We are excited to announce our redesigned rentals website is live! The site includes changes to navigation, with newly added dropdown menus for quick access. We have also changed the structure of our content, breaking down our rentals into categories such as forklift rentals, boom lift rentals, telehandler rentals, etc. For our customer’s convenience we have made the website easier to navigate, faster, and now allows the customer to request a personalized quote for their operation.
When we started the project, we had a ton of ideas, many of them from our own customers. We wanted
a more modern website that allows our customers to not only see our rental
models but also see the prices for daily, weekly, and monthly rates. Once that
was done, the next step was to develop a cart system allowing our customers to request
the quotes on one or multiple rentals. Once that was finished many other
smaller but impactful changes were made, all to make your experience on our
Rental site that much better.
So, go ahead, click here to try it out. We hope you like the changes! Our rental department is always still available at 800-758-5204 if you have any questions.
Identifying the right liftgate model for your application can be a daunting task when you consider the number of vehicle configurations that are available today. To help find that perfect match, a few questions must first be answered.
What will the liftgate be lifting?
will be lifted is the first step in determining what lifting capacity, platform
size, and additional options are required. This first step is critical in
narrowing down the numerous options that are available, but often other factors
restrict compatibility even further.
When determining lift capacity, the general rule of thumb is to round up, and quite generously. The total sum of weight that will be put onto the platform must also be considered. For instance, a transporter may have a 1200lb object that they will be moving but once that object goes on top of a pallet jack and is then moved, that could easily add 200 more lbs. Now the weighted total is at 1400lbs, but the original lifting capacity was 1500lbs. This is a situation where you round up the 1500lbs to 2000 lbs. to accommodate for the weight more appropriately.
lifting capacity will also greatly affect the types of liftgates a user will
want to look at. Consider if the liftgate will only ever be lifting 700 lbs,
then that user will have a wider range of lifts to choose from than if the
necessary capacity is 1800 lbs.
sizes have been traditionally listed as width x depth. Since the platform width is generally dictated
by the width of the vehicle, the optional size is primarily “loading depth”.
Many styles of liftgates offer varying degrees of depth.
the necessary area needed, make sure to account for all variables. For
instance, the load width may be listed at 85 inches wide but if the model is
equipped with a self-close arm, the true width may only be 82-83 inches where
the arm is located.
Many liftgate manufacturers offer multiple variations of platform materials to suit various applications. Haulers of spillable liquids will need a material that allows liquid to pass through and operators working in a highly corrosive area will need a platform resistant to corrosion.
Will the vehicle need to load or unload at a raised dock?
Many operators face the challenge of needing to unload and unload at a raised dock and at ground level. Various liftgate styles solve this problem in various ways. Tuck under lifts store beneath the bed of the vehicle to never interfere with the rear of the truck approaching a dock. Certain models can offer a “drop-down” folding platform to a non-obstructive position. In some scenarios the truck owner’s bed height may be lower than the height of the dock, these situations require a rail gate model with an “above bed” option.
What Are the Vehicle Dimensions and Specifications?
specifications will also dictate which liftgate models are appropriate. Among
other considerations, body width and bed height are also important factors in
the selection process.
trucks come in standardized widths ranging from 102 inches down to 80 inches
wide. Since most liftgate model charts are sorted by body width, this is a
crucial dimension to know before making your selection of liftgate.
bed height is another important dimension.
reason is most liftgate models have a maximum range of travel. This “travel” of
a liftgate dictates how far the platform may be raised or lowered. Therefore,
if the bed height of the vehicle is greater than the maximum travel of the
liftgate, they are most likely not compatible.
factor that bed height affects is clearance. If an operator is looking to have
a Tuckunder lift installed, then the vehicle must have a bed height tall enough
to allow for the liftgate to lower, fold, and store underneath.
There is an
abundance of variations of liftgates available for flatbed, stake, and van
bodies. Truck owners should look for a liftgate that fits their vehicle and is
suited for the job at hand.
information, contact Fallsway Equipment today!
