Is Your Forklift Winter Ready?

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Make sure your forklifts are safe this winter. Bitter temperatures, reduced daylight hours and ice-covered surfaces all pose risks to your forklift trucks, but a few simple checks and tweaks will ensure your operators remain safe. Use this checklist to get your forklifts ready for winter. Check tyres Two elements of your tyres should be inspected for winter: tread depth and air pressure. Larger tread depth provides better grip. You should check the tread depth of your tyres and consider replacing them if you think more grip is required. Winter tyres should have a tread depth of at least 4mm, and…

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Our New and Improved Fleet

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The past few months have been a strange time for all of us. No one foresaw a global pandemic, especially not one that has affected so many industries across the world. When the country was locked down, things were quiet. But this gave us an opportunity to reflect on our business. While many of our competitors are closed, we’ve seized on the opportunity to grow. Our business is and has always been about customer satisfaction, so we used these quieter few months to improve the level of service we provide our customers.  The answer? We’ve expanded our fleet of vehicles to…

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Can Forklifts be Used to Tow?

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Forklifts are not designed to tow, and it is not recommended that you attempt to do so.  If you desperately need to tow with your forklift, there are attachments that support forklift towing, though these should only be used for towing vehicles of a specific type, size and weight as outlined with each attachment. For continuous towing, we recommend finding more suitable towing equipment.  This article will explain why towing is not recommended on a standalone forklift, and the accessories you can use to make towing safer. Why can’t you tow with a forklift? Forklifts were designed to lift heavy materials…

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Why Forklift Thorough Examinations Are So Important

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If things are busy, it can often be easy to cast aside certain important processes, procedures and duties to make sure all the work is done on time. When it comes to thorough forklift examinations, this isn’t something you should skip. It’s vitally important that you maintain your equipment for a number of reasons, with the following just five of the more important ones to consider. Safety As per LOLER and PUWER regulations, the safety of both the operator and the staff in the area is important. Without a thorough examination, there is a much higher chance that something could go…

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Free Forklift Transport On All Forklift Hires!

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It’s been a busy few weeks here at East Midlands Forklifts and with many businesses looking to get back up and running across the next few weeks, we thought we’d do our bit to help get local businesses (just like ours) through this period. That’s why we’ve decided to offer free forklift transport for all hires with a minimum term of 4 weeks – Subject to being within a 30 mile radius of LE115QY. Just quote code ‘Forklift4’ when speaking to one of the team and we’d be happy to arrange this offer for you. If you’d like to browse through…

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