Most of the times, people overlook the crucial part of forklift maintenance, i.e., its regular cleaning. To keep the functioning of equipment up to the mark, proper cleaning and maintenance of forklift after a regular interval of time is suggested. The performance of different parts of the forklift deteriorates due to grease, oil, and dust that settle over it with daily usage. So, regular cleaning of parts and ensures that they are working properly without any hindrance and friction of abrasion.
Following are the reasons that can explain well why it is essential to clean forklifts on a regular basis:
1. Prevent overheating of radiator –
For forklift to work properly, a clean radiator is crucial. The primary function of the radiator includes dispersing heat away from the forklifts engine bay. Moreover, to prevent overheating, it controls the hydraulic oil temperature of the unit.
When the forklift is put to use in an outdoor area and warm weather, then dust can get deposit in and around the radiator. It can thus block the escape path of the hot air from engines which ultimately lowers the cooling effectiveness of the radiator. It can lead to the failure of hydraulic systems and engines. Then you had to spend a huge amount on repairing or even the replacement of the part.
2. To ensure safe and proper connections of terminals –
There are some forklifts that have a number of connectors and terminals like battery electric forklifts. Their connections have to be intact for the proper working of the forklift. Building up of dust and dirt around the terminals can lead to lose connections which can hinder the performance of the forklift to a great extent. Furthermore, there are chances that dirt may corrode the connectors, batteries, and terminals. It will gradually reduce their lifespan.
So if you want your forklift to be durable, make sure its connections are cleaned regularly without any negligence.
3. To simplify visual inspections –
By keeping forklift and its parts clean, you can efficiently conduct its visual inspection. It is an important safety benefit.
While cleaning the parts of a forklift, the operator has a closer view and thus can thoroughly inspect the faults hidden under the dust.
Old dust can lead to weakening and even degradation of the components. Components such as lift chains and mast channels require regular inspections. While cleaning the forklift, every part is closely viewed, and thus, no time is wasted on inspecting components separately after cleaning.
4. Smooth working of components and their durability –
Components that move most of the time when the forklift is put to work require regular maintenance. They should be cleaned on a daily basis so that their smooth working is not interrupted. Otherwise, you had to get an expensive part replacement done sooner than expected.