An optimal battery charging station has many major impacts, but it most importantly increases efficiency. Together, we will walk through some of these factors in setting up your businesses forklift battery charger station including ideal layout for lead-acid industrial batteries.
It takes extra time to change or charge a battery, time that could be spent on more productive things. Therefore, setting up a battery room based on the best practices can minimize this travel time and reduce wear and tear on your vehicles. Knowing how important this is, we will walk you through some of the key factors that are involved in setting up your forklift battery charge station ideal for lead-acid industrial batteries.
Step 1: Selecting the Right Location for the Battery Room
Location is the single most important factor in choosing your battery room. The location should allow for adequate space for your fleet, including size and number of trucks, and they should be able to navigate in and out without issues. Battery storage must also be accounted for, many warehouse managers often look for high ceilings as they can be helpful. Depending on your lift fleet a vertical storage system may also save up to 50% of floor space. It is also important to remember, what is your potential future growth? If a location is just enough to manage your existing fleet, but you see growth in your future, the location selected should have that in mind.
The location should also provide for efficient travel between the main working areas as well as proper electrical service near the main power feed, which helps reduce costs. With power requirements in mind, we can take a full inventory of the remaining equipment needed, such as ventilation and cooling systems.
Safety standards are also vital in choosing your location, for example, plumbing. The room must be equipped with standard safety measures such as eye washers and showers, which requires drainage. Without this ventilation, warehouses can reach deadly amounts of hydrogen gas. The room may also need hydrogen gas detectors. The room must also have adequate storage for personal protection equipment which can include but not limited to shields, goggles, aprons, gloves, as well as any other maintenance equipment or spill kits in case of a leak.
are extremely heavy, and when efficiency is everything, you will want to have a
forklift battery changer located inside your battery room. This allows for
quick and easy maintenance. When determining what equipment your facility needs,
your forklifts require overhead or side extraction?
much space does your current charging room have for equipment?
often are changes made throughout the day?
With these in mind, you are left with your available choices. There are more options currently for equipment with side extractions, but still options for overhead extraction such as gantry cranes. In side extraction operations many times manual or powered transfer carriages or park and charge systems are the go-to options. In larger fleets and facilities, it may make sense to go with a fully powered Operator Aboard Battery Extractor for maximum efficiency.
The number one leading cause of reduced run time and battery life is inefficient battery changing. It is crucial your facility has in place a system that optimizes your battery’s usage. One option is the first-in-first-out system that replaces the battery with the one that has been on the rack the longest. You could also choose a more advanced system that is dependent on the current battery status. Whatever system your facility ends up with, ensure that your station gives operators the ability to properly rotate batteries in order to maximize their life.
Step 3: Even, Approved Battery Flooring
First, your floor must meet all OSHA, EPA, and NFPA standards and be able to resist acid damage. It is also hugely important that the flooring is flat. An uneven floor can cause vibration, flexing, and stress on your fleet resulting in decreased productivity. As your floor rises the amount of strain and flex increases. Your facility will save money with fewer repairs, fewer parts purchased, less downtime, and less potential for injury to your staff or equipment.
Step 4: Charger Storage
step is the placement of the charger itself, a crucial aspect to an optimal forklift
battery charger station layout. In order to meet OSHA requirements, chargers must
be mounted on shelves designed for that purpose. All chargers should be securely
in all four corners and the shelves also need to be placed in such a way that
the DC cable leads can connect to the battery but does not exceed the manufacturer’s
recommended cable lead length. Finally, your left with maintenance. Make sure
to leave adequate space to allow for easy maintenance.
Thank you for choosing Fallsway Equipment for all your material handling needs. If you have any questions, please contact us today!
The emergency equipment motto here
at Fallsway is simple, “Keep emergency equipment on the road to protect and
serve our community.” One way we live
this motto is by offering Fire Truck Refurbishment, a proven fleet maintenance
strategy that can extend the life on a vehicle for a fraction of the cost. As
any vehicle nears the end of its life, we as owners are all faced with a
difficult decision. Do we buy a new vehicle or pay to make it new again? This
decision is even more complicated for something as expensive as a new truck. We
have often heard over the years that many departments simply can’t afford a new
truck. That is why we offer a full list of refurbishment services including:
Complete chassis service & repairs
Complete service & repairs for fire pumps
Aerial/Ladder service, repairs & parts
Service & repairs for transmissions
Expert engine diagnostics for all makes & models
Customized planned maintenance services
Once services are completed, your refurbished truck will
look and feel brand new again!
