The 9 Essential Forklift Training Courses You Should Take

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The 9 Essential Forklift Training Courses You Should Take

Forklift training doesn’t simply involve learning how to operate a lift truck. Read on to find out about Wayco’s wide range of forklift training programs designed to help your employees work safely and efficiently. Contact Wayco today to book your next training session.

 

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Forklift trainingForklift training can help keep your workers safe

 

9 Forklift  Training Courses Offered by Wayco

Wayco offers 9 comprehensive forklift training courses designed to keep your workers safe and help them operate the equipment they are using more effectively and efficiently. Our courses are taught by trained professionals and where required, are designed to comply with government regulations.

 

1. New Operator Forklift Training

Wayco’s New Operator Forklift Training program is specifically designed for the beginner or novice operators. It includes both in-class instruction and hands-on training where you can practice operating an actual forklift. Your knowledge and performance will be evaluated and upon successful completion of the course, you will be issued your certification which Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) requires all forklift operators to have.

Who Is It For? Any beginner or novice forklift operator

What Topics Will Be Covered?

 

Training-ClassEvery new forklift operator is required by law to take forklift training

 

2. Operator Refresher Forklift Training Course

The OHSA requires that every forklift operator should renew their certification every 3 years. The Operator Refresher course will go over the basics of safe forklift operation and well as the government legislation and guidelines that pertain to lifting devices and their use. Taking this course will give you the renewed certification that you need in order to continue operating a forklift.

Who Is It For? Certified operators needing to renew their certification

What Topics Will Be Covered?

 

operator refresher courseForklift operators need to renew their certification every 3 years

 

3. Elevated Work Platform Training

Elevating Work Platform training will provide you with basic information on elevating work platforms. Operating these devices safely requires knowledge, skill, and serious commitment to safety. Our course is designed for both new and experienced operators. After the training, your employer must also provide you with oral, written, and hands-on instruction on the specific machine you will be working with, including the specific hazards you could encounter in the workplace.

Who Is It For? Any person operating an aerial lift – both new and experienced operators

What Topics Will Be Covered?

  • Aerial boom lift basics
  • Rules and regulations
  • Types of elevated work platforms
  • Main parts and their functions
  • Safety systems
  • Pre-use inspection
  • Safe operating procedures
  • Limitations, hazards, and controls

 

forklift safety trainingIf you are operating an elevated lift, you should get the proper training

 

4. Propane Cylinder Exchange Training

Our Propane Cylinder Exchange training program is designed for those people who are operating or working with industrial propane-powered forklifts. Propane is a form of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and it can be dangerous if not handled properly. Our course will train you on the safe handling, exchange, and filling procedures of a propane cylinder. Our course meets all relevant government and industry standards and all trainers have been certified.

Who Is It For?  Those who work with industrial propane-powered forklifts

What Topics Will Be Covered?

  • Safe handling and transportation of propane tanks
  • Exchanging and filling procedures
  • Health and safety hazards
  • Changing propane tanks on industrial propane-powered forklifts

 

LPG ForkliftPropane can be very dangerous and needs to be properly handled

 

5. Fall Arrest Training

Wayco’s Fall Arrest training program is designed for any person working at elevations to comply with the provincial law requirements to be trained in fall protection safety. Our course will provide you with an understanding of your responsibilities when working in areas where fall hazards exist, the use and inspection of the required equipment, and the critical controls necessary to reduce the risk of a fall.

Who Is It For? Any person working at elevations

What Topics Will Be Covered?

  • Basic safety training for working at elevations and when fall protection is required
  • Applicable safety legislation and standards
  • Personal fall arrest system and safety net installation
  • Components of a safety walk-around checklist
  • How to perform a hazard assessment
  • Rescue and escape planning
  • Fall protection systems and different types of anchors
  • How and why falls can happen
  • Pre-use inspection of safety equipment
  • How to inspect and adjust a harness and how to use fall protection equipment

 

Fall Arrest TrainingFall Arrest training will teach you how to be safe if you are working at heights

 

6. Pedestrian Awareness Training

Wayco’s Pedestrian training program will cover the basic hazards related to forklifts and the rules that should be followed to ensure the safety of any pedestrian in close proximity to a lifting device. This course is designed to help you and those who work around you to reduce the risk of pedestrian-related accidents and to save lives.

Who Is It For? Anyone working with or around forklifts

What Topics Will Be Covered?

  • Basic hazards of working with and around forklifts
  • Rules to follow for the safety of pedestrians

 

Pedestrian Awareness CoursePedestrian awareness training  reduces the risk of accidents involving pedestrians in the workplace

 

7. Battery Training Program

Our Battery Training program combines both hands-on practical training as well as theoretical training. You will learn all about batteries including how to maintain, transfer, charge, and water them as well as safety protocols related to battery use.  The “Battery & Charger Training Program has been introduced to many warehouse and manufacturing facilities all across Ontario, resulting in lower rates of injuries to employees and damage to equipment. Each participant will take a theoretical test and upon completi0n receive a certificate.

Who Is It For? Anyone working with battery powered forklifts or lifting devices

What Topics Will Be Covered?

  • Introduction to the battery
  • Daily maintenance practices
  • Battery transfer procedures
  • Battery charging and equalizing  charge
  • Battery watering
  • Using a hydrometer
  • Emergency procedure in case of an acid spill
  • Malfunctioning battery

 

Forklift Battery Care ProgramA battery training program will teach you how to maintain, transfer, charge, and water batteries

 

8. Lockout/Tagout Training

Wayco’s Lockout/Tagout training program will teach you about this safe work practice that ensures that dangerous machines and energy sources are properly shut off and not unexpectedly started up before the completion of maintenance or servicing work. The course covers a range of topics, including the basic procedures for lockout and tagout, and information about the responsibilities of manufacturers, employers, supervisors, and employees regarding hazardous energy control. We recommend that you renew your training every 3 years

Who Is It for? All authorized employees who service or maintain equipment, as well as equipment operators and any other affected employees who work in the area where lockout/tagout is being performed as required by the OHSA. Additionally, temporary personnel, as well as outside service and contractor personnel, must also be trained in hazardous energy control.

What Topics Will Be Covered?

  • Shutting down, isolating, blocking, & securing the machine
  • Safely placing, removing, & transferring of lockout/tagout devices
  • Testing the machine & verifying energy is locked out
  • Identifying the responsible person for lockout/tagout

 

 

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Lockout/ Tagout training should be taken every three years

9. WHMIS

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) is a Canada-wide system designed to give employers and workers information about hazardous materials used in the workplace. Wayco offers WHMIS training for your employees. Under WHMIS, there are three ways in which information on hazardous materials is to be provided: labels on the containers of hazardous materials, material safety data sheets to supplement the label with detailed hazard and precautionary information, and worker education programs.

