WINTER MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST FOR FORKLIFTS

December 28, 2023

To ensure the ongoing safe and efficient operation of your forklift during winter, it is important to follow a comprehensive maintenance checklist.

  1. Regular inspections: Conduct regular inspections of the forklift, checking for any signs of wear, damage, or leaks. Pay close attention to critical components such as the engine, tyres, battery, and hydraulic system. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage or accidents.

  2. Fluid checks and replacements: Check and replace fluids as necessary, including engine oil, hydraulic fluid, and coolant. Ensure the fluids are at the recommended levels and of the appropriate type for winter conditions.

  3. Battery maintenance: Follow proper battery maintenance procedures, including regular cleaning of terminals, checking fluid levels (if applicable), and ensuring proper charging practices. Consider using battery blankets or heaters to protect the battery from cold temperatures.

  4. Tyre maintenance: Regularly check tyre pressure, inspect tyre treads, and clean the tyres to ensure optimal performance and safety. Consider using tyres designed for winter conditions or tyre chains/studs if necessary.

  5. Lubrication: Properly lubricate all moving parts of the forklift, such as hinges and pivot points. Lubrication helps prevent corrosion and ensures smooth operation, particularly in cold temperatures.

  6. Emergency equipment: Ensure the forklift is equipped with essential emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and emergency contact information. Regularly check the functionality and accessibility of these items.

By following this winter maintenance checklist, you can proactively address potential issues and ensure the ongoing safe and efficient operation of your forklift throughout the winter season.

Contact us today for expert assistance in winterising your forklift and ensuring safe and efficient operations during the winter months.