Why Purchase New?
New forklifts are a great option for customers who want the peace of mind, reliability, and safety that come with owning a new piece of equipment. Also, many factories, warehouses, and other workplaces have specific requirements around the types of forklifts they need, especially when it comes to lifting height, weight capacity, and engine type. Warehouse managers also may consider the kinds of conditions the forklift is going to operate in when deciding the type of forklift to purchase.
Forklifts with these unique specifications can often be harder to find in the pre-owned or rental market, which is why many customers choose to avoid any potential hassles and buy new equipment instead.
Considerations When Buying A New Forklift
Once you’ve decided on the type of forklift you need to get the job done, you can factor in other considerations that are part of buying new equipment:
- Choosing a reputable dealer of new forklifts, such as Mid-Ohio Forklifts, Inc.
- Buying the right truck to fit your application
- Taking advantage of warranties included with new forklift purchases
Using Your Business’s New Forklift
New forklifts from Mid-Ohio Forklifts, Inc. are equipped with numerous safety features, controls, and other important components necessary for its proper operation. Make sure to familiarize yourself with its operator’s manual, which offers details and specific instructions about how to use the forklift and its controls effectively.
Maintaining Your New Forklift
Maintenance for your new forklift is essential to ensure its proper operation and long life. Regularly scheduled maintenance is an excellent solution to help reduce breakdowns and keep your equipment running at peak performance.
At Mid-Ohio Forklifts, Inc., we offer maintenance schedules to keep your fleet of forklifts in tip-top shape. This service helps ensure your equipment is productive and operational.
Planned maintenance is available for new LP/Gas/Diesel forklifts and electric models as well. Contact Mid-Ohio Forklifts, Inc. for more information on planned maintenance schedules and services.
Your New Electric Forklift’s Battery Indicator
Your electric forklift is equipped with a battery discharge indicator that tells you how much life is remaining in the battery before it needs to be recharged. It’s important that this component be functioning at all times, so that team members know when they need to be plugged in and recharged.
It’s a good general rule to never run your forklift below an 80% battery level (20% state of charge left on the battery) since once it dips below this threshold, more amps are drawn through the system, which results in higher heat and increased wear and tear on parts. Heat is the number one enemy of all-electric components, not just forklifts, and excessive build-up of it can cause permanent damage to electrical components.
New Forklift Batteries
Batteries are essential to operating a forklift truck safely and efficiently, especially when it comes to electric models. Battery maintenance is essential to ensure your new forklift’s proper operation. This mainly involves making sure water levels are high enough inside the battery.
Upon receiving your new electric forklift, it’s important to complete a full discharge and charge cycle. Afterward, check water levels, and add more if it’s needed. Some more tips for battery maintenance include:
- Check water levels and add water if it’s needed after each charge cycle has been completed.
- Don’t overfill your battery with water.
- Corrosion buildup indicates overwatering problems
- Never discharge your battery beyond 80% capacity
- To help maintain battery life, it needs to cool down after a charge cycle. A normal charge cycle is about 8 hours, and a cool-down cycle also typically lasts 8 hours.
Forklift Battery Chargers
A battery charger for a new electric forklift is integral for its proper operation and longevity. It needs to be the correct voltage and output to match up with your forklift’s battery — in other words, the rated amp hours of your battery must be within the specified range of what the charger can handle.
Purchase A New Forklift Truck with Mid-Ohio Forklifts, Inc.
Whether you need sales, service, or parts for your fleet’s forklift, count on Mid-Ohio Forklifts, Inc. to help you get the job done. Browse our inventory of new forklifts, which includes major brands such as Hyundai, Komatsu, and Big Joe. Contact us for more information at 330-633-1230 or 800-638-1230.