Rough Terrain Forklifts: The choice when moving materials off road

May 15, 2009 at 9:25 AMRing Power

Sometimes what seem to be the most simple tasks can prove to be among the most difficult to complete.rough terrain forklift
For instance, moving materials at an off road worksite. Whether it’s carrying pallets of bricks in a material storage yard or transporting 20-foot lengths of pipe on a work site, this seeming simple job can be very difficult if the proper equipment isn’t available
A rough terrain forklift easily and efficiently moves materials at an off road site. The machines are typically built using a tractor loader drive-train, so you have the tractive force needed to work in mud, sand slopes and other challenging underfoot conditions.
Rough terrain forklift users include:

  • Building and specialty trade contractors
  • Energy companies
  • Mining
  • Loggers
  • Lumber yards
  • Sod and turf farmers
  • Salvage specialists and scrap metal

Rough terrain forklifts maneuver more quickly and are less expensive to rent than other types of equipment that transport materials at off road sites. Maneuverability is key in applications such as a salvage yard, where equipment must operate on uneven surfaces around stacks of material.
The machines are available in two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive models.
When working in mud, sand or in rough terrain, four-wheel drive is the preferred option. Sod growers, for instance, who transport pallets of sod from fields to trucks often choose four-wheel drive to maneuver though muddy fields.
Visit lifttrucks.ringpower.com to see all of our rough terrain forklifts by Lift King and Manitou.
Ring Power Lift Trucks represents these manufacturers of quality material handling equipment throughout the state of Florida and the Southeast: Caterpillar®, Mitsubishi, Linde, Kalmar, Princeton, Navigator, Bendi, Noble, Big Joe and highly productive Cascade Attachments.

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Fire Truck Rescued by St. Augustine Paint Shop

April 29, 2009 at 2:56 PMRing Power
St. Augustine Branch Donates Time to Restore Fire Truck

 

On hand to turn over the shiny, restored truck to Rodeheaver were several Ring Power employees and managers who took part in the effort. Pictured left to right: Branch Service Manager Chris Tomkinson, SVP Director of Facilities and Purchasing Dennis Steed, HE Unit Foreman Daryl Gandy, Larry Albane and Gerald Bustion; Rodeheaver representatives Jim Hughes, Jeff King and Ken Johnson; and President Randy Ringhaver.

Ring Power's St. Augustine branch donated the heavy equipment paint shop's expertise to the Rodeheaver Boys Ranch by offering to restore the charitable organization’s Ford C-Series fire truck. The ranch, which is located in Palatka, Fla., utilizes the fire truck for small brush fires, Boy Scout merit badge training, and to train boys for future public service careers.

The truck had been eaten away by rust, leaving holes in the roof and body. A special thanks to the whole St. Augustine paint shop crew for making the truck look as good as the day it rolled off the assembly line!

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Save Money with Ring Power Diesel Technician Training

April 22, 2009 at 2:25 PMRing Power
Ring Power offers a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: Hydraulics, Electrical, Engine, Safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

If you have Caterpillar® Service Information System (SIS) or Electronic Technician (E/T) but are not using the software, or not using it properly, you are throwing money away!

Let Ring Power’s Training Department help teach your heavy equipment technicians how to use these diesel engine analysis programs to get the most out of your construction equipment investment; because well-trained technicians will save you valuable equipment downtime and, in turn, save your company money.

Ring Power offers you the highest quality of heavy equipment, diesel engine, hydraulics and electronic training in the construction and power generation industry. We accomplish this through the experience, commitment and qualifications of our Master Trainers, which include both State and Federal Certifications. We offer a wide array of training courses including, but not limited to: hydraulics, electrical, diesel engine, operator safety and many other training courses tailored to your needs!

Ring Power's training programs are designed specifically for your heavy equipment and applications. Your organization’s needs are determined by reviewing where you are and where you want or need to be. The training professional then sets about designing a definitive training program to assist in the achievement of your department’s service technician training goals.

