Forklift Maintenance Best Practices

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Forklifts are the workhorses of warehouses, construction sites, and various industrial settings, providing invaluable material handling capabilities. Whether you operate a fleet of brand-new forklifts or have integrated second hand forklifts into your operations, one thing remains constant: regular and proactive forklift maintenance of the forklift parts is essential to keep your equipment running smoothly and your workplace safe. In this article, we’ll delve into best practices for maintaining second hand forklifts, including the importance of sourcing quality forklift parts to ensure your equipment remains reliable and efficient.

Scheduled Maintenance Inspections – A Stitch in Time Saves Nine

The cornerstone of effective forklift maintenance is establishing a rigorous schedule for inspections and servicing. Regularly inspecting your forklifts helps detect potential issues before they escalate into costly breakdowns. Create a maintenance calendar that includes daily, weekly, monthly, and annual checks. Daily inspections should focus on basic safety features, such as brakes, lights, and horn functionality. Weekly checks can delve deeper into mechanical components, while monthly and annual inspections should be more comprehensive, including oil changes, filter replacements, and a detailed examination of forklift parts.

Forklift Parts Replacement – Quality Parts, Quality Performance

When it comes to replacing forklift parts, quality should be your top priority. Inferior or counterfeit parts can lead to unexpected breakdowns and pose serious safety risks. Always source genuine OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) forklift parts or high-quality aftermarket parts from reputable suppliers. These parts are designed to meet the manufacturer’s specifications and maintain the performance and safety standards of your forklift. Investing in quality parts not only ensures the longevity of your equipment but also enhances operational efficiency.

Battery Maintenance for Electric Forklifts- Powering Up: Battery Care

Electric forklifts rely on batteries for power, making battery maintenance a critical aspect of their upkeep. Ensure that your forklift operators are trained to handle batteries properly, including charging and watering (if applicable). Regularly inspect batteries for signs of damage or corrosion and replace them if needed. Overcharging or discharging batteries can significantly reduce their lifespan, so invest in battery management systems to optimize charging cycles. Proper battery maintenance not only extends the life of your electric forklifts but also reduces downtime.

Tire Maintenance – Tire Care: The Foundation of Stability

Tire maintenance is often overlooked but plays a crucial role in forklift safety and performance. Inspect tires regularly for wear and tear, and replace them if they are damaged or if the tread is worn down beyond safe levels. Properly inflated tires are essential for stability and load-bearing capacity, so maintain the recommended tire pressure. Depending on the type of forklift and its usage, you may need different tires, such as pneumatic or cushion tires. Choose the right tires for your forklift to optimize its performance and safety.

Operator Training and Feedback – Empowering Operators for Safety

Your forklift operators are the first line of defense in identifying maintenance issues. Ensure they are trained to recognize signs of trouble and encourage them to report any problems promptly. Create an open feedback loop where operators can communicate their observations and concerns regarding forklift performance and maintenance. Their insights can be invaluable in preventing breakdowns and addressing issues proactively. Additionally, promote safe operating practices to reduce wear and tear on forklift components.

Record Keeping and Documentation- The Power of Records

Maintaining detailed records of forklift maintenance activities is a best practice that often gets overlooked. Keep comprehensive records of all maintenance and repairs, including dates, parts replaced, and the technicians involved. This documentation not only ensures that maintenance tasks are carried out on schedule but also helps in tracking the performance and costs associated with your forklift fleet. It can be particularly useful when evaluating the cost-effectiveness of maintaining older forklifts versus investing in newer models.


Forklift maintenance is a proactive investment in the safety and efficiency of your operations. Whether you’re managing brand-new forklifts or incorporating second-hand forklifts into your fleet, adhering to these best practices can help you maximize the lifespan of your equipment, minimize downtime, and ensure the safety of your workforce. Regular inspections, the use of quality forklift parts, proper battery and tire maintenance, operator training, and meticulous record-keeping are all essential elements of an effective forklift maintenance program. By making maintenance a priority, you’ll not only protect your investment but also maintain a competitive edge in the fast-paced world of material handling.

Everything You Need to Know About Renting a Forklift In SA

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Our Forklift Hire Options Include:

Diesel 1.8 to 7.0 Ton

Renting a diesel forklift is a good option if you require a internal combustion forklift truck with maximum power. IC Forklift rentals are ideal for indoor and outdoor use. If you hire a diesel forklift from us you generally have the choice of either a 1.8 Ton, 2.5 Ton, 3.0 Ton, 5 Ton and 7 Ton. But contact us to check the latest stock in our hire fleet.

LPG-Petrol 1.8 to 3.0 Ton

The other internal combustion option you have for hiring forklifts are to opt for one of our LPG-Petrol units. LPG-Petrol forklifts offer the same indoor/outdoor versatility as diesel forklifts but with the added benefit of being able to run of either petrol or gas. They can be slightly more expensive to run and are available for renting from 1.8 Ton to 3.0 Ton models.

Electric 3 or 4 Wheel

Electric models are your best option when your forklift leasing or renting requirements are for environmentally friendly, fume-free, quiet and agile machines. If you require a forklift for indoor use then we recommend you hire one of our 3 or 4 wheel electric models.

