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Fallsway Equipment has been part of the Akron community since 1959. Learn about the latest news and recent events at Fallsway Equipment.

Truck Mounted Forklifts

Fallsway Truck Mounted Forklift Inventory

Today we are discussing truck-mounted forklifts and how they are used in today’s world. 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 effective 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!

Interested in learning more? Click here to view our truck-mounted forklift page!

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Tips for Buying Used Lift Equipment

Companies buy used lift equipment for a number of reasons. Some companies may prefer the lower up-front costs of used equipment or perhaps don’t require a new model for the application. No matter the reason for purchasing used equipment, it is important to keep several things in mind as you weigh your options. Read on to discover our tips for buying used lift equipment.

1. Buy used lift equipment through a reputable dealer

In today’s world, you can buy used lift equipment from a plethora of options. Craigslist, eBay, Facebook Marketplace, or attending an auction are all routes you could take. However, if you want to ensure your machine is reliable and verifiable then you should go through a reputable dealer such as Fallsway Equipment Company.

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2. Inspect the equipment

Seeing is believing and inspecting a used piece of equipment in person is the best way to inspect a lift. If you are unable to see a lift in person, you should request photographs and videos of the machine to ensure everything is as promised.

3. Maintenance

Ensure that the machine has gone through regular maintenance throughout its history. Request maintenance records as proof of the equipment’s repair history and as evidence that the condition is as the seller described.

4. Age

Many used lifts will be more than 5-6 years old but if you are able to find a newer piece of equipment, we suggest you go that route. Keep in mind you will be paying more for newer used lift equipment.

5. Hour meter

Similar to cars, in most cases the hour meter, or mile meter, is significantly more important than the age of the lift or car. Consider you are buying a 7-year lift with 4,000 hours on it versus a 5-year lift with 7,000 hours on it. In this case, we would suggest the 7-year-old lift since it has significantly fewer hours on it.

6. Purchase equipment with a guarantee

A great way to protect yourself in purchasing used equipment is by obtaining a warranty or guarantee. You can also protect your future with the vehicle by getting a maintenance and repair package. These services can all be provided by Fallsway Equipment, contact us today if you wish to learn more!

7. Environment

Inquire about the environment the lift equipment was used in or stored at. Clean environments typically will produce a more reliable machine than, for example, a lift that was used on a harsh work site. Fallsway keeps all used equipment inside of a temperature-controlled warehouse to ensure our used lifts are reliable.

8. Used does not equal bargain

Used equipment will always provide you with cost savings over new equipment, but that does not mean you should purchase the lowest price available. The lowest-priced equipment is typically closer to the end of its useful life and could very well be in disrepair. Ask yourself if you were buying a used car would you always purchase the cheapest one?

Conclusion

Keep these tips in mind when you are considering purchasing used lift equipment. Browse our selection of used equipment here. If you have any questions or would like to get in contact with our team, contact us today!

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Meet the Equipment: CAT Hand Pallet Truck

For decades the hand pallet truck has been the most essential tool in material handling, providing the lift assistance needed for loading and unloading pallets on location. One pallet jack Fallsway offers is the CAT Hand Pallet Truck, engineered for its versatility and strength. These trucks are relatively small and use integrated hydraulics to raise and lower the forks for easy pallet transportation. Their compact size has made them ideal for use in warehouses, shops, and industries where they can be used in all sorts of applications.

CAT Hand Pallet Truck

Dimensions

            27” x 48”

Capacity

            5,500 lbs

Features

            Reinforced Ergonomic Handle

            Entry/Exit Roller System

            13 Grease Zerks at the Pivot Points

            Adjustable Push Rods

Warranty

            1 Year On Pump – Full Pump Replacement

            6 Months On All Other Parts

Price

            $399 each plus a $20.00 delivery charge

If you would like to learn more, contact us today! Don’t forget we also offer a full range of power pallet trucks that you could explore here.

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Planned Replacement for Block Trucks

When you have made the decision to purchase a new block truck for your fleet, do yourself a favor and plan ahead with a replacement date for that unit. I have seen all too many times 15- and 20-year-old trucks come in for repair and we find frame damage from corrosion that can only be repaired correctly by replacing the frame rails. This is an expensive repair that most often does not get completed and the unit is “parked out back” or parted out. Many times, I am then asked to remove the block boom, make all necessary repairs and install on a new chassis. That sounds reasonable but remember that the boom base was bolted to the frame and exposed to the same elements as the bad frame. It is now thinner and fatigued from constant use. The boom sections have become arched, wearing out the new roller assemblies much quicker. Now you need a new block truck,  YESTERDAY! Do not let this happen to you, plan ahead and contact us today.