For more information or to arrange a heavy equipment, diesel engine service training course: training@ringpower.com

 

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Electric Forklift: Charging forklift batteries safely

March 25, 2009 at 10:47 AMRing Power
Electric Forklift

Electric forkliftThe biggest consideration of an electric forklift is the recharging process. A typical battery takes 8 hours to recharge completely and then an additional 8 hours to cool down before it is used. For example, a single charge could last from 3 to 12 hours depending on the application and other factors. If your operation has multiple shifts you may need to purchase additional batteries or, in certain instances, a fast charge system can be used. The fast charge system will reduce the need for additional batteries and potentially eliminates the need for a charging station. A battery-handling station occupies approximately 200 sq. feet or more depending on the number of electric forklifts in your fleet and number of shifts in your operation.

Here are some recommendations to follow when charging the battery of your electric forklift.

Charging Areas - Proper Equipment
All plants should have designated charging areas for their forklifts, especially if they change batteries at the end of each shift. These areas should have proper battery handling equipment including overhead hoists, lifting beams, battery racks and cranes, and the area must be well ventilated.

A source of running water nearby is desirable and a water hose at the filling operation is recommended.

Racks used in the charging area must be insulated to prevent any sparking. The battery rack supports must also be suitably insulated or made of non-conducting material.'

The floors in battery and charging rooms should have an acid-resistant coating and be sloped toward a sump. They should always be washed with clean water after an acid spill. The spill should be neutralized with a non-corrosive, water based neutralizing chemical that is user safe and environmentally compliant.

Hand-operated fire extinguishers should be available in all charging areas even if the areas are equipped with automatic sprinkler systems. For information on extinguisher class, size and mounting locations, consult local fire authorities or your insurance carrier.

Charging Areas - Proper Ventilation
The forklift battery charging area must be properly ventilated, either naturally or with a ventilation system. When installing a ventilation system, a number of factors must be considered, including the number and size of batteries being charged at one time and the size, height and air-tightness of the room

Ventilation is considered satisfactory if the hydrogen concentration does not exceed 2% in anyone location. Concentrations of more than 4% are explosive and dangerous. A number of instruments, such as combustible gas indicators and flammable vapor indicators, are available for continuous automatic analysis of hydrogen content in the air.

Always keep tray covers and truck compartment covers open when charging a battery. This helps cool the battery and disperse the gases.

Connecting/Disconnecting Charger
Always turn the battery charger OFF before connecting or disconnecting a forklift battery. Live leads can cause arcing and sparking, which could cause an explosion if battery gases are present. In addition, the contact surfaces of the plugs or connectors will become pitted over time.

Sparks, Open Flames
Because of the explosive gas mixtures generated while charging batteries, anything that could ignite the gas, such as sparks, open flames, an electrical are, smoking, etc., must be prohibited in the charging areas. To serve as a prominent reminder, "NO SMOKING" signs should be posted in all charging areas.

Visit lifttrucks.ringpower.com to view all of our electric forklifts and contact us for electric forklift batteries, electric forklift battery chargers, and supplies.

 

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Pompano Branch Open House Was A Success

March 10, 2009 at 12:29 PMRing Power
Pompano Beach branch open house video walk-thru

Ring Power's Pompano Beach branch held an open house late last week to give customers a chance to tour the new facility and learn more about all the services Ring Power can provide. 150 people from 60 different companies visited the facility, spoke with Ring Power and manufacturers reps, and had lunch. Below is a video walk-thru in case you missed it:

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  Construction began on the new facility, located at 2700 North Powerline Road, April 2008. Ring Power combined its Pompano Beach Lift Trucks branch (formerly located on Blount Road) and Crane division branch office at the new site. The new facility is located on approximately 5 acres, and features a 52,449-ft2 facility that includes 13,807-ft2 of office space plus an 8,671-ft2 parts warehouse. The service shops includes six lift truck bays and nine crane bays. Constructing the new facility required the demolition of the old Ring Power Crane building.

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Benefits of Forklift Renting

January 14, 2009 at 3:29 PMRing Power

Learn the benefits of rentingforklift rental
In today's fast-paced business environment, renting forklifts on a short-term basis can provide much-needed flexibility and save costs at the same time. Let's go over the basics of renting and rental agreements to see how.

