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Protect Your Forklift: Covers, Options, and Benefits

Your forklifts are investments, and it is important to protect these investments from inclement weather and everyday wear and tear. Some of the popular options include forklift seat covers, forklift cab covers, and covers that attach to forks. Check out some of the inexpensive options below:

Seat Covers:

It may sound simple, but adding a seat cover to your forklift will help protect it from wear and tear. Over time, seats exposed to water or the sun tend to crack and would eventually need replacing to keep your operators comfortable. The cost for a replacement seat over a seat cover is pennies to dollars and the simple investment can save you hundreds of dollars and hours of downtime. Typically seat covers are a nylon fabric that stretches over the seat for a simple and secure fit to your existing seat, providing more life to your seats and an extra layer of comfort.

Fork Covers:

Forklift forks get used for the most part and receive the heaviest damage during normal use. A way to help cut the cost of replacement forks are fork covers or sometimes called “fork socks”. Fork covers made of a heavy-duty nylon webbing made to cut scratches or damage from picking up loads. These covers are simple to install with connectors and offer a huge financial benefit when it comes to protecting the life of your forks.

Cab Covers:

Forklift cabs are hard to protect from things like dust, rain, or falling debris. Forklift cab covers can add a layer of protection to your forklift to cut those listed above. Cab covers are a plastic or vinyl material that is capable to oppose weather and other debris. With various sizes, depending on the forklift, these covers are simple to install. If you do various jobs in wet conditions, some covers come with a domed roof with channels and gutters to divert water. These covers can also be tinted for those who spend a large part of the day in the sun, which can offer UV protection to your drivers.

Forklift covers are a great way to protect your equipment. For more information contact one of our experts about these inexpensive covers!

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Jungheinrich ETG 214-318: Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift

This is the Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift that you have been waiting for! With significant ergonomic and performance improvements, the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318 is designed to impress.

Why use a Stand-up Counterbalance Forklift?

  1. Frequently On and Off the Truck
    When your operator must leave the truck to pull pick tickets, assemble, or shrink wrap loads, a Stand-Up Counterbalance lift truck may be your best choice. It is easy and quick to get on and off.
  2. Visibility
    Visibility is a huge safety concern when operating forklifts. Stand-up Counterbalance forklifts allow the operator to see when backing up and see without having to strain their neck or completely turn around.
  3. Reduce Aisle Widths
    The Stand-Up Counterbalance lift truck, by its basic design, operates in smaller aisles widths than a similar capacity 3- wheel sit-down truck, thus improving storage utilization within the facility.

Why Choose the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318?

Check out how the Jungheinrich ETG 214-318 stacked up against the competition:

  • 40% Less Energy Consumption
  • Lifting speeds on average are 35% faster
  • Lowering speeds are up to 28.2% faster
  • Acceleration is up to 12.7% faster
  • Top Speed is up to 22.4% faster
  • Ramp performance is 19.4% faster
  • Up to 20.6% more productive!

See the features below meant to make the operator more comfortable and the equipement easier to use, which will result in higher productivity and efficiency.

  • AC electric power steering
  • Easily adjustable suspended floorboard
  • Electric controlled adjustable armrest / backrest
  • 4” HD full-color display
  • Operator presence system
  • 1,000 hours service intervals
  • Easy access to internal components
  • curveCONTROL

We are confident that when you take the demo, you’ll love it.
Schedule yours today!

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Fallsway Wins MHEDA MVP Award: 7th Straight Year!

Fallsway Equipment has been awarded the prestigious MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award for 2019, based on their accomplishments in 2018.  This is the seventh time Fallsway Equipment has earned an MVP Award from the industry’s trade association, MHEDA (Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association).

Award recipients must satisfy a rigorous set of criteria with less than 10% of the association’s membership earning the award.   As a 2019 MVP, Fallsway Equipment has successfully demonstrated a commitment to business excellence, professionalism, and good stewardship.

To qualify for the annual MVP Award companies are required to provide evidence of their commitment to their partners in business including their customers, employees, and suppliers.  They must satisfy criteria in the following important areas:

  • Industry Advocacy
  • Customer Service & Safety Practices
  • Business Networking
  • Continuing Education
  • Business Best Practices

Fallsway equipment is a family owned company that has been in the business since 1959.  We have  160 employees working between our Akron headquarters and Youngstown branch. 

The Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA) is the only national trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling distributor.  MHEDA represents close 650 companies in the material handling equipment business.  Located in suburban Chicago, the association provides services to companies seeking to improve their business through education, networking, benchmarking and best practices.  For more information, visit

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Working as a Forklift Technician

In most industries, especially the forklift industry, the service department will make or break a company. At Fallsway, we understand this and embrace it by investing heavily in our forklift technicians. With a seemingly endless benefits package and enriching culture, we are a small, family owned and operated. However, we have advancement opportunities for those who value hard work and care about their job and company. In addition, Fallsway knows that the exceptional work ethic of our employees makes our future bright. We believe company-wide growth starts with employees who are customer focused, believe in going above and beyond the call of duty, and are committed to caring for the community of businesses we work with and support.

