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How to Properly Store a Forklift

Whether you are closing down temporarily or operating at a decreased capacity, your forklift operation may have decreased or stopped completely. This means you need to ensure your forklifts are stored properly so they remain in good condition. 

At Trupar America, we've put together some tips on how to store your forklifts for extended periods of time, such as during inclement weather, shutdowns, or to accommodate seasonal needs. 

Start By Cleaning Your Forklift

Before you store your forklift for an extended period, you need to thoroughly clean the unit. Make sure to remove any debris or mud from the unit. This will help prevent you from having to deal with hardened dirt and debris when it comes time to take the unit out of storage. 

Also, this will also help prevent unnecessary downtime or repair and service costs to get the unit back into working order. 

Additionally, you want to clean the forklift battery. This should be done at least twice a year or every six months. This will help to remove any battery acid residue. While the unit is being stored is the perfect time to thoroughly clean the battery, which will ensure the battery is ready when the unit is removed from storage. Be sure to disconnect the batteries while the units are being stored. 

Store the Unit in a Dry, Flat Space

When seeking a storage area, be sure to choose one that is flat and dry. Choosing a flat area will ensure that the unit doesn't roll or move during storage, becoming damaged, causing injury, damaging the warehouse or property, etc. 

A dry storage area will help keep moisture away from the unit and prevent damage to the electrical components, which can be expensive to repair. A wet storage area can also create hazardous conditions for the operator when the unit is restarted due to less traction on wet tires. 

Don't Skip Regular Maintenance and Repairs

Even though the forklift is in storage, you will still need to keep up with maintenance and repairs. While your forklift is in storage, take the time to conduct a thorough inspection of the unit and check all components for wear, especially if the unit was used heavily prior to storage. We recommend an anti-grease on all the exposed parts and check the tire pressure. You should also cover up any areas where moisture could get in and lubricate all points and joints of the machine. 

If you find any issues with the unit, now is a great time to complete any repairs. 

Put the Unit into an Operational State

The unit should be run and operated at least once a week to help keep the moving parts and electrical components from fusing out or becoming rusty. 

Forklift Service and Maintenance at Trupar America 

At Trupar America, we have the expertise and access to forklift parts that you need to keep your units running smoothly. Contact us today to learn more! 

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