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Servicing Your Forklift: How Often

| Equipment, General, How-To | January 25, 2013

You will hear from lift truck maintenance companies that a Forklift will need to be serviced based on usage intervals.

  • LP Forklift hours are often listed by running hours, the time the key switch is in the “on” position.
  • Electric lift trucks usually have maintenance intervals are based on hydraulic/drive motor running hours..

Internal Combustion Lift Trucks Maintenance Schedule

**Per OSHA, Forklift Driver inspections must be completed per shift**

Forklifts items that should be serviced every 250 hours:

  • a fuel filter
  • oil change and filter
  • an air filter
  • lubricate frame and all lube points
  • Mast and Attachments
  • Drive Train
  • Engine Compartment (including fluids & filters)
  • Electrical System
  • Brakes
  • Hydraulics
  • Steering System
  • Safety and cosmetic appearance

Every 500 hours change:

  • Antifreeze
  • Spark Plugs
  • Replace points, condenser and set timing

Every 1000 hours change:

  • Hydraulic Oil and Filter
  • Oil and Filter in Transmission and Converter
  • Lube in Drive Hubs
  • Brake Fluid

Electric Forklifts

Electric Lift Trucks will have slightly different maintenance intervals because they have less moving parts

Planned Maintenance

If you have a lift truck in use in your facility that gets regular use, it is a good idea to have a fully trained and licensed technician look at your lift every 250 hours. Keep a copy of the items inspected in a file and be prepared to show it OSHA should they ask.

***OSHA has specific rules for maintenance of industrial trucks, which is found under the compliance section 1910.178(q). Also, when creating a maintenance program, be sure to contact Bell fork Lift for assistance at 888-404-2575 or request a quote at www.bellforklift.com

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