Did you know that CARER electric forklifts are available in very high capacity, pneumatic style chassis? With increasing demands to have high-capacity forklifts adhere to Tier 4 compliance, the electric solution is a real alternative. No longer are electric forklifts tied to capacities focused on 3,000 to 10,000 lbs. With advancements in the electrical componentry and higher kilowatt hours, CARER can offer high-capacity forklifts with similar performance as their internal combustion counterparts. Now, mines, mills, manufacturers, ports, lumber, pulp, and paper companies are able to choose from 46 different chassis configurations between 12,000lbs and up to 60,000lbs capacity with the CARER electric forklift solution that best fits their capacity demand.

A80-300X series: Capacity ranging from 17,500lbs up to 60,000lbs at a 48-inch load center

Myth 2 – “The battery doesn’t output enough power for my application.”
Are you aware that not all electric forklifts are built the equal? Each electric forklift can be configured with very different power systems (battery & charger) to meet specific operational expectations. Carer offers varying energy consumption performance capabilities across 46 different chassis configurations over 12,000lb lift capacity. With over 40 years of experience, Carer Electric Forklifts continues to focus on the necessary engineering and design to maximize runtimes for various performance demands across a number of industries. Whether it is in a single shift operation or in a very demanding triple shift application, Carer offers the ideal model that will maximize the exact power supply to fit any and all operational requirements.

Z100-120 HD series: Capacity ranging from 21,800lbs-26,000lbs, with a 120 Volt operating system

Myth 3 – “Electric forklifts are much more expensive.”
The electric forklift is only more expensive if it costs you more and it doesn’t. When all operating costs are considered including adjusted life cycle depreciation, extended operating life, reduced maintenance & repair costs, energy consumption, labor costs, tire wear and downtime, Carer electric forklifts often show a return on investment in under 24 months. This gap becomes larger with high-capacity forklifts where maintenance costs & energy consumption exponentially increase as the size of machine increases. Carer Electric Forklifts assists in analyzing & measuring overall operating costs of an ICE forklift compared to an electric, proving the return of the initial capital investment of an electric forklift over a traditional ICE fleet. For example, Carer electric forklifts have approximately 90 parts, versus up to 1100 parts on an IC truck, which means many more moving parts to eventually fail and need replacing. In fact, the annual maintenance and repair costs for a Carer electric forklift are approximately one-third of what it costs to maintain and repair a similar internal combustion (IC) forklift. Furthermore, in almost all cases, the operating costs for a Carer electric forklift is 85-95 percent less than a diesel or LP forklift. Where an LP forklift might cost $6000 per year, a comparable Carer electric forklift will only cost $600 to $900 per year. When the math is done, what seems to be a premium on an electric truck, ends up being a savings.

KR55H2-Short: The 12,000lb Railcar Solution

Myth 4 – “Electric forklifts won’t work in our environment.”
Did you know that electric forklifts can operate outdoors in all weather conditions? Much the same as their ICE forklift equivalent, electric forklifts can operate outdoors in rain and snow, even extreme hot and cold temperatures. Similar to the advances proven in the automotive industry, electric forklifts have progressed to a level where they can take the place of the majority of ICE forklifts, regardless of operating environment. At times, even adding additional performance advantages, especially in traction and acceleration. Carer Electric Forklifts offer models specific to each application’s specific environmental condition. Whether it is cold and snowy or an excessively hot foundry application, Carer Electric Forklifts has a model that will fit most environments

F60-100HD2 series capacity ranging from 13,500lbs to 22,000lbs

Myth 5 – Can My Forklift Fleet Contribute to Sustainability
The word Sustainability can invoke many differing views. At the foundation of sustainability, you will find the process of change, in which the use of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development all contributes to the resulting shift in organizational views proven in a group’s day-to-day decision making. Electric forklifts deliver changes in air quality, dependency on variable fossil fuels (and their unpredictable pricing), extended service life, increased tire life and less oil disposal. Carer Electric Forklifts is committed to assisting customers wanting to lead their industry in environmental sustainability one forklift at a time. Many incentive programs are currently available to influence the acquisition of machinery that eliminates carbon emissions. These can be up to 80% of the acquisition cost. Please let us help you navigate through some the programs available in your region.

R45-80H2 series including capacity ranging from 9,900lbs up to 17,500lbs

Myth 6 – Market Acceptance – “We don’t want to be the guinea pig for new technology.”
The first forklift manufactured was an electric driven unit. Fifteen years ago, 35% of the sit-down counterbalance forklifts sold into the North American market were electric driven units. Today, nearly 70% of these are now electric drive units. The key historical objections to acquiring electric forklifts are no longer valid. That is, performance, battery run time, all climate and weather operation, and acquisition price as the Carer electric forklifts meet all operating requirements for most applications. Once operators allow themselves the opportunity to become accustomed to operating an electric forklift it remains their preference going forward. No operators ever prefer to return to operating an internal combustion machine. So, no, you are not being the guinea pig…you are being a market leader and driving smart solutions into your organization. Please consider Carer electric forklifts when converting from your internal combustion, old forklifts.

Z60-100H series: capacities ranging from 13,500lbs to 22,000lbs with a 96-volt operating system.

 

Carer electric forklifts has the right machine for any heavy-duty application in the most aggressive operating environments. Please contact NovaLift Equipment at 1-833-NOVA-500 (1-833-668-2500) for information on how they can support the integration of industrial electric forklifts into your facility.

