Key Facets of Your Forklift You Should Know

Forklift Repairs in Toronto

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.

We know that you have choices in who you do business with, so we strive to be the best at what we do.


Whether or not you decide to rent a forklift for your business will ultimately depend on your company’s needs and circumstances. And whether you are leaning toward buying or renting, the professionals at Modern Forklift can help you come up with the best solution for your Toronto business.

Key Facets of Your Forklift

Operating a forklift safely and skillfully requires a proper understanding of all the critical components. It may take time to fully master all the small components and parts of your forklift. However, you can get along safely if you master the major components which will help you see the interconnection of all the other small parts. It is important to know your forklift for easy and safe operation, proper maintenance and care as well as to perform a comprehensive check-up and evaluation each day before and after work. A proper maintenance and operation of these parts ensures you reduce forklift repairs Toronto. The following are the key facets of your forklift which you should have a proper understanding of:

The fluid reservoirs

This basically covers the radiator, the trans axle and the engine block parts. A check up on the fluid levels in this part is essential for safety and optimal performance. The fluids you need to ensure are at the right levels are the oil, the anti-freeze, the transmission and hydraulic fluid, and the battery acid. The anti-freeze has to be sufficient because it keeps the forklift from overheating or even freezing especially in cold temperatures of below 32 degrees centigrade.

The moving parts

This covers a number of the forklift components including the mast, the hydraulic cylinders, the back rest, the tilt cylinder among others. It is important to check these parts and ensure they are well lubricated for smooth operation of the forklift. You need to understand the role and make of each part. Proper care has to be taken to counter the harmful effects of friction and prevent build-up of rust. You should replace worn out bearings and use a rust inhibitor to prevent the high levels of wear and tear which can easily result to a breakdown.

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The dashboard panel

Few people understand all the lights and buttons in front of them. The dashboard contains several gauges and indicators including warning lights. A number of these lights are there to indicate malfunctioning or proper functioning equipment. It is important to know what they mean and check them regularly. Take enough time to go through the manual to better understand their various functions. You can then go ahead and power up the machine to better see the equipment on the dashboard and test their function. This will also help you know if each gauge and indicator is functioning.

You should also take the chance to understand and check on the other control including the horn functions, the steering mechanism, the hydraulic control lift and tilt levers, the brakes and others. Ensure they are in perfect condition before beginning operations.


Forklift tires perform two different functions and work differently. You have the rear towers which are referred to as the steer tires. This is because they can turn on a radius allowing for maneuverability as and around tight corners and move objects while in reverse. The front wheels are the drive wheels and they do not turn. Ensure the tires used are the correct type for the surface. Check to see the treads and traction is right for the surface.

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