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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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