The Forklift Wrecker is a heavy-duty, durable machine designed to help you around your impound lot or auto garage. It’s built with hard work in mind, which means there’s really very little you need to do to keep the Forklift Wrecker up and running properly. But, like any machine, the better you care for it, the longer it will last. If you’re trying to get a sense of how much care and maintenance the Forklift Wrecker will need to serve your company for years to come, here’s what you need to know:
How Often Should I Perform Maintenance On My Forklift Wrecker?
It’s a good idea to maintain your Forklift Wrecker about as often as you service your forklift, about every 90 days.
Though the Forklift Wrecker requires very little maintenance, it’s always worth it to give your product a once-over and make sure everything is working as it should. If you’re already servicing your forklift, it’s easy to add in an extra 5-10 minutes to make sure your Forklift Wrecker is in good shape too. Here are a few things to look for when you complete your regular service routine:
Inspect & Lubricate any Moving Parts
When looking your Forklift Wrecker over, be sure to pay special attention to its moving parts, like the C-hooks and the bolts that hold it. When necessary, lubricate those moving parts and bolts to ensure that your Forklift Wrecker is operating smoothly.
Tighten Bolts When Necessary
Double-check that the bolts on the C-hooks and on the fork pockets are secure. Constant motion and driving around rugged terrain can occasionally cause those bolts to loosen up. A simple turn of the wrench will get them back where they belong.
Make Sure Springs are in Good Working Order
The last step is to just check the springs. The spring holding C-hooks or tire grid open should be doing its job; C-hooks should be wide enough that you can easily slip them under the tires of a vehicle waiting to be towed. Also double-check the springs holding the T-bar to the Forklift Wrecker boom. Again, the springs shouldn’t be stretched out, and they should be keeping adequate tension between the two components.
How to Properly Care for your Forklift Wrecker
In general, the best way to care for your Forklift Wrecker is the same way you care for your forklift. The Forklift Wrecker doesn’t require much special maintenance, but there are a few things to keep in mind:
To get the most out of your Forklift Wrecker, make sure you’re storing it somewhere safe and out of the elements. It’s best to store the Forklift Wrecker in a garage or warehouse, but any covered area will do, so long as the attachment and your forklift are protected from extreme temperatures and precipitation.
For the safe care of your forklift and the Forklift Wrecker, make sure the forks of your forklift are always lowered when the Forklift Wrecker is not in use, and ensure that the forklift’s parking brake is engaged. It’s also a good idea to remove the key from the forklift’s ignition whenever you’re not using it. This helps keep everyone at your facility safe.
Never let anyone operate the Forklift Wrecker who is not familiar with the attachment or who is not certified and trained to drive a forklift. Forklifts are powerful, useful machines, but they can be dangerous when used improperly. To ensure you get the most out of both your forklift and Forklift Wrecker, and to make sure you’re keeping everyone safe, only allow certified, trained employees to operate the Forklift Wrecker.
How is your Forklift Wrecker treating you? If yours could use a little maintenance, or a few new parts, let us know! All Forklift Wreckers come with an extended warranty, and we’d be happy to supply you with the maintenance help or new parts you need. Just give us a call at 877-593-6959 or contact us online today.