To meet temporary demands
As an alternative to owning a truck (through a purchase or lease), a short-term rental saves you money. You can reserve your capital and meet a temporary material handling need for a low weekly or monthly rate. Short-term rentals can be used to:

  • Fill in for an existing piece of equipment that is out of service
  • Meet a brief need for a truck with a higher capacity or reach
  • Provide additional equipment for a production increase or seasonal demand
  • Get the job done when a new forklift is not in the budget
  • Allow you to try out a new model to make sure it's right

To gain flexibility
The advantage of a short-term rental is that it's temporary. You have instant availability from Ring Power Lift Trucks without a purchase commitment. You get the flexibility to change equipment according to your needs. Renting is also a viable alternative to owning when:

  • You want capital to go where it can grow the business
  • You want easier budgeting
  • You don't want to worry about maintenance (we will do that for you)
  • You want guaranteed uptime (with a full maintenance option)

To save money
Statistics prove companies that own their own fleets tend to keep the forklifts beyond the point where they're spending more to keep the fleet running than it's worth. Today's fuel-efficient, low maintenance, high technology forklifts can save you cash, and the more ergonomic design and improved visibility can dramatically improve safety and efficiency.

Forklift rental agreement guide
If you want to rent forklifts for more than a week, it's a good idea to have a Ring Power Lift Trucks representative over for a visit. A pre-rental discussion should cover the weights and size of loads, lift heights, surface and operating condition, and any other special needs.

  • You should also discuss optional equipment such as extra lights or backup alarms - or any special attachments you'll need to use on your forklift.
  • For electric trucks, remember that you may need a battery charger and that many chargers must be hard-wired at your facility - which requires proper electrical service and an electrician to perform the hookup. A possible alternative is a plug-in charger, so be sure to ask about that.
  • Because rental rates are assessed on daily, weekly or monthly rates, you should have a clear idea of how long you want to rent the forklift. Sometimes you'll get a better rate by extending the time period.
  • Most forklift rentals are based on an eight-hour workday, a 40-hour week and 160-hour work month. Overtime charges will likely apply. 
  • Be aware that extra fees are usually charged for returning the unit in a damaged condition. 
  • Be sure to examine the forklift when you receive it, noting on the contract if any visible defects are present before you use the truck.
  • Be sure to check your company's insurance coverage. Of course, Ring Power Lift Trucks insures the equipment, but your company must cover the operator, other people at your facility and the facility in the event of an injury or property damage when the rented forklift is in use. 

You can find all the information on forklift rentals by clicking here.

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Get Gear for the New Year!

December 30, 2008 at 10:47 AMRing Power
Visit the Ring Power Store for all your Caterpillar and Ring Power gear

Apparel
Timepieces
Travel Gear
Accessories
Toys
Knives
Belts & Buckles
Caps & Hats
Cat Racing Gear
Scale Models
Sale Items
and much more!

You can now buy these Caterpillar speciality items at the
Ring Power Online Merchandise Store

 store.ringpower.com

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Cat Lift Trucks Announces New Heavy-Duty Diesel Lift Truck

December 8, 2008 at 1:31 PMRing Power

New P17500-P36000 Series Offers Powerful Performance for Demanding Applications

Cat Lift Trucks, a leading brand of lift trucks known for its quality, reliability and customer service, introduces the P17500 - P36000 series diesel pneumatic tire lift truck. Cat Diesel Forklift

Featuring a new turbocharged engine, hydraulic fingertip control system and ergonomic styling, the new series continues to provide the solutions and support that Cat® lift truck customers have come to expect. 

With six different capacities ranging from 17,500 to 36,000 lbs., these trucks are ready to tackle the most demanding customer applications. For optimal performance, the P17500 - P36000 relies on the turbocharged diesel engine equipped with a common rail fuel delivery system that assures even and high pressure fuel delivery to all six cylinders allowing for swift acceleration, low noise and reliable performance. The P36000 also features standard oil cooled wet disc brakes.

Specifically designed with operator convenience in mind, the new easy-to-use hydraulic fingertip control helps enhance productivity and reduce operator fatigue by providing increased maneuverability with minimal hand movements. The series also features a viscously mounted operator compartment, thereby significantly reducing noise and vibration levels and adding to operator comfort.

