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Spec the Ultimate Work Truck

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What do electricians, oil and gas crews, HVAC workers, construction teams, utility workers, and people from many more industries have in common? They all rely on custom-built trucks every single day to get their job done. But with all these different industries, how can each business, township, city, and department spec the ultimate work truck for their specific needs? Furthermore, what are the criteria and considerations that go into the specification process?

In this blog, we will cover everything you need to know when designing and spec’ing a work truck, including how to choose the right chassis and service body.

Application

The first step is always to consider the application of the truck. Make a list of the tasks and functions that the truck needs to be able to perform in addition to the estimated time for each task. It is crucial to visualize the truck and have an accurate picture of how your truck will be used on the job.

Questions to ask:

  • Is your truck primarily a mobile workshop or hauler?
  • How much will it be used?
  • How many people will be using it?
  • Is it used at night?
  • How much time does it spend on the road and how frequently does it stop? Will it need to tow anything?

Location

Building on the application, it is important to consider where the truck will be used. There are a variety of surfaces that trucks can run on, including unimproved roads, snow, mud, steep terrain, busy streets, and off-road. If you list all the locations, surfaces, climates, and conditions that will be encountered, you will be able to properly identify any special capabilities needed.

Access

The third consideration is access. A truck that is difficult to navigate and retrieve cargo from wastes time, thus lowering productivity. Access is heavily influenced by application, industry, and cargo.

Questions to ask:

  • Where and how will materials and people move throughout the truck body day after day?
  • Do drivers need access to the cargo space from the cab, curb, or back of the truck?
  • Will users need to enter and exit frequently?
  • Will materials be transferred in and out of the truck bed? If so, how?
  • What will you be moving? Heavy equipment, bulk material, palleted goods, or something else?

Load

Spec the ultimate work truck

Accurately determining load size plays a significant role in spec’ing the ultimate work truck, especially in selecting the right chassis. Every truck has a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer. It is important to consider and calculate everything that will add weight (the crew, their tools, cargo, any additional equipment, etc.). One of the most common errors made with spec’ing a work truck is getting a chassis with too small capacity. This results in costly losses in productivity and excess wear and tear on the vehicle.

Equipment

Everything needs to be accounted for; everything needs a place. List any additional equipment that will be needed on the work based on the application, such as ladder racks, hoists, or cranes. Also, make sure to layout and record any additional items that will be carried, such as liquids, spooled materials, pipes, and bulky items.

Legal Requirements

It is important to be aware of and understand all the regulations that govern vehicle operation. They vary state to state but have a huge impact on the design and specs of a work truck

Choosing The Right Partner

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Even though it is mentioned last, who you complete the process with and choose as your partner is arguably the most important step in the process. There are many companies that sell and install truck bodies; however, the best ones work with you throughout the entire process to make sure you are getting the perfect chassis with a service body customized to your specific needs. Don’t spend too much time designing your work truck, let the dealers do the work! This is where Fallsway comes in. With a consultative approach to selling, we make sure to get to know you and your needs before we start providing a solution. Enjoy experienced experts that are among the best in the industry at solving problems and providing solutions. Trust Fallsway to spec your ultimate work truck!

Looking to design and spec the ultimate work truck for your operation? Just have a question? Our experts are happy to help. Contact us today!

Fallsway Equipment specializes in providing custom solutions catered to your specific needs at our state-of-the-art facility in Akron. Representing the best manufacturers in the industry, including Reading for truck bodies and Whelen for lighting, along with our team that has industry-leading experience, knowledge, and resources, you are guaranteed to get exactly what you need.

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Truck Mounted Forklifts

Truck-mounted forklifts, also known as piggyback forklifts are mounted on the back of a truck or trailer and load and unload materials from the trailer bed. A truck-mounted forklift is a valuable asset for any driver who handles materials from the back of their trailer. This equipment allows workers to manage worksites without a loading and unloading bay. They tend to be lighter and more agile compared to industrial forklifts.

At Fallsway Equipment we proudly supply two brands of truck-mounted forklifts in Manitou and Navigator.

Navigator

Navigator truck-mounted forklifts offer a dynamic range of uses in various work environments. They have lifting capacities up to 6,500 lbs for handling larger materials when loading a back of a trailer.  

