Essentially, forklift repairs fix something that is broken while maintenance keeps things working as needed and avoids downtime. Repairs are reactive and are completed to get forklifts back up and running after they are down; maintenance is proactive and helps avoid downtime altogether by fixing issues before they become problems. Proper maintenance also reduces total operating costs, such as the cost per hour (CPH) of operating a particular forklift.
Typically, businesses that use a material handling equipment partner with a forklift maintenance plan to repair and maintain their forklifts. This may be in addition to their in-house technicians for more routine maintenance tasks, or that provider may be their sole maintenance resource. The solution depends on what works best for your business model.
Outsourcing your forklift maintenance with a forklift maintenance plan is a big decision.
Thankfully, providers like Thompson & Johnson Equipment have different plans available to meet different business needs. You should consider purchasing a forklift maintenance agreement if:
Forklift maintenance plans feature inspections and maintenance every 250 hours of active use or every 90 days to ensure performance is consistent. Keeping your equipment running and working properly will reduce your operating costs and maintain business performance. Beyond the immediate benefits, regularly scheduled maintenance will maintain your forklift’s value as a business asset that you can trade-in towards new equipment later.
Forklift maintenance plans may look like a large financial commitment up front, but they’re an investment. By committing a consistent amount of time and money to your fleet’s maintenance, your business is protected from:
Keeping your forklifts working well and consistently is essential for maintaining your business’s profitability. Working with a forklift service provider is an investment in your fleet that protects your equipment’s value and efficiency over time.
If you have a question on this or any topic related to safety with your forklift, give our resident expert, Dave Bennet, a call or fill out the request form.