A forklift helps you maximize work production in your materials handling facility or warehouse – that is, when it’s working properly. Forklifts in need of repair will have the exact opposite effect on your work processes and even can be a dangerous hazard to your employees. So how do you know when it’s time to replace these machines? Turn to the forklift sales and service experts at Lift South for advice. Here are a few things to consider.

Your forklift has reached the end of its useful life.

All machinery will reach a point at which it is no longer able to fully (or safely) operate. Each forklift brand will have a different life expectancy so be sure to ask your dealership about that. In general, the average forklift will have around 10,000-12,000 operation hours.

Your forklift is damaged.

If your forklift shows any serious signs of damage – such as exposed wiring, worn-out blades, or cracks – don’t allow your workers to operate it. Instead, look into getting it repaired. If repairs aren’t cost-effective, it’s time to consider the purchase of a new or high-quality used machine.

Your forklift has been poorly maintained.

If you own a forklift, routine maintenance is a must. Without this service, a forklift’s components can deteriorate. In fact, without proper servicing, your forklift’s life expectancy can be reduced by half.

If any of these conditions apply to your material handling equipment, it may be time to look at buying a forklift. For forklift sales and other services, come to Lift South.