The days of keeping a truck 25 to 30 years are over. Brine and other De-Icing agents have been shortening the life of the equipment that runs up and down our roads. I advise all of our customers to have a replacement plan and stick to it. 8 to 10 years is very common, but many rotate at 5 or 6 years. You may be surprised what you can get for a clean, well-maintained 8 – 10-year-old block truck. Currently, there are very few available on the market. If your application can use a single rail frame rather than a double, I recommend it. Manufacturers today have many frame options available. If a double frame is needed, just keep it clean and apply a quality rust inhibitor on a regular basis.
Good Luck and Happy Planning!

-Bret Meadows

Interested in learning more? Contact Bret today!

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Benefits of Renting a Forklift

Making an educated decision on when and why you should rent a forklift can help you improve your bottom line. Renting a forklift is a cost-effective way to expand your fleet, while not incurring a larger capital expense. Read on to learn how to maximize the benefits you can gain from a short-term rental.

Factors to Consider

Although renting a forklift on a short-term basis can cost more on a month-to-month basis vs leasing a forklift, it can still save your company money in the long run.  Below we will cover reasons why short-term rentals could be the solution for your operation:

  • Buying a forklift is expensive, and your business may not want to incur that expense at this time.
  • Temporarily replace an essential forklift that is out for service for repairs.
  • Intermittent need to move heavier goods that require a higher capacity forklift.
  • Handle increases in operational demands due to seasonal business.
  • Maintain productivity while waiting for approval to purchase a new forklift.
  • Testing new models in your operation, a real-time solution to see what fits best.

Forklift Rental Costs Are Temporary

A temporary expenditure for a forklift rental provides your business with much greater flexibility in managing the budget. Not every business has the ability to spend money on a new or used lift. When your business is thinking of renting, consider the following:

  • Ultimate Flexibility: return an unneeded rental at any time to reduce expenses.
  • Low Up-Front Cost: free up capital for other needs.
  • Care Free Maintenance: Fallsway Equipment Company includes maintenance in our short-term rental rates.
  • Guaranteed Uptime: Fallsway Equipment Company delivers premium brands maintained to factory specifications.

How Much does it Cost to Rent a Forklift?

If you’ve never rented before, you may be surprised at the cost of forklift rentals and how affordable they can be. Statistics show that companies that own their fleets keep their forklifts beyond their economic life. We often see companies spending more money to keep the fleet running than the fleet is worth. A short-term upgrade can get you an industry-leading forklift at less cost.

Forklift Rental Agreements

If your intentions are to go beyond a short-term rental, consider contacting us first to make sure you get the most of your rental. We will discuss the weight and size of loads, required lift heights, surface and operating conditions, and any other needs your operation may require. Once we start narrowing down your needs, we can discuss any specifics such as:

  • The need for optional features, such as additional lights, attachments, or alarms.
  • For electric trucks you may need to review the battery charger requirements. Some forklift batteries require charges that must be hard-wired and may require a professional installation. If you wish to learn more about battery and charger details, contact us today to understand your options!
  • Establish the timeline of how long your rental agreement will be. Rental rates can be assessed differently and spelling out the time period can save you money by getting reduced long-term rates.
  • Understanding charges for overtime if a forklift will be used more than the typical 8-hour workday, 40-hour week, and 160-hour work month.
  • Understanding charges for damages and review process when you pick up and return the forklift.
  • Reviewing your insurance policy.  You’ll need to make sure your company’s insurance covers temporary equipment, the operator, other people inside the facility, and the facility in case of an injury or property damage.

Equipment Available for Rent

Enjoy unmatched quality and selection when renting from Fallsway Equipment Company. Daily, weekly, and monthly rates are available for over 350 units, and with the youngest rental fleet in the area, you are guaranteed to find a piece of equipment that works for your operation.

Rental equipment includes:

  • Forklifts
  • Scissor Lifts
  • Boom Lifts
  • Order Pickers
  • Walkie Pallet Jacks
  • Warehouse Equipment
  • Telehandlers
  • Skid Steers
  • And much more!

Click here to view our inventory!

