Vital Signs of Your Forklift’s Engine System

September 11, 2009 at 12:23 PMRing Power
Maintain Forklift Engine System

Maintaining a watchful eye on your forklift’s engine performance is good business practice. It will also ensure your forklift is operating at peak performance, which in turn lowers your operating expenses and saves money. Below are seven areas to watch on your forklift engine service areasforklift’s engine system.

Air Filtration Dirty or damaged air cleaner components, including the air cleaner hose, housing and seals, may allow unfiltered, contaminated air to enter the forklift’s engine and cause serious damage to rings, bearings and other components.

Lubrication Oil breaks down chemically and accumulates contaminants over time regardless of the forklift’s engine hours. Heat cycles also break down additives in engine oil and deteriorate lubricating capabilities that can result in accelerated wear and shorter forklift engine life.

Fuel System A forklift engine not tuned to optimal performance can result in low power, inefficient forklift operation and excessive fuel cost. Failure to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements where applicable can result in considerable fines.

Starting and Charging Stations Low forklift batteries, a loose alternator belt, damaged ignition components or worn or corroded electric forklift battery terminals could lead to poor performance, excess fuel usage, pollutants or a "no start" condition.

Cooling System Coolant also deteriorates over time, reducing the effectiveness of additives and changing the pH factor. Both can damage the forklift’s water pump, radiator and aluminum components. A damaged fan blade may cause vibration, which can damage the bearings and radiator.

Seals & Gaskets A leaking valve cover and/or damaged pan gaskets or seals could contaminate the operating environment and result in costly forklift engine failure.

Freeze Plugs Coolant leakage via freeze plugs could result in loss of fluid and overheating damage to the engine and transmission.

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 forklifts on the job and being productive. In the long run, Ring Power Lift Trucks minimizes your risk and keeps your forklifts running at the lowest operating cost. Call 1-877-544-5438, click or e-mail to have your forklift’s engine system checked, serviced, or repaired.

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

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Forklift Forks: By The Numbers

August 3, 2009 at 8:33 AMRing Power

Facts and figures for Forklift Forks and Lift Chains forklift fork lift chains

3 PERCENT
The normal maximum percentage of elongation of a forklift’s lift chain is only 3%.

5 PERCENT
Five Percent is the maximum edge wear allowed of a forklift’s lift chain.

1.5X
A forklift’s fork-length is only permitted to be extended by 1.5 times the length of the original fork.

4 TYPES
Standard, square, tapered and round are 4 typical types of fork tips

20 PERCENT
A forklift’s capacity is reduced by 20% when the fork’s wear is reduced by as little as 10%.

25 PERCENT
Nearly 25% of all forklift forks in operation fail to meet safety criteria

THREE
Three most common failures of forks are cracked heels, worn heels, and unauthorized welds performed on the forks.

Remember, "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."

Call 1-888-699-7811, click or email to have your forklift's forks inspected by a trained Ring Power Lift Trucks’ representative and ensure safe operation of your material handling equipment.

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, Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tallahassee. Ring Power Lift Trucks has parts for nearly any make forklift including Toyota, Hyster, Yale, Mitsubishi, Linde, Crown and many other models of forklifts. We also provide a guaranteed 4-hour response time on forklift service and forklift repair. Click to visit our website or email us for more information.

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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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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.