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Tips on how to inspect a forklift before renting it

Forklifts are essential for many businesses. From startups to well-established corporations, these businesses all use forklifts wherever relevant, however it is not always affordable or feasible to buy one. Sometimes businesses need forklifts but have limited handling needs or cannot afford to buy one due to financial constraints. Renting a forklift is an affordable option in such situations. Say a business knows what the right kind of forklift is for their handling needs – is that enough to hire a rental? Well, yes and no. Knowing what kind of forklift will meet your needs is the first major step to getting the right one but it is equally important to inspect one before renting it.

Here are some important components to inspect with a representative of the rental company:

  1. Forks – it is important to inspect the forks for any bends, cracks or other irregularities that you think may affect the fork’s performance. Discuss any irregularities with the representative before you rent so that they can either fix them for you or show you another machine.
  1. Cylinders, Lift Chains – Inspect the lift chains carefully by running your eyes through the chain and checking for any missing or damaged links and pins. There are hoses running parallel to the chains, inspect them for any leaks. Mast channels in used machines often have cracks that can affect structural reliability, make sure you check for those.
  1. Overhead Guard and Frame – The operator compartment is where a person operates a fork from which forms the frame of the machine. Inspecting the frame and overhead guard for any signs of damage and welding is important. All windows and panels should be in good condition to ensure maximum security for the operator.
  1. Operator Controls – Sitting inside a forklift and operating it is what will get the main job done so it is important that you sit in it and operate it as much as you can to check that it performs its functions properly. Check for seat belt, secure seat, working brakes and smooth movement in all directions.
  1. Engine Compartment – Lifting the hood and checking the engine is important to ensure that the machine has been well serviced. Check air filters, fluids, battery, and the general condition of the engine.
  1. The exhaust guard at the back should be in place and operational.
  1. Counterweight bolts should be in place.
  1. Tires should be in really good conditions; check for wear and tear and any punctures.
  1. Fuel type – Different forklifts run on different kind of fuel; some are electric, others run on different fuels such as LPG, gasoline or diesel. Make sure you check the electric one for operating batteries and charging plugs.

After you have inspected the components mentioned above, you can request the representative to look at the service record of the machine you are interested in to see how it has been treated in the past. If you are looking to rent a forklift for your handling needs, Ace Equipment in Fort Worth can help you select the right one and take you through the inspection so that you are fully satisfied with the forklift you choose. Contact us today to choose the right forklift from the wide variety of machines we offer.