Who Is It For? Anyone working where there is hazardous materials

What Topics Will Be Covered?

  • Hazard classification
  • Cautionary labeling of containers
  • Provision of material safety data sheets
  • How to work safely with and around hazardous material

 

forklift inspectionsIf you work around hazardous material, you need WHMIS training

 

Wayco: For the Finest and Widest Range of Forklift Training in Ontario

If you are looking for the best and most effective forklift training in Ontario, contact Wayco today. Wayco offers national coverage, local service, and we train both individuals or groups at your facility or ours. Our training is so effective that we also have a 98% pass rate.

Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck/Forklift Program is an excellent way for you to ensure forklift safety in your workplace. With our training you will experience:

  • Innovative training practices
  • Affordable pricing
  • Flexible and professional trainers
  • Comprehensive in-class and practical experience

Contact Wayco today to book your next session.

 

 

“Exceptional quality and service. Left the training class with more than I expected. Looking forward to being a repeat customer; good thorough training class.”– Kevin

Read more testimonials here.

 

Wayco Also Sells Top Quality New and Used Forklifts

If you are looking for top quality forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

 

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6 Steps for Getting a Forklift License in Ontario

If you are required to operate a lifting device in your job, find out the 6 steps for getting a forklift license in Ontario. The training you need to get a forklift certificate will not only help you become a safe and efficient forklift operator, but it is also a legal requirement. If you would like to take the best forklift license training possible in Ontario, contact Wayco today.

 

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Forklift license in Ontario

You must have a forklift license in Ontario to operate any lifting device

 

6 Steps for Getting a Forklift License in Ontario

Read on to find out the 6 simple steps for getting a forklift license in Ontario, and then contact Wayco to book your course.

1. Find a Course that Meets or Exceeds the Requirements of the Canadian Standards Association (CSA)

The CSA outlines the required safety standard for lift trucks in its third edition CSA B335. The purpose of this standard is to specify the key elements of a lift truck safety program and also outline the recommended qualifications for a lift truck trainer as well as maintenance technicians and personnel. It covers all seven classes of lift trucks and is designed to promote forklift safety and lower the risk of worker injuries. It is a good idea, therefore, to make sure the course that you choose meets or exceeds the requirements set out in this standard.

 

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The forklift training course you choose should follow the CSA guidelines

 

2. Sign Up for a Course Designed for the Particular Class of Forklift You Will Be Operating

Not all forklifts are the same. Because of this, you need to enroll in a course that will teach you to properly operate the specific type of lift truck that you will be operating. There are 7 basic classifications of forklifts/lift trucks. The vehicle’s classification is determined by two main factors: the type of fuel used to power it and the type of work or purpose it is used for. The classifications are as follows:

Class 1 – Electric Motor, Rider, Counter-Balanced: Lift trucks in this category are powered by an electric motor. Their operators can either sit or stand to use them and they have a large weight in the back which helps to offset or counter-balance the weight of the load they are carrying.

 

Electric Lift Truck

Class 1 Electric Lift Truck

 

Class 2 – Electric Motor Narrow Aisle: These types of trucks are also powered by electricity and are designed to work in especially tight, narrow spaces.

 

Order Picker Lift Truck

Class 2 Electric Narrow Aisle Forklift

 

Class 3 – Electric Motorized Hand or Hand/Rider: This is another electric truck that is usually operated using a handle at the rear of the vehicle. They are also called pallet jacks and are low lift units.

 

Pallet Jacks

Class 3 Electric Pallet Jack

 

Class 4 – Internal Combustion Engine, Cushion Tires: This category of forklift has an engine similar to that of a car and they use gasoline, diesel, or LP gas. They have solid tires for use indoors on smooth surfaces.

 

Komatsu Forklift

Class 4 Internal Combustion Engine with cushion tires

 

Class 5 – Internal Combustion Engine, Pneumatic Tires: This class of truck is similar to class 4, however, these vehicles are equipped with pneumatic tires which means that they work well both inside and outside.

 

Diesel Pneumatic Forklift

Class 5 Diesel Pneumatic Forklift

 

Class 6 – Electric and Internal Combustion Tractors: This category is actually a tractor and not really a forklift at all. They can be run on any type of gas or by electricity depending on their motor.

 

Forklift Training Class 6 Electric and Internal Combustion Engine Tow Tractor

Class 6 Electric & Internal Combustion Engine Tow Tractors

 

Class 7 – Rough Terrain, Pneumatic Tires: This final category of forklift is perfect for rough terrain as their large flotation tires help them easily navigate construction sites and lumber yards.

 

Class 7 Rough Terrain

Class 7 Rough Terrain

 

 

 

3. Take the In-Class/Lecture Portion of the Training Course

As with most courses, it is important to study the theory behind the training in a classroom setting with a qualified instructor. A lecture component of your course will help you better understand the safety and risks involved in operating a lifting device. The types of topics that should be covered in a comprehensive in-class training course include:

  • Provincial and federal legislation
  • CSA guidelines
  • Basic principles of a forklift
  • Lift truck design and stability
  • Pre-shift inspection
  • Parts of a forklift
  • Safety rules
  • Driving hazards
  • Classification of lifting devices

 

Training-Class

The lecture portion of your training will help you better understand the fundamentals of forklift safety

 

4. Take the Practical Portion of the Training Course

Make sure that the forklift training course you choose has a practical portion that will allow you to practice on an actual lifting device. It is vital that you get hands-on practice using the type of forklift that you are going to be operating. Just like with driving a car, when operating a forklift you will improve with practice. You will want to get that practice under the guidance of a professional trainer, not on the job on your own.

 

Forklift safety

Practical hands-on training will help you become a better operator

 

5. Be Evaluated by Your Trainer

Evaluation can be in the form or a written test to determine whether or not you understand the principles of operating a forklift, including best safety practices as well as an on-site, practical, evaluation to make sure that you can competently operate the vehicle that you are being trained on.

 

 

A practical evaluation will show that you can operate a forklift safely and correctly

 

6. Receive Your Certificate

Operating a forklift does not require a license as such but it does require that you have a valid certificate that proves you have successfully completed lift truck training. The certificate needs to be renewed at least every three years and it must be signed by a competent individual who can attest to the fact that you successfully completed a hands-on practical evaluation.

 

 

Forklift operator training

Once your evaluation is completed successfully, you will receive your certificate

Additional Reading

You may also be interested in the following blog posts.

