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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.  Now let’s get into some of the key points when picking forklift tires:

Cushion or Pneumatic Forklift Tires:

The type of tires your forklift has been specifically designed for the surface the machine will be operating most efficiently on and choosing the right tire will impact your machines maximum performance.

  • Cushion tires should ONLY be operated on smooth concrete surfaces, most commonly at indoor working facilities.  These tires are typically smaller than comparable capacity pneumatic models.
  • Pneumatic tires can go indoors and 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 more resale value.

Tire Tread and Profile Style

Not only are there different types of tires (Cushion or Pneumatic), but there are also different treads and profile styles you can get with your forklift.  Depending on the type of application it is driven on will affect the tread or profile style you may need.  The options available are:

  • Smooth tires:  Typically for dry indoor applications and all steer axles.
  • Traction tires:  A general-purpose use in wide variety of 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 tire.

The quality and consistency of material are 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

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Electric vs Internal Combustion Forklifts

Selecting what forklift to use is an extremely important decision for any company that deals with material handling as the ideal forklift will save both time and money. However, there is not a standard solution to everyone’s problem because every work environment and application is different. This is why knowing the pros, cons, and application of electric vs internal combustion forklifts is particularly important. This article will assist you in learning which option would best suit your business.

Internal Combustion Forklifts

CAT Internal Combustion Forklift

Mitsubishi Internal Combustion Forklift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal Combustion (IC) is the more traditional form of lift truck, being fueled by a replaceable and refillable Liquefied Petroleum (LP) tank. A key advantage of an IC forklift is how easy it is to refill, done simply by loading a new or refilling the old gas tank. This process can take as little as a couple of minutes. In terms of performance, IC forklifts are generally utilized in heavier-duty applications where larger capacity is required to move the load. Below are some pros and cons of using an IC propane forklift compared to the electric alternative:

Pros:

  • Lower initial cost
  • Better for long runs
  • More power when using at high speeds and going up ramps
  • Capacity of over 35,000 lbs.
  • Easy to refuel
  • Ideal for outdoor use

Cons:

  • More maintenance and inspections required
  • Higher fueling cost
  • Good ventilation required for indoor usage

Electric Forklifts

Cat Electric Forklift

Cat Electric Forklift

Jungheinrich Forklift

Jungheinrich Electric Forklift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Electric lift trucks are battery powered machines and traditionally are outdone by IC in terms of capacity. However, advances in engineering are resulting in more power and utilization of outdoor applications. A key advantage of using electric forklifts is the significant fuel cost savings over time. In addition, there are less moving parts in the engine, requiring less overall maintenance and lowering costs. The biggest consideration of an electric forklift is the process of recharging the battery, which takes 8 hours to recharge completely and 8 hours to cool down before using. It is common in an operation with multiple shifts to purchase additional batteries to decrease downtime. The duration of a single charge depends on the application but can be anywhere from 3 hours with older batteries to 16 hours with the 2 Shifts 1 Charge Guarantee from Jungeinrich.

Below are some pros and cons of using an electric forklift compared to the IC alternative:

Pros:

  • Zero emissions produced
  • Reduction of maintenance costs
  • Decreased noise levels when running
  • Decreased fueling cost
  • Economic life is longer
  • Decreased aisle width requirements

Cons:

  • Must have a battery charging station
  • Additional training for battery maintenance
  • Limited availability over 15,000 lbs.
  • Higher initial cost when purchasing

In conclusion, finding the perfect forklift for your operation depends on several different factors. To learn more about the differences between electric and IC forklifts, as well as which best fits your operation’s application contact your local territory manager today.

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Jerr-Dan: The Complete Auto Recovery Solution

Fallsway Equipment Company is a proud supplier of Jerr-Dan Auto Recovery Vehicles. We are one of the largest suppliers of these wreckers and rollback trucks in the greater Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania area due to our state-of-the-art facility in Akron, OH that allows us to design, install, and paint units to our customer’s unique specifications.

With beginnings reaching back to 1959, Jerr-Dan continues to be a leader in the towing and auto recovery business. They succeed because of their unmatched commitment to continual innovation, creating the highest quality products, exceptional customer service, and a great distribution network. Each piece of equipment is designed and upfitted based on the needs and wants of the customer. No matter the application or the specifications, extraordinary tow support is imminent.

Jerr-Dan Wreckers

These masterfully engineered pieces of equipment effortlessly and safely handle every job, from simple breakdowns to complex and heavy retrievals. We understand wreckers need to be tough and easy to use, therefore we create a customer-oriented in every truck. Different wreckers include:

  • Standard Duty: Includes aluminum and steel body models handling loads of 3,500 lbs. – 6,000 lbs.
  • Medium Duty: 16 Ton Integrated and Independent Models are available.
  • Heavy Duty: Integrated Models come in 25, 35, and 50 Ton.  Independent Models come in 35, 50, and 60 Ton.

