Forklifts are pivotal to the operation of warehouses and distribution centers. These workhorses move huge bulky palettes of products in, out, and around the warehouse, a task that would be too risky and time taking if done manually.

Businesses often buy a new forklift from Triwest Forklifts intending to increase their efficiency. However, they forget about the maintenance that eventually fails the whole purpose.

To keep the optimum operational efficiency and productivity of your warehouse, you have to keep the equipment well-maintained. It is crucial to keep forklifts fully functional and in their prime condition. Less than perfect motive equipment not only hit the productivity, it also risky for the employees who operate it. The following pointers highlight some strong reasons for businesses to conduct regular maintenance of their forklifts.

  • Avert sudden equipment failure

Forklifts carry massive weight across the warehouse which makes them an easy target of accidents. Several components can fail due to the heavy load these machines carry. This load can damage the mast of the machine making the load fall off.

If tires are worn, your operators will face difficulty in controlling the forklifts. A catastrophic failure may occur if the electrical system of these lifts is failed. Preventive maintenance keeps all these risks of failure at bay and keeps machines operational.

  • Identifying machines that need to be cycled out

Preventive maintenance includes regular frequent inspections of your forklift fleet. These inspections allow you to identify machines with issues that cannot be addressed cost-effectively by regular maintenance procedures.

Repairing such issues so that the forklift can function with full efficiency would cost more than buying a new one with greater productivity. If you can find these issues timely, it will help you cycle out unproductive equipment and save on unnecessary repair work.

  • Mitigate the risk for injuries

Sudden forklift breakdowns are an open invitation to accidents and injuries. If a forklift’s mast suddenly breaks, it can cause the load or even the palette to fall off the machine. Suddenly falling heavy loads can significantly hurt other employees who might be too close.

Wear and tear in tires or abrupt failure of the control system can create chaos in the warehouse. It can cause the machines to move uncontrollably, hurting people and hitting racks that can further cause serious injuries. Preventive maintenance helps avoid such incidences and saves you from paying hefty compensation and legal fees.

  • Optimizing the operating efficiency of forklifts

Warehouses are busy places with so much happening on a regular workday. And forklifts being the workhorse are expected to accomplish a lot of heavy lifting before running out of charge. However, if these motive machines are not maintained properly, they slow down the work significantly, hitting the warehouse’s productivity hard.

Poor maintenance also adversely affects the battery efficiency by corroding the connections that power the current flow from the batteries to forklifts. Preventing maintenance keeps forklifts performing at the highest efficiency and even derives additional revenue.

  • Minimizing the overall ownership cost

Investment in regular maintenance is often much lesser than the cost that a broken machine incurs. In case of failure, you not only have to pay for its repair but also bear the cost of other damages it has incurred. Regular maintenance will help you save time, money, and effort that goes into recovering from a breakdown.