Our priority is simple, keep your vehicles on the road servicing the community. Fallsway refurbishment program can not only extend the life of your machine but most importantly save you money. Whether it is a body repair, engine repair, or new lights Fallsway will get it done.
During these uncertain times, Fallsway Equipment Company is dedicated to continuing the support of essential businesses, as they support their customers and communities. We also are remaining committed to the safety and health of our employees, customers, and partners. Closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, CDC guidelines, in addition to national, state and local government directives, we are taking proactive steps in each unit of our business to reduce the spread and impact of the virus, while continuing to provide as much uninterrupted service as possible. We truly appreciate your understanding and cooperation with the preventative measures we have put in place to keep our employees and yours safe and healthy. Thank you for your business, confidence, and trust as we work together to overcome this tremendous challenge.
Learn more about the actions Fallsway is taking to confront COVID-19 and support our customers, team, and community by reading the letter from our President, Jeff Zimmer, below:
To Our Valued Customers,
As we all continue to navigate the unknowns of COVID-19 and its effect on our daily lives, Fallsway Equipment is committed to standing with you during this difficult time. As outlined below, we are taking precautionary measures to reduce the spread of the virus and ensuring we can safely and dependably continue our services to your business.
Continued implementation of CDC’s precautionary guidelines.
Suspended all non-essential business travel.
Implemented remote working alternatives for employees where available.
Equipped technicians with surgical gloves while working on control areas of customer’s equipment.
Established internal process to avoid direct employee contact.
Encouraged any employee who is symptomatic in the least to stay home and focus on their wellness.
The challenges and disruptions to normal business created by COVID-19 are very real and are fluid. As such, we understand the need for many of our customers to limit vendor access to their facilities or require flexible alternatives to the services they provide. Fallsway Equipment is fully supportive of whatever changes you may have enacted to ensure the safety of your employees. We are also available to continue service to your company in a flexible capacity if deemed appropriate. Our team members are making every effort to communicate with you on what that flexibility may look like for your business.
Examples of flexible service alternatives:
Pick up your equipment and repair in our shop – provide a heavily discounted rental rate while your truck is down.
Repair equipment outside in a safe, designated area.
Repair equipment after hours. No after-hours fees will apply until further notice.
Shipment of parts directly to your facility.
Rest assured, we are well stocked and supported by the best, most well-capitalized manufactures in our industry, and we do not anticipate any slow down or disruption to supply of any kind.
Partnerships are easy when things are good… they are tested when things are difficult. We are proud that our customers are part of our nation’s critical supply chain and we feel a deep responsibility to help you operate as normal as possible during this difficult time. We will get through this together, we always do, and we will be stronger on the other side!
Stay safe, and God bless, Jeff Zimmer President Fallsway Equipment Company
Feel free to contact us with any questions or inquiries!
For companies that operate in warehouses, especially in the manufacturing industry, it is well-known that Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) offer benefits such as unmatched productivity and cost-saving benefits. However, like most innovative technology, implementing AGVs can be a daunting and complicated task. To simplify the process, Jungheinrich has recently developed a tried and tested process that ensures a smooth and successful implementation. Learn more about the 6 steps to prepare for AGVs below.
Step 1: Gather
need a detailed analysis of your intralogistics requirements, which serves as a
foundation for implementing AGVs. Reviewing your transport matrix, we will work
with you to establish your required transport volume and assess the condition
of your pick-up and drop-off points, also known as sources and destinations.
