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Optimizing Your Forklift for Summer’s Heat

The old saying is “March comes in like a lion and leaves like a lamb.” So far, in February, we’ve seen freezing temperatures, as well as temps in the 80s in San Antonio and South Texas. While we aren’t weathermen at Liftmasters, we can predict with some certainty that our temperatures are going to steadily be climbing up as we get closer to spring and summer and that means it’s a good time to get your forklift equipment ready for that famous Texas heat. Here are some basics if your forklifts and operators will be exposed to the heat:

Batteries:

Checking your battery fluids is a good place to start. We had some cold weather this winter, so your fluids may need replacing and refilling.

Fans and belts:

Don’t let a cracked belt ruin your day – belts are susceptible to temperature extremes like all the moving parts. Fans, which have the all important job of keeping your engine cool, can crack and are also susceptible to weather. Belts power the fans and keep coolant moving. It’s all connected and one bad part can mess the whole thing up – slowing down your production.

Wire and cables:

Weather extremes like we’ve seen this past winter can cause wires to crack and become brittle. When the temperatures rise as we know they will, cracked wires can break. Check those wires and cables now and replace if necessary.

Coolant levels:

Just like with any engine operating in tough heat, coolant is going to play an important part in keeping things running. If your coolant levels look particularly low, you’ll need to check for leaks. Hoses are also susceptible to becoming brittle and cracking during winter’s breath of cold air.

Employee safety comes first, of course, so make sure your forklift and other equipment operators have the ability to cool down with breaks and stay hydrated with plenty of water.

At Liftmasters, we are your partners in keeping you moving smoothly. Our trained staff of technicians can walk you through the process of getting your forklift ready for summer or can come and do it for you. Contact us for more information.

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