Know Your Tires: Your Guide to Understanding Forklift TiresYour Guide to Understanding Forklift Tires

 

When buying a new or used forklift it is important to keep in mind what you will be using the forklift for and what sort of capacities your facility requires. Forklifts come in a wide variety of sizes and many are designed for specific purposes, such as lifting in tight spaces or carrying heavy loads of goods.

It is important to recognize that it is not just the cab, forks, or counterweight that make a forklift well-suited for a specific purpose or environment. The forklift’s tires also play a key role in its function and performance. In this post, NovaLift Equipment will be exploring different types of tires for forklifts and explain which one is best suited for your needs.

Air & Solid Pneumatic Tires

A pneumatic tire on a forklift is similar to the tires on a car, which is great for indoor and outdoor versatility. Pneumatic tires can either be air filled or solid.  Air filled pneumatic tires are inflated with air which are slightly less durable because they can sustain punctures, similar to a car tire.

On the other hand, a solid pneumatic tire is more durable than an air filled tire and is suited to outdoor environments as well as indoor facilities without running the risk of punctures.

With this information it is also best to take into consideration that both types of pneumatic tires require maintenance and replacement, just like car tires.

Cushion Tires

 A cushion tire is built with a simple and sleek design of a metal band wrapped in a solid piece of flat rubber that does not require much maintenance. Cushion tires will not deflate or deform; however, these tires cannot withstand outdoor or rough terrain usage. This is due to their flat design which prevents them from gripping onto surfaces effectively, meaning they are only recommended for indoor use. However, cushion tires have a better turn radius and can handle tight spaces in warehouses with smooth even flooring.

Get Forklift Tires & Parts in Toronto & the GTA

When purchasing a forklift, it is recommended that you know the environment that the forklift will be mostly operating in. Knowing the type of terrain and the capacities that the forklift will be used with can not only extend the lifespan of your forklift, but also save you on maintenance and costly repairs.

Whether you are in need of pneumatic or cushion tires for your forklift or have any questions regarding forklift in general, we can help. At NovaLift Equipment, we provide sales, servicing, repair and replacement parts for your forklift so your facility and warehouse can operate at maximum efficiency. Contact our team today to learn more.

Different types of forklifts are commonly used across a wide range of industries including construction, warehousing and logistics, and even retail. Considering the sheer number of applications and heavy lifting that forklifts do in their lifetimes, it’s important that you schedule regular maintenance, repair, and service appointments to keep your machines in optimal condition. Working with a qualified forklift repair service in Toronto is a good place to start.

If you’re not sure whether your forklift needs repairs or servicing, here are some signs to look out for:

It’s Leaking Oil

No matter what type of machinery you’re working with, oil leaks are always a bad sign. Oil lubricates different moving parts of your forklift to keep it operating as smoothly as possible and prevent gears from grinding together. It’s important to repair oil leaks immediately because if the oil drains completely, then that could cause the engine in your forklift to suddenly seize up.

The Chain Is Damaged

When properly maintained and lubricated with oil, the chain on your forklift can sustain approximately 6,000 hours of work. Corrosion, rust, and kinking are all signs that you need to replace or repair your forklift chain. Failing to replace the chain in time can actually damage the internal mechanism of your forklift and cause it to suddenly halt in the middle of a job, which could damage the load you’re carrying.

Worn pinheads and link plates along with an overly extended chain are all signs that the chain is damaged and needs servicing or replacement.

The Forks Are Distorted

The forks are arguable the hardest working part of your forklift—aside from the operator, of course—since they do all the heavy lifting. Depending on how often you use your forklift and how heavy the loads are, the forks will begin to warp over time. Warped or distorted forks can be a liability for your business because eventually, they’ll give out and potentially damage your products. This can also pose a potential safety issue for operators and other employees, so it’s better to repair or replace the forks.

The Mast Sticks

The mast is an integral part of any type of forklift. It facilitates lifting and supports the bulk of the weight of the load to prevent it from falling or getting damaged. Composed of the forklift’s elevation system and forks, the mast is directly connected to the hydraulic assembly. It’s important for the mast to be well-oiled for smooth performance, or else it could cause the mechanism to jerk during operation, which can damage the load and cause potential injury.

Your Battery is Draining Faster Than Normal

Another sure sign that a forklift battery should be serviced is if it doesn’t seem to be able to hold a charge like it normally does. After charging your forklift battery, it is important to make a note of how long a charge lasts.

Ideally, batteries should be charged when they reach the 20-30% range to maximize their useful life. Otherwise, you may find that your batteries will lose their ability to hold a charge quicker than they should. Another important fact to remember is that batteries are only good for so many charging cycles, so using “opportunity charging” or “fast charging” to top off a battery that’s at 70% is just shortening the battery’s useful life.  However, if your application calls for this type of charging, it is important to ensure you are using the correct charger as well as using the correct charger properly. One last thing to remember is that it is important to ensure that your battery always has the correct amount of water.

If your forklift is exhibiting one or a combination of these issues, then it may be time to schedule a service or repair appointment.

NovaLift Equipment is proud to keep your business moving. We provide extensive forklift repair, maintenance, and training services. If you need to rent or lease a forklift for a short period or would like to purchase one, we can help with that too. Book your forklift maintenance service today!