The material handling industry is a great one to work in. First off, it is continually growing and evolving, so there is no need to worry about job security. With over a quarter of a million forklifts sold a year in North America, there is a constant demand for forklift technicians. However, there is no need for experience working on forklifts to be considered or hired,  the only thing needed is a mechanical background or interest. This includes working in the automotive industry or on cars as a hobby. We believe in expanding your current knowledge with continuous training. This is not just a job, it is a rewarding career.

As an industry leader, Fallsway offers a complete range of benefits that makes us stand out from our competitors. For example, we offer an hourly rate to our technicians, who get paid weekly. See below for a complete listing of benefits and compensation.

Start your rewarding career as a forklift technician for Fallsway Equipment Company. For more information or to submit an application click on the link provided below.


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Jungheinrich EFG 2: Best 3-Wheeler on the Market

With plenty of 3-wheel, space compacted designed forklifts out on the market today,  there is no other 3-wheeler like the Jungheinrich EFG 2 series.  When it comes to cost savings and overall efficiency, Junghienrich perfected the bar with their EFG 2 series of electric 3-wheel pneumatic forklifts.

Reasons To Buy a Jungheinrich EFG 2:


The industry standard on performing planned maintenance (PM) intervals is close to every 500 hours.  The EFG 2 series, due to the efficient design from Jungheinrich, has a doubled interval to every 1,000 hours.  That means you will have 50% less downtime, thus saving you on maintenance costs and increased productivity.


Another great benefit to the EFG 2 is how finely designed it is for service.  While you may have longer service intervals compared to other competitors, but when you do, the component’s are all in easy to access spots.  Jungheinrich designed the forklift with service in mind to help reduce downtime and costs over time.


Jungheinrich has a focus on energy efficiency with all of their lift trucks and with many products they hold a guaranteed they will run 2 shifts on a 1 battery charge.

The EFG 2 forklift is one of the many products that offer this incredible energy efficiency.  Spend less time changing and recharging batteries during a shift and more time on moving your products.

  • Changing a battery can take up to 30 minutes on average which valuable time wasted during a shift.
  • In addition, you will need fewer batteries to run your fleet which can save space in your warehouse for product storage.


The EFG 2 series comes standard with some of the top ergonomic features to help your operators with long shifts.  Some of the top features include:

  • Low-Effort electric power steering.
  • No hydraulic components in the leg area to reduce noise and provide more leg room.
  • Ability to tilt and telescope steering column to match operator needs.
  • Essential controls all located on the adjustable armrest, allowing for intuitive control.
  • Solid pneumatic tires and full-suspension seat allowing for the more comfortable ride.

Want to learn more about the Jungheinrich EFG 2 series of electric forklifts?  Contact us at 330-633-6000 for more information!

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Manitex Trolly Booms – Unloader Solutions

Manitex Trolly Booms offer your unloading equipment needs a unique solution to any problem you may have.  Incorporating top-tier lifting solutions into each model and a wide variety of lifts, we are confident we can find the right solution for you in a Manitex trolly boom.

Advantages of using a Manitex Trolly Boom include:

  • Single elevate cylinders that reduce weight and provide increased load clearance.
  • Proven pistol grip radio remote controls.
  • Box-type boom constructed of high strength steel for increased strength to weight ratio.
  • Continuous boom rotation.
  • Low pressure, open centered hydraulic valves increase reliability and reduce maintenance.
  • Pilot-operated load holding valves on all cylinders.
  • A wide variety of forks and lifting devices available.

Manitex trolly booms come in various model types to fit your equipment needs for the job.  We offer trolly booms in the following models:

  • PC-20C
    • Maximum lift capacity of 20,000 lb.
    • Provide a 26’1″ overall length.
    • 22′ with hook out and 55″ with the hook in.
    • Boom extension radius of 23′ 11″.
  • 110-26E
    • Maximum lift capacity 11,000 lb.
    • Provides a 17′ 2″ overall retracted length.
    • 25’3″ with hook out and 14″ with the hook in.
    • Boom Extension radius of 26′.
  • 110-35E
    • Maximum lift capacity 11,000 lb.
    • Provides 22’3″ overall retracted length.
    • 34’2″ with hook out and 14″ with the hook in.
    • Boom extension radius of 35′.

To learn more about Manitex Trolly Boom, visit our website or contact us at 330-633-6000 to speak to an unloader equipment specialists.

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Tow Performance

In the towing and recovery industry, it is important that your trucks are optimized for the unique demands of your operation, and dangerous when a truck is trying to do a job that it is incapable of. However, there is a way to take the assumptions and guessing out, and that is by finding the Tow Performance of your truck.

