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Check Out Our Newly Redesigned Rentals Website!

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.

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What to Know About Liftgates

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?

Knowing what 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.

Required 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.

Platform Size

Platform 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.

When determining 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.

Platform Material

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?

Vehicle 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.

Body Width

Straight 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.

Body Height

The truck’s bed height is another important dimension.

The first 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.

Another 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.

For more information, contact Fallsway Equipment today!

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Battery Charging Station Optimization

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.

Step 2: Adding Appropriate Battery Charging Equipment

Batteries 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, ask yourself:

  • Will your forklifts require overhead or side extraction?
  • How much space does your current charging room have for equipment?
  • How 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

The last 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!

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Fire Truck Refurbishment

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
  • Warranty paintwork
  • Full-body service
  • Collision repair
  • Refurbishment
  • Complete service & repairs for fire pumps
  • Aerial/Ladder service, repairs & parts
  • Service & repairs for transmissions
  • Expert engine diagnostics for all makes & models
  • Valet service
  • 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.

Contact us below at https://www.fallsway.com/fire-truck-refurbishment .

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COVID-19 Business Update

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!

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6 Steps to Prepare for AGVs

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 Information

You will 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.

Once this 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?

Using this 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.

Jungheinrich 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.

Step 2: 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.

Some 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.

Step 3: 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.

During 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!

Step 4: On-Site Installation and Integration

Your 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 worked independently.

Since AGVs are generally used in operations with both manual trucks and pedestrians it’s best if your employees get to know their new “colleagues.” A safety briefing is heavily recommended, See our video for the top 5 rules of working with AGVs.

Once 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.

Following 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 training course.

Next step is to hand over the operating system to your operators and key users.

Step 5: AGVS Start Operation

Once your 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 directly.

During 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.

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.

Rest assured 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.

Ready to Get Started?

From step 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.

Contact Fallsway Today to find out more!

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Turret Trucks

Turret Trucks what are

Before 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.

Increase Warehouse Capacity

Jungheinrich Turret Truck EKX5156k
Jungheinrich EKX516k

Is your 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!

Increase Productivity

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.

Turret Trucks from Jungheinrich

Selling more 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.

Energy Efficiency

Jungheinrich EKX man-up Turret Truck
Jungheinrich EKX 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.

Productivity

For 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 Jungheinrich.

Ergonomics

Jungheinrich EKX 516k turret truck controls
Jungheinrich EKX 516k

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.

Intelligence

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!

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Modern Work Truck Solutions and VMAC

VMAC Air Compressor

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 involved!

Click to read the article: Finding an Affordable Gas Rotary Screw Air Compressor!

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Police Vehicle Upfitting

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.

Police Vehicle Upfitting Outfitting Mount

From computer mounts to window armor, we represent the top brands in the industry for:

  • Weapon mounts
  • Dog cages
  • Lighting products
  • Computer mounts
  • Partitions
  • Window Armor
  • Push bumpers
  • And much more!
Example of a Police Upfitting Computer Mount

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.

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Forklift Load Capacity

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:

Forklift operator training
  • be trained
  • 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:

Several life-threating hazards can occur if you go over the maximum capacity. Some included are:

  • Dropping the load.
  • Collision.
  • Loss of steering control.
  • Tipping over.

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 information:

forklift data plate
  • 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.
  • Tilt degree.
  • Load capacity.
  • 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 height ratings.

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. 

Increasing operator awareness and proper training will prevent accidents in the workplace. 

If you still have questions regarding your forklifts load capacity, contact one of our Forklift Specialists for assistance! 

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