Browse the equipment above. Please call our rental team if you have any additional questions: (855)622-4379 or contact us via email here!

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Are Electric Forklifts Right for Your Operation?

Today we are talking about electric forklifts, and the benefits you can expect when switching to electric. Once considered an afterthought, electric forklift popularity is booming. With improved performance, advancements in battery technology, and new battery types available electric forklifts are an increasingly beneficial option.

Advantages

Every model of forklift has its own advantages, but choosing the right forklift is key for productivity. Let’s review some of the benefits we see in electric forklifts.

No Tailpipe Emissions

A clean workplace is a safe workplace, and electric forklifts give off zero emissions. With zero tailpipe emissions, you can avoid the many fumes and odors that come with gas. Zero engine oil, no fuel tanks, and no fuel tank storage needed.

Less Maintenance

With electric forklifts, you have longer maintenance intervals since there are fewer moving parts. You also no longer need to replace and dispose of oil and fluids with electric, except for hydraulic oil. This means less maintenance, less downtime, and more productivity.

Little Fuel Consumption

In today’s climate, fuel costs are rising. Another reason many are making the switch. The cost for electricity on average is significantly lower than the cost of fuel. How much would you save from cutting down on fuel costs?

Superior Performance

We are often seeing electric forklifts simply outperforming their gas counterparts. Electric lifts have automatic braking technology, leading to reduced wear while also reducing fatigue for operators. Three-wheel electric forklifts also turn on a tighter radius than gas lifts and have advanced tire technology. This leads to a more responsive machine, which means fewer accidents and more productivity.

Quiet Machines

Lastly, another advantage is that they are quieter machines. Since they run on battery power, they are significantly less noisy than their gas counterparts. Operators are able to hear what’s going on around them, leading to fewer accidents.

Disadvantages

Electric forklift technology and popularity grow by the day, but electric forklifts are not the solution for every application. Let’s review some of the common disadvantages of electric forklifts.

Higher Upfront Cost

Electric forklifts have a higher upfront cost than LPG, gas, and diesel equipment. That said, the cost of ownership is lower in the long run.

Environmental Prone

Electrics are easily damaged in poor weather conditions. Any wet conditions, such as rain or snow, can severely damage the forklift. Many electric forklifts are not designed for outside usage, but heavy-duty models are often viable for outdoor applications.

Note: Many of the Jungheinrich Electrics are designed to be used outdoors and in weather, click here to learn more about Jungheinrich!

Battery Charging

If your operations are multi-shift, electrics may not be the ideal solution. Traditional lead-acid batteries can take up to eight hours to recharge and have another eight hours to cool off. However, with proper battery maintenance and opportunity charging your operation can overcome these challenges.

Note: With Lithium-Ion batteries coming to the market, battery changing is becoming a thing of the past. There are also lead-acid sealed batteries that allow for regular charging and do not require traditional “cooling” time. Interested in learning more about Lithium-Ion batteries? Click here to read our Lithium-Ion blog!

Despite these issues, many warehouse managers agree the pros far outweigh the cons. Now is the time to ask yourself, should we make the switch? To learn more about electric forklifts and if they are right for you, contact us today!

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Loading Dock: Safety Rules & OSHA Compliance

Loading docks are a critical point of commerce and are an essential part of a reliable supply chain. Warehouses, factories, hospitals, and many other businesses have loading docks located on-site. Today we will discuss the various safety rules that apply to loading docks and the safety hazards that can occur.

First, what is a loading dock? A loading dock is an area of a building where cargo vehicles, mostly trucks, are loaded and unloaded. The docks are leveled to a certain height to accommodate the height of cargo vehicles. They typically provide access to storage rooms or staging area.

Loading dock safety rules and OSHA compliance

Loading Dock Safety Hazards

Meeting dock safety rules may seem easy, just avoid the edge! While this may seem true, meeting safety compliance regulations is much more than that. Employers must inform employees of all safety rules and procedures then take the necessary actions to prevent accidents.  

Let’s review safety hazards we commonly see at docks:

  • A slippery, wet, oily, or broken dock surface can cause falls.
  • Unchocked trailer wheels causing injuries.
  • Loose dock plates can cause slips.
  • Carbon monoxide exposure, causing illness and/or unconsciousness.
  • Injuries from falling.
  • Back injuries from improper lifting and/or carrying.
  • Careless/reckless behavior around the dock causing injuries.