Key Features Include

Navigator Truck Mounted Forklift loading back of a trailer
  • Highly maneuverable rear-wheel steer
  • Integrated counterweight, adding strength and capacity
  • Dynamic with options based on the application requirement
  • Engineered to be robust and reliable
  • Time-Tested, proven design

Manitou

Manitou truck-mounted forklifts offer a simple and effection solution to your material handling. Designed for top performance on rough terrains and can reduce unloading times due to its robust telescopic boom!

Manitou Truck Mounted Forklift mounted on the back of a trailer

Key Features Include:

  • Telescopic boom, capable of extended reaching
  • Compact and lightweight for easy transport
  • 360-degree view with no blocked vision
  • High Traction and stability with extra-wide, lugged tires.

Both the Manitou and Navigator truck-mounted forklifts are great options to have for rough terrain environments. If you are undecided on which one would suit your business needs, give one of our experts a call to help you make a decision!

Click here to contact one of our Truck Mounted Forklift specialists and get a quote started!

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Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA

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Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA: Electric Tow Tractor (Tugger)

With a compact durable design, the all-new 64,700 lb. capacity electric tow tractor from Jungheinrich is designed for towing heavy-duty loads in any industry. Enjoy a small turning radius, high performance when moving on ramps, an ergonomic workstation, corrosion protection, and energy efficiency while transporting heavy loads across the airport tarmac or industrial facility. Learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.

Productivity

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The EZS 7280NA reaches speeds of 15.5 mph (unloaded) and 7.5 mph (loaded). This allows your operators to quickly and effectively get where they need to go.

Designed to make life easy on your operators and save time, the touch mode feature makes it easy to attach and detach trailers.

Have ramps or inclines? No worry, the EZS 7280NA tows up to 9.5 tons, 21,000 lbs., on 10% grade ramps.

All parts and components are easily accessible; therefore, it is easier and faster to service.

Safety

The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA provides maximum productivity without sacrificing safety.  

Jungheinrich Tow Tractor Tugger

Driver Visibility – Enjoy a clear driving view with minimal blind spots. Also, cutouts on the rear panel provide an excellent view of the coupling.

Automatic Parking Brake – The tow tractor and trailer are secured automatically when it stops. 

Hill-Start Assist – While on a ramp or incline, start without any roll-back. Paired with anti-skid control (ASC), you are ensured smooth, reliable acceleration in the toughest situations.

curveControl – This option automatically reduces speed while turning corners avoids tipping and ensures control over the load.

Energy Efficiency

The EZS 7280NA comes with proprietary 3-phase AC technology from Jungheinrich, thus consumes less energy, extends the battery life, and increases run times.

For 24/7 operations and high usage applications, the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA has an XL option, which enables a larger battery size. As a result, there will be an increase in performance and energy efficiency.

Ergonomics

Ergonomic workstation features several designs implemented with the operator in mind, such as:

  • Automotive-style interior and operation with foot-pedal and adjustable steering column
  • Spacious cabin with an optimum all-round view, including great visibility of the coupling from the operator’s seat
  • Low entry step with level foot-well
  • Outlet vents that prevent fogging            

Total Cost of Ownership

Across its product line, Jungheinrich implements productivity features, energy and awareness designs, ergonomics, and uptime to minimize the total cost of ownership. The Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA is no different. Save time and money with 1,000-hour service intervals.

If you are looking to take the total cost of ownership even lower, consider getting it with the lithium-Ion package.

  • Fast charging with no need for battery exchanges
  • Maintenance-free and no odors from gases or acidification
  • Longer service life
  • Charging can be interrupted at any time without damage to the battery
  • 5-year battery warranty

Specs:

Model Basic Capacity (lbs) Voltage Length To Fork Face Chassis Width (in) Chassis Height (in) ¹ Gross Weight (lbs) ¹
EZS 7280NA 61,700 80 118.2 51.2 77.6 9,000
EZS 7280 NA XL 61,700 80 130 51.2 77.6 10,500
Learn more about the Jungheinrich EZS 7280NA tugger and why it might be a great fit for your operation.
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Online Forklift Parts Store

Quickly access the parts you need to keep your forklift fleet operating at its best through our online parts store. Whether you’re performing a tune-up, replacing a broken tail light, or rebuilding an engine you can quickly check part availability and pricing for over 4.2 million replacement parts, regardless of your forklift make and model. Streamlining your parts ordering allows you to spend less time maintaining your forklift fleet and more time running your business.

Search Options:

You are able to search by
– Truck Model
– Part Number
– Product Catalog

In addition, you have access to OEM Parts Manuals.

