Bobcat Owners Turn to Ring Power for Repairs and Maintenance

July 13, 2009 at 12:31 PMRing Power
Bobcat owners in Sarasota and Jacksonville turn to Ring Power for superior service.

Ring Power Services BobcatsFollowing the recent closures of Bobcat® dealerships in Jacksonville and Sarasota, Bobcat owners in these territories have become increasingly concerned about where to find the parts and service they will need to keep their skid steers and compact track loaders up and running. We’re here to tell them they can stop worrying!

Ring Power parts warehouses, shops and technicians are equipped to perform repairs and maintenance on most makes and models—so Bobcat equipment owners can rest easy, knowing that they will still be able to find:

  • Replacement rubber track
  • Preventive maintenance
  • Bumper-to-bumper service, in our shop or in the field
  • Reduced rental rates while their Bobcat is under repair
  • Discounted pricing on machine inspections and oil sampling
  • Free 2-day demo, with approved credit application 

In this market, nobody can afford downtime. But Bobcat owners are finding out that they can rely on Ring Power. We are open for business and we are here to stay.

In addition to skid steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders and compact track loaders,Ring Power services manlifts, aerial lifts, mini hydraulic excavators, wheel loaders, compactors, boom trucks, dump trucks, utility trucks, backhoe loaders and dozers made by Caterpillar, Bobcat, Genie, Terex, JCB, Lull, and other leading manufacturers. Call or email us to schedule service for your Bobcat or other compact construction machines.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. We welcome your comments about this article. Click on the title to leave a suggestion or ask a question.

Don’t Let Your Electric Forklift Maintenance Give You Shock

July 9, 2009 at 10:29 AMRing Power
Electric Forklift Maintenance

Electric forklifts are ideal for working indoors in many type of businesses, as well as capable of being operated outdoors, typically only on dry, well paved surfaces. Electric forklifts are available in a wide range of capacities too. Although it is true that electric Electric Forklift Maintenanceforklifts have less moving parts and require less overall maintenance, but they are not totally maintenance free. Here are a seven tips to keep your electric forklift operating smoothly.

BATTERY A battery operating in extreme heat may cause internal components on your electric forklift to wear faster. A lift truck operating with less power than required can burn contactors which in turn can damage the motor and battery resulting in higher cost.

HYDRAULIC OIL Hydraulic oil breaks down chemically and accumulates contaminants over time regardless of engine hours. Heat cycles also break down additives in engine oil and deteriorate lubricating capabilities, which can result in accelerated wear of the forklift's hydraulic components.

CONTACTOR TIPS Worn contactor tips can stick and cause electric motors to stay in the “on” position. Failure to maintain tips can cause damage to motor and battery, resulting in higher cost.

MOTORS & BRUSHES Excessive dirt and debris could accelerate wear of motor components and damage the commutator or armature. A damaged commutator bar can accelerate wear on brushes.

SWITCHES Wear on hydraulic control switches may cause the hydraulic functions to operate improperly or not operate at all. The result could be unexpected downtime or damage to the product and/or front end components.

BRAKING SYSTEM A maladjusted braking system, including the parking brake actuation switch, may reduce power to motors or enable the lift truck to be driven with the brake applied, resulting in accelerated wear of brake components.

STEERING SYSTEM Wheel bearings, tie rods and other steer axle components wear over time. Excessive wear can result in a “loose” or “wandering” steering condition. Leaks can contaminate the operating environment.

FRONT END SYSTEM Worn or cracked forks can fail without warning. Chain worn beyond 2% should be replaced. Improper mast sequencing may prohibit the mast and rollers from operating smoothly. If fork heel thickness is reduced to 90% of original thickness, the lift truck should not return to service. Source: ASME B56.1 of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Safety Standards for Low Lift and High Lift Trucks.

