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Electric forklift--how to mantain it in autumn and winter

Date: 2022-08-22 View:

Electric forklifts can be used in a variety of conditions due to their versatility. When necessary - this type of equipment forms the basis for demanding warehouse work. At the same time, the frequency and willingness to use electric forklifts are equally high when tasks need to be performed outdoors. However, they deserve proper maintenance—especially in the fall and winter.

Who is responsible for the maintenance of the forklift?
The first person to come into contact with a forklift and be able to notice its condition or possible anomalies is, of course, the forklift operator. Do a quick check every day before and after work to check forklifts for leaks, mechanical damage, or other types of malfunctions. When it happens, the next person in the chain is the restorer.
Forklift service technicians (as the name suggests) are employees who are primarily responsible for:
1. Ensure the proper technical condition of the forklift.
2. Preventive and protective measures.
3. As well as changing and replenishing fluids.
4. The duties of a forklift maintenance technician also include troubleshooting. The premise is that the acquired knowledge and tools allow it.

When more advanced operation is required - equipment is taken to forklift service, guaranteeing the highest quality maintenance, parts replacement or refurbishment. Everything is under the supervision of experts, so that both electric forklifts and internal combustion engine trucks remain in perfect technical condition.
Precautions for electric forklift operation in autumn and winter
Operating an electric forklift, especially in the fall and winter seasons, carries a high risk of equipment failure or damage due to unfavorable weather outside.
What to keep in mind when electric forklifts are used outdoors in autumn and Each electric forklift should be equipped with a built-in cab to protect the operator from rain and snow. In addition, the cabin can be equipped with heating, which will ensure, working comfort, especially in winter.
1. Electric forklifts, after working outside all day, should have a planned parking space inside the building. The space should be sheltered from wind and rain, dry and at a moderate temperature.
2. Also, in the place designated to charge the forklift battery - it must be in a dry room with suitable conditions.
3. If the electric forklift is operating outside the building during frost, it is important not to allow the battery to fully discharge.
4. Vehicles driving on snow or icy roads in winter should also be equipped with chains (for pneumatic tires) or spikes (for super elastic tires). It should be remembered that every time an electric forklift enters a warehouse or building, the chain must be removed and reconnected before the next departure

It is also very important to check the lubrication of fluids and moving parts in the trolley at any time of the year. Important - in summer, when temperatures are higher, high-density greases are more suitable, and in winter, low-density greases are more suitable. Learn more about best practices in the article "Forklift Maintenance - Inspections, Schedules, Good Advice".
What else to remember?
As a standard, every forklift owner should keep in mind regular vehicle inspections. Such requirements are defined by law and are designed to minimize accidents caused by the technical condition of the vehicle.
Inspections that should be carried out on electric forklifts during the year:
1. Visual inspection before and after daily work by the operator.
2. Regular inspection every 30 days.
3. And the annual UDT inspection.
4. Technical testing of forklift efficiency is also carried out before vehicle registration and after repairing any major defects - to confirm its removal and the efficiency of the equipment.

Electric forklifts are great for transporting goods outside warehouses and buildings. Their performance in all weather conditions is high, their maintenance costs are low, and vehicle controls are simple and intuitive.
During the autumn and winter seasons, special attention should be paid to ensuring that the electric forklift is in good technical condition so that it can operate efficiently and economically for many years.