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Three critical forklift maintenance tips

Posted by Dani Lamarche on

By Dani LaMarche

There is absolutely no doubt that any vehicle that is well maintained will have a much longer lifespan. However, did you know that an average forklift that is kept in good operating condition with regular maintenance can last twice as long as an unmaintained forklift? We highly recommend these three critical forklift maintenance tips.

Three critical forklift maintenance tips

According to one source, almost 40 percent of mechanical services for powered industrial trucks (PITs) are done in-house across the United States alone. When servicing your forklift or heavy equipment, there are a few critical precautions that are absolutely necessary to do right. Following these guidelines will both ensure that it runs more efficiently and safely, saving your business both time and money.

  1. Get the right training - The correct training is necessary in order to maintain your forklifts and heavy equipment. Not all forklifts operate the same way, and just because you know how to work on a car or other equipment doesn’t mean you know how to service a forklift. Forklifts vary greatly from model to model, so working on one forklift can be vastly different than working on another. Make sure that your technicians are current on all electric, internal combustion, or rough terrain lift trucks. Specialized training classes ensure that your technicians are up-to-date on all components and new technologies. You can save labor costs by ensuring that your on-site repair technicians are certified and regularly educated about the general policies and procedures.
  2. Get on a schedule - Even if your company have some of the best trained and experienced technicians available, your forklifts need to be getting regular services and inspections to make sure they are consistently safe and OSHA-compliant. If you’re not on a regular maintenance schedule, you are setting your equipment and operators up for failure, as well as putting your business at risk for potential OSHA fines. Make sure your operators are doing their daily checks at each shift, and immediately reporting if anything is not functioning correctly. Equipment manufacturers generally recommend doing a scheduled maintenance every 500 hours, which means keeping track is key to success. Ignoring a small and simple fix can lead to thousands of dollars in repair costs, not to mention the strain of having a slowed production and increased workload on your other equipment.
  3. Invest in high quality parts - Because breakdowns are generally unpredictable, make sure you have all the right items in stock so that you can get up and running again quickly. Raymond recommends that you always keep the following items in stock:
    • Consumables: Penetrating lubricant, brake cleaner/degreaser, bearing grease, oil sorbent pads, hydraulic and drive unit oils
    • Tools and shop supplies: Jacks and blocks, oil filters, static straps, air compressor, load wheels and drive tires along with their associated bearings and of course, the basic hand tools to get the job done
    Most of these items are available in the parts section of our Materials Handling Store, but we can also place orders for anything you don’t see there.

All three of these tips are equally crucial to the performance of your equipment. Please give them equal consideration before attempting to make any major repairs on your own, or switching your equipment to in-house service. Always consult your owner/operator manuals for each piece of equipment. Raymond Handling Concepts Corporation offers technical and operator training courses, parts sales, rentals, and service throughout the Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Northern California, Alaska, Western Montana and Idaho areas. Contact us today if you would like more information.

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Southworth Teams Up With For Black Friday Deals

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By Dani LaMarche

In celebration of their 125th Anniversary, Southworth is pleased to join with Raymond Handling Concepts in this special Black Friday Sale.

For a limited time, we will be offering the best work positioning equipment in the industry at special Black Friday pricing. Products included in the sale are our rugged PalletPal Level Loaders, LS Scissor Lifts, manual stackers and the powered Stack ‘n Go Also included is our newest low profile product, the Roll-E Level Loader.
All of these Southworth products come backed with a two year warranty.


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PalletPal 360 Spring Actuated Level Loader - $1,682.81

This automatic load leveler uses a system of springs and shock absorbers to lower and raise loads as boxes are added or removed from pallets. A turntable allows nearside loading and unloading. No power or air supply is required. Pallet loads up to 4,500 lbs can be handled.



Hydraulic Scissor Lift Table - $2650.10

Southworth Backsaver Hydraulic Lift Tables are extremely rugged and reliable machines. Thousands of Backsaver Lifts are in use throughout the United States for machine feeding, work positioning, assembly, order picking, pallet loading, and a wide range of other applications.

The wide range of power options, controls, tabletops, and base configurations that can be specified for each of the many basic sizes gives the user an almost unlimited choice of variations.


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The Roll-E Level Loader - $4,865.90

Features a unique low-profile design that allows it to be fed with an ordinary hand pallet truck. Foot switch allows for hands-free positioning of the load. A full perimeter toe-guard provides an added measure of safety.


