Forklift Chain Inspection and Maintenance Advice
Forklifts have many moving parts that work together to create an industrial vehicle that is essential for both business and personal use. From the wheel position that creates smooth turning circles through to the mechanisms that make the forks lift, each component has its part to play. One of the most important components is the forklift chain.
What is a Forklift Chain?
The forklift chain is the parts on a forklift that are responsible for lifting the forks. All forklifts use hydraulic pressure to power the lift, but the chain mechanism is the actual moving part that results in the lifting and lowering.
Note: The forklift chain is sometimes referred to as the leaf chain, mast chain or simply the forklift chain.
Forklift Chain Inspection
The forklift chain is a component that requires regular inspection due to the repetitive usage from day to day. When checking the forklift chain, be sure to access whether there are any signs of elongation. To do this you will require a chain gauge. If the gauge show elongation over 3% it’s time to replace your chain.
The next thing to check for is whether there are any broken links. Broken links can be caused by abnormal force on the chains, dropping a load accidentally or when operating on surfaces that are uneven.
It is important that you also ensure the chain is appropriately lubricated. If you fail to lubricate the forklift mast chain when required, you can cause pins to turn. If you recognise that your chain has one turned pin it is highly likely that there will be more.
If there is any damage to the forklift lifting chain, it is important that you replace the chain. If there is significant damage to a number of components on the forklift, it might be an idea to think about buying a new or used forklift to replace your current forklift that requires Significant maintenance.
Forklift Chain Replacement
There is no mandatory time to replace a forklift chain and there is multiple different sources that provide different advice. The reality is, you should regularly inspect your chain and keep records to keep the forklift and operator safe. Manufacturers may provide advice as to when you should replace the forklift. If they do you should follow that advice. This also applies to other components and is an example why the annual LOLER inspection is important. It is sensible to think smart whenever using material handling equipment. Manufacturer guidelines are set to keep you safe, save you money and ultimately make your operating experience much better. A well looked after forklift can last for many years. We are experienced in recognising forklifts that are well looked after, which is why we are confident selling used forklifts that are over 20 years old.
Whilst we do not offer forklift chain replacements as a primary service, we have strong connections in the industry. If you require information or advice, please contact us. Equally, we are happy to discuss the possibility to upgrade your forklift. We are a reputable dealership so you can trust that we have your best interests at heart.