The purpose of Tow Performance is to find the safe useable front axle weight on your tow truck for increased steering and braking capabilities. This can be found from a 50% front axle weight reduction while in tow.

To calculate the Tow Performance, you are going to need some simple information from the tow truck. First, find your trucks actual front axle weight (Not the Gross Axle Weight Rating or GAWR). Next, measure the wheelbase. On a single rear axle truck, this is done from the middle of the front axle to the middle of the rear axle. But if you have a tandem truck, measure from the front axle to the middle of the tandems. Finally, measure the overhang, the distance from the middle of the tandems to the middle of the fork receivers. This will ensure that the length of the underlift is set to where you would normally be towing the casualties from.

Now it is time to do the calculations with the information gathered. Take the front axle weight and divide by 2. Next, multiply that by your wheelbase and then divide by the overhang. This will give you the weight that you can lift and tow with a 50% front axle weight reduction. Your Tow Performance is the safe, usable front axle weight.


(Front Axle Weight in lbs.) / (2) * (Wheelbase in inches) / (Overhang in inches)  = (Tow Performance)


14,500 lbs.  /  2  *  312”   /  190”   =    11,905 lbs. that can be lifted and towed with a safe useable front axle weight

This calculation is intended to show you what can be towed while maintaining a safe useable front axle weight. It is not intended to calculated axle weights for scaling purposes. Tow Performance is a calculation of 50% front axle weight reduction while towing and is a standard across the country. In addition, it is a good rule of thumb to abide by when building a new truck.

When following this method, you will find benefits such as:

  • Better steering
  • Better breaking
  • Reduced tire wear
  • Longer truck life
  • Many additional benefits

This calculation is a very simple and quick way to evaluate the tow performance of your truck, which has been used with great success for quite a few years.  Due to the increase of twin steer chassis and larger steer tire sizes, consider looking at the tire to ground PSI rather than a static weight for your tow performance ratings. In the next blog, we will find the differences and compare these two.

This formula applies to any tow truck, not just heavy duties, so keep this in mind when considering your next purchase. For more information, or if you have any questions, contact us today!

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When to Replace Forklift Tires

Forklift Tires

It is important for every operation to know when to replace their forklift tires and what signs to look indicating that new tires are needed. If they are replaced too soon, you are not getting your money’s worth from them and decreasing operational profitability. However, on the other side of the spectrum, replacing forklift tires after the wear limit will result in

  • Operators noticing lower speeds and reduced ride comfort
  • Increase in maintenance costs
  • A lower ground clearance and reduced lifting height on the forklift
  • Loss of load capacity, causing accelerated wear and overheating

The first reference to look at when looking to replace lift truck tires is the forklift tire operator’s manual, provided by your forklift tire manufacturer. This is a helpful tool that covers wear limits and the proper time to change your tires. While you should follow the manual, there are additional signs that show when it is time to replace the old forklift tires.

Wear Indicator Bar

There are a significant amount of forklift tires that come with a wear bar molded into the tire’s sidewall, which is an indicator that becomes visible as the rubber tread wears out. This is a clear sign that your forklift tires need to be replaced.

Manufacturer Name

Most tires have the name of the manufacturer molded into the sidewall. Generally speaking, when the tire wears to the top of the nameplate, it should be replaced, which provides an opportunity to use an eyeball test as a quick determinate if the tire needs to be replaced or not.

Deformities of the Tire

A forklift tire needs to be replaced when there are any unusual appearances on your tire. There are several different types, including:

  • Tearing and Chunking – When pieces of the forklift tire are falling off, or there are parts tearing.
  • Splits or Cracks – When radial splits or cracks appear on the sidewall of the tire.
  • Non-round Spots – When flat spots appear on the forklift tire.

Contact us today for a FREE Forklift Tire Inspection by an expert from Fallsway Equipment Company.

The next step would be to choose the right type of forklift tire. Read another article written by Fallsway about what to consider when deciding what type of forklfit tire suits your application and needs.


Truck Mounted Forklifts Showcase

Truck Mounted Forklifts
Manitou Truck Mounted Forklift                                          Navigator Truck Mounted Forklift


Truck mounted forklifts, also called piggyback forklifts, are mounted on the rear of a truck or trailer and used to load and unload from the back. These portable pieces of equipment assist drivers with material handling capabilities at sites without a loading and unloading bay. Traditionally, truck mounted forklifts are lighter and more agile compared to industrial forklifts.

Fallsway Equipment company proudly supplies two excellent brands of truck mounted forklifts, Manitou and Navigator.


Manitou offers a simple, yet effective solution to your material handling needs. Their truck mounted forklifts, TMT Series, focuses on increased efficiency and freedom from relying on customers and suppliers for loading and unloading, whether it is inside or outside.