Many other factors are assessed, such as types of loads, loading aid requirements,
travel routes, and special considerations.
information is obtained, the next step is to consider the warehouses IT setup. First
question to ask is if you are already working with a warehouse management
system, whether a wireless network is already in place, and finally which
system interface will need to be considered for your specific equipment?
information, Jungheinrich determines which AGVs systems are suitable for your
business. This includes a charging concept, type and operating times of the AGVs,
and necessary peripheral parameters. Many customers often find they want signal
units such as buttons for any conveyor technology as well as the I/O boxes that
communicate with external controllers for doors, sensors, etc.
offers a variety of Automated Guided Vehicle solutions that allows us to
recommend the best AGV tailored to your needs. Whether you want your AGVs to be
a standalone system or integrated with your warehouse management system, you
will benefit from the fast, straightforward integration.
Define Your Processes
When you are
preparing for a functional specification, you will want to map out the
foundation for all processes and scheduling of your project. This is to ensure
the smooth application of the AGVS. Depending on how complex the future AGVs
system is, it can be useful to factor in a real-time simulation.
Using CAD data of your warehouse, we may consider creating a layout of virtual travel routes. Individual vehicle properties are also considered including visited stations and battery charging processes. This real-time simulation considers borderline situations such as performance peaks or bottlenecks.
companies may prefer to commission a real-time simulation from a specialist,
allowing you to further assess the deployment of AGVs into your company. This
provides vital decision-making basis and offers flexibility when it comes to
awarding the contract.
You are now
ready to order your automated guided vehicles.
Preparation for Implementation
Now that we
have chosen and ordered our AGV, setup and installations of software for the
AGVs is next. Testing of software will be performed in order to conduct the
individual or prepared programming of the master computer and necessary
programmable logic controller interfaces. Testing of the function of the I/O
boxes will also need to be performed before installation.
preparation, the signal units and I/O boxes will be installed in your
warehouse. Based off our practical experience we recommend the preparation of
the environment, such as the electrical wiring, be completed by YOUR inhouse
technicians as they are more familiar with conditions. Depending on the
environment, fitters may install reflectors for the AGVS laser navigation.
Luckily, with Jungheinrich AGVs there is no need for conversion work, another
reason to go with Jungheinrich!
On-Site Installation and Integration
operators and key users will need to receive specialized training to
familiarized themselves with the new AGVs. Employees must be familiar with
troubleshooting operations, vehicle engagements, and charging, in order to be
delivery is complete, you will want to check the functionality of the AGVs and
make necessary fine-tuning by designating a test area for the AVGs. Next you
will test whether the AGV follows the optimum routes on the programmed travel
paths. Trained technicians should follow the vehicle, record any deviations,
and correct them afterwards.
successful integration tests of connected conveyor technology, lifts,
high-speed doors, etc., your customer-specific documentation will be completed
and transferred. Throughout this entire process, attention should be paid
closely to safety, which also should be covered separately in a dedicated
Next step is
to hand over the operating system to your operators and key users.
AGVS Start Operation
AGVs goes live, this begins the start of the commissioning phase and a turning
point in the intralogistics process. Throughout this phase, you will likely
need start-up assistance to your operators and relevant employees, so it will
be critical to have someone available to contact regarding all your questions
and issues that you may experience. Luckily, yet another advantage of
Jungheinrich is that they will be available to you for all your questions as
well as provide start-up assistance to your operators and rectify any problems
training, your employees may discover the advantages and disadvantages offered
by the AGVs, but they may have some concerns about changes to their work
environment. Having someone available to them to answer their questions will go
a long way in demonstrating the interaction between man and machine, making the
day-to-day easier. The commissioning phase concludes when a quality assessment
of your automated system is completed.
After this step, everything is implemented and working smoothly, which leads us to step 6.
Maintenance and Support
Once things start settling down with your new AGVs, if there are any faults or general questions regarding your system Jungheinrich is just one call away. Your AGVs may be running during non-business hours, so it is CRUCIAL to have support that is available 24/7 and 365 days a year.
that by partnering with Jungheinrich, we will provide support round-the-clock
with our 24/7 support hotline staffed by AGV experts. We can quickly solve most
issues remotely but can also send a local service engineer if need be.
Depending on your warehouse, you can choose between multiple levels of product
support and maintenance options.
one to step six, Jungheinrich knows what it takes to get AGVs up and running.