Many of these hazards are forklift-related and can be fatal. Slow down, watch out for others, and be aware of the edge of the dock when operating a forklift.

Clean loading doc

Loading Dock Safety Recommendations

OSHA has several loading dock safety recommendations to keep your team safe.

Be aware of Loading Dock Hazards:

Loading docks are especially prone to hazards as they are exposed to the weather outside. Your team should regularly be cleaning any leaves, water, or any other debris that gets collected in or by your loading dock. Oil from the forklifts are another common hazard we see on dock floors. Remember, a clean and dry working surface is an OSHA requirement. Do your part, keep your floor clean.

Be Alert to Traffic and Materials:

A loading dock can be a busy place and loud place. Be aware of any forklift sounds you may hear and pay attention to the materials itself. Many accidents occur when materials on the dock roll or fall.  Hard hats, eye protection, and hearing protection are required to protect yourself against any falling object. Finally, make sure to minimize all possible traffic around the bay. Cutting down on unnecessary employees around the dock will lead to fewer incident reports.

OSHA-Required Dock Barriers

Simply put, you must have safety barriers at your dock. OSHA states that any wall opening or hole with a drop more than four feet must have a barrier. This is a federal guideline that is enforced strictly, so make sure to check up on your local requirements. It is often recommended to use bars as they will have the most protection against a forklift or person falling off the loading dock. Visual barriers can be used as well, but only if a facility can prove a guardrail or bars would hinder visibility.

Safety with Truck and Trailers

Loading dock protection includes safety when working with all trucks and trailers. First, check that all truck and trailer wheels are chocked before loading or unloading. Also check that the vehicle is parked close to the loading dock. Make sure that the driver turns off their motor in order to prevent carbon monoxide exposure. Carbon monoxide is odorless, invisible, and it can be fatal.  Proper ventilation is a requirement around loading docks and should be inspected regularly.

Forklift Safety

Forklifts are often involved in accidents at the loading dock, and many of these accidents are avoidable. Firstly, it is easy to misjudge the distance between the edge and your forklift. By putting yellow caution lines around your dock’s edge, you will help prevent forklifts from falling off the dock. It is also recommended to use curbed ramps and dock boards to keep your lift trucks from sliding around.

Load and Unload Correctly

By loading and unloading correctly you are preventing injuries. Remember to always use a forklift, dolly, or any other aid to lift when you’re by yourself. When you must lift, bend your knees and keep your back straight. When using a hand truck make sure to balance and secure all loads and keep it at a height that you can see over.

Safely using loading equipment

Safety is a Priority

Achieving proper safety protocol is no easy task, especially at a busy loading dock. That’s why you and your team must develop routine safety training for all employees while also following all OSHA guidelines to help reduce accidents. Remember, safety starts with you.

Interested in learning more? Contact us today to schedule a consultation for all your safety needs!

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How to Achieve Less Forklift Downtime

Any company that uses forklifts for material handling knows just how fast problems can snowball. Whether you have one truck, ten trucks, or one hundred trucks in your fleet the tools and approach to minimizing downtime are all the same. Today we are talking about how you can minimize your forklift downtime by following these simple tips.

DATA RECORDING

Simply put, the best way to achieve less forklift downtime is through effective data recording. Each company should be taking records of each forklift, as each forklift is different and will have its own unique problems. It is our recommendation to keep a separate record of each forklift. These records should show purchase or lease date, date obtained, brand, model number, serial number, all PM checkups, any part orders, and all repairs done by the service technician. Finally, you should keep track of engine hours, so you know how often the forklift is being used. These records will allow us to take a comprehensive look at your fleet and make informed decisions.

LIFE EXPECTANCY / COST PER HOUR

On average, the life expectancy of a forklift is about 10,000 hours. If you are running eight-hour shifts that averages out to around 2,000 hours per year or five years. Properly maintaining your forklift can ensure maximum uptime as well as extending its life beyond normal expectancy.

There are currently more than one million forklifts in use across America. It is estimated almost half of all forklifts in operation are operating at a higher cost per hour than needed and costing companies millions of dollars in unnecessary repairs. To know if you have a faulty forklift you must know two things, the ownership and maintenance cost of that forklift. Ownership cost is the difference between delivered cost and its residual value when turned in. For example, a truck that originally cost $15,000, is four years old and has accumulated 8,500 hours. Its trade-in value is now roughly $6,000. Subtract the trade-in value from the original cost it is now worth $9,000, the ownership cost, then divide by the engine hours. You will learn that this forklift costs $1.06 per operating hour.

