It is important to familiarize yourself with work equipment and machinery. While you may not be the one operating them, you should at least be aware of some of the mechanical issues they can have and know the signs of possible issues so that you are in a better place to catch the warning signs as early on as possible. It's always helpful to have many eyes watching for important issues. When it comes to forklifts, you want to be aware of problems that can happen with them. You never want to put off repairing a forklift because forklift issues don't only have the potential to put the company behind schedule, but they can also be dangerous in many cases. Here are some problems forklifts can have that you should know about:
Issues With the Forklift's Mast
The mast is the part of the forklift that actually does the lifting and the lowering. The mast uses hydraulic power to lift the loads. The way forklifts normally work is by performing a series of steps and movements in order to lift, and when there are multiple steps involved in a process, there are many problems that can occur.
Some signs that there may be an issue with the mast can include the forklift not lifting a load smoothly and having a jerky or extremely bumpy movement. If you notice the forklift is lifting loads with more of a jerky motion than what it normally does, then it should be checked out. It could be leaking hydraulic fluid, it could have a section of chains that need replacing, or one or more parts may be worn, rusted, or damaged in any other number of ways.
Issues With the Forklifts Steering
Forklifts are often steered through tight and/or small spaces. It can be hard to steer them through such spaces. Since the operators already expect the steering to be difficult, issues with this function of the forklift can be harder to detect than some other issues.
One sign that there is likely something going on will be a noise that happens while the wheels are being turned. The noise can become even more prominent when the forklift is turning while carrying a heavy load. The cause of such noise can be an issue with the hydraulics, or it may be that any number of the parts have excessive wear or have something else wrong with them.
Something you want to do regularly is to look over the forklift for anything that appears to be worn, damaged, or different. Always be on the lookout for rust. If you do spot rust on any part of the forklift, this needs attention. Rust is very damaging and if you find it on the visible parts of the forklift, then there is a good chance it is in other areas too.
Contact a company like RDS Equipment, Inc for more information about work equipment and machinery.