Winters can be harsh on your forklifts and operators, but proper preparation and maintenance can position your business for a profitable season. Follow these nine forklift winterization tips to help ensure longer uptime during the months ahead.
Have the battery and charging system checked for optimum performance.
As a general rule of thumb, this should be done every year.
If snow and ice are a problem in your area, consider special tires
designed to grip slick roads. During winter, tire pressure should be
Dirty oil can spell trouble in winter. Consider changing to “winter weight” oil if you live in a cold climate.
Have your technician check the fuel, air, hydraulic and transmission filters at the same time.
Winter magnifies existing problems such as pings, hard starts, sluggish performance or rough idling.
Confirm that the lift truck’s braking system is working properly.
Monoxide leaks can be especially dangerous during cold weather while stored inside buildings.