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Forklift Parts— the Home of Every Part

A malfunctioning forklift means equipment failure or machine failure. With no choice left, you have to put the project on hold until you can get the right parts. However, ordering forklift parts requires extensive research.

For operational success, increased workers’ safety, and improved efficiency, you need to invest time and effort in finding high-quality Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) parts. Genuine forklift parts undergo stringent testing to evaluate their durability and safety.

A counterfeit part can lead to additional issues and more expenses. Just to save a little money, you’ll end up spending more than the price of the OEM part. The issues you’ll encounter with a fake part include:

  • Made from low-quality material.
  • Can fail at any time.
  • Pattern parts may require further alterations to fit into place.
  • Altered parts can lead to poor performance and increased chances of another breakdown.
  • Can put the operator’s life at risk.

By opting for OEM forklift parts, you can create a productive and safe working environment. Here’s a list of all the possible parts you can find with us:

1.     Power Source

Forklifts use either internal combustion (IC) or an electric power source. Electric forklifts use a large battery as a power source whereas forklifts using an internal combustion engine operate on diesel or propane.

Electric Forklifts

  • Batteries range from 12V to 96V.
  • The battery goes under the forklift’s seat.
  • Require routine maintenance and regular charging.
  • The battery’s water level needs to be at the correct level. If not, fill it with distilled water.

However, the battery has an expiry date and after some time, you need to replace it.

Internal Combustion Forklifts

  • In forklifts powered by diesel, find the tank in the chassis.
  • In forklifts that run on propane, find the tank in the rear behind the driver’s seat.
  • The tank is placed on the outside of the forklift in the rear for easier access.

We have a forklift for sale available in diesel, propane, and electric.

2.     Mast

The mast allows the forklift to raise and lower forks. It has lift chains, pulleys, and hydraulic hoses that retract and extend on the pulley system as you lift and lower the load. Although masts will last you a lifetime, the connectors, pulleys, and lift chains have a shorter lifespan.

Over time, they will succumb to wear and tear and you will need to replace them. Initially, you’ll first need to look for forklifts for sale in Ireland and see the different masts you can get. When choosing a mast, consider these factors:

  • Racking height
  • Facility ceiling height
  • Staging or dock height
  • Max load weight

Moreover, most masts offer a degree of “free lift.” This means you receive a small amount of movement when using the fork and this is before the mast activates. A forklift comes with four types of mast. If you don’t want any free lift, get a single stage.

If you want free lift, see forklifts with duplex, quad, and triplex masts. Base your selection on the type of forklift you need and the facility’s height.

Let us assist you in choosing a forklift with a mast that will work best for the purpose you wish to use it for.

3.     Lamps

Forklifts have lamps located on the overhead guard. The operator controls the lamp by positioning it in a certain spot, container, and space. This directional light source allows them to see where they need to drop and pick up the loads.

The location of the lamp also depends on how you plan to use the forklift. For example, a large forklift used at night will have lamps at its front and rear like a car. But every forklift will have yellow and red tail lights to show turning, backup, and breaking.

Other forklifts may also feature a red and yellow revolving or strobe safety light on the top of the forklift.

If the need arises to replace them, give us a call!

4.     Warning Signals and Alarms

With the risk of injury high in jobs that require driving a forklift, it’s pertinent for employers to ensure all the warning signals and alarms are in working order. They include:

  • A backup alarm activates automatically when you reverse the forklift. It acts as a warning signal, reminding others of the forklift’s presence.
  • The max height alarm sends an alert, warning you that you have picked up a load that exceeds the forklift’s recommended weight limit.
  • Low power indicators give off a discernible and audible sound when the forklift is low on power or fuel.
  • The horn, controlled by the operator, allows them to send another warning signal to others in their surroundings, especially if they encounter blind corners and noisy environments.

All four are pertinent to ensure the safety of the operator and other people. Even if one signal malfunctions, you need to replace them with the correct part immediately.

We can help you find the right forklift parts, so you always comply with workplace safety requirements.

5.     Cylinders

Lift, tilt, and swing cylinders serve an important purpose. Here’s what each cylinder does:

  • Lift cylinders move the load vertically on the mast.
  • Tilt cylinders control the load forks’ backward and forward movement.
  • Swing cylinders move the load right or left up to a 90-degree angle.

You may need to replace these cylinders more frequently if they are in regular use and if you use them to pick up and drop off large loads.

Since you have us in your corner, you have nothing to worry about, as we offer high-quality and affordable cylinders shipped to you at record time.

6.     Tires

Tires provide the traction a forklift needs to move safely and efficiently. Most forklifts used outdoors have four tires whereas forklifts used indoors may have thee tires. Most likely, your forklift may either have cushion or pneumatic tires.

  • Cushion tires are ideal for indoor use and on flat and smooth surfaces, as they offer low traction. If you’ll be using the forklift in a small space, invest in a forklift with cushion tires.
  • Pneumatic tires are ideal for outdoor use, as they have the traction needed to operate a forklift on uneven and rough surfaces. You can buy solid rubber pneumatic tires or ones that inflate with air.

Don’t know which one to use? Our experts can help you select the tires depending on your usage and requirements.

7.     Wheels

Forklifts have two types of wheels, drive and steering wheels. On a forklift, you’ll find the drive wheels located at the front and the steering wheels at the back. The reason the steering wheels are placed at the rear is to allow operators to make a tight turning circle both outdoors and indoors.

The forklift may feature two steering wheels in the centre, but that’s rare because most forklifts feature one on each corner in the back. Let’s look at both.

  • Drive wheels provide the right amount of power needed to drive the forklift. Compared to steering wheels, they are larger and can bear moving large loads.
  • Steering wheels allow the operator to steer the forklift. It’s easier to drive the forklift using the rear wheels.

8.     Brakes

Forklift brakes consist of a brake drum and brake shoes. The operator activates them using a handbrake or a foot pedal. Most electric forklifts come with a regenerative braking system. This system converts the recovered kinetic energy into electricity. It also moves the wheels during cruising or acceleration. However, the wheels drive the motor while slowing or braking.

You need to regularly check and maintain the braking system of the forklift because a faulty system can cause damage and accidents.

As soon as you find a fault in the braking system, call us and we’ll send you a new braking system without delay!

We Will Meet Your Needs for Forklifts Parts Every Time

There are many more forklift parts that we didn’t get a chance to cover here, but we’re sure about one thing. Whatever part you need to operate your forklift efficiently and keep the operations running smoothly, we have it! If we don’t, we’ll order it straight away.

Explore our forklift services such as our popular forklift hire service. We have a vast collection of used forklifts for sale in Ireland. If you have questions, we’re here to assist you.

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