How to Reduce Forklift Accidents
Top 5 Forklift Accident Videos
5 Reasons to Get Forklift Training

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Wayco: Your Best Options for Forklift Training Ontario

If you are looking for the best and most effective forklift training in Ontario, contact Wayco today. Wayco offers national coverage, local service, and we train both individuals or groups at your facility or ours. Our training is so effective that we also have a 98% pass rate.

Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck/Forklift Program is an excellent way for you to ensure forklift safety in your workplace. With our training you will experience:

  • Innovative training practices
  • Affordable pricing
  • Flexible and professional trainers
  • Comprehensive in-class and practical experience

Contact Wayco today to book your next session.

 

 

“Exceptional quality and service. Left the training class with more than I expected. Looking forward to being a repeat customer; good thorough training class.”– Kevin

Read more testimonials here.

 

Wayco Also Sells Top Quality New and Used Forklifts

If you are looking for top quality forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

 

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Forklift License Application in Ontario

Forklift America’s Forklift Digest – Classes of Forklifts

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3 Things You Need to Know about Forklift Maintenance

Proper forklift maintenance will ensure that your lift truck will last longer, run more economically, be more efficient, and most importantly, be safer for your employees. Read on to find out the 3 things that you need to know about forklift maintenance. Looking for a reliable and trusted company to regularly maintain and repair your forklifts for you? Contact Wayco today.

 

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Wayco Forklift Complimentary Tire Inspection

It is important to check the tires for signs of wear

 

Forklift Maintenance

Regular forklift maintenance will not only help your machine to last longer, be more productive, and, as a result, save you money in larger repair costs and downtime, but it will also ensure that your operators and other workers are safe. Forklift incidents can cause serious injuries or even death, so it is very important that they are well maintained in order to better protect the safety of your employees and your business. The 3 areas of regular maintenance include:

  1. Daily Maintenance Checks
  2. Preventative Ongoing Maintenance
  3. Annual Inspections

 

 

1. Daily Maintenance Checks

At the beginning of each shift, a forklift operator is required by The Occupational Health and Safety Act, known as OHSA, to do a daily maintenance check on any vehicle that is operated daily. This is also known as a Pre-Shift Inspection.

Here is a sample checklist that you can follow prior to operating your lift truck. If you would like to order a pre-shift inspection checklist that you can use during your daily maintenance checks, click here.

 

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During your daily maintenance check you need to take a close look at the following:

  • Forks – look for weld breaks, raise and lower the forks with and without a load
  • Tires – check to see if there are any chunks of rubber missing
  • Piston – check to make sure there are no leaks or drips
  • Hydraulic hoses – look for any punctures or cuts in the hoses
  • Chain – make sure that the tension on the chain is tight
  • Carriage – look for any weld breaks
  • Seat belt – make sure it is in good repair
  • Propane tank (if it has one) – make sure it isn’t loose
  • Radiator – make sure that there isn’t any debris or trash caught in it
  • Emergency brake and accelerator – make sure that they are functioning properly
  • Controls – ensure that they are all in good repair
  • Safety lights, battery, alarms,  & horn – make sure they are all functioning properly
  • Fluid levels – check your engine oil, fuel, radiator water, and hydraulic fluid levels

If you find that during your inspection any of the above items are unsafe or needing to be repaired, your forklift needs to be taken out of service, red tagged, and repaired before you use it again.

The following video will demonstrate how to effectively carry out a pre-shift inspection.

 

 

 

For more information on pre-shift inspections, check out our blog post entitled “Forklift Pre-Shift Inspection.”

 

2. Preventative Ongoing Maintenance

Performing preventative maintenance is the best way to make sure that your lifting device is operating at its best. By being proactive and scheduling regular maintenance work according to the manufacturer’s recommendations for your lift truck you will be making sure that your forklift will have lower repair costs, higher efficiency and productivity, and a longer life.

 

 

Pneumatic Forklift

Regular maintenance will help prolong the life of your forklift

Maintenance to be Done Once a Month

Every month or 200 hours (whichever comes first), a trained mechanic should perform the following maintenance tasks on your lift truck:

  • Inspect the lift and tilt cylinder operation
  • Check the drive belt tension
  • Lubricate the chassis and mast parts
  • Replace the engine oil
  • Clean the air filter

In addition, if your truck is engine powered

  • Inspect the spark plugs and distributor point
  • Check the cap and rotor
  • Adjust the engine idle speed and ignition timing

 

Komatsu forklift

Monthly maintenance should be done by a trained mechanic

 

Maintenance to be Done Once Every 3 Months

Every three months or 600 hours (whichever comes first) you should have the following maintenance done:

  • Clean the exterior of the radiator and replace the fuel filter
  • Replace the hydraulic filter
  • Adjust the mast support bushing, tilt cylinder pins, and chassis links

For engine powered forklifts

  • Inspect the pedal free play, hand brake, lift chain tension, mast operation, carriage rollers, lift and tilt cylinder operation, hydraulic oil pump, differential and transmission oil, fuel filter, positive crankcase ventilation valve and hoses

For diesel powered trucks

  • Drain the water separator

 

Used Pneumatic Forklift Hyster

Drain the water separator on diesel forklifts every 3 months

 

Maintenance to be Done Every 6 Months

Every six months or 1200 hours you should have the following maintenance done:

  • Torque the engine head bolts and manifold nuts
  • Inspect the brake booster operation
  • Replace the brake fluid, wheel bearing grease coolant, fuel filter, fuel strainer element

For diesel powered trucks

  • Replace the water separator

Contact Wayco to schedule preventative forklift maintenance today.

 

Diesel Forklift

Replace the water separator on diesel trucks every 6 months

 

3. Annual Inspections

An annual forklift inspection is required by law to be carried out by a “competent” person who meets the requirements of the OHSA at least once a year. Clause 51(1)(b) of the OHSA states that after the initial inspection done before the first time you use your truck, your lift truck should be examined “as often as necessary but not less frequently than recommended by the manufacturer and in any case at least once a year.” If you inspect your forklift after every 2,000 hours of use, you will generally meet this requirement. If your vehicle, though, you may have to do it more often. For example, if your lift truck is used to do double shifts over the course of the year, or if it is operated in severe environmental conditions such as extremely hot or corrosive environments, then the inspections should happen more often.

During the annual inspection, you should have the forklift’s general safety and maintenance looked at to determine if it has be maintained in good condition and whether it is “constructed and equipped in a way to adequately ensure the safety of all workers.” In addition to the general inspection, the lifting device’s load-handling capacity should also be checked out to determine if it is capable of handling its maximum rated load.

To learn more about annual inspections and what they entail, check out our blog post entitled “2018 Guide to Forklift Inspection.”

