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 life.
When was the last time you saw a poster of a forklift adorning the bedroom wall of a pubescent teenage boy. Or spoken to the young man in question about the way he remembers lying on his bed dreaming about 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.
On the other hand, the humble forklift shouldn’t be underestimated. It plays a far more important role in our lives than you may think. Just take a second and imagine this for a moment.
Have a glance around the room you are in right now, maybe your office or perhaps you’re sitting in a comfy chair at home. Take a look and count the amount of items that will, at some point in their lives, have been touched by a forklift truck.
I guarantee that you could make a case for each and every thing in direct view of you right now having been perched on a pallet or stacked in a warehouse sooner or later.
So what can we do about it, what can we do to elevate those beasts of burden to the peaks that they so richly deserve?
The answer is: Nothing. The forklift truck is happy to live with its image issue. All it cares about is being used to its full potential, using its batteries charged and being maintained on a regular basis.
We take them for granted and just assume that they will go on forever. The truth of course is 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’ve 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 want 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 trusty forklift will go on and on.