Regardless of whether you are relocating to a new warehouse, expanding your current warehouse, or simply need a temporary storage solution, purchasing a pallet racking system is a major decision. Pallet racks are not only a significant financial investment, they are also an integral part of your warehouse’s day-to-day operations. Before deciding on a new racking system, you must first consider your options. Fortunately, there is no shortage of warehousing supplies, both new and used, available for purchase. While there are several benefits associated with buying new pallet racks, there are just as many advantages to purchasing used pallet racking. The deciding factor will ultimately depend on your application, but you must first understand the pros and cons of each. Read on as we explore the advantages and disadvantages of used versus new pallet racking systems.
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Forklift service should be performed regularly in order to avoid costly repair issues. It is suggested that forklifts be serviced about every 200 hours of use. Then the question becomes time use or actual pedal use? Determining use is comparable to the little sticker that an automotive repair facility places on your windshield after an oil service showing the “Next Oil Change: Date and Mileage” recommendation. There is a mile use and a time use distinguished. With forklift service, it is a pedal use and a time use distinction.
Forklifts also require a daily maintenance check, usually by shift, that should be documented per OSHA regulations. Having a pre-operation checklist available is important and plays a significant role in making sure that all safety measures are being observed and adhered to. This is helpful in documenting both time and pedal usage so the correct forklift maintenance schedule can be practiced and adhered to. During these inspections, if a problem is detected, schedule the forklift for service with your forklift repair company.
As a warehouse manager, you probably know that any disruption to the daily workflow is a large inconvenience and could have a serious financial impact on your business. This is why it is critical that you regularly maintain and service every piece of machinery you own. Forklifts in particular are very important for facilitating everyday heavy lifting that exists in a warehouse environment, making them an especially important piece of equipment. While many companies do understand the importance of forklift maintenance, they are not always sure how often it should be performed. Read on as we discuss some guidelines to determine how to best plan your fleet’s maintenance schedule and some key maintenance tasks that should be performed.