Various Reach Trucks for Hire

Reach trucks are suited to application where you need to work with cargo at heights. Our reach trucks can lift cargo as high as thirteen metres. If you will be renting a forklift for indoor use where you will be lifting to heights then speak to us about our reach truck rental options.

Our Forklift Hire Term Options Include:

Under 12 months: From 1 day to 1 year

Contact us for our latest forklift hire prices on our wide range of forklifts. We can offer you a daily rate, weekly rate or monthly rate. For custom rental periods we will quote you according to the time you need the forklift for and the location at which you need it.

Over 12 Months: From 12 to 60 Months

For customers who have longer forklift hire needs we offer rental agreements from one year up to five years. Read further below to find out more about our long-term forklift rental options. If need a rental for longer than one year then one of our sales agents will do a feasibility analysis to identify if your best option will be renting a forklift or instead opting for new forklifts for sale.

Why Choose Masslift When Renting a Forklift:

Dealers Across Southern Africa

Our expansive footprint covers your forklift rental demands all over Africa. Although we have dealers located throughout Southern Africa our main branches which offer forklift hire include:

For Forklift Hire in Johannesburg:

Branch Address: 766 5th St, Wynberg, Johannesburg

Contact Number: 087 150 8575

Main areas we hire forklifts to: Johannesburg, Midrand, Pretoria, Benoni, Boksburg, Kempton Park, Isando and most other locations in Gauteng.

For Forklift Hire in Cape Town:

Branch Address: 54A & B Manhattan Rd, Airport Industria

Contact Number: 087 150 8571

Main areas we hire forklifts to: Cape Town, Milnerton, Durbanville, Stellenbosch and surrounding areas. Contact us to find out if our Cape Town branch will supply a rental unit to your location.

For Forklift Hire in Durban and Surrounds:

Branch Address: Unit 1, No 8 Monte Carlo Road, Westmead

Contact Number: 087 150 8573

Main areas we hire forklifts to: Durban, Hillcrest, Pinetown, Westville, Chatsworth, Umhlanga, Amanzimtoti and more. Call our Durban branch to check if you qualify.

For Forklift Hire in Port Elizabeth:

Branch Address: 39 Fowler Street Road, Sidwell, Port Elizabeth

Contact Number: 087 150 8574

Main areas we hire forklifts to: Port Elizabeth and surrounds. Please contact our PE branch to find out if we deliver rental forklifts to your location

Forklift Hire Service Excellence

Guaranteed 4hr response times on all service plans that come with renting a forklift from Masslift. Even though we truly believe our forklifts are the best product on the market what sets us apart is our service we give our rental customers.

Choose From Over 150 Models

We will help you choose the right forklift to rent for the job. The majority of the forklifts in our rental fleet are new-ish 2015/2016 models.

How to Rent a Forklift from Masslift?

Step 1

Contact us using one of the many forms, contact pages or phone numbers on this website. A dedicated forklift rental agent will contact you back to find out exactly what your requirements are for hiring a forklift and spec the best solution for your company.

Step 2

We will send you a credit application to complete and send back to us.

Step 3

Prepare copies of your: – VAT registration – Company registration – ID’s of company directors/owner

Final Step

  • Send completed credit application and supporting documents back to us.
  • Once we have received all these documents our accounts department can then process your credit application. Please allow up to 3 working days for this to be approved.
  • Once your account has been approved you can start hiring a forklift from Masslift Africa. If you have any questions please contact us.
  • Our professional and friendly attitude will make your day.

How long does it take to hire a forklift from us?

Usually only up to three business days if you follow the process above and all your documentation is in order.

How much does it cost to rent a forklift?

Our forklift rental rates differ depending on model, location where the forklift is needed and duration of the rental. Please contact us for up to date forklift hire prices.

When You Hire A Forklift From Us You Have Two Options:

Short Term Forklift Rental

1 Day to 1 Year

At Masslift Africa, we always strive to offer our clients service excellence and by trying to understand our customers’ operational needs we offer a range of forklift hire options to meet those needs on a short term basis.

We offer forklift rental agreements on a day to day basis or a month to month basis. The rates are very competitive, and include servicing and general maintenance.

Long Term Forklift Rental

12 to 60 Months

A long term rental is classified as a rental for a period longer than 12 months. There are two different options with a long term rental. One where the machine will return to Masslift at the end of the period, and one where ownership of the machine passes to the customer at the end of the term. At Masslift these are referred to as:

A Full Maintenance Rental Contract

This is broken into a finance portion and a maintenance portion. All maintenance of the forklift, at the correct service intervals, along with genuine parts, labour and call outs are included. At the end of the period, the ownership of the forklift will return to Masslift.

A Full Maintenance Rental Contract with Ownership

This works in exactly the same way as the first option, but, as the name suggests, ownership of the forklift passes to you, the customer at the end of the term.

What’s included in long term forklift rentals?

The rental or FMC rates quoted include all services, maintenance and repair arising from fair wear and tear under normal operation. This includes all lubricants, filters, parts, cleaning materials travelling and labour required for the repair and maintenance of the forklift.

What’s excluded in long term forklift rentals?

Excluded are batteries, tyres, forks, fuel used, insurance and all damage due to collision, impact, misuse, mal-operation and negligence.