 

Forklift Pre Shift Inspection Checklist

By law, forklifts need to be inspected annually

 

Choose Wayco for the Best Forklift Maintenance in the Tri-Cities

If you are looking for the best quality forklift maintenance at an affordable price, talk to the professionals at Wayco. At Wayco we have competent people on staff who are not only able to carry out your regular forklift maintenance, but we also have qualified individuals who are able to perform the annual lifting device inspection for you as required by the Ministry of Labour. During our full vehicle inspection, we will carefully examine all of the sections required to make sure that your devices are running properly and safely. Once your vehicles have been thoroughly inspected and found to be in proper working order, we can certify your equipment for you. You should keep this safety documentation organized and readily available for when a government inspector shows up. Contact Wayco today to schedule your lifting equipment inspection.

 

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Contact Wayco if You Need Forklift Training

Wayco’s intense and comprehensive forklift safety training program will provide you and your employees with the best safety training at the best price. We offer national coverage and local service with a 98% pass rate. We can train individuals or groups at our facility or yours – you choose.

Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck/Forklift Program is an excellent way for you to ensure forklift safety in your workplace. With our training you will experience:

  • Innovative training practices
  • Affordable pricing
  • Flexible and professional trainers
  • Comprehensive in-class and practical experience

Contact Wayco today to book your next session.

 

 

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in-house lift trucks. With one phone call, a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3-year-old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair Techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling. “ – CanadianBakeInn

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If you are looking for top quality forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

 

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Sample Daily Checklist for Powered Industrial Tools

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2018 Guide to Forklift Inspection

According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) you are required by law to carry out a regular forklift inspection on all of your powered lifting devices. Following the guidelines below will help you to ensure compliance with the law. If you require a competent person to carry out a forklift inspection for you, contact the professionals at Wayco.

 

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Employers are responsible to make sure regular inspections take place

 

 

What Are The Inspectors Looking For During a Forklift Inspection?

There are two main categories that a forklift inspection will cover: the forklift’s load-handling capacity and its general safety and maintenance.

Load-Handling Capacity

The load-handling capacity inspection will determine whether or not a lifting device is capable of handling its maximum rated load.

General Safety Inspection and Maintenance

The government does not give specific, detailed requirements for the general safety and maintenance of powered lift trucks. Instead, they give a very general statement that an employer must make sure that “any equipment is maintained in good condition.” They also state that a lifting device needs to be “constructed and equipped in a way to adequately ensure the safety of all workers.

The sections listed in the following checklists should all be examined during a forklift inspection. Items not on the list may also be inspected. the examination should be carried out according to the truck manufacturer’s specifications. For a more detailed checklist, click here.

 

 

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The inspection should be carried out according to the truck manufacturer’s specifications

 

Load-Handling Capacity

Checklist A: The Load-Handling Device
1. Manufacturer’s Specification Plates
2. Forks
3. Attachments
4. Movement

Checklist B: The Elevating Section
1. Lift Chains
2. Mast
3. Hydraulic System
4. Welds and Fasteners

Checklist C: The Propulsion System
1. Brakes
2. Tires
3. Battery
4. Counterweight

 

General Safety Inspection and Maintenance

Checklist D: The General Safety of the Powered Lift Truck
1. Transmission
2. Tires
3. Steering
4. Overhead Guard
5. Propane Equipment
6. Other

 

The following video produced by the Ontario Ministry of Labour outlines what a government inspector is looking for in one of their inspections.

 

 

 

Who Is Responsible to Make Sure the Inspections Take Place?

It is the employer’s responsibility, as the owner of the forklift, to make sure that periodic examinations of the lifting device takes place. As an employer, you should establish procedures that cover the regular inspection and repair of lift trucks in your workplace and make sure that they are carried out.

 

How Often Do You Need to Perform a Forklift Inspection?

 

Initial Inspections

The Load-handling capacity of a lifting device needs to be inspected by a “competent” person, before it is used “for the first time” and at least annually after that. “For the first time” means that any new equipment that you purchase must be examined before you use it to make sure that its lifting capacity is what the manufacturer says it is.

Purchased New & Used Lift Trucks: Please note that the responsibility lies with the purchaser (or employer) and not the seller to ensure that this inspection takes place. This is because a forklift dealer could potentially make modifications to the equipment and thereby alter the manufacturer’s specifications invalid. The inspection must also be carried out after the purchase of used vehicles as well.

Leased Lift Trucks: The company supplying the leased lift truck, however, has the responsibility of inspecting it before the first use. The ongoing inspections are the responsibility of the user of the vehicle.

 

forklift load capacity

The purchaser of a lifting device must make sure it is inspected before its first use

 

On-going Inspections

Clause 51(1)(b) states that after the initial inspection, your lift truck should be examined “as often as necessary but not less frequently than recommended by the manufacturer and in any case at least once a year.” If you have your vehicle examined after every 2,000 hours of use, you will generally meet this requirement. If your vehicle, however, is used more often than 12 months of single shifts, or if it is operated in severe environmental conditions such as extremely hot or corrosive environments, then the inspections should happen more often.

 

What Type of Machines Need to Be Inspected?

According to Ontario’s Ministry of Labour, Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), a powered lift truck is defined as “a mobile, power-propelled, self-loading truck equipped with a load carriage and attachments for lifting, transporting and stacking material“. The OHSA requires all such lifting devices to be inspected. Forklift trucks, cranes, hoists, lifts, elevating platforms are some examples of lifting devices. Lifting devices are widely used in many different workplaces for various purposed, from lifting a worker to lowering a load of skids. Lifting devices can cause serious worker injury or even death so it is very important that they comply with the legislation that will protect the safety of your employees and your business.

 

Reach Forklift

All powered lifting devices such as forklift trucks, cranes, hoists, lifts,  and elevating platforms need to be inspected

 

Who Performs the Inspection?

A forklift inspection which will determine whether or not the forklift has the proper lifting capacity needs to be performed by a “competent” person. The OHSA requires a “competent” person to have “knowledge, training, and experience to organize the work and its performance” The following knowledge and skills for maintenance technicians and truck operators, should qualify you to carry out these inspections:

  • Having a knowledge of the personal safety practices required to carry out routine and periodic inspections of lift trucks currently in use;
  • Having a familiarity with the terms used by the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Guideline, of the documents mentioned in the Guideline, as well as industry terminology;
  • Being able to understand lift truck manuals, manufacturer’s specifications, drawings, and their parts lists;
  • Knowing the purpose and function of all the devices, accessories, and components usually found on powered lift trucks and being able to inspect them to determine whether or not they are working properly;
  • Having a working knowledge of electrical and electronic control circuit principles
  • Having a working knowledge of mechanical principles of structures, machines, mechanisms, etc.
  • Having, where applicable, a working knowledge of pneumatic principles

Note: You could usually acquire these qualifications after 5 years of experience in field service work.

