Let’s face facts here, Forklift trucks aren’t sexy!
Nobody wakes up in the middle of the night thinking about how much they want the most recent VNA or Stacker in their lifetime.
Or spoken to the young man in question about how he remembers lying on his bed dreaming of the day when he could finally own one of these magnificent machines.
It just does not happen. Forklifts are mundane, perfunctory and pragmatic. They’re not designed to be anything other than functional. They do the job they are designed to do and then they are hidden in the corner for the nightout of sight and out of mind.
However, the humble forklift shouldn’t be underestimated. It plays a much more important role in our lives than you may think.
Have a quick look around the room you’re in at the moment, maybe your office or perhaps you’re sitting in a comfortable chair at home. Have a look and count the number of items that will, at some point in their lives, have been touched by a forklift truck.
I guarantee that you can make a case for each and every item in direct view of you right now having been perched on a pallet or stacked in a warehouse sooner or later.
I would venture to suggest that the forklift truck is the most undervalued piece of machinery in use today.
So what can we do about it, what do we do to elevate those beasts of burden to the heights that they so richly deserve?
The answer is: Nothing. The forklift truck is happy to reside with its image issue.
We take them for granted and just assume that they will go on forever. The truth of course is that these noble machines need just as much care and care for as the most exotic Lamborghini or Ferrari if you are going to get the most from them.
This is where regular maintenance and servicing comes in.
It’s essential that you recognize the very important role that servicing and maintenance plays in keeping your forklift running, day in, day out and that you set a plan in place, sooner rather than later.
I’m sure we have all heard the horror stories of a forklift breaking down on a Friday afternoon leaving the mill on shutdown over the weekend and the MD pulling what’s left of his hair out. You really don’t need to find yourself in that boat.
Do your research, find an organisation you can trust and then you can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your useful forklift will go on and on.