This week let’s discuss forklifts! Did you know that we inspect forklifts!? However, we need to remember that forklifts are NOT snow plows. Unfortunately, we need to remind people that forklifts are not to be used to plow snow! In a recent situation, we took on a 16,000lbs Forklift Mast Repair, more commonly known as an 8 ton forklift that are extremely popular. After looking at the unit and diagnosing the needed repairs, we noted that there were motor issues, cab issues, and mast issues. Our technicians were able to repair the motor issues and cab issues but when it comes to mast issues, they require major work, which means major money. Following these discoveries, we soon found out that the owner of this unit had been plowing snow in his yard with it for the past couple of years…. which is not good for the machine! All in all, forklifts help us every day and we need to ensure we are using them appropriately so there doesn’t present any unwanted issues down the road! To prolong their lifetime, make sure to lube them up once in a while, treat them to a bolt tightening or two every month, and they will certainly pass inspections and keep on working every day! Please remember that Forklifts and Telehandlers don’t do well with impact. Also, they are not built to withstand the pushing and shoving around of snow loads, the rollers break, and the Telehandler equalizer chains can snap. Remember, At Crane Tech Services we save you money AND we keep your workers safe! If you are in the Barrie, Newmarket, Huntsville, Peterborough and Toronto areas give us a call. We inspect cranes, auto hoists, elevating lift platforms, bridge cranes to name but a few. Remember that the Crane Tech Inspection team can conveniently inspect all of your lifting equipment at the same time. One call for all of your lifting equipment! Crane Tech inspects and maintains your Hoist Lifting Equipment. See us on Instagram, LinkedIn, or Facebook, visit our website, or call us today for more information! We know your equipment best!