Category: Forklift Maintenance

Take care when adding hydraulic attachments to new electric forklift trucks

If you’re in the process of ordering an electric forklift truck with a hydraulic attachment you need to take special care. Unless it is correctly specified and fitted, you could cut the operating life of your battery by 50%. Read on and we’ll tell you how a leading company discovered, to its cost, the problems caused by a mismatch between truck and attachment … what caused the problem… and what you can do to avoid it happening to you. › Read More

Welfaux guide to buying a used forklift truck

At Welfaux, our customers often ask for guidance on buying a used forklift and other handling equipment. As prices for new forklift trucks drop, the incentive to buy a second hand unit (refurbished or not) is becoming increasingly difficult to justify in some circumstances. The reliability of a new truck, combined with very cheap finance deals often makes a used truck a non starter for many businesses.  However, there are times when a used unit could be justified, so we set out › Read More

How new forklift battery technology can save you money

New-style chargers can pay for themselves in less than a year

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Simply switching over to electric power can deliver substantial savings, so much so that we often take this energy source for granted. But there are some additional technological advancements out there. We’ve spoken to some of the industry’s leading manufacturers of forklift batteries, chargers and systems to find out about how these innovations deliver tangible › Read More

Forklift warranties: how to stack the odds in your favour

Is buying an extended warranty a sensible safeguard or a waste of cash? Here are seven essential questions to ask when making your choice

Do you like taking risks? At some time most of us have played the lottery or placed a bet on the outcome of a sporting event. But would you do the same with your day-to-day business? Some people compare extended warranties to taking a gamble: what are the odds of something going wrong? Does that risk › Read More

Bad Vibrations – Are your forklift trucks falling foul of the law?

Lowering your forklift’s travelling speed can greatly reduce the level of body vibrations created.

Body vibrations on forklift trucks have been a hot topic from the moment European Directive 2002/44/EC shone the spotlight on them. The big question is whether the use of damping techniques and better seats is really worthwhile? Wouldn’t it be better to meet the directive another way? A recent series of on-site tests provide the answer. According to Directive 2002/44/EC on body vibrations, employers must prevent › Read More

Is it time for your annual checkup?

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A thorough examination is not the same as regular maintenance – so you need one whether or not you’ve just had your forklift truck serviced.  Welfaux are your local CFTS accredited examiner and are qualified to carry out your regular examinations to schedule.

Here is how the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) defines Thorough Examination: "Thorough examination of industrial lift trucks is required under health and safety law: LOLER 1998, which covers lifting equipment, and PUWER 1998, which › Read More