No matter your business, you can stand to save money wherever and whenever possible. And, as we all know, forklifts are expensive pieces of machinery.
However, warehouse operators and business owners who spend their money wisely can efficiently reduce the costs of forklifts. How?
By extending the life of their forklifts. Learn how using the appropriate forklift parts in various situations can keep your forklift running smoothly and help you avoid costly repairs and replacements.
Forklift Attachments and Extensions
Think about all the inventory and material handling needs in your warehouse. Do you have pallets, barrels, abnormally shaped products, hazardous liquids or anything of the sort? Do you stack these products? How often do you transport them throughout your workspace?
Now think about how much money all your inventory costs.
Glad we have your attention. If you aren’t using the correct forklift attachments, there’s a good chance of inventory damage or loss. Using the wrong forklift extension is basically like throwing money out the window as you wait for an accident to occur. Not to mention the possibility of employee injury and forklift damage.
Our team will help you decide which forklift attachments and extensions are the ideal options for any product you have to move! Remember: proper forklift usage will help your machine run smoothly.
Where do you use your forklifts? The answer to this question is much more than: inside or outside.
The environment options for outdoor forklifts are nearly endless. Do your forklifts transport materials through muddy areas? How about gravel? Or is it simply smooth pavement? Answering these questions can help you decide which forklift tires are ideal for your applications. Our team will help you pick the perfect pneumatic forklift tires, specifically for the model you possess and outdoor usage.
“It doesn’t matter. We only use forklifts inside.” Oh, the number of times we’ve heard that before…
True, indoor forklift tires, usually cushion tires, endure less environmental harshness. Still, you have to take into account how often a forklift is used, the flooring it moves on, the slopes it maneuvers and more. In fact, forklift tires that are operated daily on a rubber floor across ramps for eight hours will wear out faster than outdoor pneumatic tires that are used sparingly.
Forklift batteries can impact the lifespan, productivity, speed and more of a forklift. As with any other electric product, a poor battery can lead to failure and create a hazardous scenario.
Before letting a faulty forklift battery ruin your equipment, be sure to get it serviced on a regular basis. A new forklift battery costs a whole lot less than an entire forklift….
OEM Forklift Parts
The same goes for other forklift parts. Don’t put your equipment, inventory, and employees at risk because you don’t want to buy a new part. Forklifts are expensive, detailed machines that have a lot of moving parts. It only takes one broken link (one faulty part) to lead to a warehouse disaster.
Luckily, Sunbelt offers a wide array of stock and custom OEM forklift parts for any brand. Get ahold of our team today to discuss pricing options and more!
When it comes to your business, it is a primary responsibility of yours to ensure all factors, that should push you the way of success, are doing just that. You need to be sure that your facilities and staff are trained, inspected, and prepared for whatever working environment you are going to expose them to. Just as important, in the interest of your businesses success, is making sure the tools they will be using are in operational working condition. Faults with your tools can lead to work delays, unsatisfactory production, and even safety concerns. One piece of machinery it is crucial to keep regular service on, whether you have only one or many, are your fleet of forklifts. Let’s take a look at overlooked forklift service benefits and what you can do to make sure yours are in top working condition.
When looking at the full scope of forklift incidents, many can be avoided with proper training, proper environment, and ensuring you have the right forklift for your job. However, sometimes, despite ensuring all influencing factors about your forklifts and forklifts operators are functioning to the best of their abilities, issues can arise. These issues are a result of the continual wear-and-tear that the forklift(s) encounters. If not properly serviced, these issues can have gigantic repercussions. Imagine transporting a full load on a forklift and the brakes don’t work, causing you to run into a storage rack? Like in the video to the right, this is something you never want to see happen.
Some of the most common forms of forklift wear that need to be serviced can include:
Lift and tilt cylinders
Tire wear and condition
Each of these are issues that slowly build over time and can be difficult to spot initially. However, if you wait until it’s too late to address, you could end up paying much more than the service correction may have cost.
What is your best action against waiting until it is too late with correcting some of these errors? Setting up a year-round maintenance schedule for your forklifts. This is a benefit regardless of if you have only 1 forklift or dozens. If you are renting a forklift, be sure to see if a service program is available with the rental. The best forklift service providers offer programs in various intervals, including monthly, bi-monthly, and quarterly. Knowing that your forklifts are going to be inspected and serviced by professionals on a regular basis can give you one less thing to worry about when interacting with the day-to-day dealings of your business. Being able to rely on a trusted service team is also a great advantage, especially if you have multiple forklifts. Reason being that your service company can, in addition to spotting and correcting forklift problems, alert you to trends that may be caused by factors beyond wear-and-tear. This could include problems with your warehouse facility or operators that are causing similar issues amongst your forklifts. One of your best bets when looking for a quality forklift service provider and partner is to contact Sunbelt Industrial Trucks.
Sunbelt Industrial Trucks has succeeded to rent, sell, and service top-of-the-line forklifts for over 30 years. One of the ways they ensure their quality product is by staffing knowledgeable and skilled employees who can determine and correct any issues a forklift might have. This also speaks to their great customer service, which sets the industry standard, contributing to Sunbelt having been named a MHEDA MVP for the past 5 years. This distinction is given to companies who demonstrate a commitment to business excellence.
Additionally, Sunbelt Industrial Trucks offers on-site service, for when problems arise outside the time window of a scheduled service visit. These calls can cover anything from a minor leak to a major component failure. For a service call, simply let Sunbelt know which forklift is having which error, and they can dispatch a GPS-enabled service van to your location within a few hours. Hast is the goal with these service calls because Sunbelt understands when your forklift equipment is not operating, it costs you money.
Losing money is never something someone wants to see their company do, so anything they can do to prevent that, they will. Do the same for yourself by addressing forklift issues before they happen and set up a service program with a trusted forklift company. After establishing that service program and building rapport, you’ll feel comfortable and confident in reaching out to Sunbelt Industrial Trucks at a moment’s notice when one of your forklifts go down. Short fixes, long service programs, complete overhauls, rentals, and sales; help reduce your need to worry about your forklifts by teaming up with a full-service forklift supplier.
Miner acquired Dallas-based CE-DFW Warehouse Solutions in April 2016. CE-DFW is an authorized Doosan, Linde, Donkey and Genie dealer in North Texas.
They were interested in expanding to Houston, so the acquisition of Sunbelt Industrial Trucks, the Doosan dealer in that market, was beneficial to both parties.
Sunbelt is a subsidiary of SBNA Holdings, Inc. Approximately 5 years ago, one-third of the stock was sold to employees and management team. The remaining shares, owned by Bill Rowan and Warren Cornil, the founders, will be sold to the ESOP and managing partners later this year. Miner’s acquisition of Sunbelt’s Houston operation will allow Sunbelt to focus concentration on the Dallas market.
Miner Material Handling now has operations in Dallas, Houston, and Phoenix. Sunbelt wishes Miner continued success in Houston and is confident that its former employees and customers are in good hands.