Contact Ring Power Lift Trucks or visit lifttrucks.ringpower.com for all of our Planned Maintenance programs for electric forklifts and internal combustion lift trucks. Click on the title to leave a comment or ask a question.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, and specialized products by Bendi and productive Cascade Attachments.

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Ring Power A/C Service Keeps Heavy Equipment Owners, Operators Cool

June 29, 2009 at 12:28 PMRing Power
Mobile A/C service for construction equipment on the job

This summer’s record-breaking temperatures are putting air conditioning systems to the test on construction equipment everywhere. Excessive heat contributes to operator fatigue, which can result in lost productivity and create potentiaheavy equipment air conditioning repairl hazards on the job site, so it’s important to make sure your heavy equipment’s air conditioning systems are in peak working order. A poorly performing air conditioning system puts additional load on the machine’s engine, which means higher fuel consumption. Even a slow freon leak affects cooling performance, and the loss of lubricant can lead to system contamination or premature air conditioner failure. A freon recharge, in the short run, will keep your construction equipment’s A/C going, but it will not solve the root cause of the problem.

Ring Power’s certified heavy equipment air conditioning technicians can come to your job site to troubleshoot, diagnose, make adjustments and perform air conditioning repairs on your construction equipment. Our full A/C system evaluation includes the following checkpoints:
               • Electrical system        • Ducting                    • Condenser fan           • Blower motor        
               • Evaporator coils          • Compressor belt        • Refrigerant lines        • Freon pressure
And services: 
               • Clean the condenser coils (evaporator extra) 
               • Clean and inspect the condensate drain tubes 
               • Dye-testing of system to detect leaks

Ring Power services air conditioning systems on most construction and heavy equipment, including excavators, landfill compactors, backhoe loaders, motor graders, wheel scrapers, front-end loaders and track-type tractors. We also service popular brands like Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, Hitachi, Volvo and Case. Call or email us to schedule air conditioning service for your heavy equipment.

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida's Caterpillar dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida, with branch locations in Brooksville, Daytona, Gainesville, Jacksonville, Lake City, Lakeland, Ocala, Orlando, Palm Bay, Perry, Sarasota, Tallahassee, Tampa and Tarpon Springs. We welcome your comments about this article. Click on the title to leave a suggestion or ask a question.

 

Is your forklift's brake system protected?

June 11, 2009 at 9:17 AMRing Power
forklift brake maintenance

Keep your forklift's brake system safe with these brake maintenance tips forklift brake maintenance

Many forklifts encounter harsh environmental conditions – such as extreme temperature changes and prolonged exposure to chemicals – shift after shift, day after day. This can accelerate the maintenance needs of your forklift's braking system and compromise the operation of your forklift. As a result, individual braking system components should be inspected on a regular basis to help minimize downtime and product damage.

  1. Brake Linings – Worn or damaged service brake linings could result in poor braking performance and damage to the brake drums.
  2. Brake Fluid Reservoir – Leakage from the forklift’s master cylinder fluid reservoir, fluid line or seals can lead to low or no fluid in the master cylinder and can impede proper braking.
  3. Brake Drums – Worn brake drums can accelerate wear of brake linings and result
  4. Drive Tires – Badly worn tires can result in loss of traction, stability and braking for your forklift. Foreign objects may cause tire damage and result in poor braking performance.
  5. Parking Brake Actuation Handle & Cable – A cracked or bent assembly of the parking brake handle can negatively impact brake operation. The parking brake cable can be damaged due to over-adjustment, which may cause the cable to stretch and function improperly.
  6. Parking Brake Caliper – The brake caliper found on some electric forklifts is subject to heat warpage if operated incorrectly. Worn discs may make it difficult to hold the lift truck on a grade.
  7. Brake Adjusters – Worn or damaged brake adjuster components, including springs and cables, can result in poor forklift braking performance.