The cumulative maintenance cost is a lot easier to calculate. Cumulative maintenance cost is the total of maintenance labor and material cost from the date of purchase. Let’s give another example, say your maintenance costs are $11,250. Again, divide this by the engine hours(8,500) to get $1.32, the maintenance cost per hour.

Add both costs together and you get your cost per hour to operate and maintain, in our example, the total would be $2.38 per hour.

KNOW WHEN TO REPLACE YOUR FORKLIFT

We have seen many businesses make the mistake of keeping a forklift that has outlived its usefulness. Or on the other spectrum, without information at their disposal, we see companies replacing forklifts at a certain age regardless of condition. The problem with this is that these companies are not taking a data-driven approach.

Determining forklift economic life

This chart is a good reference point on when to replace, as we can see the most cost-effective time to replace your forklift is when ownership cost meets maintenance cost. Past this point, the maintenance cost will rise and you may spend more than necessary to keep that forklift operating. Keep in mind this graph DOES NOT include the productivity lost and cost of downtime when the forklift is being repaired.

ENSURE YOUR FORKLIFT IS RIGHT FOR THE APPLICATION

Your business and material handling processes may change over time, but do your forklifts? Another common pain point we see is that the forklift specifications do not match the jobs they are expected to do. Perhaps you’ve outgrown your warehouse area and have started to store material on the floor or on the racks that may be farther than in the past.

For maximum effectiveness, your forklifts need to match the job required. If they don’t you could be spending more than necessary on keeping an overtaxed forklift running or spending extra on a forklift that is too powerful. You may also have too many forklifts and need to make cuts.

It is recommended to perform a thorough audit every three years, call and request one from us today! We can audit your operations at no cost.

EFFECTIVE PM PLANNING

It’s easy to relate forklifts back to cars because they have similar problems. You know that you wouldn’t drive your car for years without changing the oil or filters, so would you also do that to a forklift? You want to keep your car running well, so you maintain a proper maintenance schedule.

The same holds true with forklifts, if you follow a planned maintenance routine, you can reduce downtime and overall operating costs by catching problems before they happen. Small problems snowball, one day it’s a minor repair the next it’s causing significant downtime and problems for your operation.

Interested in learning more about PM’s? Contact our PM department today to get scheduled!

STAY INFORMED

With each forklift purchase comes an operation and maintenance manual, and within that you will find a maintenance section with scheduled service intervals. It will also provide service details on proper replacement fluids and service speculations. To ensure your forklift stays properly maintained for as long as possible, follow the manual.

Missing your manual? Contact us today to provide a new one!

IN CONCLUSION

Taking the proper steps to reduce forklift downtime can look overwhelming, but the money and time saved from reducing downtime are worthwhile.  If you are interested in learning more or would like to speak with a Territory Manager in your area, then contact us today!

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Forklift Training

In today’s blog we will discuss the importance of forklift training and give an overview of the forklift training services Fallsway provides. Firstly, the primary reason we offer forklift training is safety. Forklifts are large industrial machines that can cause problems, fast. Similar to cars, it is necessary to acquire the proper certification and training before working with these lift trucks. Help reduce accidents and meet OSHA requirements by training and certifying your forklift operators.

Next, we will discuss the various training services we offer, including classroom training, on-site training, and online training.

Classroom Training

The first service we offer is classroom training, the traditional style of forklift operator certification. Regardless of experience, we work directly with you in a classroom-style environment to get your OSHA-compliant forklift operator certification.

  • Classroom Training and driving evaluation (1 Day Class)
  • Receive your certificate of completion and forklift license that is valid for three years.
  • Classes run on the first Tuesday of every month.
  • Class is held at Fallsway Equipment Headquarters (1277 DeValera Ave. Akron, OH 44310)
  • 4-hour training class starting promptly at 8:30 A.M.
  • $125 per student.

On-Site Training

The next service we offer is on-site training, the easiest way to get you and/or your employees OSHA certified and trained to operate forklifts. We will do the on-site training at your location, with driving training and a certificate of completion.

  • On-site training at your location.
  • Driving training and certificate of completion for each eligible student.
  • $750 for five students, $200 for each additional trainee, maximum class size of 10. For each additional type of equipment, there will be an additional $50 charge.
  • Forklift certification is valid for three years.