In addition to its durable and reliable performance features, the P17500 - P36000 is backed by the most comprehensive customer support network in the industry. The pneumatic tire lift trucks come with service intervals up to 500 hours, doubling conventional service intervals, thereby reducing downtime and planned maintenance. The truck's premium display panel also allows pre-programmable maintenance intervals which notify the operator of impending service and provide quick fault history folder access to the technician. Cat Lift Trucks also backs their products with an industry exclusive two year unlimited hour warranty as well as a three year, 6,000 hour power-train warranty.

Headquartered in Jacksonville and branch offices in Miami, Pompano Beach, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee, Ring Power Lift Trucks supplies Florida's diverse material handling businesses with a wide variety of products and services.  Ring Power Lift Trucks represents these manufacturers of quality material handling equipment: Caterpillar®, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde, Kalmar, Princeton, Navigator, Bendi, Noble, Big Joe and highly productive Cascade Attachments. For more information please visit lifttrucks.ringpower.com

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Forklifts: Fork Safety

July 1, 2008 at 10:22 AMRing Power

With today’s demands on production equipment, safety is critical. One item that is often overlooked with forklifts are the forks themselves. ANSI B56.ie1993-6.2.8. requires that "Forks in use shall be inspected at intervals of not more than 12 months, for forklift fork safetysingle shift operations, or whenever any defect or permanent deformation is detected. Sever applications will require more frequent inspections."

What To Look For

Daily visual checks are an easy way to identify potential problems. Visual inspections should include checking:

  • Surface cracks 
  • Straightens of blade and shank
  • Fork angle, upper face of blade to load face of the shank
  • Difference in height of fork tips
  • Positioning locks
  • Fork wear 

Fork Repair & Testing

ANSI B56.ie1993-6.2.8. states: "Repair by only the manufacturer of the fork or an expert of equal competence shall decide if a fork may be repaired for continual use, and the repairs shall be carried out by such parties. It is recommended that the surface cracks or wear be repaired by welding. When repairs necessitating resetting are required, the fork shall subsequently be subjected to an appropriate heat treatment, as necessary."

For more information or an inspection of your lift trucks' forks, contact Ring Power Lift Trucks or contact us at lifttrucks.ringpower.com.

 

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The Business of Safety

June 16, 2008 at 8:19 AMRing Power
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When it comes to business, the first priority is providing a safe work environment to protect a company’s most valuable assets: its people. With a safe environment comes added benefits to contractors, government agencies and other business owners in the form of increased uptime, operating efficiency and reduced insurance rates. Ring Power® is partnering with businesses to offer industry leading customized Safety Awareness Level training programs that are designed to meet the specific needs of their customers. As a result, these organizations are benefiting in the following ways: 

  • Increased uptime (employees and equipment)
  • Improved operating efficiency
  • Minimized lawsuits
  • Increased bid winning
  • Reduced insurance and bonding rates

Safety is often viewed as an expense with little return on investment. In actuality, safety focused companies enjoy extreme savings and a market advantage over their competition. Well-managed safety programs are key catalysts driving your organization to exceed typical safety success factors. Safety awareness training coupled with owning and operating Caterpillar® equipment builds your road to achievement. Ring Power’s Rings of Safety®, in conjunction with Caterpillar, is the industry leader in providing the safest, most reliable products, maintenance and practices. Customer expectations are consistently exceeded by Ring Power’s professional commitment in partnering to walk every safety mile together. We are a team!

For everyone working with, around and on Caterpillar equipment, we all share the same goal: to return home to our families safely everyday. This primary motivating factor fuels our journey to a safe work environment, every minute of every day. Our Rings of Safety program, relative to each piece of your equipment, reaps measurable financial dividends. The prevention/elimination of employee injuries and illnesses formulate an economic objective coupled with the humanitarian intention.

Accidents, injuries, illnesses and property damage have undeniable costs that contribute nothing to the value of products and services provided by any firm. These costs, in many industries, dwarf the total profit picture and warrant direct attention and resource allocation to accident and loss prevention. Whether considering direct or indirect costs, everyone within an organization must be a crusader for controlling hazards and preventing accidents. In our efforts to assist you in putting safety first in your world, we will be featuring specific safety topics and provide additional resources in future issues of this newspaper. Protecting your people and reserving your profits is the safety business and that business is good business.

 

 

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