With winter now upon us we at Hannamans want to ensure all our customers know the importance of keeping their forklifts well maintained over the cold period.
Properly service maintained equipment last longer, performs better and is less likely to suffer unexpected downtime.
Here are some tips to help prevent that from happening to you through the winter.
Get this booked ASAP if it isn’t. Preventative maintenance is key to reducing the risk of unexpected downtime.
Each shift should always start with daily checks to ensure that all equipment is safe to operate and that defects are logged and quickly rectified before use.
Gas trucks take longer to warm up in the cold weather. Allow your forklift to idle for several minutes after starting. Stopping and starting a gas truck, or over revving a cold gas truck could cause the LPG vaporiser to quickly block up with frost. Keep the coolant system topped up with anti-freezer.
Batteries have less capacity in colder conditions, so will go flat quicker. Ensure you keep battery levels topped up and store in a warm environment.
Diesel trucks can suffer from Diesel waxing. This means the heavier components of the fuel begin to freeze at low temperatures. Where possible store both unused trucks and fuel inside at a warmer temperature, also use fresh red diesel as this is a lot thinner and can stand much lower temperatures.
Keep the coolant system topped up with anti-freeze
Take steps to prevent the build-up of ice in areas where your forklift’s operate. Stock up on necessary products before the rush. Another thing to consider is make sure the lighting is adequate enough as days start to shorten.
If you would like more information, or to purchase some of the essential winter products we have on offer, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01244 288652 or email firstname.lastname@example.org