Top Tech: 5 Imperative Fork Lift Parts & Why They Need To Be In Top Condition
Fork lifts are an Australian logistical standard – try and prove us otherwise. Whether moving construction materials, lifting hay bales on a farm, or transporting heavy goods around a warehouse, there cannot be any denying this machine’s importance.
They are world renowned for being strong, sturdy tools with a heap of grunt and a reliable roll – but we have to ensure we are maintaining their main parts (or at least have some spares available!).
So, what to do when one of the following three imperative components could use a little work or a replacement? Well, let’s find out exactly what happens when you need to do something about your top fork lift parts:
- The fork
The fork is what makes this machine what it is: it grants it its name and its ultimate application. Therefore, it’s this part of the machine that, of course, does all the heavy lifting and transports the goods from A to B!
However, if the tines are starting to bend, then you may be looking at a serious problem with your machine. After all, they pick up heavy goods on a daily basis, ensuring any heavy products are moved so that you don’t have to worry about yourself!
And, whilst the tines on the big machine aren’t as weak as those you’ll find on the machine’s kitchen equivalent, they still require regular checking and repair if they are starting to bend and mould into something, well, unrecognisable… and, please don’t try and simply bend them back: this will put them in a lot more troublesome a spot than they were beforehand.
- The controls
This legendary logistical machine, although easy to navigate once you’re a seasoned pro, is a little more difficult to operate than your everyday Honda Accord. The additional controls alone can be super confusing, with the likes of side shift levers, tilt and lift all situated among your regular controls like brakes, gas, steering wheel etc…
So, always ensure that your controls are well-maintained, as this is imperative for ensuring that you can easily and safely navigate the rig without worrying that the machine is going to pull some kind of Space Odyssey on you and go all haywire right in the middle of a job.
- The batteries
Because you ain’t going nowhere without fully functioning batteries. Your machine requires heavy duty batteries to get started and continue to operate, especially when so many models are electric. What’s also great about modern models is their rechargeability, as the now-staple lithium battery is able to be charged for repeat after repeat after repeat, ensuring that you have the one incredibly heavy duty for many years to come.
- The tires
Again, what on Earth are you going to do without the tyres? And, if you’re running on warehouse on near-flat, hardly functioning tires, you also have a problem there – a very dangerous one, in fact.
Your tires should always be pumped up and ready to go (just like you!), ensuring that you have a rig that is sitting atop a reliable set of wheels to operate and navigate your way around your location.
- The chassis
Sensing a theme here? It’s all about being absolutely imperative, and with the chassis you can be sure that everything attached to a forklift would just be lying around the floor without its presence. This is the part of the machine where all the parts are attached to, ensuring they have a fundamental spot to operate without flying all over the place (which is simply impossible, of course!).