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Getting The Most Out Of Your Forklift’s Battery

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With the ever-rising costs of fossil fuels, alongside government-imposed restrictions on carbon emissions, many of us are turning to alternative sources of energy in our domestic and commercial lives. From hybrid cars to solar roof panelling; insulation to motion sensor lighting, there are a number of steps that can be taken to save both energy and money.   In the forklift industry, this green transformation has seen an increase in the popularity of electric lift trucks, providing operators with a potentially cost-effective solution to running a single forklift or a fleet of vehicles. Although the battery could account for almost 30%…

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Stay Safe in Cold Weather

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While it may feel like the worst of the winter is behind us, there is still the opportunity for cold and hospitable weather conditions ahead. For those working in potentially hazardous environments, this means extra care and attention should be paid to safety measures, and forklift use is absolutely no exception. Contrary to what you might think, unless the forklift is being operated outdoors or is one not designed for the conditions (electric vehicles are best), then an icy floor is rarely an issue in cold weather. Traction in cold stores is unaffected by below-freezing temperatures, as these areas are designed…

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Electric Forklift or Internal Combustion Forklift?

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A question that is being asked more often today is whether an operation should use an electric forklift or an internal combustion engine forklift (IC forklifts).  Many forklift manufacturers are emphasizing the benefits of electric forklifts; but is an electric forklift right for you? Electric lift trucks have been around for a long time.  Some of the earliest lifting machines were battery powered lift tables that helped load rail cars in the early 1900s.  The variation and configuration of electric lift trucks has changed considerably over the years but the main idea of using a powerful, yet small, electric motor is…

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What Are The Different Types Of Forklift?

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One of the most crucial bits of machinery in the majority of warehouse and factory environments, the forklift has proved its value time and time again over the years. So much so, that a variety of different models have evolved out of the fundamental design of the equipment, suited to a range of different applications. Among the common type of trucks for use in an indoor warehouse location is the industrial counterbalance forklift. These machines work on the general principle of utilising a counterweight at the back of the vehicle to balance the load being lifted on the forks, providing stability…

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Forklift Operation Dos and Don’ts

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The safety legislation surrounding forklift use in all commercial environments is – rightfully – long and detailed, and the regulations that govern safe operation are designed to ensure that accidents and faults are kept to an absolute minimum. All forklift operators should be fully informed of their responsibilities when it comes to using the vehicles, so here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind… Before Operation: Do Ensure that all those planning to operate forklift machinery have been fully trained a basic first step. Only properly certified persons should use forklifts. To this extent, the vehicle’s operation manual…

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What Are The Most Common Causes Of Forklift Accidents?

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Forklift accidents can lead to serious consequences, so it is important for those involved with this heavy duty machinery to take steps to improve safety. Due to the dangerous nature of forklift use, there are a number of industry regulations in place to ensure safety. However, a high level of common sense must also be applied.   The first step to creating a safe operating environment for forklifts is to understand the common factors that lead to accidents. These factors can be broken down into five main categories: behavioural, organisational, environmental, mechanical, and problems related to the load. Behavioural Factors That…

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