Jerr-Dan Rollbacks

Whether the application requires an aluminum or steel deck, each carrier features the innovative “No-Lube” technology from Jerr-Dan, which results in valuable maintenance savings. Different rollbacks, all which ensure power, control, and safety, are:

  • Standard Duty: Models come in either steel or aluminum, and handles up to 6 tons.
  • Medium Duty: This unit comes in different deck lengths with a 7.5 or 8.5-ton capacity.
  • Heavy Duty/Industrial: Models cover 10 and 15-ton capacity.
  • Multi-Car: Carry up to 4 cars at once.

Jerr-Dan believes in durability and versatility. As a result, each wrecker and rollback is engineered for power, quality, and reliability. Learn more about the benefits of the industry leader in the towing and recovery business by contacting us today!

Jerr-Dan

Jerr-Dan Wrecker

Upfitted by Fallsway

Jerr-Dan Rollback

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Jungheinrich ETR: Pantographic Reach Trucks

The Jungheinrich ETR: Pantographic Reach Truck is a leading industry stand-up end control reach truck, built for longer run times and excellent stability for exceptional operator confidence.  The ETR series combines Jungheinrich’s technological advances and design to guarantee these reach trucks are energy efficient, dynamic in accuracy and control for outstanding productivity for your business.


AC Technology: No competition:

It’s no secret… Jungheinrich has set the industry standard with their advances in 3-phase AC technology.  They have continued to improve and perfect this technology over the past 20 years.  This advance in technology  has been integrated into each one of the new reach trucks, delivering:

  • Lower energy consumption.
  • Longer run times (2 Shifts 1 Charge).
  • Powerful acceleration.
  • Lift speeds up to 160 feet per minute.
  • Excellent energy management.
  • A quick change in direction of travel without delay.

Speed, Precision, and Handling: Results in Performance:

Moving more pallets quickly is what every operator and business owner wants right?  With the technological advances in the ETR reach trucks, precisely handle pallets with confident stability – even at high lifting heights.  The intuitive control handle and security features provide operators with greater productivity through their shifts.  Top benefits with the ETR include:

  • Intuitive operator controls.
  • Added security like:
    • Automatic speed reduction or curveCONTROL.
    • Steer with control.
    • Automatic parking brake.
    • Three programmable performance levels.
    • Customized for max performance in your business.

Reaching New Heights:

The ETR reach truck delivers industry-leading performance with its unmatched high lift height stability.  Keep your operator feeling confident, while reducing the risk of costly product damages.  Some of the top benefits include:

  • Jungheinrich ETR pantograpic reach truck visibilityJungheinrich ETR pantograpic reach truck Superior stability with:
    • Baselegs welded to chassis.
    • Dual-articulating load wheels.
    • The advanced mast for increase load stability.
  • Informative display monitor.
  • Operator compartment comfort includes:
    • Soft rubber back, arm, and knee cushions.
    • Ergo-cushioned floor.
    • Low entry step.
  • Enhanced visibility through the compartment.

Jungheinrich ETR pantographic reach trucks are leading the industry in performance and efficiency that your business demands.  For more information about these innovative forklifts, contact us to speak to our Jungheinrich specialists.

 

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2017 MCFA Parts Dealer of the Year

We are proud to announce that Fallsway Equipment is an MCFA (Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklift America) 2017 Parts Dealer of the Year. Being one of the ten companies that were awarded this honor, this is a testament to our commitment to both our partnership and exceptional performance. We have exhibited notable growth and success dealing with both OEM (Cat, Mitsubishi, and Jungeinrich) and Promatch Parts (all other brands). Adopting the programs of MCFA and utilizing their resources in our day-to-day operation has played a significant role in our success.

The Parts Dealer of the Year Award was developed to recognize companies that display commitment to the selling of parts as a partner with both MCFA and Rapidparts Inc. In 2017, we exceeded our parts forecast here at Fallsway, achieved parts growth from the previous year, and increased replacement parts sales per truck.

This award came as a result of the everyday mission at Fallsway to put customers first. Our readily available parts department is keeping your forklift running longer and at optimum efficiency. Since we know every situation and part’s need is different, we work with you to find the best solution. Reach out today to outfit, replace, or customize your forklift.

Forklift parts are just a click away. Look up and buy parts through an online portal called nGauge, a direct source for high-quality parts and aligned with your unique needs. This online catalog is here to help minimize your lead times while making it convenient as possible to buy parts. Another benefit of this valuable service is the wide variety of inventory available. Due to having over 4.2 million replacement parts available, we are able to supply what our customers are looking for, no matter the make or model of the forklift.

Contact your Parts Dealer now. Our team of trained professionals is always ready to give you exceptional service.