Train the Trainer

Take on the trainer role for yourself with our “train-the-trainer course”. Take control of covering the OSHA required content and certifying forklift operators.

  • $675 per person with additional operator materials available for purchase from our trainer at the time of training.

Please note for all on-site training courses:

  • A fee of $75 is charged when onsite training is performed for travel expenses for the trainer.
  • Additional travel expenses may apply for any overnight stays.
  • Saturday training is an extra $100.
  • After-hours training is an extra $100 (Before 8 AM or after 5 PM)

Online Training

Save time and enjoy the convenience of having OSHA forklift certification work around you and your operation’s schedule. With Lift Operator Training, a forklift operator may complete all forklift training classroom lessons online. The course will last 2.5 hours and covers everything from basic to advanced safety operations for both sit-down and stand-up lifts. Once you complete the course, a Fallsway representative will be available to administer the OSHA required driving safety course. This safety course can be completed at your location with your equipment.

  • Fit OSHA certification into your operation’s schedule by completing the online course at your convenience, do 5 minutes increments, 10 minutes, or all at once. It is up to you!
  • Schedule your OSHA required safety driving test at your convenience, not around the next training class available.
  • Accurately track OSHA compliance all online, it comes with 24/7 access to operator certificates and digital wallet cards.
  • OSHA certification is valid for three years.

Interested in signing up for forklift training? Click here to go to our forklift training overview page.

Interested in online training? Click here to go to our partnered program to complete your Lift Operator Training Program. 

Interested in learning more? Contact us today!

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Forklift Measurements

Before you operate a forklift, you should be aware of the crucial measurements that determine if you can perform a task safely. This blog will address the importance of knowing the measurements of the mast and forks, and how those measurements affect your operation.

Forklift sizes

First, some of the potential hazards that all forklift operators should know of:

  • Striking racks, semi-trailers, and truck ceilings
  • Striking lamps, ceiling fixtures, and heaters
  • Falling objects
  • Any other situational hazard

Next, you should be aware of the dynamic ranges of your vehicle and determine whether your forklift can safely operate in the provided space. To determine this, you must know a few measurements such as Overall Lowered Height (OALH), Overall Raised Height (OARH), Free Fork Height (FFH), and Maximum Fork Height (MFH). With this knowledge, you are able to safely determine if the forklift can get the job done and if any other steps are necessary. In the next section, we will discuss what each measurement means and any other potential hazards we are looking for.

Overall Lowered Height

Potential Hazards include: Overhead obstructions including doorways and ceiling fixtures.

Overall Lowered Height (OALH) takes into consideration any doorways, low-hanging fixtures, or low ceilings that an operator may encounter. Each operator should be aware of the height of the mast when it is lowered and how this may impact operations. You may also have to take into consideration what will happen when the forklift is inside of a truck and has to raise the forks to retrieve double-stacked pallets.

Overall Raised Height

Potential Hazards include: Roof of semi-trailer or truck, ceilings, overhead fixtures including lights and heaters.

Overall Raised Height (OARH) is the maximum extended mast height with the forks at their highest point and the clearance required with such an extension. Similar to OALH, we are concerned with any obstacles that could impede operations. This includes any overhead obstructions that could be within striking distance. When dealing with the OARH it is recommended to never travel with the load elevated or exceed the stated capacity at the highest stack heights.

Overall raised forklift height

Free Fork Height

Potential Hazards: Striking racking or pallets. Striking the roof of a tractor-trailer or truck.

Free Fork Height (FFH) is the height that your forks can reach without extending the mast. You can determine this height by determining the fork height required to load and clear the top pallet from a double stack while also within the confines of the truck or semi-trailer you are dealing with.

Maximum Fork Height

Potential Hazards: Striking racking or pallets, collision, falling objects.

Maximum Fork Height (MFH) is, you guessed it, the height of your highest pallet position. While this can seem obvious, it is still crucial to take an accurate measurement. If any variables are changed you could potentially be in a dangerous operation. You should always know the maximum height your forks can reach with the mast extended. Next, evaluate whether your forklift can lift the load to the highest stack with enough clearance for a safe operation.

Summary

Knowing the necessary measurements is critical to any operation. While this information may be repetitive to those of us with experience in the industry, it is critical to remember to double-check every variable when a new change is introduced. If you are interested in learning more, contact us today to speak directly with a salesperson.

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