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What Do I Do with Material Handling Equipment?

Suppose you’ve recently upgraded your pallet jack and forklifts to increase the safety and efficiency of your fleet. In that case, you may be wondering what to do with your used material handling equipment that is taking up space.  Rather than cluttering your work environment and wasting storage space on used equipment, you may consider selling your used equipment.  Reasons to Sell Your Material Handling Equipment Keeping your used equipment that is no longer added value to your operations can compromise your operations' productivity and safety. When you choose to sell your used forklifts through a forklift dealership like Trupar America, you can recoup some of your initial investments, open more storage space, and provide newer organizations with a way to equip their operations at a budget-friendly cost.    Why Should I Work with a Material Handling Wholesale Company? The are various benefits to working with a material handling wholesale company when selling your used equipment,

Parts and Terms for a Forklift

When operating a forklift, it is crucial to know the parts and terms for the material handling equipment you use to help promote safe operation. At Trupar America , we have put together a guide on some of the main parts of a forklift to help you get started:  Cab  This is the area where the operator sits or stands. The cab contains the controls for operating the forklift, including the lift controls, steering wheel, accelerator, brake pedals, safety signals, etc. Counterweight This is an essential part of a counterbalance forklift truck. The counterweight works to prevent the trucks from tipping over when lifting and transporting a heavy load.  Forks Forks are two big steel tines that come out from the front of the truck and are used to handle materials, lift pallets, and remove products from high shelves.  Fuel Tank These are featured on gas-powered forklifts. The fuel tank is attached to the rear of the forklift and holds the fuel for the truck. Fuel type varies by model and can be d

Proper Forklift Battery Maintenance

Keeping your forklift batteries well maintained lessens the need for replacements and helps lower your costs. To ensure you get the most out of your forklift batteries, you want to ensure that you have regular maintenance intervals set up for all of your batteries. Many lead-acid batteries can outlast their warranties and power your forklift for years longer than the average battery lifespan when you care for them properly.  At Trupar America, we have put together some proper maintenance tips to help you care for your forklift batteries and extend their life.  How Often Do I Need to Perform Battery Maintenance? We've put together a general checklist for forklift battery maintenance which can be adjusted based on your forklift usage and application.  Weekly Battery Maintenance Check water cells after charging. Check electrolyte levels. Check for acidic residue on battery cases and spot clean if needed.  Perform an equalization charge. Measure the specific gravity of the battery with

Increasing Material Handling Efficiency

Productivity is crucial to your operations, so it is important to look around your operations and find the areas you can improve. Since you do not want to overwork your employees, follow our tips for helping your operations work faster, safer, and more efficiently without adding work hours to your employee schedules. Ask yourself the following: Do I Have the Right Equipment? In some cases, using the proper equipment for the job can get overlooked and reduce your efficiency. Keep in mind that not all forklifts are designed to perform at the same level, so you must make sure you have the right equipment for your application.  For example, if you have a forklift operator who constantly gets on and off the forklift throughout the day, a stand-up rider would be a better option for your operators. They will operate in narrow spaces with less time spent standing up in confined areas and maneuvering to sit down.  Am I Using the Proper Equipment for Each Job? You want to evaluate your equipment

Common Replaced Forklift Parts

A forklift is a complex piece of equipment that requires specialized maintenance to keep it running. Throughout its lifespan, a forklift will require a variety of replacement parts to remain functioning and effective.  While electric forklift parts and IC-powered parts differ, it is important to know the most commonly replace forklift parts to ensure you properly maintain your parts stock to ensure you can handle common maintenance issues.  Brakes  Forklift brakes work hard, stopping thousands of pounds of heavy materials at a short distance. The forklift brakes should not wear out very frequently, but they will require regular replacement to ensure the forklift is safe to operate.  Tires Tires are a crucial part of the forklift for the comfort of the operator and for safe operation. Damage to the tires can make your workspace unsafe, reduce fuel efficiency, put your operator at risk, and decrease productivity. Signs of damage include: Tearing Balding Chunking Tires showing these sig

3 Common Forklift Accidents and How to Prevent Them

  Accidents in the workplace are common, but many of the most common forklift accidents can be prevented with proper training and equipment maintenance.  At Trupar America , we have outlined three of the most common forklift accidents and what you can do to prevent them from happening in your warehouse.  Forklift Rollovers A forklift rollover is the most common type of fatal forklift accident. Rollovers are mainly caused by these factors: Turning too fast Turning on an incline  Driving across uneven surfaces Abrupt movement of the mast Uneven, overweight, or unbalanced loads Driving with an elevated load Driving with the load elevated What to Do if You Experience a Tip-Over If a tip-over occurs in a sit-down forklift, the operator should remain in the seat, brace for impact, and lean away from the point of the impact. For a stand-up forklift, the operator should step back and out of the operator compartment and get away from the forklift.  Operators should also always wear their seatbe