Call – (330)633-6000

E-mail – parts@fallsway.com

Visit our website – www.fallsway.com/oem-forklift-parts-accessories

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Renting a Forklift: Factors and Advantages

Flexibility is essential for any business and renting forklifts can be a different approach to lowering costs on a short-term basis. Understanding a lift truck rental agreement will help maximize the benefits you can gain from using a short-term forklift rental, thus aligning with your business’s particular needs.  


Factors to Consider:

The first factor to consider would be if there will be a demand for more forklift capacity in the future. Depending on the need, the cost to rent a forklift on a short-term basis can save you money if you’re able to secure a low rate. Short-term rentals are ideal for:

  • Replacing forklifts that are out for service or repairs.
  • Temporary goods demand larger capacities or extended reach.
  • Seasonal demand increases.
  • Need to maintain productivity until a new forklift works with the budget.
  • Testing different models to determine what fits best.

Rentals are Temporary Costs:

Forklift rentals are a temporary expense for decision-makers to have a much greater flexibility when managing the budget. Not every business can go out and spend money on a new or used forklift, especially when other business questions should be answered first, for instance:

  • Is there room for in your budgeting for flexibility?
  • Will growing the business require more equipment needs?
  • Are you providing your own forklift maintenance or leaving it to someone else?  (Local forklift dealer)
  • Does your business demand guaranteed uptime? (Full-Maintenance)

Rental Agreements:

If you need to go beyond the short-term rental, consider speaking to one of our local territory managers first to make sure you get the most out of the rental. Talk to us about the type of loads (weights & sizes), height required to lift, operating condition and surface, or any special requirements your facility has.

Once you feel like you have a general idea of your forklift needs, we can talk specifics like:

  • Is there a need for additional features, like attachments, alarms, or warning lights?
  • If you use an electric forklift, you will need to review the battery charger requirements.  Do you need professional help for installation? Ask us what options we would recommend for your application.
  • Establish a general idea of how long you will need the rental. This can help reduce the rates, thus saving you money.

For more information about forklift rentals call our rental department at 330-633-6000 or visit our forklift rental page.

 

 

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Jungheinrich Showcase

Jungheinrich, a German brand established in 1953, is one of the world’s largest industrial trucks supplier. Due to their mission to be the top of the line in technological innovation and quality design, they are the perfect addition to Mitsubishi Caterpillar Forklifts of America (MCFA). A major differentiator of Jungheinrich is the proprietary technology of their electric motor, the 3-phase alternating current (AC).

Several Advantages Include:

  • Greater torque and power with up to 25% faster goods throughput, increasing time and cost savings.
  • Improving productivity and energy reclamation through optimizing performance efficiency and regenerative braking by feeding back up to 20% of the energy back into the battery.
  • Enclosed motors rated at IP54 to serve in environments where electric lift trucks were previously unable to.
  • Wear-free breaking ensures both rapid acceleration and braking resulting in precise positioning, dynamic acceleration, and less break component wear.
  • No strain on the mechanical braking systems, reducing maintenance and operating costs.

This unique advancement delivers a significant reduction in the number of components and parts involved, while increasing efficiency and reliability, maximizing the cost-effectiveness of the operation.

One key example of Jungheinrich being an industry leader in productivity and ergonomic enhancements is in their Big Deal on 3-Wheels: the EFG 2 Series. Known for its excellent performance, high efficiency, and remarkable maneuverability, this electric counterbalance truck has a small, compact design while remaining spacious and comfortable. This product is also part of the 2 shifts 1 charge guarantee by Jungheinrich, assuring 16 hours on a single battery charge for 5 years. No more interim charging, no battery changing, and no additional battery is needed.  Save valuable time, move more product, and spend less on batteries and chargers for your fleet. Take advantage of this elite energy management technology. Watch the video below to learn more about the 2 shifts 1 charge guarantee.

 

For more information contact us at 330-633-6000 and speak with a Jungheinrich specialist.

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AGV: The evolving material handling industry at a glance

The material handling industry is evolving with new technology every day.  Companies are finding new ways to move products at efficient rates, saving both time and money.  AGV’s or Automated guided vehicles are forklifts that do not require an operator to function. The goal of an automated solution is to improve your operations warehousing efficiency and thus increasing profitability while reducing the overall costs.

Why choose AGV’s?

Automated Guided Vehicle application single stack

  • Operators are eliminated, along with the error that comes with them.  There are no damages to customer products, buildings, or machinery, thus saving costs on replacing misuse and abuse.
  • The increase in warehouse safety will dramatically increase safety records.
  • Reliably work 24/7 in critical 3 shift operations.  Sleep easy at night knowing that your warehouse is still hard at work!
  • Every AGV’s path is traceable, thus being able to identify product movement in your warehouse.
  • They have a low life-cycle cost.
  • Dramatically reduce operation and maintenance costs from hefty repair bills on machines

Automated Guided Vehicle Application double stack

Traditionally automation projects have been expensive, slow, or inflexible to implement, but technology has been changing and developing to make the futuristic warehouse more of a reality.  With the help of our experts, we can design a warehouse capable of full automation with various units all working in sync towards one common goal, efficiency.  Automation can show impressive cost savings to the warehouse, especially in areas that your employee is handling longer load transfers.  It will save employees for other tasks around the warehouse instead of cookie cutter, routine tasks automation can handle.