 

forklift inspection by a competent person

A forklift inspection needs to be performed by a “competent” person

 

 

Why Wayco Is the Best Choice for Forklift Inspections

At Wayco we have competent people on staff who are qualified to perform the annual lifting device inspection for you as required by the Ministry of Labour. During our full vehicle inspection, we will carefully examine all of the sections required to make sure that your devices are running properly and safely. Once your vehicles have been thoroughly inspected and found to be in proper working order, we can certify your equipment for you. You should keep this safety documentation organized and readily available for when a government inspector shows up. Contact Wayco today to schedule your lifting equipment inspection.

 

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Contact Wayco For the Best Forklift Training Available

Wayco’s intense and comprehensive forklift safety training program will provide you and your employees with the best safety training at the best price. We offer national coverage and local service with a 98% pass rate. We can train individuals or groups at our facility or yours – you choose.

Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck/Forklift Program is an excellent way for you to ensure forklift safety in your workplace. With our training you will experience:

  • Innovative training practices
  • Affordable pricing
  • Flexible and professional trainers
  • Comprehensive in-class and practical experience

Contact Wayco today to book your next session.

 

 

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in-house lift trucks. With one phone call, a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3-year-old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair Techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling. “ – CanadianBakeInn

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If you are looking for top quality forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

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3 Most Important Elements of Forklift Safety

Forklift safety is an important issue that needs to be addressed in every workplace that uses lifting devices. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) statistics, about 85 forklift fatalities and 34,900 serious injuries occur each year, with 42% of those fatalities resulting from the driver being crushed by the vehicle tipping over. According to WSIB, workers have also suffered critical injuries such as broken limbs, cracked ribs and head injuries as a result of falling off a lift truck. Read on to discover the 3 most important elements of forklift safety, including proper training, proper equipment maintenance, and work environment awareness. If you require proper forklift safety training for your workers, contact Wayco today.

 

 

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Proper training is key to forklift safety

 

1. Proper and Comprehensive Forklift Safety Training

Proper training of all forklift operators is not only a good safety practice but is also required by law. OHSA  mandates that all powered industrial truck operators be properly trained and certified by their organizations.

 

a) Types of Training Required

Every employer is required to design and put into place a training program that includes:

  • Safe lift truck operation training
  • Specialized training on the operation of the particular type of vehicle used in the workplace
  • General safety requirements as outlined in the OHSA standard.

Proper training should take the form of both formal and practical training. Formal training could include in-classroom lectures and videos while the practical training would involve demonstration and hands-on practice.

The OHSA lists all of the training topics that must be covered in the training, however, you can skip those topics that are not relevant to your particular working situation.

 

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Training should consist of both classroom and practical components

 

b) When Training Should Occur

Before a New Employee Begins Work:

Before an employee is allowed to operate a lift truck, an employer must evaluate and determine whether or not they are competent to operate a powered industrial truck safely. Even if the operator has previous experience using forklifts, they still need to be properly trained on the types of vehicles used at your worksite as each piece of equipment and each worksite is different.

At Least Once Every 3 Years:

Employers are responsible to make sure that their forklift operators are trained and evaluated at least once every three years.

 

c) Who Should Administer the Training

Training must be led by a qualified trainer. There are reputable forklift training companies who will either come to your premises to perform the training for your employees or, if you prefer, you can send your operators to their facilities to have the training done.

 

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Make sure your forklift training is led by a qualified trainer

 

d) Best Safety Practices

The following are a list of best safety practices that you should learn and put into practice in order to operate a forklift safely.

  • Always perform a pre-shift inspection before you begin operating your vehicle.
  • Always make sure that your load is properly and safely arranged on the forks.
  • When moving your lift truck keep your load lifted just above the pavement with your forks tilted back just enough to stabilize your load.
  • Keep your speed slow enough that you can stop safely within your stability triangle.
  • If you are travelling on an incline, keep your load facing uphill not downhill.
  • Slow down when you are driving on slippery surfaces and when you are making turns.
  • Try to drive on clear surfaces that are free from debris, ruts, or holes.
  • Use your horn when you come to an intersection or whenever your visibility is blocked.

 

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Pre-shift inspections should always be done before operating your lift truck

 

2. Properly Maintained Lift Equipment

Making sure that your lift equipment has been properly maintained and is in good working condition goes a long way toward ensuring forklift safety.

One of the initiatives that the Ontario government is taking as part of the province’s Safe At Work Ontario compliance strategy is that inspectors will check that employers that use lift-trucks and other lifting devices will have them examined for their load capacity and verify that they have been maintained in good condition. These initiatives were put in place in order to raise awareness of workplace hazards and promote compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA).

The following are some of the hazards that safety inspectors look for when they are conducting their forklift safety inspections:

  • Are the tires in good condition?
  • Is the seat in good condition?
  • Is the mast in good condition?
  • Are the forks cracked or bent?
  • Has the forklift had its annual inspection to make sure that it is capable of lifting the rated load of capacity?
  • Is there a working fire extinguisher readily available?
  • Is there a working seatbelt?

The following video produced by the Ontario Ministry of Labour further outlines what is involved in one of their inspections.

 

 

3. Work Environment Awareness

The workplace environment itself can also affect your safety. The type of facility that you work in and the condition of your surroundings can present hazards for forklift operators.

Retail Settings: If you are working in a retail environment, you will find it more difficult to maintain pedestrian safety as customers may not pay attention to warning signs and inadvertently wander off their designated paths.

Debris: Loose objects left on a warehouse floor can cause you to lose control of your steering.

Wet, Oily, or Icy Surfaces: These types of surfaces should always be avoided and should be cleaned up as soon as they are detected.

Soft Dirt: If you are operating a lift truck outside, you should be aware that your wheels may sink on a soft dirt surface which could cause your elevated load to destabilize.

Loading Docks: Loading docks can be a hazard to lift operators. Many accidents occur when a truck is mistakenly driven off the edge of the dock or by the dock itself collapsing. The following video shows a forklift falling off a loading dock.

 

 

Contact Wayco for the Best Forklift Training Available

Wayco’s intense and comprehensive forklift safety training program will provide you and your employees with the best safety training at the best price. We offer national coverage and local service with a 98% pass rate. We can train individuals or groups at our facility or yours – you choose.

Our Safe Operation of a Lift Truck/Forklift Program is an excellent way for you to ensure forklift safety in your workplace. With our training you will experience:

  • Innovative training practices
  • Affordable pricing
  • Flexible and professional trainers
  • Comprehensive in-class and practical experience

Contact Wayco today to book your next session.

