Keep It Cool!

sun-32198_1280It may still be officially spring, but summer has made an early appearance.  Keeping you forklift equipment cool can be a challenge during this time of year.

Many companies open their overhead doors to allow cooler air to come in to their facility.  Seasonal work puts forklifts outside more.  The accumulation of dirt on the cooling system can cause dangerous overheating.  Regular Preventive Maintenance (PMs) this time of year is paramount.  Flushing the coolant will aid in keeping forklifts at a normal operating temperature.  Do not wait till it is too late!  Costly repairs and down-time can be avoidable.

Contact CFE Equipment today to ask about keeping your forklift cool this summer.

Forklift Parts? When Experience Matters

Parts are parts?  Right?  Wrong.  In the world of forklifts not all parts are created equal.  Having the knowledge of what manufacturer of parts works best for particular a forklift is what makes CFE Equipment one of the best parts dealers in the Virginia/Maryland market.

In many cases, CFE has saved customers money by using proven aftermarket parts.  We constantly evaluate aftermarket parts manufacturers for consistency in quality. Parts from these vetted manufactures  can save money and provide a solid alternative to expensive OEM parts.  However, not all aftermarket parts are superior.  In some cases, OEM parts are the best choice.  After years of workplace applications, our knowledgeable parts staff has honed in on the best options to keep equipment running.

When deciding on what parts to use, experience matters.  Many of our parts employees have years of experience.  Many are, and were former mechanics.  They have real-time access to what parts work best and what will not work for the long haul.

Visit CFE Equipment online and ask for a quote today.

The importance of Preventative Maintenance

What happens when a vital piece of equipment breaks down?  Panic?  Productions slows or comes to a complete stop?

Just like our vehicle that gets us to work, there is a natural tendency to assume our equipment will always be in good working condition.  While there are a laundry list of reasons why our lift equipment can stop working, there is something we can do to help prevent that from happening.

Regular preventative maintenance (PM) on lift equipment is a low cost expense with the absolute potential to save money via down time.  With capable mechanics regularly inspecting one or a fleet of forklifts, a company can lower the probability that there will a stop in production, and in turn, keep customers happy.

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Other benefits from regular preventive maintenance include a snap shot of the forklift fleet.  This can help better budget for future expenditures on lift equipment and repairs.  A competent forklift mechanic should be informing the customer of repairs that are priority and others that the customer needs to be aware of.  OSHA also requires certain aspects of the lift equipment to be in good working condition.  Teaming up with a Forklift Service Company can help you stay compliant.

A PM is more than an oil and filter change (on an internal combustion lift).  It is an opportunity for the service provider and the customer to work together to turn potential downtime into more constant uptime.

If you wish to learn more about what you can do to save your company money and downtime, please contact CFE Equipment.

Why do we recommend operator training?

Forklift Operator Safety Training

Did you know CFE Equipment offers on-site forklift operator training? Do you know why it is important?

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The benefits of providing operator training go beyond the obvious mandatory requirement for OSHA. Benefits like improved employee attitude, increased productivity, decreased product damage, lower maintenance costs, and increased operator safety are a few reasons why all companies should invest in their operators.

Each year over 100 workers die in accidents involving powered industrial lift devices. 9 out of every 10 accidents can be attributed to operator error due to inadequate training and/or inadequate enforcement of Company safe work procedures. Most operators do not think about, and have no concept of the damage a forklift could cause.

If you wish to learn more about what you can do to make your company compliant, please contact CFE Equipment. You can also learn more at OSHA’s website here.