Electric forklifts – what you need to know about operation and repair

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There are many Toronto businesses for which a forklift rental makes more sense than purchasing or leasing.

Whether this is because, they require the vehicle for a single project or whether the business performs seasonal work and only uses the vehicles a few weeks or months out of the year, or whether they require a rental while the their own vehicle is in the shop, we can help business owners decide on the lift truck rental that best suits their needs.

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Electric Forklift Repairs & Purchase

Although electric forklifts are often seen as slightly inferior to their gas or diesel cousins, this is not the case. Technology continues to improve and electric machines are now extremely advanced. In fact, in many cases, they are on par with gas and diesel versions – provided they are kept in good repair.

Why consider electric forklifts?

If you are in the market for a forklift or even looking to rent one, there are a number of reasons why you should consider an electric version.

Savings

Perhaps one of the main reasons to consider an electric version is the significant savings it can bring. Remember, the electric version of the machine has its own power unit in the form a battery. This means it never needs fuel ever again, a massive saving. In fact, estimates show that if the forklift is used for a single shift, five days a week, the battery can last for five to seven years. That is a very significant saving on conventional fuel or gas.

Can be used anywhere

Just a few years ago, gas and diesel forklifts did have a significant advantage over their electric counterparts as they could be used anywhere and on any surface. The new generation of electric machines, however, now come with regular air filled or solid tires. This means they are able to operate on softer surfaces, for example in muddy conditions.

They help save the environment

Electric forklifts are far more ‘green’ than the gas or diesel versions. Many companies take their environmental programs very seriously and making important changes in any aspect of their business is crucial.

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Noise reduction

Electric forklifts are far quieter

Longer service intervals

Electric forklifts have a far longer service interval than gas or diesel versions.

Major components last longer

Forklift repairs can be cheaper as major components on electric versions last far longer.

Fewer components to service

An electric forklift does not have any of the following components: engine, transmission, alternator, water pump, starter or radiator. Again, this means a reduction in costly components.

Reduction in brake wear

Electric forklifts make use of regenerative braking technology. This means the forklift uses its electric motor as part of the system which helps to slow the vehicle down, along with the brakes of course. Therefore, the brakes work far less than they would need to in gas or electric versions. Not only that but a regenerative system also recharges the battery during the braking process, meaning it lasts for far longer.

Increased productivity

Electric forklifts in the hands of an experienced operator can actually mean far higher levels of productivity. This is due to the fact that they are easier to drive, small and easier to maneuver and far quicker.

Without a doubt, in the right circumstances, and if kept in good repair, an electric forklift may certainly be the answer to your forklift needs. If you are unsure, come talk to us about the best machine or your requirements.

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