 

 

“Exceptional quality and service. Left the training class with more than I expected. Looking forward to being a repeat customer. “ – Kevin Brown

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If you are looking for top quality forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

 

 

 

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When is Your Komatsu Forklift Ready to Retire?

Your Komatsu forklift is built to last, but there comes a point with every vehicle, no matter how well it is made, when you need to decide whether or not to retire and replace it. Read on to help you determine when your Komatsu forklift is ready to retire.  If you are wanting to trade in your Komatsu forklift, but are not in a position to purchase a new one, contact Wayco today and ask us about our rental option.

 

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When is Your Komatsu Forklift Ready to Retire?

To give you a better idea as to whether or not your Komatsu forklift is ready to retire, we’ve prepared ten detailed questions that you can ask in order to make your decision easier.

 

1. How Many Hours Has Your Komatsu Forklift Logged?

A forklift is similar to any other vehicle in that the mileage is a good indicator as to how much life it has left. Just as a car with a very high mileage is getting close to its retirement age, a forklift that has logged a large number of hours is closer to retiring than one with fewer hours logged. On average, a lift truck engine will last anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 hours, with some lasting even longer.

 

 

2. Is Your Engine Electric or Internal Combustion (IC)?

In general, an electric forklift will be able to run more total hours than one that has an internal combustion engine. Electrically powered forklifts have fewer moving parts than IC engines. They don’t have pistons and crankshafts like internal combustion engines. Instead, they simply have a rotor that spins within a stator supported by a bearing. The electric engines require less maintenance and they usually last longer.

 

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An electric forklift like this Electric Komatsu Forklift will generally last longer.

 

3. Under What Type of Operating Conditions Have You Been Using Your Forklift?

The conditions in which a forklift is used also plays a big part in how long it will last. A forklift that is operated indoors in a clean, dry environment, for example, will last much longer than one that is used outside, exposed to extreme heat and cold, or those that are used to carry dirty loads that can clog up and damage its parts.

 

4. What Tasks Has Your Forklift Been Doing?

The type of tasks that your forklift has been assigned to will also play a role in how long it lasts. If your truck carries heavy loads over multiple shifts then it will not last as long as one that carries lighter loads for single shifts.

 

5. Has Your Forklift Been Regularly Maintained?

Regular maintenance plays a key part in the lifespan of all forklifts, including Komatsu forklifts. If you have followed a properly planned maintenance program for your truck then it is going to last longer and run more efficiently.

 

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Keeping your Komatsu Forklift well maintained will increase its lifespan.

 

6. Is Your Forklift Costing You Too Much to Maintain?

If you have purchased your forklift, then you may be tempted to keep it running as long as possible to “get your money’s worth”. However, this is not always the most cost-effective approach. It is important to pay attention to the maintenance costs of your truck. There will come a point when the cost to keep your vehicle running is much more than the value of hanging onto it.

 

7. Has Your Forklift Had More than 4 Work Orders for Maintenance in the Last 12 Months?

Newer forklifts will have predictable and relatively low maintenance costs. As a truck ages, those costs, which include both parts and labour, become more frequent and more expensive as components such as transmissions, engines, electronics, and drive motors begin to fail. Brian Markison, senior manager, national accounts for UniCarriers Americas Corp., suggests “looking at how many work orders (other than preventative maintenance) have been opened on the truck in a 12-month rolling period. If there have been more than four, the truck bears watching and may be a candidate for replacement.

 

8. Are You Spending More than 10% of Purchase Price on Maintenance?

According to Michael McKean, manager of fleet sales and marketing for Toyota Material Handling U.S.A Inc.,  “If you’re spending more than 10 percent of the truck’s purchase price year after year on maintenance, then it’s no longer economical and it’s probably time to retire the vehicle.

 

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If maintenance is too high, it’s time to retire your forklift.

 

9. Has Your Forklift Become Less Productive?

If your truck is not as productive as it was, then it could be an indication that it is time for you to retire it. Some of the things to watch for that indicate less productivity are:

  • Excessive downtime due to repairs
  • Operators are unable to drive and handle their loads quickly due to poor ergonomics
  • Operators need to slow their pace down because of inadequate safety features on the vehicle
  • The truck is being used for a job that it wasn’t designed to do and therefore is inefficient in performing it

 

10. What Is Your Forklift’s “Book Value” Compared to Its Trade-In Value?

You may find that your accounting department would want you to keep your forklift until it has fully depreciated. This doesn’t always make the most financial sense. As a lift truck gets older, its trade-in value decreases considerably and is much lower than its “book value.” At the same time, its maintenance costs are also rising. There comes a point when it isn’t worth it financially to keep your forklift.

 

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Keeping your truck until it fully depreciated may not be your best choice financially.

 

Take a Look at Your Options

1. Purchasing a New Forklift

If you have the capital, you may wish to look at purchasing a brand new forklift. The great advantage of buying new is that you will also be able to have the peace of mind of getting a warranty to go along with it. There a numerous different makes and models available so if you are unsure about which forklift is the best for your particular needs, ask a professional for advice.

 

2. Purchasing a Used Forklift

If you are on a tighter budget and don’t want to spend the money required to purchase a brand new forklift, you might want to consider buying a used one instead. Used forklifts cost less, however, you need to be careful that you are purchasing from a trusted dealer so that you get the best vehicle for the price you pay.

 

Pre-Owned Used Pneumatic Forklift Komatsu

Purchasing used makes sense when you ‘re on a budget.

 

3. Renting a Forklift

A great option when you don’t have the immediate capital to purchase a new forklift is to rent one. Wayco’s rental program can offer you:

  • Either short or long rentals
  • Daily, weekly, and monthly contracts
  • Competitive rates
  • Various sizes and weight capacities to choose from (3,000 to 80,000 lbs)
  • A Rent-to-Own program
  • Hassle-free maintenance

Contact us today to find out more about renting the indoor or outdoor forklift equipment you need.

 

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Wayco: For a High Quality Komatsu Forklift You Can Trust and Afford

If you are looking for a top quality Komatsu forklift, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and concerns.

If you or your staff require forklift training, we can even provide top-notch safety training. Contact Wayco today to talk to our friendly staff and book an appointment.

“We purchased a used fork lift from Wayco in January. It was extremely clean and in excellent condition when it was delivered. We have also had incredible ongoing service from the professionals at Wayco. Overall dealing with them has been an excellent experience.” – Don’s Trailer Service

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Assessing the 4 types of Bishamon Forklifts

For nearly 30 years Bishamon Forklifts have been leading the way in forklift innovation, providing high quality, ergonomic products that enhance worker safety and productivity. Read on to find out the advantages of Bishamon forklifts, including their lift tables, pallet handling, mobile handling, and skid lifts. If you are looking for a quality forklift, we can help. Wayco Multi-Lift is Southwestern Ontario’s Bishamon dealer. Contact us today and we will help you determine which of the Bishamon Forklifts is the best model for your particular needs.