Our systematic automated guided vehicles process considers YOUR specific needs
and provides you with the AGVs solution that maximizes your productivity. As a
Jungheinrich dealer, Fallsway Equipment Company has the knowledge, training,
and resources to help you throughout the 6 steps to prepare for AGVs.
diving into why your operation should consider adding a turret truck to your
fleet, the first order of business is answering the question, “What is a turret
truck?”. Turret trucks are very specialized machines for very-narrow-aisle (VNA)
applications. Immediately drawing attention due to its unique design, there are
traditionally two options available, man-up, the more common option where the
carriage and operator are lifted to retrieve and store pallets, and man-down,
where the operator stays down while picking orders.
operation limited because you don’t have enough room to store inventory? Turret
trucks are designed to increase warehouse capacity by reducing aisle widths,
thus making room for more aisles. Since the
forks are mounted on a smaller front mast that can rotate 180 degrees, the
operator has access to both sides of the racking aisle without rotating the
unit. VNA turret trucks can reduce aisle width by 50%. Save space and increase
warehouse capacity with turret trucks!
With a pallet throughput 3x as high as the standard counterbalance forklift, no equipment can handle more pallets and loads than turret trucks. However, not only are turret trucks implemented in operations that are looking to increase volume and productivity, but also for those looking to cut costs. When turret trucks are added to a fleet, fewer operators are needed to produce the same output. Whether looking to increase productivity or cut costs, turret trucks are designed to optimize your operation.
Trucks from Jungheinrich
turret trucks worldwide than Crown, Raymond, or Yale, Jungheinrich is your
industry leader for quality and cost-savings. German designed, you will find
unmatched energy efficiency, productivity, ergonomics, and intelligence in each
Jungheinrich turret truck.
A pioneer in AC forklift motors, Jungheinrich has unmatched technology and the most experience relating to energy efficiency. For example, they are the only turret truck manufacturer on the planet that can guarantee two shifts (16 run hours) on one battery charge. Regardless if your operation is one or two shifts, you will need to charge your battery less frequently, resulting in a significant increase in battery life and cost savings. In addition, exclusively Jungheinrich offers reluctance AC motors, reducing energy losses by up to 50% when driving, steering, and using hydraulics. Energy efficiency saves you money, and none do it better than Jungheinrich.
Jungheinrich, performance is just as important as energy efficiency. Not only
do they manufacture turret trucks with the highest reach on the planet at an
impressive 708”, but put head-to-head against competitors, Jungheinrich is also
more productive and has a higher lift speed. They work smarter so you can work
harder. Enjoy unmatched productivity and performance with turret trucks from
Turret trucks from Jungheinrich increase efficiency and performance through operator comfort and optimized design. Your operators are guaranteed to love the spacious operator compartment with extensive legroom and a full suspension seat with adjustable armrests. In addition to a flexible concept for comfortable sitting or standing, Jungheinrich also implements intuitive and comfortable operator controls.
Jungheinrich Warehouse Navigation is a form of semi-automation that uses RF transponders to pinpoint and navigate to the next order in the quickest time and using the least amount of energy. Implementing this technology could increase productivity by up to 25%. Warehouse Navigation can be to be integrated with your warehouse management system, eliminating operator errors and make every operator a top performer!
When choosing a turret truck, Jungheinrich is a clear choice. Experience the difference for yourself and demo against the competition. Not only will your operators love it, but the increase in productivity and cost savings will take your operation to the next level. Contact Fallsway today to find the perfect fit for your operation!
We are proud to announce that we have been mentioned in the
December Edition of Modern Work Truck Solutions, along with our partnership
with VMAC, a supplier of truck-mounted air compressors. The Modern Work Truck
Solutions is a premier source for industry information and insight into the
operations, maintenance, technology, and safety of light-duty, medium-duty, and
heavy-duty work trucks. Their magazine is a great way to stay up to date with
the latest stories and news in the industry.
