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Forklift Maintenance: How Often You Should Do It?

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Understanding the regularity and specifics of forklift maintenance is crucial for operational efficiency. Just like vehicles, forklifts necessitate routine inspections, ideally after every 250-300 hours of operation. Neglecting maintenance can lead to minor issues accumulating, resulting in costlier repairs.


Regular Maintenance Schedule:


Bi-Monthly (Every 250 hours):


  • Examination of hydraulic, steering, and electrical systems.

  • Checks on the drive train, belts, hoses, brakes, tyres, and any attachments.

  • Adjustment of idle speed and ignition timing.

  • Replacement of engine fluids and filters.

  • Lubrication of chassis and mast components.

Quarterly (Every 500-600 hours):


  • Verification of all previously listed checks.

  • Inspection of chassis links, clutch release bearings, mast support bushings, and hydraulic oil pump.

  • Replacement of antifreeze, spark plugs, differential and transmission oils.

  • Radiator cleaning and pedal-free operation assessment.

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Semi-Annually (Every 1,000 hours):


  • Comprehensive check of all previously listed items.

  • Complete replacement of all fluids and filters.

  • Lubrication of drive hubs.

Annually (Every 2,000 hours):


  • Thorough inspection of all above-mentioned elements.

  • Examination of hydraulic pressure and cooling systems, steer axle, and brake drums.

  • Fuel systems cleaning and compression check.

Benefits of Regular Maintenance:


Consistent maintenance enhances efficiency and productivity while reducing long-term costs. It also positively impacts the forklift's resale value.


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Service Contract Benefits:


Our comprehensive forklift service contract offers:


  • Discounts on spare parts.

  • Regular maintenance checks.

  • Lower-priced repairs and breakdown services.

  • Complimentary coordination and transport to our repair facility.

For further information or specific queries, feel free to contact us at 6305 6600.

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