Forklift Storage, the dos and don’ts

One of the most common challenges when it comes to operating a warehouse is how to store your material handling equipment.  With bulky heavy lifting machinery such as forklifts, having sufficient storage space is often the biggest challenge not only for your operations but on your bottom line too.

This raises questions about how your forklift should be stored.  Should it be stored inside or outside and what are the consequences?

At EIE Group, we are material handling suppliers and forklift specialists in South Africa.  Whether your needs include the purchase or hiring a forklift, to obtaining forklift training or forklift spare parts our support services offer you the complete solution to help manage your operational challenges.

When it comes to indoor and outdoor storage, both have consequences.  For example, outdoor storage could increase wear and tear or cause corrosion on your forklift components, thereby increasing maintenance costs whilst indoor storage often means better protection but limited space and impact on your operations and workflow.

With this in mind, herewith our recommendations for how best to store your forklift.

Short-term forklift storage tips

  • Electric forklifts are not designed to operate outdoors and therefore should not be stored in an outdoor environment. This will protect their battery and electrical components.
  • Store forklifts on dry and level ground. Dry ground to prevent moisture from entering your forklift which could lead to rust and level ground for stability to prevent any accidents that could result due to the forklift rolling or moving on uneven ground during storage.
  • Store forklifts in environments with temperature control or where consistent moderate temperatures can be achieved. Extreme cold temperatures impact on the battery and forklift components. Controlled temperatures as extreme cold or heat has an impact on the forklift battery and forklift components.
  • Release piping pressure to the cylinder

Long-term forklift storage tips

We recommend following all the short-term forklift storage tips above, as well as:

  • Ensure that the forklift is thoroughly cleaned especially if it will be stored for an extended period. This will reduce the risk of unnecessary downtime and damage caused by hardened debris.
  • Continue with regular repairs and maintenance even when your forklift is in long-term storage. Regular maintenance will include anti-greasing all exposed parts; covering any areas where moisture may enter; lubricating all joints; checking tyre pressure.  This will ensure that your forklift remains in optimal condition when required.
  • Cover the entire forklift with a plastic sheet
  • Run your forklift in an operational state at least once a week. This will ensure that you identify any moving parts that may show signs of rust or electrical parts that could fuse together due to inactivity.

Your forklift should be considered an important asset to your business operations and bottom line.  By ensuring adequate and safe storage, including taking care of your forklift while in storage will contribute towards operational uptime, lower repair and maintenance costs and increased profitability.

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Needing support with your material handling equipment?  At EIE Group and through our partners, Toyota Forklift, 600SA we offer a wide range of forklifts for sale in Gauteng to additional support services to provide your business with the complete solution to ensure smooth and profitable operations.  Contact us today, our team is on standby to assist you.

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