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5 Reasons Why Forklift Maintenance Is Beneficial to Your Business

Published on January 24, 2024

Hard-working forklifts, get worn and torn over time – they need occasional TLC. Without proper care, they can break down more quickly and more easily. Neglected forklifts cost your business time, money, and manpower. The way to avoid all that is to make sure your forklifts are scheduled for routine maintenance checks. 

Performing regular maintenance on your forklifts is a great way to protect your investment and your business. It will produce long-term benefits that your operators and your bottom line will thank you for. 

Here are the 5 reasons why keeping your forklifts in tip-top condition is beneficial to your business: 

1. Increased Productivity and Service Life

Forklift manufacturers expect that forklifts will be maintained regularly, so performing regularly scheduled maintenance on your forklifts is a proactive way to retain their expected service life. Longer uptime in operation provides increased productivity out of your forklift fleet. And more productivity means a higher return on investment (ROI). Also, when your forklifts have a longer service life, you will replace them less often, saving you thousands. 

2. Eliminate Expensive Unexpected Repairs

When your forklift is not regularly inspected and maintained, breakdown is more likely to occur. Such downtime can cost hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. By regularly maintaining your fleet, you can find problems and correct them before they turn into costly repairs. Doing so also decreases the risk of failures and emergency repairs. In other words, well-maintained forklifts reduce downtime. And this saves you money! 

3. Keep Your Forklifts Within Warranty

Each forklift has a recommended maintenance schedule set forth by the original equipment manufacturer (OEM). This recommended maintenance schedule is (intended) to help your equipment stay within the OEM’s warranty. The maintenance schedule differs depending on several factors such as fuel type, type of operation, hours of usage. Please refer to the Operator’s Manual for the appropriate service intervals. 

4. Higher Resale Value

Like with cars, a forklift’s value depreciates over time because of wear and tear. But if you are diligent about maintenance and keep your forklifts compliant with the OEM warranty, the value doesn’t depreciate as quickly. This means you will be able to recover more of your initial investment when you sell or trade in your forklift(s). 

5. Safety, Safety, Safety

At the end of the day, everything we do has to be about safety. Every workplace has a responsibility to its employees to keep them safe. By simply maintaining your forklifts, potential safety issues can be identified before they become serious safety hazards. Doing so can keep the forklifts your employees use daily in the best working condition.

Here at Bobcat, we pride ourselves in providing world-class support to our customers. You can get your forklift maintenance performed by a trained and certified service technician at any of our 225 dealer locations. Additionally, any serious issues found during our maintenance visit are fed into our live worldwide service feedback loop so that issues resolved quickly and efficiently. If you have any questions regarding our warranty or dealer service, please contact your local dealer.