They feature a rugged, ergonomic design that is extremely simple to use, highly maneuverable and available in capacities up to 3,000 lbs. with lifting heights up to 80".


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Southworth Stack ‘n Go Stackers - $5,556.83

All feature a narrow mast and offset handle to give operators a clear view of what is in front of them. Forward and reverse drive controls are located on either side of the steering handle and an auto-reversing belly switch protects workers when walking backwards with the stacker.

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What are column protectors?

Posted by Danille Bettridge on

by Danille Bettridge, Web Store Specialist

Column protectors are guards that fit on posts, beams, pipes, columns, or any vertical surface. Column protectors serve as a buffer between the surface and possible collisions, absorbing the impact. What are benefits of column protectors? What are column protectors

  • Helps prevent damage to the racking and/or column it is protecting
  • Significantly reduces the chance of damage from a collision to the forklift, vehicle, or person
  • Decreases repair expenses sustained by racking and forklifts during a collision
  • Bright color options Increase their visibility to forklift operators and act as guides warning people approaching to keep a safe distance.
  • Minimizes obstruction that might occur from a collision
  • Ranges in pricing to fit any budget
  • Easy Installation options are available
  • Little to no maintenance is required once installed
What are the different types of column protectors? It is important to choose the right protector for the job. There are a number of options you should consider:
  • Size
    • Width: Choose a width that matches the amount of available space, the desired type of column protector material you would like, and the width of the vertical space you want to protect.
    • Height: Column protectors are available in customizable sizes, but standard sizes run from 12 inches to 12 feet, and some may be stacked one atop the other to provide additional height coverage.
    • Shape: Some column protectors come in molded shapes with cut outs in the center to fit tightly against I-shaped, square, and round verticals. Most are cylindrical to create an equal barrier around the column, but some are cube- or hexagon-shaped.
    • Pieces: Most column protectors are usually two-piece units that are fastened around the vertical. However, a few column protectors are single-piece, pliable units that wrap around the vertical.
  • Color
    • Yellow (most common color)
    • Lime green
    • Orange
    • Multi-colored (usually striped with black and a bright color)
    • Reflective (usually added to a solid color)
  • Material
    • Polyethylene protectors: Polyethylene protectors are made to have a cushion of air between the column and its outside wall to absorb any impact. This type of material is the most commonly used kind of column protector in material handling industries. Polyethylene protectors tend to be thicker than other kinds of protectors.
    • Steel protectors: Steel protectors employ heavy-duty strength and a bolt system to withstand a collision. While they are heavier than some other kinds of column protector materials, they tend to be thinner in overall diameter, taking up less space around the column.
    • Vinyl protectors: Vinyl protectors are also known as "bumper wraps." Vinyl protection material runs about ½ inch thick and comes in a roll that allows you to cut to a custom size. This kind of protection material is commonly used at car dealerships and shopping centers to protect light poles from minor collisions.
    • Foam Protectors: Foam protectors, also known as "padded column wraps," have a padded center with a nylon cover to help reduce collision damage. Foam protectors are commonly used in parking garages for minor impacts, such as those caused by car doors.
  • Fastening
    • Velcro straps: Velcro straps are generally made of nylon, and wrap around the column protector to secure it to the surface. Velcro straps are easy to install and maintain. They are available in multiple colors including reflective finish.
    • Bolts: Bolts fasten pieces of the column protector together, and can also fasten it to the ground.
    • Snap fasteners: Snap fasteners use a four-rivet connection attached to the column protector that locks into an upright column.
    • Cable ties: Cable ties wrap around the column protector to fasten it in place.
    • Reflective tape: Reflective tape wraps around lighter duty column protectors in place. They come in a variety of colors.
How much does a column protector cost?
  • Each column protector can range in price from $15 to more than $1,000, depending on the type, as described earlier in this article.
  • Column protectors that use non-standard options are more expensive since they require special customization.
Check out our many column protector options available at the Materials Handling Store by clicking here.


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How much rack do I need for my warehouse?

Posted by Tiffany Broden on

If you’re not quite sure how much rack you need for your warehouse, fill in the blanks on this calculator. It’ll give you a ballpark estimate of the components necessary for a selective pallet rack addition.
If you need help, call us at 844-445-1119 and we’ll get someone out to your site right away. 
Pallet rack component calculator >>
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