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Forklift Service and Maintenance Articles

Over the years we've seen a lot of problems on our service calls. Below are the Top Five causes for service calls based on an examination of over 6,220 service calls, followed by how we prevent them from occuring on your forklifts.

Matthai Material Handling offers several tips that will reduce the costs of your forklift tires and improve the performance of your lift truck fleet.

Each day, your forklift bears the brunt of your material handling operation. It works hard for you day after day, rarely complaining about the workload or its surroundings. Occasionally it tells you something is wrong, by breaking down. But waiting for a breakdown is expensive. Repairs are more costly once a breakdown occurs and breakdowns can create dangerous situations at your facility. Have you ever wondered what a forklift might tell you, if it could talk? We did, and came up with the following...

Like anything else in life, whether it’s your car, your home or even your body, planning and conducting preventive maintenance creates long-term benefits that are well worth the investment. Why would your forklift and other materials handling equipment be any different?

Part of an effective forklift service strategy is having a regular planned maintenance program. Keeping your forklifts in good operating condition results in better productivity and bottom line profits. But having a reliable partner makes an enormous difference in the effectiveness of your planned maintenance program.  This article highlights things you need to know before you enter into an agreement with a forklift service provider.
All forklift tires are not created equal.  Choosing the right type of tire constructed with the right compound is the key to maximizing tire life, ergonomics and your bottom line.  
Forklift chains and forks bear the brunt of stress during daily operations of your forklift fleet. Our feature article details exactly what you need to look for to ensure safety and productivity for your lift truck forks and chains.
It seems obvious but it's easy to overlook. Up front, the mast and the forks, there are four critical measurements. Read this month's feature article, find out what they are and how they can impact your facilitiy's safety and costs.

Heat is an enemy to your bottom line. Whether it's en employee that can't keep his cool, a plant that's too hot, or even a forklilft that's operating above normal recommended temperatures, they all can cost you money and eat away at your bottom line. This month's Feature Article highlights the "what you need to know" and "why" of your forklift's cooling system.

To be competitive in today’s markets, you need a cleaner, “greener,” but efficient product. Forklifts are no different.  Leading manufacturers are doing more R & D to meet customers’ needs for more powerful electric lift trucks that will meet tough application requirements, reduce the carbon footprint and improve productivity.  

Although the recession is beginning to ease, a lot of companies have been forced to cut back, to do more with fewer people, and to assign many employees to new jobs they may have never done.  With this in mind, you can see where OSHA would have reason to make sure that these employees are being protected in the workplace.  Since the government is also looking for increased revenue streams, it is highly likely that...