A forklift’s hydraulic system is one of the vehicle’s most vital parts. If the hydraulic system breaks or goes wrong, you will quickly find out how costly and dangerous the vehicle can get. It can be an expensive mistake to learn and pay for.
If you are an owner of forklifts, it will be important for you to regularly check and service your hydraulic equipment. You will have to make sure that a minor problem will not become a problem or fault. A fault can quickly become a very expensive breakdown.
Sometimes, there are some owners of hydraulic equipment thinking that hydraulics can continue to run forever. At times they may also think that they can just do one check per year and not periodical ones – because, you know, to save costs and all. That is often not the case. Regular checkups, inspections, and cleaning of your hydraulic system is just as important.
There are numerous reasons why these checkups are vital. Here are some of the reasons why regular checkups for your hydraulic system is important.
1. Safety purposes
This is the most important reason and factor why you should check your hydraulic systems regularly. First and foremost, the safety of your staff and workplace should be your top priority.
Equipment in your workplace, including your forklifts, must be safe for use and be maintained in a safe condition. You will have to inspect it regularly to make sure that it is correctly and properly installed. It should not and does not subsequently deteriorate. As a manager or boss of a workplace, it is your duty to regularly check that the equipment is100% safe.
If a pressurized hydraulic fluid is suddenly leaked, it can reach explosive levels. The leaked hydraulic fluid can, for very obvious reasons, cause severe harm to people who are in close proximity of the vicinity. It is worth taking note that hydraulic parts are heavy and are often sharp. Unanticipated movement stemming from a fault can injure people seriously. Hence, keeping your equipment well-maintained makes sure that the safety of anyone who interacts with the equipment.
2. Cost factors
In case you’ve missed it: many faults in hydraulic systems are often caused by articles of dirt. These problems and minor mistakes can rapidly escalate into a need for very expensive repairs in the long term. You will find yourself paying for huge expenses that can be easily avoided. All you need to do is to keep the equipment clean and make sure that the correct protocol is followed.
Generally, there are many parts of the hydraulic system that may eventually need replacing. These systems often experience wear and tear, hence you will need to replace. If you replace them before they break completely, you will see for yourself that it’s often not as expensive as replacing the entire thing. If you are to wait until it breaks entirely, then it can be a very expensive mistake. Who knows it may damage other parts of the forklift too.
What you can do to ensure your hydraulic system is well-kept
There are plenty of ways to keep your hydraulic system safe and functional at the workplace. Here are some ways to keep it up.
- Make sure that your employees and you are well-aware of the safety SOPs in place for your hydraulic system on the forklift. Make sure they know how to handle and maintain it to keep it functioning properly. Even better is to appoint a team of people who takes care of these machines.
- Have a maintenance plan in place and have the maintenance team follow through with it. Make sure that maintenance is taken out periodically and regularly. Some of the elemental cleaning and inspection can be done in-house. However, there are some levels of inspection that cannot be done in-house but by a specialist.
- Keep a maintenance log that is updated regularly. That way when you need to refer back to the forklift’s history, you will have a clear picture of how to deal with it and its future. You get to look back at what maintenance has been done on the forklift and what outstanding maintenance needs to be done.
- Schedule regular services and repairs by specialist hydraulic engineers. You will need to have specialists looking into the forklift’s hydraulic systems as there are certain things an in-house employee will not be able to check.
In short, it is pretty important to carry out regular checks on your forklift’s hydraulic systems. Do not prolong and push back checkups as it may be costly in the long run. If you need any help, feel free to contact us today for further assistance.