Fallsway is a proud supplier of VMAC, the leader in compressed air innovation, and has been for the last 15 years. We work with them to provide high-performing and affordable truck-mounted air compressors to our customers. Thanks to unmatched support, great products, and high-value, Fallsway and VMAC have enjoyed an extremely successful relationship.
This article in Modern Work Truck Solutions Magazine goes
into detail about how VMAC and Fallsway worked together to be a solutions
provider and create a great relationship with a customer. Thank you to all
At Fallsway we are committed to exceeding your expectations.
One way we exceed that expectation is by offering a wide range of products and
services to our clients. One of these services is for outfitting police
vehicles with the client’s best interest in mind. Not only do we carry a variety
of products for law enforcement vehicles, but we also work with our suppliers
to develop products to fit your specific needs and applications.
From computer mounts to window armor, we represent the top brands
in the industry for:
And much more!
With years of experience working with law enforcement we work
tirelessly to provide the best solution. Whether it’s our professionals using
their time with your police department or our mechanics implementing the vision,
our goal is to fulfill your needs. With each police department receiving a specific
outfitting for their needs we are confident that you will find a solution that
leaves you satisfied.
We currently service police stations in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Indiana, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Let our EVT-certified technicians come out and see if Fallsway is the right fit for you. Click here to visit our website.
Safe forklift operation is essential for any business. An important detail to know when operating a forklift is the capacity of your forklift limit. Below we will explain what forklift load capacity is, as well as what you need to know to safely operate your forklifts.
Safety is a top
priority for any business owner and operators should:
know safety devices and functions of the lift truck.
use the forklift as intended to be used.
not drive recklessly.
space out forks properly.
never exceed the rated capacity of the forklift.
What is Capacity and How to Determine the Weight You Can Carry?
OSHA requires that ALL
forklifts have an updated data plate that indicates information like capacity,
load center, and maximum lift height. Loads can come in various shapes and
sizes, not just symmetrical boxes. Forklift max capacity is determined by the load
center of the product you’re picking up.
Figuring out the
maximum weight your forklift can carry, you must consider several factors. The load size, position, weight distribution,
and the stability of the truck all affect lifting capacity. As an example, if
you have a 4,000-pound rectangular box standing up vertically, the forklifts
load capacity will be higher than if it was positioned horizontally with the
long end of the box overhanging the forks. That is why the center of your loads
plays a critical part in determining the maximum capacity.
Risks to Exceeding Forklift Capacities:
hazards can occur if you go over the maximum capacity. Some included are:
Dropping the load.
Loss of steering control.
To avoid these
hazards, operators should:
know where the forklift’s load capacity plate located.
understand a load’s weight, shape, size, and position.
have the heaviest part of the load closer to the mast.
keep the distance from the front wheels to the load’s center of gravity minimum.
Note that having different
forklift attachments will change the characteristics of how each forklift will
operate, including the load capacity. It is crucial to keep each data tag
updated with each attachment and have operators understand the de-rated
capacity of the forklift so they can know their limitations.
How to Locate Load Capacity Data
All forklifts have a
load capacity data plate. They are usually within viewing distance when the
operator enters the forklift, but this varies depending on the make and model
of the forklift. The plate differs and may display some or all of the following
General information like brand, model, serial number, and forklift type.
Information on components and parts: Tire type and sizes, mast type, and tire tread.
Forklift and battery weight.
Attachments in weight calculation.
Load center distances.
Max lifting height.
Lift trucks with high
masts will have a different capacity rating for the various heights; as an
operator, you should refer to the manufacturer’s capacity plate for the mast
Avoiding Load Capacity Issues
These are some of the
basic rules you can follow to avoid running into forklift load capacity issues
and creating a safer work environment.
Train operators to check load capacity plates and never make assumptions.
Never go over the forklifts stated load capacity.
Purchase equipment with load capacities slightly greater than you need for the job.
Instruct operators to read and follow instructions in the operator’s manual.
Make sure each forklift has the correct information and is legible to read.
Travel at a safe speed that will maintain control of the forklift with and without a load.
Keep the load at a safe traveling height of 2-4 inches from the ground.
awareness and proper training will prevent accidents in the workplace.