Key features include:
Telescopic boom
Compact, lightweight design
Unmatched versatility
Sideshift technology
High traction and stability

Learn more about Manitou truck mounted forklifts and what Fallsway has to offer.


Navigator truck mounted forklifts are dynamic and used for a variety of applications. Ranging from 4,000 lbs. load capacity to 6,500 lbs., there is going to be a truck to fit your application. Navigator prides themselves in being the most reliable, practical, and user-friendly truck mounted forklift available. Thousands of hours have been used developing the Navigator series, as is apparent based on the satisfaction of their customers. Operators, mechanics, and business owners have all played a significant role in the design process of these machines.

Key features include:
Highly maneuverable rear wheel steer
Integrated counterweight, adding strength and capacity
Dynamic with options based on application and need
Engineered to be tough and reliable
Time-tested, proven design

Learn more about Navigator truck mounted forklifts and what Fallsway has to offer.

Manitou and Navigator are both extraordinary products with their own unique advantages and features. Contact us today to see which truck mounted forklift is best for you based on your application and needs.

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Aluminum vs. Steel Truck Bodies


Traditionally in the industry for truck bodies, steel has been predominately used. While strength is one of the key advantages of steel, lately there has been an increasing number of truck makers and fleet owners turning their attention toward aluminum as a viable substitute.

There are many benefits to both steel and aluminum truck bodies. However, when deciding which option is best, a significant portion has come to favor the aluminum option due to the increased workload, fuel efficiency, and several other advantages.

Corrosion Resistance

One of the main benefits of aluminum truck models is the rust-resistant nature of aluminum alloys. Thanks to this rust resistance, aluminum is generally resistant to corrosion. Aluminum, by nature, forms an oxide layer along its surface that renders the metal resistant to corrosion in most cases. This protective layer of oxide shields the metal underneath from direct contact with air and moisture. As such, an aluminum truck body will generally be a lot more resilient in saltwater-dense air environments.

When it comes to steel, manufacturers must coat the metal’s surface with a galvanic layer of zinc. While the galvanic layer will protect steel from rust formation, this protection can get breached at any time. This would leave the exposed metal vulnerable to rust.


In combination with the durability added due to the corrosion resistance, aluminum bodies weigh less than steel and put less strain on the tires and fuel system. Because of this, the life expectancy of the engine and tires are likely to be longer in an aluminum-bodied truck.

Fuel Efficiency

A truck with an aluminum body will get more mileage per gallon thanks to the reduced amount of weight that the body places on the tires. An aluminum body can reduce the overall weight of a truck by roughly 50 percent. Likewise, the fuel efficiency of an aluminum-bodied truck is eight to 10 percent greater than that of a steel-bodied truck. For commercial trucking, the savings on fuel, reduced maintenance and tire wear and the increased load capacity translate to greater productivity and a healthier bottom line.

Environmental Friendliness

The production of aluminum is an eco-friendly process in which materials are recycled, and no harmful chemicals are used. When the parts of aluminum trucks are made, discarded metals are put to good use, and strong, efficient vehicles are pieced together as a result.

Aluminum production has also made it possible for automobile manufacturers to ease up on landfills and put discarded materials to better use. In fact, recycled aluminum products make up 85 percent of total aluminum.

Workload and Carrying Capacity

Steel is generally stronger than aluminum. As such, steel allows for more payload capacity than aluminum if you ignore other factors, such as the grade of the aluminum.

Another factor to consider is the lighter weight of aluminum, which allows auto manufacturers to produce truck bodies with thicker gauges of aluminum yet still retain the weight advantage. A sheet of aluminum is only a third as dense as a steel sheet of comparative thickness. Therefore, an aluminum truck body can be made with double the thickness, yet still be lighter weight than a steel truck of the same size and mass.


The amount of maintenance required for an aluminum truck body is generally minor in comparison to that of a steel-body truck. When it comes to the upkeep of an aluminum truck body, maintenance primarily consists of lubrication on the latches and hinges.

Thanks to the rust-resistant natural oxide that forms across the surface on an aluminum layer, there is no need to panic when a paint crack forms on the hood, roof or door of an aluminum-bodied truck. In fact, the paint on an aluminum truck body is purely aesthetic.

On a steel truck, the fight against rust is an ongoing part of maintenance, regardless of whether you have a fresh paint job and a galvanized truck bed. If a crack appears in the paint along any area of the truck body, rust could soon form if the problem is not remedied as soon as possible. Likewise, if the galvanized layer of the truck bed gets damaged, the truck will need immediate service work to prevent the formation and spread of rust and corrosion.

Ultimately, steel truck bodies have proven to be reliable for many decades. Nonetheless, aluminum bodies require far less maintenance, and this can be a huge money saver over the years that you own and operate an aluminum-bodied truck.

Contact us today to find which service body would fit best for your operation.

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