Benefits of Forklift Maintenance Plans
Why Forklift Preventative Maintenance is Important
Preventative maintenance is one of the best investments you can make for your fleet. Businesses that prioritize forklift maintenance are less likely to experience lost productivity, on-the-job accidents, and other setbacks. Here’s why:
- Regular maintenance helps spot problems before they lead to downtime. Unexpected downtime is a concern for any forklift fleet. When you’re not running at full capacity, it’s that much harder to keep your business profitable and deal with busy periods when they arise. A proactive forklift maintenance plan will use sophisticated diagnostic technologies to spot warning signs of a problem well in advance. Not only does this allow you to take corrective action sooner, but it also lets you schedule repairs at a time that’s most convenient.
- Forklift maintenance saves you money. When you sign up for one of McCall Handling’s forklift maintenance plans, you exchange the uncertainty of repairs for a fixed monthly fee. When you factor in the expense of emergency service — including the cost your productivity incurs as a result — our monthly maintenance plans are the clear value leader. What’s more, a fixed fee schedule makes budgeting more predictable.
- Regular maintenance extends the life of your equipment. Well-maintained forklifts last longer and require less frequent repairs. They’ll also command a higher resale value should you ever decide to sell or upgrade your fleet.
- Forklift maintenance is your first line of defense against an accident. Two components are required to prevent forklift accidents: a well-trained staff and well-running machines. Both are equally important. No matter how much training and experience your team has, a poorly maintained machine is an obvious safety hazard. Ensuring your fleet is in good running condition at all times will lower your risk of an accident, improve staff morale and save money in the long run.
Preventative maintenance is the cornerstone of any industrial equipment management plan. Nearly all manufacturers, including Hyster, Crane, and Mitsubishi, recommend setting up a forklift preventative maintenance schedule that reflects the operating conditions and environments your fleet works in. Some manufacturers require documented service from an authorized provider to keep your warranty intact.