Site Features:

Purchase parts online 24/7
View parts pricing and availability
Search and view previous orders
Manage purchases for all assets in your fleet
Access parts orders and fleet information

Contact us today to take advantage of our online forklift parts store! It is quick and easy to get set up, and even quicker and easier to search for forklift parts.

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Jungheinrich ETV: First Reach Truck with Lithium-Ion

Jungheinrich has done it again by introducing the world’s first reach truck with a fully integrated lithium-ion battery. The ETV 216i sit-down moving mast reach truck inspired by the previous ETV 2 series of reach trucks.

ETV 216i Features

  • Fast Lifting & Lowering
  • High Residual Capacities
  • Mast & Fork Tilt
  • 360 Ah Integrated Lithium-ion Battery
  • Adjustable Armrest & Steering wheel
  • Storage Trays & Compartments
  • Color Display

Lithium-Ion Advantages:

  • Fast Charging
  • No battery exchanges
  • Maintenance-free with no odors from electrolyte leakage
  • 5-year battery warranty
  • Longer service life and lower maintenance compared to lead-acid
  • You can interrupt the charge anytime without negative results

Reliability:  The ETV combines a zero maintenance lithium-ion battery and added load stability due to its cabin design and counterweight to increase operator confidence and reduced down-times.

Ergonomics: Operators can work in comfort with the roomy compartment with plenty of legroom. The adjustable armrest and steering wheel position helps to support any operator during long shifts.

Operation: The compact design of the lithium-ion battery gives the operator increased visibility of the forks when lifting at higher heights.

Performance: Increased lifting and lowering speeds than conventional vehicles will increase productivity over time!

Want to learn more about the new Jungheinrich ETV 216i sit-down moving mast reach truck with fully integrated lithium-ion battery? Contact us for more information!

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Fallsway Partners with Rightline Equipment Attachments

Fallsway Equipment Company is proud to announce that we have partnered with Rightline Equipment Inc. We are now an authorized distributor of Rightline forklift attachments in Akron, Canton, Youngstown and surrounding areas. Continue reading »

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What to Know When Buying Forklift Tires

Today, fleet owners are offered a large variety of types, sizes, and application-specific lift trucks that serve a specific purpose. Equipment choice ultimately factors into the overall throughput, efficiency, and safety of the operation. When it comes down to it, the choice of tires for the forklift can be one of the most influential factors in efficiency and operating costs for that machine at the application. Here are some of the key points when picking the right forklift tires:

Cushion or Pneumatic Forklift Tires?

The type of tires your forklift has been specifically designed for the surface that the machine will be operating most efficiently on, so choosing the right tire will impact your machine’s maximum performance.

  • Cushion Forklift Tires
    These forklift tires should only be operated on smooth concrete surfaces, most commonly at indoor working facilities, and are typically smaller than comparable capacity pneumatic models.
  • Pneumatic Forklift Tires
    Forklift with pneumatic tires can work indoors and on outdoor surfaces like blacktop, stone, or dirt, but not on rough terrains like fields or severely unsurfaced lots. These tires have a wider versatility of where they can be operated on, thus giving them higher resale value.

Tire Tread & Profile Style

Not only are there different types of forklift tires, but there are also different treads and profile styles you can get with your forklift. Depending on the application it is driven on, the terrain will affect the tread or profile style you may need. Available options include:

  • Smooth Tires – Typically for dry indoor applications and all steer axles.
  • Traction Tires – A general-purpose use in a wide variety of forklift applications.
  • Grooved Tires – Designed for larger-capacity trucks where loads and operating conditions are extreme.
  • Wide-Track Traction Tires – All-season indoor or outdoor use forklift tire.

The quality and consistency of material are also major factors when determining tire performance. If you want your tires to last longer and perform better, determine the correct tread and profile style for maximum efficiency.

For help with selecting the right forklift tires for your application, contact us at 330-633-6000.

Originally published 7/20/2018
Updated 5/21/2019

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When to Replace Forklift Tires

It is important for every operation to know when to replace their forklift tires and what signs indicate the need for new tires. If they are replaced too soon, you are not getting your money’s worth and decreasing operational profitability. However, replacing forklift tires after the wear limit will result in any of the following:

  • 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

Variety of Forklift Tires

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. Along with following the manual, there are additional signs that show when it is time to replace old forklift tires.

