Forklift FAQs

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You may have some questions about forklifts whether you’re looking to buy, rent, or start a job that requires forklift operation. Forklifts are used in a number of industries and are most commonly used on docks or in warehouses. With the proper training and right questions asked, you’ll be a forklift expert in no time. Here are the most frequently asked questions about forklifts.

What type of forklift do I need?

This question depends on a number of things: Load size and weight, working conditions, setting, and budget. OSHA outlines each different class of forklift truck and what they can handle in terms of working conditions and size of the load. It may be helpful to review the OSHA information and contact the forklift dealer to see what they recommend. In general, there are forklifts for easier loads, narrow aisles, and forklifts that have different engines.

I want a forklift operator job, where do I start?

To start, look online for proper training and certification you may need before you apply for jobs. Most forklift operator jobs will give you the proper training and require little to no experience before you start. Be sure to pay attention during training and practice driving the forklift before you start.

Should I rent or buy a forklift?

That depends on the industry you work in. If you work in a seasonal industry, such as landscaping in Northern states, you may want to rent if you’re only using it for a limited time. You can also rent if your business doesn’t normally involve heavy lifting but you have now found yourself in that situation. Buying is always the best option if it’s something your business will continually need. You can always buy used trucks to save money too. Going through a dealer, such as Daily Equipment Company, that offers new, used, and rental trucks is the best option if you don’t know where to start.

How often does a forklift need maintenance?

If you find your forklift is making strange noises or isn’t running correctly, it may be time to get it repaired. Make sure your operators inspect their forklift before starting their job for the day. This will help you perform any routine maintenance¬†when a problem is first discovered. Usually, a forklift dealer will also sell parts if you’re repair savvy or maintenance plans to make sure your forklift trucks are always running smoothly. The level of maintenance depends on the type and brand of the truck so there really isn’t one answer.

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