Take reliability and efficiency to the next level with AGV’s.  They are a durable, flexible, and modular solution that will deliver a short ROI.  The technology has been around for decades and has been proven to work in various applications.

 

For more information contact us at 330-633-6000 to speak with a material handling expert.

 

 

 

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Mistakes when Spec’ing & Selecting a Service Body

There is much that can go wrong when spec’ing and selecting the right service body for a work truck.  It can cost you thousands of dollars from lost productivity, possible driver injury, and vehicle downtime due to improper upfits.  Below are some common mistakes when spec’ing and selecting a service body.

Using Real Numbers

When designing and spec’ing a service body, it is extremely important you use the correct measurements and accurate numbers when gauging upfit needs.

Misundering the Job’s need

Often, a fleet manager may not understand the short and long-term purposes a job requires.

Overlooking Organizational Options

A common mistake upfitters often come across is under spec’ing a service body without organizational options like drawer systems, tool cubbies, bins, and other parts and accessories necessary for the job.

Short-Sighted

Don’t focus on the present, think about the future usage of the truck.  The business needs may change and future job requirements may vary depending on regional laws and environmental impacts.  Upfitt for impacts that may happen for any future needs.

Start considering Material Options

Not paying attention to alternative materials to what may be considered traditionally used materials while spec’ing an upfit can get you in trouble.  The DOT limit has stayed the same at 10,000-pounds, so building with lightweight materials such as aluminum and steel can directly impact the payload of the vehicle in a positive way.

Attention to Safety

Never forget the importance of keeping your driver safe.  Safety should be a top consideration during every step when selecting and spec’ing out a service body upfit.

Total Cost of Ownership

Ignoring the total cost of ownership may negatively affect you.  Some materials may have more of an impact on factors such as fuel economy and operating costs.

Would you like more information about upfitting a work truck for your fleet?  Contact one of our truck equipment specialists today at 330-633-6000!

 

 

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7 Tips to a Improved Material Handling Warehouse

Below are seven tips we learned from some of our customers on how to improve material handling and efficiency. By following some of these tips you will notice an improvement in your workplace’s efficiency, thus saving time and money!

1. LEAVE IT TO THE PRO’S FOR PUT-AWAY

Jungheinrich order-picker

  • Don’t assign new employees to put-away duties.  An experienced driver in receiving will know the products and understand where things go.
  • Have the new employee start by filling orders.  This will help them learn and understand the products, customers, and paperwork system.

2. KNOW THE TRUCK ARRIVAL SCHEDULE

  • Don’t waste valuable time waiting in the yard and unwanted pressure on receivers and shippers.
  • If your truck arrival schedule is efficient, the fewer dock doors you will need to operate.  This will save you money on utilities.

3. ASSIGN DIFFERENT SHIFTS FOR SHIPPING & RECEIVING

  • With an assigned shift to one task, you can reduce the staging area requirements by receiving goods during one shift and shipping during another.

4. SET A PACE FOR UNLOADING

Jungheinrich truck unloading

  • Trucks sitting around only cause congestion in the warehouse.
  • Measure how fast your team unloads a truck.  Is there any room for improvement or anything that can be done differently to shave off time?

5. KEEP THE WAREHOUSE CLEAN

  • Don’t let pieces of debris on the floor reduce your productivity.  This will slow down operators in the workflow.
  • Check for cracks or uneven floor sections.  These can cause serious damages to trucks and expensive down-times.
  • Floor defects can also lead to loads tipping and causing serious injury or damage to the product.

6. IMPROVE PACKING

  • Get packers complete orders so they don’t waste time looking for missing items.
  • Do they have enough space?  Observe them at work and make sure they’re not bumping into each other or tripping over boxes.
  • Keep the workflow consistent so packing doesn’t change between dead periods and rush hour activity.  If there is a change, this could mean that the order picking process is not operating as effectively and needs further attention.

7. WHAT DO THE OPERATORS SAY?

  • Keep your operators up to date on new process improvements across the warehouse for improved efficiency
  • Ask your operators their opinion on how to improve a certain task that they perform around the warehouse.
  • Watch your best forklift operators to discover tricks they currently do.  Use that operator to teach others on how to be efficient.

For more tips and tricks on how to improve your warehouse contact us at 330-633-6000 to speak to a warehouse specialist!

 

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