 

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4 Categories of Bishamon Forklifts

Bishamon manufactures 4 different classes of forklifts. They include:

  • Lift Tables
  • Pallet Handling
  • Mobile Handling
  • Skid Lifts

 

 

1. Lift Tables

A lift table is a platform deck that uses a scissor mechanism to lift or lower goods. They are usually used to raise and place large, heavy loads a fairly small distance.

 

Advantages of a Lift Table

  • Loading & Unloading: Lift tables are a class of forklift that is great for loading and unloading products in a warehouse setting. The scissor lift mechanism can be adjusted to either stay low to place items on a truck or raise items to be stored in a hard-to-reach location.
  • Transporting Goods: If you need to transport goods to another part of your warehouse and then store them at great heights, a lift table is especially useful, especially if the items are heavy.
  • Increased Productivity & Reduction of Worker Strain: Lift tables will help you get rid of unproductive lifting, bending, and stretching that will eventually lead to worker fatigue and injury.

 

Types of Bishamon Lift Tables

 

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Optimus LK Series: The Optimus LK is a series of electric-hydraulic scissor lift tables that have lifting capacities from 2000 to 5000 lbs.

Lo-Profile LX Series: Lo-Profile LX Series are electric-hydraulic scissor lift tables with a collapsed height as low a 2.9 inches.

CompacLift X Series: The CompacLift X Series are small, compact scissor lift tables with low capacities in various power methods.

EZ UP EZU Series: The EZ UP EZU Series are pneumatic, air powered, scissor lift tables.

MobiLift BX Series: MobiLift BX is a series of mobile scissor lift tables that have a manual foot pump. They have premium casters and push handle for easy mobility. Their load capacity is from 330 to 1760 lbs.

MobiLift BXB Series: The MobiLift BXB series are battery powered mobile scissor lift tables with load capacities from 330 to 1760 lbs. They come in double scissor and stainless steel models.

 

2. Pallet Handling

A pallet is a flat wooden or metal platform that is used to store goods so that they can be moved or lifted with a forklift. A pallet has both a top and bottom deck which gives it more stability than a skid, which doesn’t have a bottom deck. There are different types of pallet handling equipment. They include pallet trucks and pallet positioners.

 

 

Pallet Trucks

A pallet truck is the most basic type of forklift. It is designed to move and lift pallets.

Advantages of Pallet Trucks

Pallet Trucks:

  • Work well in warehouse environments
  • Allow an individual to perform a task of moving product that would normally require multiple people
  • Save time and effort by doing the heavy lifting for you

 

 

Pallet Positioners

Pallet positioners help you handle, lift, and rotate pallets more effectively and ergonomically.

Advantages of Pallet Positioners:

Pallet Positioners:

  • Allow you to handle, lift, and rotate pallet loads with a minimum amount of bending, reaching, stretching, or walking around
  • Reduce injuries
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase work speed

 

Types of Bishamon Pallet Handling Equipment

 

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Lift Pilot: The Lift Pilot is a leading-edge product that allows optimal space saving and ergonomic working for a better and safer work environment. It can lift pallets up to 2,500 lbs with a load center of 24″ to a maximum height of almost 38″. The operator can select fork lengths of 42 or 48 inches and fork lowered heights of 3.6″ to 4.6″. You can extend or retract the forks in a mere 5 seconds. During extension and retraction, all lift and lower controls are disabled to ensure safe handling.

EZ Loader EZ: EZ Loader EZ is a self-levelling automatic pallet positioner. Its new advanced design allows capacity adjustment without changing air pressure.

EZ Off Lifter: EZ Off Lifter is a lift with a turntable that can be loaded or unloaded with a pallet truck.

EZ X Loader: The EX X Loader is Bishamon’s new economy automatic pallet positioner with a self-levelling automatic pallet positioner.

Unilift: The Unilift is a positioner that can be used as both a pallet truck and lift a closed bottom pallet to work height. It can easily handle standard pallets, CHEP pallets, and skids up to 2000 lbs without straddling.

Blue Label BS Series BS-25 / BS-65: Blue Label is a hand pallet truck with superior design and reliability. It has capacities from 2500 lbs to 6500 lbs.

 

 

3. Mobile Handling

Mobile handling refers to lift tables, pallet trucks, and skid lifts that are designed with heavy-duty wheels, allowing them to be easily moved wherever you need them.

Advantages of Mobile Handling

Mobile Handling Equipment:

  • Allows you to easily move and position loads
  • Ergonomically designed for greater comfort and safety

 

Types of Bishamon Mobile Handling Equipment

 

Bishamon mobile handling

 

MobiLift BX Series: MobiLift BX is a series of mobile scissor lift tables that have a manual foot pump. They have premium casters and push handle for easy mobility. Their load capacity is from 330 to 1760 lbs.

MobiLift BXB Series: The MobiLift BXB series are battery powered mobile scissor lift tables with load capacities from 330 to 1760 lbs. They come in double scissor and stainless steel models.

MobiLift BXS Series: The MobiLift BXS Series features a removable pendant push button control and convenient foot lever pump. Their load capacity is from 330 to 1760 lbs.

Unilift: The Unilift is a positioner that can be used as both a pallet truck and lift a closed bottom pallet to work height. It can easily handle standard pallets, CHEP pallets, and skids up to 2000 lbs without straddling.

SKIDLIFT LV Series: The SKIDLIFT LV Series are manual foot pump lifts that can be used for both skids and open bottom pallets. It can accommodate loads of up to 2200 lbs and has premium wheels and push handle for easy mobility.

SKIDLIFT LVE Series: SKIDLIFT LVE Series are battery operated lifts for skids and open bottom pallets. Their load capacity is also up to 2200 lbs and their unique captured scissor design provides enhanced stability.

 

 

4. Skid Lifts

Skid lifts are specially designed to easily move, load, or unload skids by raising the top of the load to a convenient working height.

Advantages of Skid Lifts

Skid Lifts:

  • Allow you to handle, lift, and rotate skids with a minimal amount of bending, reaching, stretching, or walking around
  • Reduce injuries
  • Increase productivity
  • Increase work speed

 

Types of Bishamon Skid Lifts

 

Bishamon skid lifts

 

SKIDLIFT LVE Series: SKIDLIFT LVE Series are battery operated lifts for skids and open bottom pallets. Their load capacity is also up to 2200 lbs and their unique captured scissor design provides enhanced stability.

SKIDLIFT LV Series: The SKIDLIFT LV Series are manual foot pump lifts that can be used for both skids and open bottom pallets. They can accommodate loads of up to 2200 lbs and have premium wheels and push handle for easy mobility.

