Tailifts offers the widest range of tail lifts in Southern Africa. Whatever your vehicular materials handling requirements, Tailifts has a solution for you.

The Importance of Lift Truck Maintenance

Planning and implementing a proper lift truck service plan is central to optimising the fleet’s efficiency and productivity. In order to capitalise on the program and the equipment, ensure you include a few maintenance constituents to guarantee the long-standing health of any lift truck fleet. While fleet size and specific customer requirements will dictate which maintenance components you implement, it’s crucial that programs include the basics. Larger fleets benefit from comprehensive components that include a more analytical approach and often require more management resources.

Technician Training
All lift truck manufacturers recommend service by a trained technician, and for good reason: only properly trained technicians will know how to service specific equipment effectively and efficiently. Factory-trained technicians can diagnose the potential issues and resolve the problem promptly, saving time and repair expenses. Additionally, factory-trained technicians — both manufacturer representatives and internal resources to the customer — have access to software and technical resources, such as technical schedule, that provide direction and insight only available through these resources. Unskilled technicians might use incorrect or unnecessary parts, adding to downtime and cost. Often, trained technicians are more enthused and take pride and ownership in their work, resulting in equipment that operates and lasts longer.

Scheduled Maintenance and Other Preventive Measures
A planned maintenance program is vital to the longevity of a lift truck. First and foremost, a maintenance program should include changing fluids and filters, ensuring proper lubrication and scheduled equipment cleanings. The program also should include checks to ensure all aspects of the equipment are within original equipment manufacturer (OEM) specifications. As an example, do not overlook checks for measuring the fork thickness or chain stretch with a gauge. These checks ensure that the component will not fail unexpectedly and increase uptime.
It also is key to schedule maintenance based on hours of usage and level of activity. For example, a lift truck operating in light-duty applications might need maintenance every 500 hours of operation, while a lift truck in heavier-duty applications, such as a refrigerated environment, might require maintenance every 250 hours of operation. The type of equipment also should contribute to the frequency of maintenance carried out.

Fleet Management
Work with a lift truck provider to design a custom-made fleet management program. By collecting and analysing real-time lift truck data, companies can see how their lift trucks are used and how many hours each truck operates. This information can be used to maximize fleet productivity, reduce costs and determine whether workers are using a lift truck for the wrong job. For instance, data might depict workers are using a reach truck primarily for long horizontal transport, putting unnecessary wear on that truck. In that case, a company can put a more appropriate lift truck in its place and use the reach truck for the vertical applications for which it was designed.
Fleet management also can help managers determine whether lift trucks are used efficiently. If some trucks are in operation most of the day and others are sitting idle, it might be time to reduce the number of trucks or reallocate trucks for other applications.

Fleet managers also can reduce long-term costs by evaluating ongoing maintenance expenses for each truck. Once an older lift truck has maintenance costs that exceed its usefulness, it becomes more cost-effective to invest in a new lift truck.

A well-maintained lift truck will provide reliable, long-lasting productivity at a low operating cost. Continuing scheduled maintenance by trained technicians and real-time data analysis of the fleet will keep lift trucks working hard to contribute to the company’s bottom line.

Tailifts pride ourselves on the manufacture and maintenance of tail lifts that can be fitted to anything with wheels including column, cantilever, foldaway and retractable lifts suitable for any industry.

Tailifts knows that the key to success is to create an industry leading after-sales support network, ensuring high levels of uptime during the contract life of the product. With service centres countrywide and engineering capabilities in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town we are able to offer technical support and a wide range of parts in all the major South African centres.

Tailifts offers a 24/7 product support service with a 12 month (2000 hour) warranty on all products sold. With an after-sales team of 20 technicians countrywide and our extensive parts holding, Tailifts ensures that downtime is kept to a minimum. We offer onsite service and repair with optional product training for drivers.

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With over 40 year's experience, Tailifts South Africa (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer and service provider of commercial and passenger lifts in Southern Africa. We are renowned for our world leading product range and when locally manufacturing our innovative design and high quality workmanship that meets the ever changing demands of our customers.

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