The frequency of how often a forklift receives a routine maintenance check-up plays a major role in the performance and longevity of your equipment.
OSHA has their own requirements for the maintenance of forklifts. According to their guidelines, if a forklift is not “in safe operating condition, it should not be used. They also require “all repairs shall be made by authorized personnel.” Keeping OSHA’s requirements in mind, there are a few ways to determine how often your lift trucks should be serviced.
Hours of Operation vs Time
Most forklift companies will recommend servicing your lift truck based on usage intervals and time intervals. Usage intervals are measured using pedal hours or key hours while time intervals are measured in days and months.
We recommend your forklift is serviced based on hours used. Here is what a maintenance schedule based on hours looks like:
Every 200 hours a full service is recommended.
A qualified technician should:
Every 600 hours, the hydraulic system should be serviced. A technician should:
Understanding preventative maintenance can impact your operation and save you money.