Lift Pilot: The Lift Pilot is a leading-edge product that allows optimal space saving and ergonomic working for a better and safer work environment. It can lift pallets up to 2,500 lbs with a load center of 24″ to a maximum height of almost 38″. The operator can select fork lengths of 42 or 48 inches and fork lowered heights of 3.6″ to 4.6″. You can extend or retract the forks in a mere 5 seconds. During extension and retraction, all lift and lower controls are disabled to ensure safe handling.

The following video demonstrates the amazing capabilities of the lift pilot by Bishamon.

 

Wayco: Your Trusted Bishamon Forklift Dealer in Southwestern Ontario

If you are looking for top quality Bishamon forklifts, contact WaycoWe sell the best forklifts you can buy and our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications. We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. Contact Wayco today for all of your forklift needs.

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in house lift trucks. With one phone call a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3 year old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling.”

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Stärke Forklifts: 3 Things You Need to Know

Stärke forklifts are manufactured by a Canadian company that understands the struggles dealers face on a day-to-day basis and recognizes the need for a different approach and a new business model. Keep reading to discover three things you need to know about this company and the products available. If you are in the market for a forklift, but are not sure which type will best suit your particular requirements, contact the forklift experts at Wayco today.

 

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A Brief History of Stärke Forklifts

Stärke Material Handling Group is a wholly Canadian owned and operated company that is certainly very familiar with the materials handling industry. The company’s roots date back to a family-owned dealership established in the Niagara Region during the 1930’s. After years serving as a Canadian master distributor for other offshore brands, the Stärke brand was established in 2010 as a way to introduce small-to-medium-sized forklift and lift equipment dealerships to a revenue stream previously restricted to larger dealerships in the materials handling industry, according to company president Ted Lucas.

Here’s an excerpt from the company’s origin story:

“Unlike many other material handling equipment brands, our company has a simple origin, beginning in 1939 as a small service-oriented shop in Southern Ontario, Canada.  For decades, our first and foremost concern was servicing and maintaining lift equipment with an emphasis on quality, service and safety above all else.  Yet as the industry changed around us we adapted to the new reality of globalization as the manufacturing industry slowly dwindled around us.

“After years of receiving little for our efforts, we decided that the only way to achieve these goals was to branch out on our own and create a brand for dealers, by dealers.  Using our experience representing other brands, we created the Stärke brand around a cooperative business model designed to succeed where the others failed.”

Stärke forklifts are constructed based on a corporate philosophy that guides the overall business model, strategy, direction, customer service and product design, all of which factor into the company’s core values: 

  • High quality equipment
  • Common sense innovations
  • Robust selection of in-demand material handling equipment
  • Strong dealer support systems
  • Providing industry-leading equipment warranties

 

Types of Stärke Forklifts

Stärke offers a selection of internal combustion counterbalance forklifts for most work environments including warehousing, manufacturing, agricultural, and retail applications. Their Professional Series of forklifts provide unmatched operator comfort, ergonomics, performance, and quality. Stärke forklifts fall under four main types, all of which come in a range of models and with different capabilities: Internal combustion forklifts, stackers, electric narrow aisle forklifts, and electric pallet trucks. 

Here’s a look at some of the designs. Click on each for more information:

Stärke Cushion Forklift                    Stärke Electric Forklift

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Stärke Pneumatic Forklift                   Stärke Stacker, Reacher, Order Picker

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Stärke Utility Vehicle                                      Stärke Walkie Rider Pallets

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The LiftMaxx line of Manual & Electric Stackers, Reach Trucks, Order Pickers and Walkie Rider Pallets are designed for maximum maneuverability, optimized visibility, maximum performance, and ease of service. Each is built for years of trouble-free use. Additionally, Stärke forklifts provide high quality and durable equipment for even the most challenging applications. Their counterbalanced electric forklifts offer an environmentally friendly and sustainable solution with zero emission, low energy consumption models. As an environmentally friendly material handling solution, Stärke’s Energy Series features a range of electric forklifts ideal for indoor work environments.

 

The Stärke Forklifts Advantage

For this, we will look specifically at the MXA line of electric pallet trucks.

According to Justin Engel from the Stärke Material Handling Group, “the MXA line of pallet trucks utilizes a tiller handle that’s mounted onto the top of the unit to maximize operator comfort and maneuverability without sacrificing durability.” This setup provides an ergonomic pivot point, allowing operators to handle the unit without bending down, thereby reducing lower back strain and improving operator comfort.

Additionally, “the top mounted tiller handle also reduces the amount of energy required to maneuver the unit as the tiller handle rotates directly above the drive wheel instead of revolving around the circumference of the drive motor.” 

Next, the MXA line of electric pallet trucks features Stärke’s advanced Continuous Stability System instead of the bilateral fixed stops found on most of the competition; “When contrasted with the fixed supports used by the competition, Stärke’s Continuous Stability System dramatically increases load and unit stability, leading to improved safety and reduced product damage.”

The MXA line was designed with dual roller wheels to provide greater load stability and improved durability in comparison to single roller wheel units.  This dual roller wheel setup offers improved front-end stability when moving a load by doubling the contact area at the front of the unit.  This also reduces the amount of strain placed on a given roller wheel, thereby reducing the rate of wear.

In short, Stärke forklifts are made in Canada, and emphasize design durability and toughness in all of their equipment, and this remains true for the MXA line of electric pallet trucks, which are built for extensive use in industrial applications.

Wayco: For High Quality Stärke Forklifts in Kitchener

“Our company shopped around for the most competitively priced lift equipment repairs and rental services in the KW region and found Waco Multi Lift Inc. Their repair rates were lower than the other companies out there and the service is prompt and professional for our in house lift trucks. With one phone call a tech arrives within a couple hours. We are also renting a 3 year old lift truck from them in new condition, they found just the right truck for our needs. Their repair Techs are knowledgeable and friendly and get the job done no matter what the problem is. Just want to thank Steve P, Chris and Rob for their help the past few months for keeping our production and shipping rolling.”
– Canadian Bake Inn
 
 

If you are in the market for top quality, Canadian-made Stärke forklifts with longer run times and lower total operating costs, contact Wayco. At Wayco, we sell the best forklifts you can buy, including Stärke. Our knowledgeable staff will be able to help you choose the perfect model that will best suit your particular applications.

We will be happy to answer all of your questions and we can even provide top-notch safety training for your operators. 

Contact Wayco today for all of your Stärke forklift needs.

 

Sources:
https://www.starkeforklift.com/2017/01/17/a-step-above-the-competition-the-mxa-line-of-electric-pallet-trucks/

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