Ring Power Lift Trucks make significant investments in professionally trained forklift service technicians, state-of-the-art diagnostic tools, completely stocked service vans and excellent parts inventory to help keep your lift trucks on the job and being productive. In the long run, Ring Power Lift Trucks minimizes your risk and keeps your lift trucks running at the lowest operating cost. Call 1-888-699-7811, click or email to order your brake components for your forklift.

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Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, and specialized products by Bendi, Big Joe and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

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Diesel Power Plant Generates Electricity for African Country

June 8, 2009 at 5:02 PMRing Power
Diesel power plant powers African country with 54 Caterpillar generators.

Multimillion-dollar deal stamps Ring Power's passport to West Africa  diesel generator unload

In 2007, the Power Systems Division of Ring Power signed a contract to supply one of the largest single export orders ever received in the history of the company. The order, placed by the Ministry of Energy in Ghana, Africa, involved supplying and installing a diesel power plant in Tema, located approximately 20 miles east of Accra, Ghana’s capital city.

With a total land area comparable to the size of Nevada, Ghana currently struggles to provide sufficient and reliable energy for domestic consumption and industrial use. The vast majority of Ghana’s power generation capacity is hydroelectric. However, the existing power generation facilities are currently producing less electricity due to little rainfall and very low water levels.

A team of Ring Power technicians and field engineers traveled to Ghana to install the diesel power plant. The overall concept is comprised of 54 Caterpillar 3516B diesel power generators, all operating synchronized and paralleling with the national electrical grid. Ring Power supplied a central control station, electrical step-up transformers, and additional fuel tanks. The initial 50-Megawatt (MW) stage was completed first, followed by the second phase of an additional 20 MW to provide power to the country. 

Due to the urgency, the 40-foot high cube containers with the generators enclosed were airlifted from the United States to Ghana in an Antonov An-124, the largest aircraft ever mass-produced. Flying all of the diesel generators – totaling nearly 5 million pounds – and doing it within such a short period of time proved a project of unparalleled magnitude for Ring Power and the managers responsible for the diesel power plant.

Ring Power continues to establish direct sales channels for diesel power plants, used generators and power systems for customers in Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Latin America and Africa.Visit them at ringpower-systems.com for more information.

Ring Power, headquartered in Florida, USA, provides industrial engines, generator sets, gensets, power systems, diesel power plants, air compressors and other power equipment.

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Falcon Tanks & Generator Enclosures by Phoenix Products

June 3, 2009 at 3:39 PMRing Power
Phoenix Products introduced new line of fuel tanks and generator enclosures

 

Falcon Tanks introduced as a new line of high quality, yet economical fuel storage enclosures by Phoenix Products.

Falcon Fuel Storage Tanks
True double-wall, secondary containment generator base tanks are UL-142 listed and labeled. Both the inner and outer tanks are completely sealed and pressure tested. The inner (primary) tank is vented with primary and emergency vents, and the secondary containment tank has an emergency vent. The fuel tank sits on steel channel supports allowing visual inspection of tank bottom as well as air movement preventing condensation-induced corrosion. Options include a variety of fill configurations and level alarms. The units support generators and enclosures and available is sizes up to 1,200 gallons.

Falcon Generator Set Enclosures
Custom built to fit the generator and the sub-base tank, all Falcon generator set enclosures are designed and engineered to provide proper airflow and are manufactured with quality materials to protect your investment.

Standard Featuresgenerator fuel tank

  • Lightweight frame with pre-painted aluminum side panels
  • Mill finished aluminum, flat roof construction
  • 36" doors with weatherproof gasket and stainless steel hardware with lockable handles
  • Fixed intake louvers with bird screen and gravity discharge dampers
  • Exhaust silencer mounting brackets

 

Optional Features
  • Motorized air intake and/or air outlet louvers (dampers)
  • Sound attenuation
  • Electric and lightning systems
  • Custom paint colors

To learn more about Falcon fuel tanks and generator enclosures by Phoenix Products or for assistance with any tank inspection, tank repair, or tank ‘return to service’ issues you may encounter, email phoenix.sales@phoenixprods.com 

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Phoenix Products specializes in the manufacturing of generator set enclosures, fuel storage tanks, electrical control panels and insulation blankets for exhaust systems, as well as metal stairs and platforms. Their headquarters reside in Jacksonville, Florida with offices in Oakdale, California.