Wear Indicator Bar

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

Manufacturer Name

Looking for a quick eyeball test to determine if tire replacement is needed? 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.

Tire Deformities

A forklift tire needs to be replaced when there are unusual appearances on your tire. These appearances include:

  • Chunking & Tearing – 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.

Not 100% sure that your tires need replaced? Contact Fallsway today for a free forklift tire inspection by a forklift expert.

So your forklift tires do need replaced…

Next, you need to choose the right type of forklift tire for your machine. Learn what you need to consider when deciding what type of forklift tire suits your application and needs.

Originally published 10/1/2018
Updated 5/16/2019

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How to Prevent Forklift Abuse

With the high cost of forklift repairs, you can reduce the amount of money spent on your equipment and the amount of machine downtime at your facility by following our forklift abuse prevention tips.

  • Poor Floor Conditions
    • Always be on the lookout for debris such as wood, plastic wrap, twine, and branding.
    • If debris is blown into the engine compartment, it can have costly effects on the cooling system, radiator and cause axle damage, as well as engine failure.
    • Solution: Dedicate time to cleaning up around the facility and, as an operator, be cautiously on the lookout for debris.
  • Improper Operating Practices
    • Congested working areas can cause impact damage to products, lift trucks, and your facility. This impact includes damage to the forklift tires, wheels, body panels, frame parts, forks, attachments, and the load backrest.
    • Never practice “bulldozing” or pushing pallets across the floor because this results in premature tire wear and transmission damage.
    • Always know your machines capabilities so you don’t lose control of your forklift and cause product damage or personal injury.
    • Solution: Assure that every operator has been through operator training and understands how to use their machine correctly.
  • Unsafe Lifting & Traveling Speeds
    • Always reduce your speed while lifting any type of load. Tip-overs can result from raising heavy loads while traveling too fast.
    • Do not “floor” your forklift around the facility because unsafe traveling speeds can result in serious damage or injury.
    • Solution: Keep it slow when raising heavy loads and slow down around corners. We also recommend sounding your horn so you are known.
  • Incorrect Equipment
    • The wrong equipment for the job can cause premature wear and system failures. Proper equipment can help ensure efficient forklift operation and performance which means overall lower maintenance cost.
    • Know the difference between correct and incorrect tires to use because the wrong tires can cause major maintenance expenses.
    • Solution: If you are not sure about what type of equipment or forklift tires you need, contact Fallsway.

Whether your team needs training, assistance in finding the right forklift for your project or anything in between, give the experts at Fallsway a call at 855-662-8379 to get started today.

Originally published 11/9/2016
Updated 5/7/2019

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Jungheinrich EKM: Small Parts Order Picker

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Designed to be an alternative to a traditional ladder, the new Jungheinrich EKM 202 small parts order picker is a must-have. This forklift is typically used in applications that require order picking without a pallet, light maintenance, or retail outlets. But what makes the EKM unique to other Jungheinrich order pickers?

Ergonomics:

Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker

This Jungheinrich EKM 202 is equipped with many features that benefit the operator’s comfort and safety. The EKM comes with a generous workstation that provides the operator comfort while driving and standing sideways to remove goods. The stand-on platform can be freely selected with the equipped sensor mat on the floor, providing maximum mobility in the workstation area. There is also an easy-to-use travel switch located on the right handles thumb position. While operating the EKM small order picker, the operator will feel safe and comfortable.

Productivity:

Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker at Ground Level

To make your job easier while operating, the EKM comes with a variety of options. The AC drive has a max speed of 5 mph to get you between jobs faster. It comes with two sorts of trays, a lower and upper tray for added storage and working space. Additionally, with the maintenance-free, 192-amp-hour battery, you’ll experience less downtime and more usage out of your machine. And when you run out of battery, connect the onboard charger to the closest wall outlet for an easy charge.

Awareness:

Elevated Jungheinrich EKM 202 Small Parts Order Picker

The Jungheinrich EKM has many factors that increase the operator’s awareness while on the job. The sturdy mast gives the order picker added stability even at max heights. The operator can feel safe in the compartment with automatic closing doors so the operator can only lift the platform when closed. Another great feature with this forklift is the adjustable storage tray that can add extra visibility and additional comfort while at elevated heights.


Want to learn more about the Jungheinrich EKM 202 small order picker? Contact us at 855-662-4379 for a quote!

Updated 5/23/2019

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