 

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Hurricane Season Tips: Flooded Tank Precautions

June 2, 2009 at 2:55 PMRing Power
Hurricane Season started June 1st and is predicted to be active with several major storms forecasted to strike land. If you have a fuel tank that becomes flooded as a result of such a storm, there are numerous considerations that should be made before attempting restart or commencing operational status.

Hurricane Season started June 1st and is predicted to be active with several major storms forecasted to strike land. If you have a fuel tank that becomes flooded as a result of such a storm, there are numerous considerations Phoenix Products logothat should be made before attempting restart or commencing operational status.

  • Make sure electrical panels are clean and dry.
  • Check pumps, dispensers, emergency shutoff, panel box, etc. for continuity and shorts.
  • Remove any water in dispenser sumps, pans, tank sumps, etc. Sump water should be removed by an authorized state licensed waste hauler and hauled to an appropriate treatment facility.
  • Handle hazardous waste according to the law (fuel contaminated water or water contaminated fuel).
  • Check tank bottoms for debris and water that may have been caused by surface flooding.
  • If tanks shifted and problems are found, repair them according to manufacturer’s instructions and appropriate industry standards such a NFPA 30, NFPA 30A or NFPA 110.
  • Make sure vents and vapor lines have not moved or cracked.
  • Check vents for blockage and proper operation.
  • Inspect dispenser electronics for evidence of water intrusion.  Use dispenser manufacturer dryout procedures prior to energizing dispensers.
  • Check dispenser filters and submersible check-valve screens for plugging with dirt or debris.
  • Notify authorities if necessary.  DO NOT accept new fuel until system integrity is proven.  In the case of Underground Storage Tanks, DO NOT assume everything is okay because water did not flood over tank area; the water table could have risen and caused problems.
  • If you are storing fuel containing ethanol as an oxygenate or if you are using biodiesel, the presence of water can adversely affect the fuel’s efficacy so testing is absolutely necessary and a complete pump out is probable.

Be prepared for hurricane season; let Phoenix Products assist with any tank inspection, tank repair, or tank ‘return to service’ issues you may encounter. Email phoenix.sales@phoenixprods.com

Phoenix Products specializes in the manufacture of generator set enclosures, fuel storage tanks, electrical control panels and insulation blankets for exhaust systems, as well as metal stairs and platforms. Their headquarters reside in Jacksonville, Florida with  offices in Oakdale, California.

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Tough Economy. Dependable Equipment Partner.

June 1, 2009 at 3:52 PMRing Power
Cat 279C with Grapple Rake

Ring Power’s, Cat® Rental Store Advantage construction equiment rent

In challenging times, many competitive dealers fold-up and go away. That is not the case with your trusted Cat Dealer, Ring Power. We offer equipment for your jobsite, service and support that outlast the hard times as well as the good times. Machines that can outwork anything else in your fleet and still deliver lower fuel consumption and lower operating costs.

Here are a few additional reasons to do business with a Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store in these tough economic times:

  • - The average age of our skid steers, compact loaders, mini wheel loaders, mini excavators, and multi-terrain loaders is less than 18 months. Our competitors’ fleets average more than 40 months and in some cases more than 50.Youngest Fleet in the Industry
  • Equipment Service - Ring Power has over 150 construction equipment service vehicles covering the entire north and central Florida. Ring Power’s Cat Rental Store has dedicated service vehicles plus onsite Preventative Maintenance lube trucks.
  • Cat Construction Equipment Lineup – Our competitors carry multiple brands of equipment (Komatsu, Deere, Kobelco, etc.) Caterpillar is one brand/one vendor for parts. If we have to swap machines, it will be a Cat machine. Your operator will be in a machine he is familiar with and be more productive. The competition will substitute any brand, which can create confusion to the operator.
  • Field Serviceability – We dispatch certified Caterpillar mechanics and Caterpillar parts for Caterpillar machines. The competition services multiple brands, which slows down response time in the field. Competitors spend more time "assessing" situations in the field and locating correct parts, which causes more downtime.
  • Complete offering - We offer customers the option to rent new or low-hour used machines, Purchase new or low-hour used machines, Rent to Purchase (three options to choose from), Lease, or Finance In-house. Our rental competition will sell used equipment, but there usually is no warranty left, and they typically do not provide any service after the sale. Their Rental Purchase Option (RPO) requirements are limited if they offer RPOs at all. (Most offer only 60-70% to apply to purchase, and once the RPO expires the customer must buy or lose entire investment.)
  • Resale Value - Caterpillar machines consistently generate higher resale values. Our previously owned allied products are often purchased by our competitors, which is a testament to the quality and service history of our fleet. We carry Genie manlifts, boomlifts and light towers, JCB dumpttrucks and rough terrain forklifts, Vac-Con vacuum trucks, Sullair portable air compressors, Lay-more sweepers, Lull tellehandlers, Kawasaki Mules, and Terex Utility Trucks and digger derricks.
  • Parts Availability – Caterpillar has the best parts availability in the industry, which equates to less downtime for you.
  • Cat Access Account – The ability to have a credit line with CAT Access Account helps transient contractors perform interstate work easily.
  • Locations and Fleet Size – Centralized dispatch for 13 locations with more than 2,450 rental machines allows us to move equipment where needed and share fleet resources for our customers’ benefit.

Stop by one of our 15 locations through north and central Florida, reach us by phone 888-748-7464 or info@ringpower.com for your daily, weekly, monthly or long-term rental.

Forklift Cooling System Maintenance

May 22, 2009 at 8:01 AMRing Power
Forklift Cooling Systems

Why is your forklift's cooling system maintenance such a hot topic?   forklift cooling radiator

Shift after shift, forklifts can encounter extreme temperature changes and prolonged exposure to harsh chemicals. Operating under these conditions negatively affects the cooling system, often causing corrosion, heat cracking, dry rot, and chemical deterioration. As a result, overheating occurs. Individual forklift cooling system components should be inspected on a regular basis to help minimize downtime and product damage.

  1. A low coolant level reduces cooling capability. Coolant also deteriorates chemically over time, leading to damage of cooling system components.

  2. Non-OEM rubber hoses often soften and then collapse, reducing coolant flow. As a result, overheating can occur.

  3. A forklift with loose belts and worn pulleys can contribute to overheating due to slippage.

  4. Clogged, bent or damaged fins can restrict airflow through the radiator core, causing overheating damage to the engine and transmission.

  5. Loose or damaged fan blades can cause the fan to be out of balance and vibrate, damaging bearings and radiator.

  6. If the radiator tank pressure cap does not maintain the correct pressure, it will not allow the radiator to obtain the proper water flow — which can cause your forklift to overheat.

  7. Since the radiator cools transmission fluid, an inefficient or leaking cooling system can result in damage to the transmission.

 Some forklift operating environments or applications may require optional equipment. E-mail Ring Power Lift Trucks for complete details, order parts for your forklift or to schedule a service appointment.

Ring Power Lift Trucks is the material handling division of Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Additional offices service Pompano Beach, Miami, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa, Ocala and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Truck represents: Caterpillar® Lift Trucks, Mitsubishi Forklifts, Linde forklifts, Kalmar Industrial Forklifts, Princeton and Navigator piggybacks, rough terrain forklifts by Noble, and specialized products by Bendi, Big Joe and productive Cascade Attachments.

 

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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